The Bonvivant (SEI – Sensory Ethical Introvert)

The Bonvivant’s inner physical equilibrium and enjoyment of life are of utmost importance to them, and they like to make sure that others feel internally serene and generally joyful, too. Environments and substances of any kind can have a strong influence on how the Bonvivant feels about the world and themselves, so they like to make sure they are comfortable and others around them are as well. Their caring and nurturing nature is the reason why many Bonvivants have a fondness for children. Many Bonvivants are nurses, babysitters, health practitioners, preschool teachers. Some are involved in the arts or more technical professions.

The Bonvivant is deeply involved with their physical state. A little physical ailment can negatively impact their mood for a considerate amount of time. It is not rare for a Bonvivant to become depressed if they suffer from an illness. Their internal physical state is their sanctuary; that is where they feel at home; so that is why anything that produces a feeling of comfort in their body is appreciated, even if that feeling is fleeting or illusionary. That is how it is not uncommon for Bonvivants to be addicted to substances that please the senses, like food.

Bonvivants like to extend the feeling of home to their living space and any environments they tap into. Many Bonvivants enjoy creating an atmosphere of coziness and warmth in their living quarters. Often times a Bonvivant has troubles with parting from a cherished item that carries with it fond memories from a moment that produced feelings of joy and warmth in them; that is why despite their efforts at creating comfort, their homes can be quite cluttered. To other types, a home like that might feel suffocating, but for the Bonvivant the items themselves produce a feeling of pleasure in them, so they do not mind it. They may feel compelled to tidy up and structure their environment though if it negatively impacts the mood and internal pleasure of someone else. In a similar manner, Bonvivants can feel attached to personal rituals, traditions, and tokens of affection – because of the continuous and repetitive internal joy and pleasure they induce in them. That is also how the Bonvivant can easily fall into the trap of engaging in uselessly repetitive tasks and habits.

The Bonvivant’s focus on comfort and pleasantness makes them favour comfortable clothing that is not displeasing to the eye of others. Hence many Bonvivants are rather plainly but acceptably dressed – avoiding coarse and skin-irritating fabrics, restricting cuts or garments (Bonvivants are surely not the type that enjoys wearing corsets or very tight clothing!), and overly bright colours; though some will be more concerned with following fashion trends and be more stylish.

The Bonvivant can initially appear to be a timid, touchy, and delicate individual. If they are of the more intellectual kind, they may even engage in philosophical topics and the meaning of life. Often times Bonvivants are members of an institutionalized religion. But on some level, they will refrain from engaging in extensive and prolonged soul-searching or trying to foresee future developments. They would rather be engaged in what could be rather than what will be; ideas and prospects of any kind can stimulate their minds and make them feel more excited about life. They admire people who have an immense curiosity about the world and never cease to familiarize them with unheard-of concepts and theoretical ideas. No idea is too improbable, obscure or impractical for a Bonvivant; all kinds of ideas have merit in their eyes and are worthy of further exploration. Interactions of the mind can endlessly fascinate a Bonvivant.

The Bonvivant is also driven to understand the world and their fellow humans, so they will be on the look-out for systems that make sense of various phenomena and concepts. Some Bonvivants temporarily try to understand or study a science like Physics, but their lack of strong logic will eventually sway them to another area they are more competent in.

The Bonvivant can easily become worn down by everyday tasks that require efficiency, productivity, and a wealth of factual knowledge and competency. It is rare for a Bonvivant to engage in such endeavors or careers, and they find people who are overly concerned with those things rather insufferable. Bonvivants can have quite strong personal feelings about matters and individuals, but they typically forego them for the favour of overall harmony with others and themselves; discord with other people can create physical discomfort in the Bonvivant – for example, becoming angry could result in a stomach ache, and naturally a Bonvivant would rather avoid this. However, if they find that them expressing their values could help others with feeling better about themselves, they may be compelled to do so.

In interaction with others, the Bonvivant will often attempt to be humorous. They want others to enjoy themselves not only on a physical, but also on an emotional level. The Bonvivant may not try to increase primarily positive emotions like certain others types – though some Bonvivants do; but rather, they will ensure that people are being open and expressive about their feelings and do not ”hold them in”. Bonvivants may take offense to or get worrisome over someone being too reserved and unaffected by the emotional atmosphere. In big groups, the Bonvivant may try to blend into the general emotional atmosphere more, though on a smaller scale their emotional influence will be more visible and felt. Many Bonvivants have quite a mischievous side to them that only gets revealed on a closer distance. Some like to pull pranks, make snarky or prickly jokes, and tease their partner – but in their minds, it is all in good fun and should not be taken seriously. Besides that, Bonvivants are usually very considerate of their partner and try to make sure all their needs are being met, especially their physical ones. Bonvivants can be rather shy in the initial stages of the relationship but over time become more flirty and coquettish. They like to feel no doubt about the other person’s feelings for them; they are not intrigued by mystery or any ”cat-and-mouse-games“ in courtship. Rather, they have the tendency to look for someone they can take care of and help with being more emotionally engaged and connected with others.


There are specific variations of the Bonvivant.

Those variations can be grouped into Si subtype and Fe subtype.

Si subtype Bonvivants share one or several of those traits:
Stereotypically introverted; more theoretical and logical (can be mistaken for a Logical type); less emotionally expressive; more interested in sports or regular physical exercise

Fe subtype Bonvivants share one or several of those traits:
”Ambiverted” (can be mistaken for an extrovert); more outgoing, outwardly expressive, and charming; more interested in or involved in the arts and creative expression

A Bonvivant who falls into both categories more or less is mostly likely the No subtype kind.

Besides the above, other variations are:

More self-forgetting and adaptive (Type 9); more on edge and self-doubting (Type 6); more helpful and image focused (Type 2); more principled and perfectionistic (Type 1)


The Ego of the Bonvivant/SEI:

  1. Introverted Sensing
  2. Extroverted Feeling

The Super-Id: Introverted Thinking, Extroverted Intuition

The weakest: Extroverted Intuition, Extroverted Thinking

The strongest: Introverted Sensing, Introverted Feeling

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