Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How You Respond Under Pressure, According to Your Personality Type
Life is filled with feelings of pressure to perform, but some handle this better than others. Here is how you respond under pressure, according to your personality type.
INFJs definitely try to maintain their cool under pressure, and want to focus on responding properly. While INFJs can handle a lot of pressure, they don’t always do well with responding immediately. They need time to process information and sift through their own logic before they can make a proper decision. INFJs don’t enjoy having to make choices on the spot, and this type of pressure can be a bit stressful and overwhelming for them. INFJs also struggle when it comes to feeling pressure from their loved ones, since they want to please them so badly.
ENFJs can cope with a lot of pressure all at once, and seem to juggle many tasks seamlessly. While ENFJs are capable of handling many different tasks at once, they don’t enjoy pressure that comes from loved ones. The ENFJ knows how to cope with the stress of life, and understand that they need to be capable of making many different decisions. Where they struggle is when their loved ones apply pressure on them, and might have a hard time handling this. They simply want to please everyone around them, and work hard to make people happy.
INFPs definitely dislike feeling pressure on them, since they put enough on themselves. When the situation becomes highly stressful and requires a fast decision, the INFP can feel a bit overwhelmed. They prefer to have time to process their feelings, but that doesn’t mean they won’t respond. While the INFP definitely prefers having time to make a big decision, they are capable of acting on their intuition when the time calls for it. They will explore whichever possibility makes the most sense, and will try to follow what feels right.
ENFPs truly dislike having a lot of pressure and responsibility, and prefer to feel free to make choices without this stress. ENFPs don’t enjoy having all of the pressure on their shoulders, and become stressed out by this. The ENFP can handle this situation, but they truly dislike it and prefer to have less stress in their lives. They will try and respond properly, and will often accomplish their tasks very well. ENFPs just don’t enjoy feeling like if they aren’t allowed to make mistakes, and prefer to feel free to explore new avenues.
INTJs can certainly handle feeling the pressure on them, and respond well in these situations. They are intelligent people who spend a lot of time researching and absorbing knowledge. The fact that INTJs prepare themselves for most situations, can really help them when the pressure is on their shoulders. They prefer to focus on the situation at hand, and will work to find the best solution possible. Where INTJs can struggle is when they feel pressure from their loved ones to please them in different ways. They don’t enjoy feeling like they have to be responsible for someone else’s feelings and can become stressed by this when it is someone they care for.
ENTJs can certainly handle having the pressure on them, which is why they make such great bosses. They prepare themselves for most situations, and work hard to always be ready for challenges that they might face. Being constantly prepared helps the ENTJ to approach things, since they likely already have a plan ready. ENTJs can become stressed when the pressure is coming from their loved ones, since they don’t want to disappoint them. ENTJs simply aren’t great at handling their own emotions or the emotions of others, and can become stressed by this sort of pressure.
INTPs do enjoy challenges, but can struggle when they feel a lot of pressure. They especially have a hard time when their loved ones are pressuring them for some reason, and dislike feeling like a disappointment. INTPs prefer having space and time to process the information in front of them without feeling pressure to respond. Having to respond immediately can overwhelm the INTP, since their inner thoughts take time to fully process in a way that other people can comprehend.
ENTPs actually thrive in challenging environment, which is why they can often handle feeling the pressure on them. They enjoy having to make in the moment decisions, and are often very effective in this way. ENTPs can often see the many different possible outcomes, and have likely already thought these through in their minds. They will explore whichever decision makes the most sense, and aren’t afraid of making a few mistakes along the way. ENTPs enjoy new experiences, even if they can be a little stressful sometimes.
ISTJs can definitely handle a decent amount of pressure on them, especially when they can research their tasks. They already put plenty of pressure on themselves to succeed, and work hard to be the best they can at whatever they do. ISTJs aren’t afraid of things becoming difficult, and can handle a large amount of work related pressure. Where ISTJs struggle is when it comes to their loved ones applying emotional pressure on them, since they don’t respond well to feelings.
ESTJs are efficient and hardworking people, who can often handle a lot of work related pressure. When it comes to their career the ESTJ is ready and able to take on many challenges at once. They will simply find a way to push themselves even harder to become successful. ESTJs can struggle when it comes to feeling pressure from their loved ones though, since they don’t enjoy disappointing them. ESTJs want to feel capable of living up to their expectations without letting people down.
ISFJs are focused people who care deeply about tending to needs of their loved ones. They can handle pressure when it comes to the work place, but dislike having to make in the moment decisions. ISFJs want to have plenty of time to process the information and come to a reasonable conclusion. They don’t enjoy having to respond immediately and might become stressed by this. ISFJs already feel constant pressure when it comes to pleasing their loved ones, and can often handle this fairly well.
ESFJs can become anxious and stressed when they feel all of the pressure on them. They care deeply about their loved ones and want to please others, which makes them already feel an immense amount of pressure on a daily basis. When the ESFJ is feeling pressured to be successful they can struggle with this and might become uneasy. When their loved ones also pressure them to get something done, it makes the ESFJ feel rather overwhelmed since they can sense the emotions of others rather easily.
ISTPs can certainly handle pressure, since they don’t let themselves become too stressed by it. ISTPs are often very in control of their own emotions and try not to become overwhelmed. They make most of their decisions in the moment, and don’t mind having to respond quickly. ISTPs are well aware that life is about making mistakes, so they aren’t afraid to make a few in order to learn and grow.
ESTPs seem to respond better under pressure, because it requires them to act in the moment. They can often procrastinate if they have too much time on their hands and struggle to motivate themselves. When the ESTP is forced to make a quick decision, they are often very capable of getting things done. ESTPs are more comfortable when they have to respond in the moment, and are more than capable of handling this type of pressure.
ISFPs can become overwhelmed if they feel like people are pushing them, and this type of pressure can be stressful for them. They dislike feeling like their loved ones are disappointed in them, and need space to make their own choices in life. ISFPs are capable of making in the moment decisions though, and will handle pressure when it comes from someone they are not close to.
ESFPs can actually handle pressure fairly well, since they respond to things in the moment. ESFPs don’t need time to process what they are thinking or feeling, and often already know the choice they are going to make. These decisions can sometimes seem a bit hasty, but this is how the ESFP responds to things. They are naturally skilled at thinking on their feet, and don’t become anxious when they have to make a quick decision. ESFPs often respond better under pressure because it forced them to get things done.