Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How You Handle Bad News, Based on Your Personality Type
While nobody enjoys receiving bad news, some people are more capable of coping with it. Here is how you handle bad news, based on your personality type.
INFJs definitely don’t enjoy receiving bad news, but they can usually cope with it rather well. If the INFJ is already overwhelmed and depressed however, they won’t handle bad news well at all. On a normal basis INFJs do handle bad news well, and would rather be aware and in the know. They are often aware of the negative things that happen around them, since they are very intuitive people. INFJs take bad news as a part of life, but will handle it depending on the severity and how closely it connects to them and their loved ones.
ENFJs are focused on getting things done, and can handle having many things coming at them at once. ENFJs take on so many tasks and responsibilities that they become used of receiving bad news. Even if it isn’t as severe, ENFJs are prepared for most situations. They simply try to approach the situation with logic and intuition so that they can overcome whatever their struggle might be. ENFJs aren’t incapable of withstanding bad news, especially when it is something that can be managed and fixed.
INFPs definitely don’t enjoy receiving bad news, and can take certain things rather hard. INFPs might struggle when it comes to listening to news stations, and hearing all of the horrible things going on in the world. INFPs aren’t capable of simply disconnecting from their emotions or the pain around them, and feel these things very deeply. This is why certain bad news can be difficult for the INFP, since they cannot simply detach from the situation. The INFP will be able to cope with it eventually, but they need to feel those emotions and find a way to process them.
ENFPs definitely don’t enjoy receiving bad news, and might become very frustrated. If they are already feeling overwhelmed it can be a lot to process adding something else onto the pile. When the ENFP feels really stressed and upset about the bad news they receive, they might need some time to themselves to process everything before they can move forward. ENFPs need to deal with things in their own way and don’t appreciate people telling them how they need to respond.
INTJs can definitely handle receiving bad news, especially since they try to prepare for most situations. The INTJ will take on this news and attempt to find a way to move forward and solve the problem at hand. They don’t become overly emotional or find themselves getting stuck, the INTJ processes the situation and searching for a solution. In most situations the INTJ has already prepared themselves for bad news, and realizes that nothing goes quite as smoothly as they would hope.
ENTJs don’t approach things from an emotional point of view, and try to remain calm and logical. For ENTJs bad news is often a part of life, and they realize that not everything can go smoothly. They plan for most situations and will work towards finding a way around their problems. ENTJs can handle bad news, especially if it is something that can be solved with proper strategizing. ENTJs might struggle with bad news relating to their loved ones though, and don’t always know how to handle the things they cannot change.
INTPs often prepare themselves for a million different outcomes, and have an intuitive grasp on the many different possibilities. This can sometimes help the INTP cope with bad news, since they often are prepared for it. While INTPs do try to keep themselves ready for possible negative outcomes, it can be difficult when they don’t see a solution to their problems. If the situation can be fixed the INTP will find a way to approach the problem with logic and analysis. If the struggles are more emotion and the solutions are vague, the INTP might become frustrated and need time to themselves to process.
ENTPs prepare themselves for many different outcomes, and are capable of seeing the possibilities. This often helps the ENTP prepare themselves since they are intuitive and logical people. They will often process the many different possibilities of any given situation, and will analyze these things over and over again in their minds. This can often aid the ENTP when it comes to receiving certain bad news, since they have likely already come up with a plan in order to solve the problem. Where ENTPs struggle is when they have an emotionally based issue that doesn’t seem easily solved by logic and reason.
ISTJs often prepare themselves for many different situations, and prefer to be ready for anything. If a problem arises they will attempt to research and find a way to fix whatever they are faced with. While ISTJs certainly don’t enjoy receiving bad news, they will attempt to approach it from a practical and logical stance. ISTJs would rather push through things and try to find a reasonable solution, and don’t enjoy letting things get in their way.
ESTJs can become overwhelmed when certain bad news comes their way, and might become very frustrated. For them it is important to find a solution to their problems, but there are times when bad news can leave them feeling anxious and unhappy. ESTJs try to prepare for anything, but can become bogged down if their struggles seem emotional in nature. They want to be capable of solving all of their problems as efficiently and quickly as possible.
ISFJs can have a hard time receiving bad news, since this often disrupts the harmony in their environment. ISFJs want things to be happy and enjoy when their lives are running smoothly. They work hard to maintain the happiness of those around them, and prefer when they can prepare for things. ISFJs realize that struggle is part of life, but they want to deal with problems that can be solved practically and quickly. ISFJs don’t enjoy seeing their loved ones in pain, and will become very frustrated and unhappy when certain bad news affects those around them.
ESFJs become rather upset when certain bad news comes their way, and might feel overwhelmed inside. While the ESFJ will likely become frustrated by bad news, they will often find ways of overcoming this. They want to ensure that their loved ones are happy, which means finding a solution to whatever problem comes their way. ESFJs work hard to maintain a sense of harmony in their environment and can become rather aggressive and focused if something disrupts this.
ISTPs can often handle bad news fairly well, since they don’t allow most things to cause them unnecessary stress. For ISTPs it is important to approach their problems with a sense of logic and practicality. They want to be able to find ways to solve their issues, and will attempt to strategize and problem solve. For ISTPs it can be more difficult to receive bad news that is more emotion and doesn’t have a logical solution that they can see. ISTPs can sometimes avoid these problems altogether, and find ways of escaping.
ESTPs can become a bit frustrated when they receive bad news, and might not want to face it. There are times when the ESTP can become reckless, and this is often after receiving negative news. They might find themselves trying to run from their problems instead of readily facing them. ESTPS work hard to maintain a certain lifestyle and oftentimes they want things to go their way. Some bad news can be hard for them to cope with, but they will eventually find a way to overcome it.
ISFPs can definitely struggle with bad news, since they would rather feel free to enjoy life. When negative things bog them down the ISFP can become frustrated and a bit depressed. They want to be able to follow the path that feels right for them, and dislike when certain things get in their way. Sometimes bad news can be overwhelming for the ISFP, and they might want to find an escape.
ESFPs truly dislike dealing with bad news, but most of all they don’t enjoy handling it alone. If they have a proper support system helping them get through their struggles the ESFP will deal with things much better. They simply don’t handle receiving bad news without someone there to give them proper perspective and guidance. ESFPs would definitely rather focus on the positive things in life, and truly hate when they are forced to face negative news.
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