Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Each Personality Type Handles Stagnancy
While some people don’t mind being a little bit still, others become anxious and uneasy. Here is how you handle stagnancy, according to your personality type.
INFJs can certainly handle a small amount of stagnancy in their lives, since their inner worlds are always active. When things seem stuck or boring, the INFJ can look inward to keep themselves challenged and entertained. It is hard for them to be fully stagnant, since they will always find a way to push their minds. When the INFJ does remain stagnant in their lives for too long, it can start to weigh them down. They might have a hard time motivating themselves to find an escape from this stagnancy, and will need inspiration to overcome it.
ENFJs definitely do not enjoy stagnancy, and will often try to find an escape from it. They want their lives to constantly be productive, and continuously moving forward. When the ENFJ feels stagnant they will begin searching for ways out of this, and will work hard to overcome it. While some people will remain a bit stuck in their situation, ENFJs do not enjoy standing still. They don’t want to just let things happen to them, and would much rather take direct control of their lives. ENFJs are constantly striving to care for others, and they realize that being stagnant will definitely prevent them from doing this.
INFPs can become unhappy if their lives become too stagnant, but might have a hard time finding the motivation to escape it. When an INFP becomes stuck in their lives, they can often turn inward and find themselves isolating even more. It can be difficult for them to find the inspiration to crawl out of their stagnant situation. If the INFP has loved ones to help them find a way out of their comfort zone, it can really help them motivate themselves. They need people who will be patient with them, but still find ways to truly inspire and build them up.
ENFPs definitely hate stagnancy in their lives, and can become very unhappy with it. If they find themselves stuck in a routine, it can really weigh them down. ENFPs will feel themselves losing sight of what matters, and will have a hard time pulling themselves out of it. When the ENFP is feeling stagnant they need someone close to them to help inspire a way through their unhappiness. They need to be able to try new things, and explore the many possibilities in the world around them. The ENFP certainly needs to be pushed out of this stagnancy, so that they don’t remain stuck for too long.
INTJs definitely do not enjoy stagnancy, and always strive to keep growing and moving forward in their lives. INTJs thrive off of knowledge, and need to constantly be challenging their own minds for improvement. If they feel stuck in the same place, it can become a bit exhausting and depressing for the INTJ. They are often good at motivating themselves though, and might become even more frustrated if others attempt to help. The INTJ simply needs to search for something that inspires them, and propels them in the right direction.
ENTJs definitely don’t enjoy stagnancy in their lives, and want to always be moving forward. Being stuck in the same place can become a bit depressing for them, and even overwhelming. ENTJs need to constantly feel challenged, and truly enjoy having things to overcome in their lives. They want to push themselves to grow and to reach their somewhat lofty goals. ENTJs who become stagnant can become a bit depressed, and might be stuck from a previous failure. They need to be reminded of their success and their ability to overcome challenges, in order to regain their confidence and move forward.
INTPs do not enjoy stagnancy, but they can become stuck at certain points in their lives. They can be such internally focused people, that their minds keep them a bit stagnant in the real world. They are so focused on ideas and analysis, that the INTP can sometimes lack the initiative to bring their imagination to fruition. INTPs need to find the proper motivation to attempt new things, or else their stagnancy can get the better of them. INTPs need to constantly feel challenged, and have to feel free to explore the possibilities around them.
ENTPs definitely despise stagnancy in their lives, and truly desire to keep themselves moving forward. ENTPs want to challenge themselves, and constantly strive to find new and exciting endeavors. When the ENTP feels stagnant they can become depressed and feel a bit stuck. They will need to find new things to excite them, and pull them out of their stagnancy. ENTPs constantly need to feel challenged and need plenty of hobbies in order to keep their active minds busy.
ISTJs are always pushing themselves to work hard and accomplish their goals, and don’t take well to stagnancy. They don’t mind sitting still in some situations, especially if they are doing well in other areas of their lives. ISTJs can certainly handle routine, and like when they can follow the same schedule. Living their lives in a routine does not feel like stagnancy for the ISTJ, since they are often working towards a larger goal. They are always working hard to build a positive future for their loved ones.
ESTJs don’t mind stagnancy in certain areas of their lives, as long as they feel like their major goals are accomplished. They want to provide for their loved ones, and become unhappy if they feel like they aren’t moving towards that. ESTJs are always pushing themselves to get things done, and value efficiency above much else. They often have higher energy levels, which keeps them constantly striving to move forward in their lives.
ISFJs don’t mind a little stagnancy, and often enjoy living inside of their comfort zone. As long as their loved ones are cared for and happy, the ISFJ will be content with this. They don’t need to constantly feel challenged or try new things in life, and would rather a peaceful environment. The main motivation of the ISFJ is to ensure that their loved ones are happy, and that their environment is kept in harmony. They want to see others happy, and don’t need to constantly be moving forward to do this.
ESFJs don’t mind stagnancy, as long as they are keeping their loved ones happy and stable. ESFJs can become bored if things remain too stagnant, but they are often good at finding ways to entertain themselves. Their main motivation is to ensure the wellbeing of their loved ones, which keeps them somewhat stuck inside of their comfort zone oftentimes. The ESFJ will certainly push outside of this comfort zone if it is for the sake of someone they love, and want to continue to please others.
ISTPs definitely do not enjoy stagnancy, and can become a bit unhappy if they are stuck in one place for too long. They enjoy being able to challenge themselves, and are always looking for something new to experience. ISTPs want to be able to explore new things, and seek out adventures, or else they become a bit frustrated. They enjoy having the freedom to do whatever they please, without having to deal with people holding them back.
ESTPs don’t enjoy stagnancy, and become antsy if they are bored for too long. The ESTP needs to constantly feel entertained and excited by something in order to keep themselves distracted from their thoughts. They can become overwhelmed if they are still for a long time, and will want to seek out adventure and excitement. ESTPs don’t want their lives to be stagnant, and simply want to find things that inspire and challenge them.
ISFPs don’t enjoy too much stagnancy in their lives, especially if it is not by choice. They want to feel free to explore things and experience life on their own terms. ISFPs enjoy being able to take a step back sometimes, and will appreciate the beauty around them. While ISFPs can sometimes choose to remain still, that doesn’t mean they feel stagnant. They simply do not want someone else dictating what they can and cannot do in their lives.
ESFPs definitely do not enjoy stagnancy, and are always seeking out new and exciting things to experience. ESFPs enjoy receiving plenty of attention from others, and seek to be in the spotlight. They are constantly wanting to try new things, and dislike feeling stuck in the same place. ESFPs can become bored rather easily, which is why stagnancy can be a bit miserable for them. They want to be free to experience life alongside the people they love most.