What Each Personality Type Looks Like When Under Stress (In Their Shadow)

What Each Personality Type Looks Like When Under Stress (In Their Shadow)

When each type is going through a phase in their life when they are in their shadow, it often causes them to present as a very unhealthy versions of themselves. There is debate on whether the best representation of our “shadow” is the opposite type entirely, or simply our regular function stack in reverse. In this article we are going to explore what happens when under high stress, causing the weaker functions to present themselves. This can be a truly difficult thing for anyone to go through, and is often difficult for those close to them to endure as well. Your shadow is described as the parts of yourself that you have little control or awareness of, oftentimes these are qualities we dislike in ourselves. When someone is under high amounts of stress, some of these weaker functions can present themselves in less than healthy ways. In many cases the best way to overcome this time of stress, is simply to ride it out. The weaker functions are showing themselves, because their dominant functions are not solving the problem at hand. Eventually the person under stress will need to revert back to their dominant functions in order to get back to normal. If this is something that continues for a long time, the individual likely has unresolved issues that need to be worked through on a much deeper level.

 

INFJ

The INFJ in their normal, healthy state of being- is kind, compassionate and extremely empathetic. They are often very consciously aware of other people’s needs, and are excellent at coming to conclusions about the future. The INFJ in their shadow, is oftentimes reckless and behaves entirely different to their norm. They might engage in behavior that is harmful to them, like heavy drinking or even drugs. The INFJ may even become rather promiscuous, which is not common for them at all. They will take risks, which they normally would not consider wise. The INFJ in their shadow will even find themselves trying to appear in control of the people around them, and they will do this by intimidating those people. The unhealthy INFJ will also use their Fe in a manipulate way, instead of a caring way. They will often do whatever it takes to get what they want from others- which is very different from a healthy INFJ.

ENFJ

ENFJs in their natural state, are giving and warm individuals. They go out of their way to provide for those closest to them, and truly desire to make the world a better place. ENFJs primary focus is on the needs and emotions of other people, making them extraordinarily empathetic people. The ENFJ in their shadow, will find themselves neglecting the emotions of others, in hopes of finding a more practical or logical solution. They might struggle with being around people, and will find themselves wanting to be alone more often to figure things out. They will often become extremely critical, which can be a shock for the people closest to them.

INFP

INFPs are usually very warm and dreamy individuals- with sensitive and passionate souls. They are seen as tender and caring people, who truly dislike the idea of harming others. They strive to be good, and are often focused on making the choices they believe to be the “right” ones. An INFP in their shadow, is much harsher and commanding than they usually are. They might find themselves saying hurtful remarks towards people who they feel are not doing things correctly. When healthy, INFPs will avoid conflict- but when the INFP is in an unhealthy state, they might find themselves provoking discord in their environment.

ENFP

ENFPs are normally very enthusiastic and warm individuals- with a charisma that draws people in. This normally warm person, will become someone entirely different when they are under high amounts of stress. An unhealthy ENFP presents themselves as dismissive to others, and even avoidant. They will often replay meaningless facts over and over in their minds, focusing on truly pointless information. While the healthy ENFP is open and eager to try new things- the unhealthy ENFP will find themselves doing the same type of task over and over again. They might even appear fearful to explore new ideas and hobbies. They might find themselves become extremely particular about a task, demanding that is be done “right”.

 

INTJ

INTJs are normally intelligent and logical individuals- with a strong drive and focus. They are great at strategic planning, and will survey their options before moving forward with most things. The INTJ who is under high amounts of stress, will often become entirely different from their normal selves. They will often take risks that they would normally never attempt- things such as excessive drinking, drugs or even driving well above safe speeds. INTJs will become reckless and commanding, wanting to focus more on the physical world around them. They might even find themselves challenging others to a physical altercation, which in normal cases would seem foolish to the INTJ.

ENTJ

ENTJs are normally highly logical and analytical individuals, but when they are under high levels of stress, they will be very different. The ENTJ will become more focused on making moral decisions, and will try to figure out what they believe is right or wrong. They will often become much more defensive, and lose their ability to calmly rationalize the situation. They might be more reaction to others, lashing out if they feel like they aren’t being understood. This can be very upsetting for the ENTJ, since emotional control is something that is important to them.

INTP

INTPs in their healthy state, are logical and intelligent individuals. They are great at observing a situation, and coming up with excellent ways to solve problems. They can often foresee potential outcomes, and find ways to improve upon the situation. INTPs when they are under stress and cannot seem to solve the problem with their dominant thinking function, will revert down the line until they end up at their inferior function. The INTP will become far too focused on the way other people are perceiving them, and might lash out because of this. They will feel incapable of figuring out the problem at hand, which will cause them to focus more on how the people around them are potentially judging or misunderstanding the INTP.

ENTP

When they are their usual selves, ENTPs are creative and explorative people. They enjoy taking on new hobbies and are constantly striving to explore the possibilities in the world around them. When an ENTP finds themselves in an unhealthy state of mind, they will often become much more guarded and safe. They might find themselves reverting to schedule, and will obsess over point and pedantic ideas. They might feel like things are not getting done the “right” way, and will find themselves wanting everything to be perfect. The ENTP will no longer attempt to explore new ideas, but will find themselves taking the safest option possible.

 

ISTJ

ISTJs are extremely dependable and practical individuals. They are hardworking, and known as the type who are not afraid to get their hands dirty in order to do what needs to be done. An ISTJ who is under stress, might find themselves doubting their own decisions. They will feel like their might be a better way to go about things, and instead of following the path that they know to be useful- the ISTJ will attempt to explore new ideas. They might find themselves getting caught up in the possibilities, and might even begin considering a life change.

ESTJ

ESTJs are naturally hardworking and practical people, but when they are under stress they become entirely different. They will find themselves focusing internally, and worrying about their choices. They might feel like they are not being perceiving properly, and will begin to second guess themselves. They might find themselves obsessing over morals, and will start to analyze themselves and the people around them. They will likely lash out at the people closest to them, believing that their actions are wrong or immoral in some way.

ISFJ

ISFJs are normally focused on caring for their loved ones, and prefer to follow the path they are used to taking. ISFJs enjoy living by a schedule and this often goes by what they know has proven successful for them in the past. When an ISFJ is under stress, they become focused on observing the decisions they have made in the past. They might begin to doubt their path, and feel like they are going about things all wrong. The ISFJ might attempt to try making new choices, hoping that they can find a better path than the one they are currently on. This can be rather shocking for people close to the ISFJ, since it is definitely outside of their normal behavior.

ESFJ

ESFJs are warm and compassionate individuals, with a strong desire to please their loved ones. ESFJs are normally focused on the emotions of others, and are naturally aware of how other people are feeling. When an ESFJ is under high levels of stress, they will lose this ability to focus on the needs of others. They will find themselves focusing on the more “logical” solution, and might become rather cold. Instead of being concerned with other people’s emotions, the ESFJ will focus on the things that need to be done. They might find themselves incapable of focusing on emotion, and because of this they will appear uncaring to others.

 

ISTP

ISTPs are normally very logical people, with a natural laid back demeanor. When they are under high amount of stress, their weaker functions will show themselves. The ISTP might become obsessed with how people perceive them, and because of this they will lash out at those around them. This will cause them to become much less focused on logic, and they will find themselves struggling to solve problems. ISTPs are naturally amazing at finding the solutions to most problems at hand, but when they are under stress they lose this focus and become drawn to their emotions.

ESTP

ESTPs are normally focused on living in the moment, and even though they are hardworking- they prefer to enjoy their lives. They are adventurous and charismatic people- but when they are under stress they are entirely different. The ESTP becomes focused on the future, and might find themselves stressing about tasks that they have failed to accomplish. They will lose their natural carefree demeanor, and will lose their sense of adventure. They will focus solely on avoiding risks, and will become obsessed with figuring out their next move.

ISFP

When an ISFP is themselves, they are warm and gentle souls. They enjoy focusing on the more creative sides of life, and want to appreciate the beauty around them. ISFPs are very visually focused, and enjoy absorbing all of the best things in life. An unhealthy ISFP, will often be very critical of others, and will focus on wanting to get things done. They might even be particular about the work being done around them, and will likely feel like people are not focusing hard enough on the task at hand.

ESFP

ESFPs are normally very entertaining and fun people to be around. They enjoy trying to new things, and love to take exciting chances. ESFPs want life to be an adventure, and will often jump into new things eagerly. When an ESFP is under stress, they become rigid and focused on planning. They might find themselves taking the safest road possible, in hopes of building a better future. The ESFP will not want to try new things, but instead will focus on the path that they are sure will be successful.

 

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How Each Myers-Briggs Type Handles Criticism

How Each Myers-Briggs Type Handles Criticism

Criticism can be hard to swallow for anyone, but some people take it harsher than others. It can certainly be difficult to process negative comments about yourself and because of this some Myers-Briggs types are extremely sensitive to criticism.

 

INFJ

INFJs are very warm, but also intelligent individuals. They are strong-willed people, who stand by what they believe in. When it comes to being criticized, the INFJ will respond differently depending on who is dishing out the remarks. If someone they do not know finds the need to criticize the INFJ, they will often scoff at this. They will certainly not be bothered by someone they do not care for, having an opinion about them or their choices. If the comments are constructive though, the INFJ might take them into consideration without being upset by it. When it comes to their loved ones, INFJs are much more sensitive. They will not intend to be, but they are easily hurt by those lucky few people who they allow into their lives. INFJs are picky about the people they trust, this is simply because they love very deeply. Someone close to the INFJ, can often hurt them without even meaning to. The INFJ will respond much better by words of encouragement, and might find criticism to be too much to handle.

ENFJ

ENFJs are hardworking people, who strive to provide for those around them. They do not respond well to criticism, but actually react much better to positive reinforcement. ENFJs are not weak people by any means, but they work very hard for their loved ones. If the people they care about are constantly criticizing them, ENFJs will become extremely overwhelmed and upset by this. They need to feel like their efforts are being recognized, and because of this they require positive feedback. The negative words of the people they love, can truly affect ENFJs in a negative way. They can often take criticism from their boss, or people they do not feel close to. They don’t mind hearing feedback from these people, since they expect to hear it from them.

INFP

INFPs are rather sensitive individuals, and because of this they truly dislike criticism. In most cases, they are their own worst critic- so they really do not need to hear it from their loved ones. INFPs try to be aware of their own actions, especially when it comes to the things that matter. They strive to be good people, and when they hear criticism against themselves, it can be difficult for them to swallow. INFPs might take these comments into consideration if they feel they are warranted, but it will still bother them very much. They often do not care what strangers think of them, and will be able to ignore those remarks. When it comes to the people that they trust though- INFPs are very sensitive to their words. They try to be sensitive to the feelings of others, and because of this they become bothered when people do not consider their feelings.

ENFP

ENFPs aren’t really fans of criticism, especially from the people they love. They are often very strong people, but regardless- they dislike feeling criticized. They know who they are, and they are conscious of their efforts to be a good person. Since the ENFP realizes that they are likely good, they might find any negative criticism to be pointless. They might even feel like changing those qualities is unlikely to happen- so why would they want to focus on the bad? ENFPs are positive individuals, with a true zest for life. When it comes to hearing disapproval from others- it can be truly upsetting for them. They might even disregard the criticism entirely, in an effort to bury those negative feelings.

 

INTJ

INTJs are actually one of the types most likely to handle criticism well. If the INTJ feels like someone is delivering the criticism in a constructive and logical manner, they will certainly appreciate it and listen. INTJs enjoy growing and progressing, and are constantly looking for ways to improve themselves. If someone they trust is willing to point them in the right direction, the INTJ will definitely take the time to listen. They are not likely to become hurt by the comments, especially if they are delivered in an intelligent way. INTJs might become frustrated if they feel like the criticism is not delivered with a helpful intent. They will appreciate criticism even more, if they person also gives them helpful ways to improve.

ENTJ

ENTJs are very driven individuals, and are often aggressive when it comes to accomplishing their goals. They will often take criticism from their boss, as a challenge to improve. They enjoy being challenged, and truly thrive when they can prove someone else wrong. ENTJs are not afraid of criticism, and might even enjoy the opportunity to improve. If they believe someone is giving them helpful tips to grow and become better, the ENTJ will certainly take those comments into consideration. But if someone is being rude and trying to tear them down, the ENTJ will not be afraid to challenge that person with logic.

INTP

INTPs are often very hard on themselves, and because of this they might dislike criticism. They are their own worst critic, and have likely already considered all of the possible angles. If something is not going right, there is a large chance that the INTP already sees what they are doing wrong. If someone they care about approaches them with negative comments, it will likely upset the INTP, but they will brush it off like nothing happened. INTPs need to be approached in a logical and understanding way, especially if someone is trying to deliver helpful criticism. They also prefer if these comments come with helpful and pragmatic ways to improve their errors.

ENTP

ENTPs might be unusually sensitive to their loved ones comments, but they will probably respond with a joke or witty remark. They do not want to seem like they are upset by criticism, and because of this they will likely internalize these comments. When it comes to people they do not care deeply for, the ENTP is often fine with criticism. If the comments are constructive, they might even see it as an opening for a healthy debate. ENTPs love to play the devil’s advocate, and will often argue on the side of a point they don’t even agree with. They do this because it can often bring them to exciting new conclusions and realizations.

 

ISTJ

ISTJs are often great at handling criticism, as long as it is constructive. If their boss lets them know that something can be done better, the ISTJ will rise to the occasion. They are constantly pushing themselves to improve, and want to be seen as the hardworking people that they are. ISTJs might find themselves upset if their loved ones criticize them though, especially if it is not delivered in a way that seems helpful. The best way to critique the ISTJ, is to also provide them with pragmatic solutions in order to improve.

ESTJ

ESTJs strive to be accomplished and because of this, they work hard to avoid criticism. The ESTJ will push themselves to be the best they can at whatever they are doing. To the ESTJ, if they are being criticized, it means they didn’t do it right the first time. This will often frustrate them, but the ESTJ will push forward and work to improve themselves. ESTJs will take criticism much better from strangers, or from their bosses- than they will from their loved ones. They work hard to provide for their family, and simply want to feel encouraged and appreciated by them.

ISFJ

ISFJs are loving and giving people, constantly striving to provide for their loved ones needs. ISFJs are often bothered by criticism, even if they do not want to admit it. They will likely bury their feelings, and attempt to feel okay with the negative comments. If they receive this criticism at work, the ISFJ will attempt to fix the problem as best they can. If they feel put down by their loved ones though, the ISFJ might find themselves struggling to find a solution.

ESFJ

ESFJs often dislike criticism, especially if it is coming from their loves ones. They rarely care if someone they do not know or trust critiques them, and will often laugh those comments off. They are likely to completely neglect criticism delivered by strangers, even if it is delivered in an attempt to be helpful. They do however, care very deeply about the comments that come from those closest to them. ESFJs might struggle deeply with any negative comments from loved ones, and will become deeply hurt by their criticism. The ESFJ will often take the criticism as a serious failure, making It hard for them to respond.

 

ISTP

ISTPs often do not mind criticism, since they are not the most emotionally sensitive people. They are often comfortable with themselves and who they are- which makes it easy for them to receive criticism. They will take the time to consider the comments, and decide whether or not they are warranted. If the person delivering the critique is being logical and precise, the ISTP will certainly take it into consideration. They are logical individuals, and enjoy thinking things through, as well as finding solutions to their problems.

ESTP

ESTPs often dislike criticism from their loved ones, and might even struggle to handle it. They work very hard to impress the people they care about, because of this any negative comments can truly affect them. ESTPs can handle the critique in a work environment and might even see it as a challenge to improve and do better. When it comes to their loved ones though, ESTPs dislike feeling like they aren’t living up to their expectations.

ISFP

ISFPs enjoy being by themselves most of the time, but on occasion they enjoy being around the people who are very special to them. Their sensitive souls make them rather averse to criticism, and they might be very hurt by it at first. Over time though, the ISFP can become truly concerned about the comments their loved ones make to them. They can be rather hard on themselves to begin with, and negative comments can easily bring them down. They need people to express their critiques in a loving and warm way, in order for the ISFP to feel comfortable with it.

ESFP

ESFPs are fun-loving people, who enjoy focusing on the positive. This desire to remain happy and entertaining, might make the ESFP averse to criticism. They simply want to enjoy life, and soak in all of the good things around them. The ESFP might feel like any criticism is simply a way to bring people down and make them feel bad about themselves. Because of this feeling, ESFPs won’t want to hear negative comments from their loved ones, or the people around them.

 

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