Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Each Personality Type Handles Feeling Overextended
It happens to all of us, we push ourselves too hard at some point and become overextended. Everyone responds differently to this type of stress in their lives, and it often is dependent on our personality type.
INFJs can find themselves feeling overextended since they try hard to care for others. When this happens the INFJ can feel much more emotionally reactive than usual. They might find themselves feeling a bit down, and will be more self-sabotaging than they usually are. They need plenty of time to themselves, or else the INFJ will start to lose sight of who they are and what their goals really are in life. When they are overextended they find themselves snapping on people and feeling guilty over things they shouldn’t. When this happens the INFJ needs plenty of time alone, in order to recharge and regain perspective.
ENFJs can overextend themselves rather often, since they feel the need to constantly care for others. ENFJs will continue to push themselves and try to make things work for the sake of the people they love. They can handle feeling overextended for a long time, but eventually it becomes overwhelming for them. At firs the ENFJ will continue to push through and try to remain with a smile on their face. Once it become too much for them, they can be a bit snappy towards others. The ENFJ will begin reacting to things with clearly upset responses, and will express to others how they are feeling unappreciated.
INFPs need freedom and space, and struggle when they feel overextended. The INFP requires plenty of time alone in order to feel fully energized and comfortable. When INFPs feel pushed by others they can become extremely stressed and anxious. They might have a hard time properly responding to requests, and will become uneasy with the smallest things. INFPs want to feel completely free to make their own choices, without having constant pressure on them. When they become overextended they become a shadow of themselves, and ultimately require seclusion in order to get back to themselves.
ENFPs have a hard time feeling overextended, especially if they feel they have to keep up with it. They want to please their loved ones, but require plenty of time to themselves. ENFPs need to be able to relax and experience some free space inside of their minds without feeling interrupted constantly. They become very internalized when they feel overextended, and have a hard time holding conversations even with people they care for. The ENFP will want space and will seek ways to create that space since it seems difficult to find. They might also be distracted and on edge constantly, which is difficult for the ENFP to deal with.
INTJs can definitely overextend themselves, since they push hard to achieve their goals. When the INTJ feels overextended they will likely take time to logically assess the situation. They will find a way to process the situation and figure out where they can afford to take a few steps back. They understand that sometimes they need to take time to themselves, without the pressure of reaching certain goals. For INTJs research is the opposite of stress, and actually helps them to recharge and build themselves back up.
ENTJs are capable of recognizing when they are overextending themselves, but sometimes it becomes difficult to avoid it. ENTJs will often try to delegate their work load when things become overwhelming, in order to maintain a sense of control and awareness. When this isn’t something the ENTJ can do, they will take on the work themselves and begin to feel overextended. ENTJs can become aggressive and pushy when they feel like everything is resting on them, and will have little to no patience.
INTPs overextend themselves when they feel like they simply aren’t doing enough to move forward. The INTP will likely become short-tempered with their loved ones, and attempt to bury their feelings. This makes matters worse since the INTP is feeling overwhelmed but does not want to burden others with this. They will likely start to snap on those around them, and require constant time alone in order to handle the pressure looming in on them.
ENTPs are curious people who love being able to experience new things as much as they can. This desire to take on many different experiences can cause the ENTP to feel overextended sometimes. They hate saying, “no” to something that excites them which can leave them with too many hobbies and too many tasks opened. When the ENTP feels like they are overextended themselves, it can lead them to feeling a bit stuck and anxious. They will likely abandon a few of these tasks in order to free themselves from the stress.
ISTJs are hardworking people and will often take on the jobs that others refuse. When the ISTJ feel overextended they will likely try to focus on research and finding better ways to get things done. They might become very distant and even snap at their loved ones. This is simply because the pressure can be a bit overwhelming and the ISTJ might feel like they aren’t being helped enough. Because of this they likely will try and avoid being around people altogether, in order to ensure that they can handle their tasks.
ESTJs are hardworking people but they can feel a bit stressed if they become overextended. When the ESTJ feels like there are too many tasks to perform, they will try to step up to the plate. If things become overwhelming they can feel a bit stuck, and even become stagnant. ESTJs don’t enjoy letting things fall apart but they can become immobilizes if they feel like their efforts are completely going to waste. They try to accomplish everything with efficiency though and will push themselves until their breaking point.
ISFJs often overextend themselves because they want to care for their loved ones. They will do whatever it takes to ensure the happiness of those closest to them, which makes it easy for them to become exhausted. When the ISFJ is overextended they will likely try to hide this because they don’t want to appear like a burden to others. They will push themselves even further, until things become a bit overwhelming for them. The ISFJ might find themselves getting snappy towards their loved ones, especially if they don’t feel appreciated.
ESFJs overextend themselves often, especially since they care deeply for others. They work hard to care for their loved ones and want to do whatever it takes to make them happy. This can cause the ESFJ to become exhausted and try to push themselves to take on too many tasks all at once. They will take on a lot of responsibility in order to care for their loved ones. The ESFJ might become snappy and short-tempered towards people they would normally be very patient with. This is simply because they are feeling overwhelmed and like they might fail.
ISTPs don’t handle being overextended well, and prefer to have less responsibility. They enjoy having a sense of freedom and want to feel like they can make their own choices. They feel weighed down when they have too much on their shoulders, and less capable of doing the things they want. ISTPs need space and time on their own in order to feel like themselves. When they are overextended they can become easily irritated and will need to disconnect from their tasks.
ESTPs don’t enjoy being overextended but they do this to themselves often. They can take on too many tasks in order to try and become more successful. They will push themselves to take on so many things at once, in hopes that it will improve their lives. The ESTP who is overextended can be emotional and short-tempered, even when it is least expected. They might have a hard time seeing their errors and will have moments of being reckless in order to unwind.
ISFPs don’t enjoy feeling overextended and prefer to have freedom in their lives. They want to be able to explore new things and don’t enjoy being forced into the same tasks. ISFPs need space and the ability to make their own choices without being weighed down. For ISFPS it is important that they let go of some tasks if things become too much. They don’t handle this type of stress well and really need to be able to relax by themselves often.
ESFPs definitely can overextend themselves, and will become anxious when things come tumbling down. They will take on so many different tasks at once and will try to dive into way too much. This ends up leaving the ESFP with more responsibility than they can handle, which becomes rather stressful for them. When this happens the ESFP might panic and ask their loved ones for assistance.
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