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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 they are upset, ISFPs may suddenly become bossy and judgemental of others abilities and competency. They may become hypersensitive to slights both real and imagined. ISFPs may have a tendency to put off and procrastinate anything that may add to their emotional distress including mundane routine tasks that they abhor. The ISFP may also try to drown out the negative feelings with escapism and mindless thrill seeking. They might even try to “self medicate” with mind altering substances. Ideally, ISFPs may simply take time to relax and remove themselves from the source of their distress so they can reflect and meditate.


When they are upset, the ISTP will likely withdraw and become more quiet and detached from others. They tend not to express what is bugging them preferring instead to reflect and figure things out for themselves, perhaps while doing things they enjoy. When they are upset, the normally cool headed and mild ISTP can become temperamental and easily triggered into an emotional outburst. They may feel insecure and try to overcompensate by ramping their productivity and sense of self worth through what they can do and achieve.


When they are upset, ESFPs may become a trainwreck and shut others out and become difficult to work with. They will likely want someone with whom they can talk about their problems and vent or may avoid thinking about their problems altogether. They may also engage in thrill seeking and indulgent and sometimes reckless behavior depending on how distraught they are. They want to feel good and will do whatever they can to take their minds off of whatever is dragging them down. They will be extra sensitive to criticism and view negativity from others as an attack against which they will rebel with force.


When they are upset, ESTPs may sulk and become very bruque with others. They may feel beleaguered, hypersensitive to criticism and their conversations with people may become bitter and laced with insults both explicit and implicit.They may go on the offensive and attempt to make others see things from their perspective and validate their grievances. ESTPs may also go off on their own to blow off steam and just surround themselves with the things they love that make them feel better.

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