Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Each Personality Type Handles Discomfort
Some people find that a little discomfort helps to motivate them, while other become a total wreck. Here is how you handle discomfort, based on your personality type.
INFJs dislike too many uncomfortable situations, and enjoy having a harmonious environment. INFJs are capable of withstanding many things though, and will find a way to overcome their discomfort. If they have to do something in order to help someone they love, the INFJ will simply push through those negative feelings. They can be a bit hesitant to enter into situations that make them feel overwhelmingly uncomfortable though, and oftentimes they dislike too much abrupt change because of this.
ENFJs often try to ignore or plow through uncomfortable situations, especially if they have something they need to take care of. ENFJs don’t want to compromise the happiness of their loved ones, so they are often capable of ignoring their discomfort for a while. There are many things that ENFJs can overcome, especially if it is for someone they love. ENFJs do become overwhelmed sometimes though, and dislike too much change. ENFJs will feel most discomfort when they are around rude or obnoxious people, and will likely deal with that by shutting those individuals down.
INFPs definitely don’t enjoy feeling discomfort, especially with situations they can avoid. They don’t mind feeling emotional discomfort if they feel like it will help them progress in some way. INFPs are no strangers to feeling uncomfortable, simply because they feel everything so deeply. They are certainly capable of handling these feelings, and in most cases will try to work through them. There are some severe situations where the INFP will not be okay with their discomfort, which is mostly connected to someone committed something that they feel is unjust.
ENFPs don’t mind discomfort in their lives, and often see it as a challenge. ENFPs don’t mind situations that make them feel uneasy, and even enjoy being able to push themselves. New experiences can be scary for some people, but ENFPs often like the sense of adventure and love being able to push themselves. There are few uncomfortable situations that ENFPs will be too afraid to attempt, since they enjoy being able to experience the possibilities.
For INTJs their ability to weather discomfort entirely depends upon what the situation is. If they are feeling uncomfortable for foolish reasons, or withstanding an awkward situation because of someone else, they will likely just step away from it entirely. INTJs are more than capable of handling a little discomfort for a useful cause, especially if it helps them progress or grow in their lives. They enjoy being able to challenge themselves, and don’t mind being uncomfortable for the right reasons.
ENTJs enjoy a challenge in life, which is why they don’t run from things that make them feel uncomfortable. Instead of avoiding discomfort, ENTJs would rather pick and choose which situations they are willing to feel a little uneasy for. ENTJs won’t do very well putting themselves in uncomfortable emotional situations though, and often prefer to avoid them altogether. They don’t like having to deal with feelings, especially when people are being overly emotional. In those situations ENTJs are likely to step away from them completely.
INTPs can often find themselves in uncomfortable situations, since they push themselves to try new things. INTPs aren’t afraid of a little change, and realize that it can help them grow and learn. Where INTPs might want to find ways around their discomfort, is when it comes to emotionally vulnerable situations. INTPs will often try to avoid being around people that are overly emotional, and can become very uneasy with it. INTPs are perfectly fine with a challenge, and enjoy being able to experience new things, they just aren’t fans of emotional situations.
ENTPs are enthusiastic and creative people, who enjoy being able to explore new possibilities. ENTPs really don’t mind situations that make them feel a little discomfort, especially if it challenges them in some way. ENTPs often find themselves jumping into the new situations, without much concern for fear or discomfort. The only type of uncomfortable situation that ENTPs will run away from, is ones that involve too much emotional vulnerability or expression.
ISTJs are reserved and practical people, who prefer to feel prepared in most situations. They often try to avoid discomfort by fully researching and learning about something before stepping into it. They don’t enjoy being tossed into a new situations without the time to properly prepare and adjust, which is often because ISTJs dislike these types of discomfort. When it comes to getting their hands dirty ISTJs are more than capable, they just want to understand their task in order to accomplish it efficiently.
ESTJs are strong-willed and sometimes aggressive people, who go after what they want. They don’t give up just because they feel a little discomfort, and will find a way to persevere. They don’t mind being uncomfortable in most situations, especially if they are doing it because they have an important goal in mind. When ESTJs do try to avoid discomfort, it is often because they are in an emotional situation. When other people are overwhelming them with their feelings, it can make the ESTJ feel extremely uneasy.
ISFJs are sacrificing people, who often strive to care for their loved ones. They will put themselves in rough situations for the people they love, but at the same time ISFJs do try to avoid discomfort. They work hard to maintain a sense of harmony and peace in their environment. ISFJs will try to avoid allowing their loved ones to feel uncomfortable, and do what they can to ease the surroundings. ISFJs definitely try to work hard to avoid discomfort, but not by running away from it, instead they try to fix the situation.
ESFJs are caring people, who try hard to take care of their loved ones. They often dislike seeing their loved ones in discomfort, and want to try and fix it when they are. ESFJs won’t run from an uncomfortable situation, instead they will try to find a way to bring back the peace in their environment. They want to find a way to maintain harmony for themselves and their loved ones, and this is important to them. ESFJs do dislike change, and want to find ways to make things more comfortable and happier for everyone.
ISTPs don’t mind some discomfort, since they don’t expect life to be easy all of the time. ISTPs are willing to feel a little uneasy in order to grow and learn. They often enjoy a challenge, since in the very least it isn’t boring. The type of discomfort that ISTPs struggle with, is having to be emotionally vulnerable. They have a hard time when it comes to feelings, and might become very avoidant with people who are overly emotionally expressive.
ESTPs don’t mind a little discomfort in their lives, especially if it helps them progress. They are motivated people, who want to achieve their goals in life. They enjoy a challenge and have adventurous spirits. For an ESTP staying stagnant for too long is one of the worst possible things. They would rather dive into something a little uncomfortable, than stay in the same boring position. Where ESTPs can have a hard time handling discomfort, is when they are having to deal with an emotional situation.
ISFPs prefer to follow their hearts, and want to go towards whatever feels right in the moment. ISFPs don’t enjoy living in discomfort, and will try to find a way out of that situation. Whenever something brings them misery or unhappiness, then the ISFP certainly wants to find a way around that. They prefer to have a happy environment, one that brings them peace and feels sincere.
ESFPs definitely don’t handle discomfort well, and want to try and avoid anything that makes them unhappy. They try hard to live in the present moment, and search for whatever feels right at the time. ESFPs follow their hearts, and dislike when something makes them too uncomfortable or unhappy. This is simply the way ESFPs handle their environment, since they choose to go after whatever makes them feel good.