In What Ways Does Self-Doubt Affect You, Based on Your Personality Type

Most people experience some self-doubt in their lives, but we all respond to this differently. This self-doubt will manifest in unique ways in our lives, often depending on how we absorb it. Here is how self-doubt affects you, based on your personality type.



INFJs definitely experience feelings of self-doubt, and oftentimes this is what makes them so hard on themselves. They put others on a pedestal, and leave themselves down in the dirt. When the INFJs self doubt creeps in they end up feeling like they cannot accomplish their goals, and don’t even want to bother trying. They paint themselves in this unrealistic and harsh light, not really recognizing their strengths and wonderful qualities. They don’t want to take chances when they are feeling this way, for fear that they cannot find the results they are hoping for. This self-doubt can put the INFJ into a shell that they aren’t at all happy with.


ENFJs try to avoid allowing self-doubt to seep in too much, but regardless it still does. When the ENFJs begins to doubt themselves it can cause them to go into overdrive. This fear that they are not perfect causes them to work even harder to become what they want to be. ENFJs will do their best to hide any perceived flaws and find ways to really go above and beyond. They sometimes feel like the more they provide for others and give to them, the more likely they can overcome the things they are doubting within themselves.


When the INFP experiences self-doubt it often causes them to retreat inward. They find themselves analyzing every thought and feeling, trying to understand why they are being so hard on themselves. INFPs can overthink certain things which can sometimes make their situation a bit worse. They can be hard on themselves when they think about all of their mistakes, wanting to figure out why they didn’t accomplish certain goals. This causes the INFP to feel held back, and they might be afraid of taking chances since they begin to doubt their ability to get the job done.


When the ENFP experiences serious self-doubt it can cause them to become a bit stagnant. ENFPs usually enjoy taking chances and want to really experience life, but when they doubt themselves too much it can hold them back. They will be afraid that they just cannot live up to expectations, and so they prevent themselves from really diving into these things. The ENFP might become stagnant, spending hours at home without the will or desire to go be around loved ones.



When the INTJ begins to experience strong feelings of self-doubt, they often try to find logical answers. They will do their best to analyze their situation so that they can figure out what is causing them to doubt themselves so deeply. INTJs like to look at things from a logical point of view, and so even these emotions are something they try to put more practical understand towards. They will try and find the cause of this doubt, so that they can overcome it and quickly move on to accomplishing their goals.


ENTJs usually try to push past any negative emotions, sometimes self-doubt only makes them push harder. When the ENTJ experiences small amount of doubt in themselves, they work to accomplish things to an even higher level of skill. If they can prove themselves and others wrong, then they often feel this will help them to overcome all of this negativity they are experiencing. ENTJs don’t like simply giving up and so even when they are feeling down on the themselves, they often search for ways to continue being efficient in their lives.


INTPs do often experience feelings of self-doubt and this often comes from overthinking. They have a tendency to analyze even the smallest of details, which can push them to doubting themselves quite a bit. When the INTP does feel this way it often sends them even deeper into their analyzing paralysis, forcing them to feel completely stagnant and trapped within their own minds. The INTP will be afraid of making any real choices or moving forward, doubting whether or not they are making the correct decisions.


When ENTPs experience feelings of self-doubt it often comes from being alone inside of their thoughts for too long. Spending too much time simply thinking things through and overanalyzing without action, causes the ENTP to start to doubt themselves. Some of their darker thoughts can leave the ENTP feeling stagnant and depressed, and so they can struggle to move forward. If they continue to remain on their own without taking any risks, this can certainly cause them to become trapped in this web of analyzing.



When the ISTJ begins to doubt themselves it can cause them to overthink their actions. They will likely push themselves even harder, wanting to overcome whatever failures they believe they are falling into. ISTJs don’t like making mistakes or falling behind, and so they push themselves very hard in order to improve and achieve their goals. If they are doubting themselves they will often try and become better, possible spreading themselves a bit thin.


ESTJs can naturally be very hard on themselves, but feelings of self-doubt can actually be what drives them more than people realize. ESTJs are often trying to prove their abilities both to others and to themselves. They don’t want to be seen as failures, and will do whatever it takes to become skilled at just about everything they do. For the ESTJ self-doubt can often be what motivates them to push even harder and to dig even deeper for the strength inside of them.


When ISFJs experience self-doubt it can cause them to act a bit anxious around others. They will constantly be looking for ways to improve and might feel like what they say and do just isn’t good enough. ISFJs care a lot about their loved ones and they don’t want these people to judge them negatively. So the ISFJ often finds themselves overcompensating when they experience self-doubt, wanting to find ways to make themselves better and to make those around them proud.


The ESFJ who experienced self-doubt often becomes more uneasy and anxious around others. They find themselves always worried that what they say or do just isn’t enough. They constantly second guess their words and try to overcompensate for these feelings of insecurity. ESFJs try to find ways to overcome these feelings by making sure they are working even harder to be somewhere close to perfect. This definitely adds another level of pressure onto the already weighed down shoulders of the ESFJ.



ISTPs often try to bury some of their more negative emotions, which can make it hard for them to really cope with them. They might try to ignore this and begin searching for distractions to fill whatever emptiness they are experiencing. ISTPs live in the present and don’t enjoy things which make them feel overwhelmed or overly emotional. When they do find themselves experiencing these feelings of doubt they often manifest by making the ISTP a tad more reckless than usual.


When the ESTP begins to doubt themselves their usually spontaneous nature can either become reckless, or completely stagnant. When the ESTPs starts to feel these slightly negative emotions, they often resort to being a bit reckless in hopes of ignoring them. When the feelings become even worse the ESTP might find that they can no longer progress, and might become fearful of making too many mistakes, not wanting to really invest in anything real.


ISFPs try to understand and appreciate their own emotions, but self-doubt can be a difficult one for them to really cope with. When they doubt themselves it often comes from loved ones who also doubt their abilities. Feeling like others do not believe in them, causes the ISFP to judge themselves harshly. They might try to internalize these feelings, wanting to seek out the little things in life which bring them joy, even if it is just for a moment.


When the ESFP experiences feelings of doubt it often weighs heavily on their hearts, but they try to internalize this. They don’t want others to see this as weakness and often try to ignore whatever negative emotions they are experiencing. The ESFP might seek out whatever brings them a sense of joy, but this can become a bit more reckless than usually when they are feeling down on themselves.


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