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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.


When upset, ISFJ withdraws becoming more quiet than usual and may harbor much of their negative feelings inside. They may shrink away from socializing and immerse themselves in mindless cleaning and organizing to distract from their issues. When upset, they may indulge in sensual delights, sometimes to excess. ISFJs take solace in words of encouragement from trusted authority figures and loved ones. It also makes them feel better to help others and be extra nice to them. When upset, ISFJs can slip into some erratic and uncharacteristic behavior and will sometimes need support and reassurance from others to help them heal and restore balance in themselves.


When upset, an ISTJ can become flustered and have a nervous breakdown. They may cope by trying to rationalize and convince themselves that things aren’t so bad. They will distract themselves with work or reading and may become more strident and critical of disorder and inefficiency. They withdraw emotionally and focus on what they can do to make things better so that they can feel a sense of control over their situation. They may resort to micromanaging their affairs and the excessive scheduling out of tasks with a sense of panicked or aggressive urgency.


When upset, the ESFJ may withdraw from their usually personable self and become more tentative. They my feel inadequate and insecure and may respond by criticizing others over petty and trivial matters. When upset, the ESFJ may feel emotionally vulnerable and in need of some consolation and support from the people they value most. They may become extra clingy and emotionally needy. They may also respond by seeking out professional counsel and advice.


When upset the ESTJ may become super judgmental and peremptory towards others and take out their frustration on them. Their patience and tolerance goes down the toilet and they can be very difficult to be around. They try to take the bull by the horns so to speak so as to make things right again but in the process they may trample over the sensitivities of others who fail to keep up or get with the program. ESTJ is highly pragmatic but may have a tendency to deal with their emotional turmoil using superficial and ineffective means.

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