ENTJ OCD: The High Strung ENTJ

Just about anyone can exhibit obsessive tendencies, which doesn’t mean they have OCD. Some people have these tendencies a bit more than others, which can be tied into their personality type at times. Some types are more prone to these behaviors because they overthink things and can get into cycles of these more obsessive type behaviors. It can be something which becomes more prominent under extreme stress, especially for types which are prone to overthinking and high levels of stress. Not everyone is made to monitor this type of stress, and so they find themselves feeling overwhelmed and sometimes this can be connected to personality type.

ENTJs are naturally perfectionists which is often why they can be seen showing qualities which seem a bit obsessive. They want to get things done a certain way and don’t like when people mess with their plans. ENTJs value efficiency and when people are incapable of living up to these expectations they can sometimes be harsh towards them. ENTJs do have times when they might appear obsessive or even seem to show OCD-like behaviors. They are sometimes high strung people, since they obsess over getting things right, and don’t like leaving things up to chance.

The Prepared Perfectionist

ENTJs care about being prepared and this can certainly make them obsess over ensuring that they are ready for anything. This makes the ENTJ more prone to these types of obsessive behaviors, even things like checking sometimes repeatedly even when they know it is finished. This is something which might occur when they are under times of extreme stress, since they feel comforted knowing they have prepared for the situation as best they can. For the ENTJ this is more about ensuring that everything is planned accordingly and efficiently, rather than leaving things to chance. They might appear to obsess over certain things, or even be demanding that people pay attention to the details. ENTJs can sometimes micromanage people, but only those who aren’t getting the job done the right way. They have a process with how things should be done, and this comes from the fact that they plan things out and strategize properly. ENTJs won’t do this around people who are highly capable and who don’t cause them to feel stressed about the end result. For the ENTJ who does not have OCD but simply exhibits certain behaviors which are obsessive, it is more about maintaining a sense of control over their environment. They don’t like walking into things unprepared and really care about using their minds and their strengths to ensure everything goes smoothly. While some people don’t mind making mistakes and just fixing it later, this is definitely not how the ENTJ feels. They believe in getting things right the first time around, and learning before they actually step into the project or task. They can actually be frustrated by people who think it is okay to only put half their energy into something, since the ENTJ works hard and gives it their all.

For the ENTJ who are diagnosed with OCD, it can certainly be hard to find the balance with these things. They might struggle to calm themselves and find the ability to trust in their abilities, since they experience certain behaviors which are rather intrusive in their lives. ENTJs are focused on control, and so anything which might remove this control from them can be difficult to manage. If they feel like they don’t have control over these behaviors, they will certainly want to find a way to fix this. It is important for the ENTJ who does have OCD to seek the proper help, since they might want to find the answers themselves. They want to maintain a sense of control of their lives and actions, and don’t always find it easy to turn to others when something isn’t working properly. This is why it is so important for them to recognize the difference between being someone sincerely has OCD, versus someone who shows certain obsessive qualities or behaviors. Of course ENTJs can naturally have these sort of obsessive behaviors since they are perfectionists, but that doesn’t mean they have OCD or that they are even prone to it.

How to Break Free

For the ENTJ who finds themselves under stress and starts to obsess over the details, they need to learn to trust more in their introverted intuition. They are naturally focused on thinking things through and planning out the details, but ENTJs have incredibly impressive intuitive abilities as well. If they search inward they often find they have the answers to the problems right in front of them, and so obsessive over the details isn’t always necessary for them. They need to trust in themselves and what they know, and not be afraid of moving forward.

Sometimes ENTJs can benefit from finding some space and time away from work or chores. It can be hard for them to take this time off, but it can also be necessary. Taking time to do things they enjoy without feeling like everything needs to be perfect, is really helpful at times. ENTJs need people they can trust and rely on to get things done when they aren’t around, and to also be willing to give up the control once in a while.

**This article discusses people who exhibit certain OCD-like behaviors and does not describe someone who is diagnosed with OCD. It is always important to seek help from a trained professional if you feel like you might actually suffer from this type of disorder. Even still a therapist can help you overcome some of those negative or intrusive thoughts, even if they are only momentary ones. It is always the best choice to seek out help, as articles are only intended as a guide or aid.***

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