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How Each Myers-Briggs Type Behaves When Upset

The MBTI Types When They are Upset

Everyone gets down in the dumps from time to time, but coping mechanisms may differ from person to person. Here is a look at how each MBTI personality type may deal with their emotional distress.

INTJ

INTJs tend not to show what they are feeling. When upset, INTJs will likely withdraw and become more quiet than usual. They will likely go for a walk to blow off some steam and gather their thoughts. Other people may not even notice anything is wrong since INTJs are so often very stoic and private about what they feel. When in a state of malcontent they can become testy and cold-hearted. INTJs typically don’t seek advice or counsel from others and prefer instead to assess their issues privately until they can reach a verdict of their own accord.

INTP

When upset, INTPs tend to ignore things that get under their skin until it reaches a boiling point. They become more passive aggressive and sarcastic but will hardly admit to having a problem. Although INTPs have little reservations about engaging in litigious debates over ideas and views, they are less comfortable with conflicts in which their emotions are involved. Because they hold so much inside, they can develop an unhealthy anger that only gets worse because they are reluctant to acknowledge their emotions. When upset, INTPs can dwell obsessively on picking apart what is bothering them and become intellectually combative and self righteous towards others in the process.

ENTJ

When upset, the ENTJ may become volatile and impatient. It will be difficult for them to listen to anyone for very long and they may become very domineering and intimidating. Diplomacy may fall to the wayside when they are not happy and the ENTJ may cut straight to the point in setting about how to fix their situation. They typically do not wallow in despair and self pity as it is not a productive use of their time as far as they’re concerned. The ENTJ may feel vulnerable and fearful but will be resolved in their effort to get themselves and their lives back under control.

ENTP

When upset, ENTP can lash out and will seek out like minded individuals to commiserate with them. They want someone with whom they can vent their anger and frustration with lengthy and loquacious diatribes. When they have been hurt or upset by someone, the ENTP can become especially frank and insensitive towards others. They may try to busy themselves with activities to distract from their pain or umbrage or simply sink into a depression. The ENTP would benefit by taking time to slow down and reflect calmly on what bothers them and share this with an objective listener who can help them focus on what’s most important and sort it out.

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