Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Each Personality Type Handles Regret
While some people find regret to be a crippling emotion, others seem to be capable of overcoming it. Here is how each personality type handles regret.
INFJs can experience a lot of regret in their lives, which can be a bit overwhelming for them. They often recount the mistakes they have made, and can run these thoughts over in their minds until it drives them crazy. INFJs feel guilty over many things they have done, especially when it has affected someone else. They are deeply caring people, who often put too much pressure on themselves to do the right thing. As they mature in their lives INFJs can learn to overcome these regretful feelings, and accept how much they have learned from their mistakes and how much good they have actually done for others.
ENFJs can often experience feelings of regret, especially when it comes to things they failed to accomplish. They usually have a lot on their plate all at once, and work hard to get things done. ENFJs do whatever they can to tend to the needs of others, and are very giving people. This gives the ENFJ many different tasks to accomplish in a short period of time, and they can juggle all of these things on their own. Although ENFJs are skilled at handling these goals, they can become a bit overwhelmed sometimes. When they feel like they aren’t living up to their full potential, they will definitely experience guilt and regret.
INFPs can struggle internally with regret, especially when it comes to their moral choices. If they believe they have done things wrong in the past, they will likely be hard on themselves about this. They will run their actions over and over again in their minds until they discover what exactly went wrong. INFPs will analyze their thoughts and feelings, much more than most people ever realize. They dislike feeling regretful, and want to work towards finding a way to move forward. They do struggle with regret though, and need to be able to work through their feelings in order to move on.
ENFPs try to live their lives always moving forward, and really hate feeling regretful. They do experience these feelings though, and will try to find ways to work through them. ENFPs simply want to live their lives exploring the many possibilities around them, and do not want to feel restrained. Where ENFPs will often struggle with regret, is when they feel like they missed out on an opportunity. They want to truly experience life to the fullest, and dislike missing out on anything valuable. ENFPs try hard to overcome this though, and realize that life is what you make it and they cannot live every moment in regret.
INTJs are methodical and intelligent people, who prefer to think everything through thoroughly. Before taking a step forward the INTJ will absorb and analyze as much information as possible. This can cause the INTJ to experience less regret in their lives, simply because they know they did their best to make the right choices. They are always willing and ready to learn from every experience in life, even the ones that don’t go as expected. INTJs don’t want to live their lives constantly regretting the past, but instead prefer to focus on improving the future.
ENTJs dislike feeling regretful, and want to look at everything as an opportunity to grow and learn. They do dislike making mistakes though, and can become rather hard on themselves. ENTJs dislike regret, and hate feeling as though they have failed in any way. They might overanalyze any mistakes they make, and try to find ways to improve in the future. While ENTJs can experience regret, they always try to move forward and learn from what happened. This helps the ENTJ overcome regret, and find a better way to build their future out of it.
INTPs can definitely experience regret, especially since they analyze everything. If they believe they could have done something better, they will overanalyze the situation until they realize exactly what went wrong. This fear of failure and regret, can cause the INTP to stay stagnant in some areas of their lives. They will think things through so much that they don’t actually take the opportunity to act. INTPs dislike feeling as though they have missed out on anything, and want to be able to make the right choices in life. The INTP will do best when they finally come to realize that even their imperfect actions are opportunities to learn and grow.
ENTPs want to live their lives constantly searching out knowledge and opportunity. They love being able to explore, but this can sometimes cause them to experience regret. If the ENTP feels like they have missed out on an opportunity, they will definitely be regretful. They want to take advantage of their opportunities and feel free to expand their minds. When ENTPS experience this fear of missing out, they can sometimes lose sight of everything they have accomplished and experienced. They do best when they learn to accept that they cannot experience everything, but that even their mistakes are learning opportunities.
ISTJs can definitely experience negative feelings of regret in their lives, especially when they feel like they have made a mistake. ISTJs try hard to ensure that every action they take is planned out and well chosen. They don’t want to step forward without being fully prepared with their decision. If something does go wrong the ISTJ will likely analyze the situation in hopes of figuring out how to improve in the future. They try to always push through things, but can sometimes feel regretful about certain situations and experiences.
ESTJs do experience feelings of regret, even though they try to move forward. ESTJs do not become crippled by regret in most cases, and will continue to push on. When the ESTJ does feel regretful about something that went wrong, they will likely complain and vent about this. They often feel regret about trusting certain people in their lives, especially when those individuals betray that trust. ESTJs dislike feeling as though they have been fooled and will become very angry by this sort of situation.
ISFJs dislike feeling regret, especially since they try hard to make the right choices for their loved ones. ISFJs are always trying to ensure that everything goes smoothly, and care deeply about the people around them. ISFJs hate feeling like they have failed someone they love, and will definitely experience regret if this happens. They will likely try hard to make amends if they have hurt someone, and will do whatever it takes to fix the situation. When the ISFJ experiences regret they will try to find a ways to make things right once again.
ESFJs are always trying to move forward and ensure that everyone is cared for. While they want to tend to the needs of others, sometimes the ESFJ can experience pangs of regret. If they believe they have failed someone they love, the ESFJ will definitely feel regretful over this. They will likely try to make amends, and will do whatever it takes to fix their mistakes. ESFJs will either bury their feelings of regret, or they will work hard to fix them. They prefer to make things right, and dislike feeling like they have done something to harm someone else.
ISTPs prefer to live their lives in the moment, which makes them avoid feelings of regret. Instead of spending their time obsessing over the past, the ISTP wants to enjoy the present. Like any normal person they do experience feelings of regret, they simply do not let those feelings overwhelm them. Instead of dwelling on regret they will try and focus on the present moment and what they can do to change things. ISTPs don’t let these negative feelings overwhelm them, instead they analyze and improve.
ESTPs do experience regret, but they try hard to ignore those negative emotions. They want to try and focus on the present moment, and enjoy doing things that make them happy. ESTPs are very focused on the present, and want to live in the moment instead of dwelling on the past. They do not enjoy letting any sort of negative feelings overwhelm them, instead they want to push those feelings aside. ESTPs are not overly emotional people, and instead want to focus on logic and reason.
ISFPs are positive people, who prefer to focus on the present moment. They live their lives by their own moral standards, and do not want to let other people compromise this. While ISFPs do experience regret, they work hard to overcome it. They do not ignore their emotions, instead they take the time to feel and work through them. This helps ISFPs understand and work through their feelings of regret, in order to move into the future.
ESFPs live very much in the present moment, which often helps them to avoid feelings of regret. Instead of dwelling on those negative emotions, ESFPs would much rather look to the future. They want to enjoy their lives and dislike anything that holds them back. ESFPs don’t want to regret their mistakes, instead they want to learn from them. They enjoy focusing on the positive things in life and simply want to have fun when they can.
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