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The Cognitive Blind Spots of Each MBTI Type

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In the MBTI, blind-spots in your personality type are the areas you tend to overlook and fail to give adequate consideration for. Here’s a look at what your blank spot is based on Myers-Briggs personality type.

INFP

The General blind-spot associated with INFP, revolves around their lack of objectivity, attentiveness to details and being efficient with their time and energy. INFPs prefer to draw from the wellspring of their intuition and exercise their creativity rather than simply follow steps and prescriptions. INFPs have a strong desire to do things their way and consequently can fail to appreciate the necessity of certain rules and procedures. In managing their own lives, INFPs may suffer problems stemming from a lack of strong structure and planning things out effectively. Although they deep down would like to be more orderly, INFPs may need help from a more organized personality to help them optimize their lives and be more efficient.

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The blind spot for INFJ revolves around their lack of Se awareness and ability to improvise well under pressure and without adequate preparation. INFJs tend to be more cautious and tentative when undertaking a new task or project. INFJs think long term and like to work out the logistics of what they intend to do in their heads well in advance of taking action on any of it. Furthermore, INFJs may have a tendency to read too much into the future significance or meaning of objects in their environment and overlook the obvious, practical and immediate utility of that object. Generally speaking, because INFJs have such a strong focus on the future implications, they may often overlook the missed opportunities that are right in front of them or excellent options that can be implemented in the here and now.

ENFP

The blind spot for ENFPs will generally be with regards to keeping up with their responsibilities and their tendency to overlook logistical details when they are blinded by idealistic optimism. ENFPs seek to move forward and explore new possibilities and opportunities and they can’t stand to be held back by what they consider to be unnecessary restrictions, routines and over-adherence to convention and convenience. Because of this, they can sometimes miss out on the importance or value of conventional wisdom which can sometimes save them from unnecessary and preventable problems. Having an ISTJ around could help the ENFP by counterbalancing their pie-in-the-sky perspective with a more grounded, practical and responsible outlook.

ENFJ

The blind spot for ENFJs is generally their lack of ability for figuring out how to operate technical or mechanical objects and understanding how they work. ENFJs are more adept at grasping concepts that are explained to them but when it comes to hands on learning and figuring things out on the Fly, they can get tripped up frustrated by it. There is a lot of value in spending a lot of time by yourself and mastering a tool or instrument or craft of some sort. But because ENFJs are more people-oriented, they tend not to subject themselves to this type of isolated and intensive self-development. Furthermore, the ENFJ may also have difficulty recognizing nuanced distinctions between physical objects and have a tendency to overgeneralize.

INTP

The blind spot for INTP is primarily social in nature, especially within the realm of their personal relationships. For INTPs, the intellect is a safe zone for them where they like to spend a great deal of time. Consequently, they are often oblivious as to what’s going on with the people in their lives and how they are affected by INTP’s behaviors such as their tendency to isolate and skip out on opportunities to spend time together. INTP can have difficulty understanding other people’s perspectives and often take for granted that other people can understand the logic in how they operate. In reality, it is not so obvious to other people and they may often have different needs that INTP can easily overlook or fail to recognize as important.

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The blind spot for INTJ is being alert and responsive to their immediate environment. INTJs tend to live in the world of impressions and images within the private sanctum of their mind. They are good at visualizing the future and sussing out abstract ideas, but when it comes to physical details in their immediate environment, they can be largely unaware of what’s in front of them. The instincts of an INTJ can be largely unreliable when it comes to navigating the physical realm. Like INFJ, INTJs tend to focus on the long-term and overlook what’s going on in the present which can lead to missed opportunities and thrilling moments.

ENTP

The general blind-spot for ENTPs is attention to details and also awareness of their own internal bodily sensation. With their inferior Si, ENTPs are inclined to have a poor sense of what they are experiencing internally. They are not great at gauging the signals and messages that their body tries to send them. They may often pay too little or too much attention to their health. They may have a very libertine and casual disregard for their own health that borders on self-destructive. Because of the nervous energy they often have, ENTPs may often self medicate with various mind-altering cough cough substances. Listening to what their body tells them along with paying heed to the virtues and utility of convention, are a couple of the things that ENTP is prone to overlook.

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The blind spot of the ENTJ is cultivating a healthy awareness of their own values and feelings as well as those of others. ENTJs tend to be consumed with a focus on goals and leveraging their time and energy on the logistics and resources needed to achieve those goals. The significance of “right and wrong” play a much lesser part in the ENTJ’s machinations. ENTJs tend to overlook the significance of what they feel and often view it as a form of weakness that just complicates matters distracting them from what needs to be done. For this reason ENTJs can unwittingly trample on the feelings of others and lack the self-awareness necessary for softening their forceful nature with more sensitivity and consideration.

ISTJ

The blind spot for ISTJ centers around their lack of flexibility and openness to risk and novelty. ISTJs tend to cling to what is familiar and true to them while actively avoiding and closing themselves off to experimental ideas and possibilities that require them to venture outside their comfort zone. Furthermore, with their inferior Si, ISTJs are not apt to jump on the bandwagon or be earlier adopters of new technologies, and innovative changes. For this reason, they can be a bit old-fashioned and out of the loop in comparison to their peers and society at large. Although they may be content with keeping things the way they are, ISTJ can miss out on a lot a new and exciting things that can enrich and expand their horizons.

ISFJ

The blind spot for ISFJ lies in their lack of interest or openness to new ideas, possibilities and concepts. ISFJs don’t really care to understand the nuts and bolts of everything. For them, what is more valuable and meaningful is their relationships and the roles they play within the context of their community society or vocation. ISFJs are very service-oriented and are more concerned with that which is real and concrete. They love having a set routine that they can carry-out day in and day out and it is not really in their nature to try and deviate from that. When the conventional way of doing things doesn’t work, ISFJs are inclined to get frustrated and feel helpless. Having an extroverted intuiter like ENTP can be helpful to the ISFJ in troubleshooting and figuring out all the possible reasons for why something doesn’t work and also generating a creative solution to a familiar problem.

ESTJ

The blind spot for the ESTJ is interpersonal sensitivity. With their inferior Fi, ESTJs are often not deeply in touch with their personal sense of values and sense of right and wrong. ESTJs are very objective oriented but they often have a great sense of humor and can be very exciting to be around. At the same time, they can also be very cutting and heavy-handed in how they dispense criticism and disapproval. ESTJ may lack awareness for how that comes across to others and why they should take the time to reflect and introspect on their own personal values. Furthermore, because of their lack of emotional self-awareness, ESTJs may have a lot of pent-up rage that spills out when they are triggered. A lot of this can be prevented if they are willing to explore their feelings and deal with them constructively rather than try to bury them beneath a layer of logic.

ESFJ

The blind spot for ESFJ is generally with regards to they’re inferior Ti. ESFJs are very strong in the interpersonal department, but not so much in the impersonal logical department. They may display a lot of logical inconsistency that stems from their efforts to appease others and keep the harmony on a instance by instance basis rather than address the core problem. ESFJs tend not to be very objective and are willing to bend or change their values to serve their purposes or the purposes of the group. ESFJs tend not to develop a strong set of personal principles and values of their own but rather base their values or orient themselves according to the values of the groups they operate within. To this regard they’re good rule-followers but when it comes to deliberating complicated issues and solving problems ESFJs can be lacking in their ability to work out a genuinely fair and objective solution. Such a solution would require a deeper critical thinking skills, and lateral thinking skills, each of which are the domain of the INTP and ENTP.

ISFP

Generally, the blind spot for ISFP lies in the area of preparation and efficiency. ISFPs are more free flowing in their approach to most tasks. They don’t deliberate too much before getting started and their working style tends to go in casual fits and spurts rather than a steady consistent effort. ISFPs may struggle when it comes to planning things out and devising a workable strategy that they will stick to. It is all too easy for them to break away from their plans and do something else or get sidetracked by some random event. Furthermore, ISFPs can also struggle in the area of responsibilities and fulfilling their duties and routine tasks. The lack of organization can be a big blind spot for ISFP for whom it may not seem like a big deal. they can tolerate quite a bit of disarray before they are compelled to straighten up and make their environment more tidy. It may take the influence of an ENTJ type to help the ISFP learn some organizational discipline and time management skills.

ISTP

The blind spot for the ISTP is primarily in the area of foresight and interpersonal relationships. ISTPs are very present-focused and do not spend a great deal of energy, time or thought on the consequences of their actions before they do them. ISTPs are game to deal with the aftermath, whatever that may be, but sometimes this attitude can result in consequences they can’t afford to deal with. Additionally, ISTPs grapple with much of the same social issues that INTPs deal with including obliviousness to the feelings of others and isolating themselves too much. ISTPs may not realize the damage they sometimes cause with their anger, blunt words and emotional unavailability. It may take some effort on their part to develop more emotional awareness and communicate their feelings more constructively.

ESFP

The blind spot for the ESFP is typically with regards to unrealistic expectations for the future. ESFPs in general tend to focus on the present and this can lead them to make myopic choices that come back to haunt them. Furthermore, as extroverts who live in the moment, ESFPs often lack a sense of self-awareness about themselves that is necessary for assessing their own actions and behaviors in order to self-improve. It is often incumbent upon others to inform them and give them a wake-up call to help them gain some perspective. Furthermore, ESFPs can have a sometimes negative attitude about the future because they want to stay young forever. Consequently, they may neglect to plan adequately and make smarter decisions in the present that will pay off down the road. The influence of and INTJ can help the ESFP avoid making some bad mistakes in pursuit of instant gratification.

ESTP

The blind spot for ESTP typically centers around long-term decision making. ESTPs are great at seizing opportunities and capturing the moment but many of their impulses drive them to seek instant reward and short-term benefits. This mindset allows them to remain undistracted by excessive fear about the what-ifs and potential pitfalls that could cause them to lose their nerve. The adrenaline often carries them away on the path to claim what they desire. However, when it comes to the long-term game, ESTPs may find that their decisions are not ideal or well-thought-out. Furthermore, ESTPs can also be less than attentive and present when it comes to emotional intimacy and quality time with their loved ones. For this reason, they can often be oblivious when it comes to providing what their loved ones need from them which may often be just emotional availability and affection.

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    The Cognitive Bias Each MBTI Type Is Probably Guilty Of

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    The Cognitive Bias Each MBTI Type Is Likely Guilty Of

    Cognitive biases are a natural by-product of the limitations in our perception and cognitive processing. In many cases, cognitive biases allow us to make decisions more quickly and correctly even if they are predicated on faulty logic or info.

    It may be difficult for an individual to recognize their own cognitive biases as they often operate under the guise of what is believed to be rational reasoning. Cognitive biases skew choices and cosign ideas that are not rational or in concord with reality. Here is an assessment of the cognitive biases each Myers-Briggs type is likely to exhibit.

    INFJ – The Sunk Cost Fallacy

    The sunk cost fallacy is described as an irrational commitment to an objective or goal that is no longer desired or worth pursuing, but is done so only because of the time and resources already invested into it. Rather than cut one’s losses and move on to other opportunities, emotional attachment accumulated from the effort and time invested toward it’s acquisition actually skews judgment making it more difficult to turn away even when it is in their best interests to do so.

    INFJs are said to have difficulty breaking away from unhealthy relationships and have a tendency to hang on longer than they should. They may believe it is a rational decision to avoid throwing away the time and energy already invested in a person but in reality, INFJ’s sentimental idealism may be obscuring them from seeing the truth .

    INFP – The Backfire Effect

    The backfire effect is when in response to criticism or challenges to one’s beliefs an individual then doubles down and believes them even more strongly. INFPs on account of their Fi can be stubborn and rebellious and are bound to have some deeply held core values that would be difficult to change. It is likely that for many of their personal values, INFP would be highly resistant to anyone’s attempts at reforming or restricting them.

    What is ‘true’ or ‘right’ to them may defy or transcend conventional standards or strictly empirical ones. Because of their sense of integrity and desire to be true to themselves, there are likely to be some things, however irrational, that INFP is unwilling to compromise on and any opposition against them may only fortify their convictions rather than weaken them.

    INTJ – Fundamental Attribution Error

    This bias describes the tendency to make ungenerous assumptions about other people’s behavior and actions while rationalizing one’s own behavior in a more forgiving light. If an orderly person is struggling to manage their schedule, they may rationalize that they have too much on their plate, but if they viewed the same struggle in someone else, they may possibly chalk it up to a lack of discipline.

    INTJs have a penchant for reading into situations and past superficial appearances to make solid conjectures about them but with regards to people who under-perform, INTJs may be inclined to dismiss them uncharitably. INTJs can be judgmental and dismissive especially if they are more intellectually arrogant and unempathetic.

    INTP – The Curse of Knowledge

    The curse of knowledge refers to the tendency to forget what it was like to not know something once it has been learned. INTPs may be guilty of this as they may sometimes take for granted that others understand what for them appears obvious. INTPs may often explain things in a way that others don’t understand fully because they don’t see all the intuitive connections on which INTP has based their reasoning.

    Once they form their conclusions or ideas, INTPs may forget the intricacy that went into their formation and when communicating them to others may need to remember to expound on certain details that are not as self evident as they think them to be.

    ENFJ – Optimism Bias

    The optimism bias is just as it sounds- an over-optimistic faith in favorable outcomes. ENFJs are idealists and as such they believe strongly that good will always triumph over evil. Even in face of set backs and struggles, ENFJs are determined to find the silver lining in clouds and they try to teach others to do the same.

    It is admirable that ENFJ is able to cling so tenaciously to hope, but maybe they sometimes do so to the extent of verging on being delusional and in denial over the truth. ENFJs. ENFJs are committed to their ideals, but it is also important to be realistic and not sugar coat or set their expectations too high especially since not everyone is able to bounce back from disappointments as well as they can.

    ENFP – The Halo Effect 

    The halo effect refers to the influence of how we feel about someone or something in one area has on how we judge them in other areas. A convicted felon who happens to be very attractive or famous for example, may receive more favorable treatment or a lighter sentence than someone viewed as less attractive. A successful TV personality on account of their popularity may be favored to run the country as president than other more politically experienced and qualified candidates.

    This type of subjective bias may be something in which the idealistic ENFP is guilty of. ENFPs may have a tendency to see their friends and trusted associates in an almost unconditionally positive light and their idealistic faith and loyalty to them could maybe blind them from the actual short comings and personal flaws in their character.

    ENTJ – Anchoring

    Anchoring refers to the influence that our initial judgments have on subsequent perceptions. If an art dealer offered a painting to you for $500, that price may seem excessive. But if the dealer had preceded that offer with an even higher one such as $10,000, well then the $500 would seem relatively reasonable. ENTJs are likely to use this bias against other people rather than fall victim to it themselves. ENTJs are typically very articulate and skilled in communicating in effective, and persuasive ways. They may employ their powers of manipulation to play with people’s perceptions and ultimately get them to do what the ENTJ wants them to.

    ENTP – Reactance 

    Reactance is the inclination for doing the opposite of what is expected of you. ENTPs are notorious for their contrarian tendencies and playing devil’s advocate. If you make one point, an ENTP will try and poke holes in your argument even if they actually agree with you. They pick debates the way bullies pick fights, but maybe ENTPs sometimes take it too far. ENTPs may try to assert their independence and sense of individualism by going left when other people tell them to go right. Their non-conformist nature is what makes them so creative and interesting but sometimes it’s also good to just stick to the script.

    ISTJ – The Dunning-Kruger Effect

    It often goes that with the more knowledge you acquire, the more aware you become of how much you don’t know. In many cases it is the people with the least understanding who overestimate their knowledge. ISTJs are inclined to collect extensive knowledge about whatever it is they take interest in and they are probably one of the most thorough and assiduous types with regards to research and knowledge building.

    But with Ne as their inferior function, ISTJs may have a hint of awareness regarding the potentially infinite field of things they have yet to understand. ISTJs are typically certain of what they know because they have good memories and practice what they do. However, when it comes to anything outside of their practicing knowledge that may require conceptual leaps and theorizing, ISTJ will likely tread cautiously and waver in their convictions.

    ISFJ – The Availability Heuristic

    The availability heuristic refers to how the emotional strength or recentness of a memory can heavily influence our perceptions and cause us to perceive objects or events as being more eminent or important than they really are. A sensitive feeling type such as ISFJ is likely to perceive threats and emotionally charged situations in a more heightened way. Their memories are likely to be very strong, especially with respect to how they make ISFJ feel.

    Their subjective feeling about many things is likely to make them prone to unfounded worries and concerns and exaggerated perspectives. ISFJs may have a propensity for relying on their first impressions and initial notions which may often be predicated on sensationalized or incomplete information.

    ESTJ – Confirmation Bias

    Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek only information and ideas that support one’s preexisting beliefs. People who display confirmation bias seem to cast a blind eye or show willful ignorance of the holes and flaws in their ideas and beliefs. They are either in denial or feel so strongly in their convictions that any criticism or counter argument would seem irrelevant or of marginal importance in their minds.

    ESTJs could be guilty of this as they have a tendency to believe they are always right. ESTJs can be stubborn in what they believe. This may be in part because they are uncomfortable with change and have little patience and tolerance for those who do not share their views and beliefs.

    ESFJ – Groupthink

    Groupthink bias refers to the tendency to adapt, subordinate and tailor one’s views to accord with the social dynamics of a group. ESFJs being harmony-focused individuals who value community and connectedness, are inclined to fashion themselves to fit whatever form that will win them social points and acceptance. ESFJs tend to lack a strong internal value system and instead tend to model themselves in the image of their surroundings.

    For this reason they may be guilty of jumping on the bandwagon of popular opinion to earn brownie points and show that they’re “with it”. They often profess conventional wisdom and ideas that deep down they may not even understand or embody.

    ISTP – Gambler’s Fallacy

    The gambler’s fallacy refers to the mistaken notion that a streak of good luck or bad luck impacts the odds future bets when in reality they remain the same. ISTPs enjoy their share of risk taking and living on the edge and many may have a taste for gambling and betting. Since they can get caught up in the moment, they may be susceptible to the irrational but hard to resist temptation to push their luck when experiencing a string of wins. When they get on a roll, ISTPs may feel emboldened to ride that wave longer than they probably should.

    ISFP – The Barnum Effect

    The Barnum effect is what happens when we interpret specific validating details out of vague ambiguous statements. When we construe a general statement that could apply to anything or anyone as having a very particular and pointed meaning. The most common examples of this may be horoscopes and psychic readings and possibly even the MBTI.

    People with this bias don’t realize that they are validating baseless statements by filling in the gaps themselves. ISFPs with their Fi-Ni may be susceptible to naively drawing false conclusions and connecting dots that shouldn’t be connected. Because ISFPs are creative and open minded, they may be susceptible to believing in unrealistic and irrational suggestions and the ploys of conniving grifters.

    ESFP – The Framing Effect

    The framing effect refers to the influence that the way in which information is presented has on how it is received. It is possible to influence how receptive or unreceptive a person will be to a proposition or message based on how it is presented to them. ESFPs may be susceptible to this since they are so responsive to sensory stimulation and style. ESFPs have strong preferences and feelings about what they like and don’t like. They may be very suggestible and susceptible to the appeals of clever sales pitches and marketers.

    ESTP – Self-Serving Bias

    The self serving bias is described as a tendency to conveniently cast blame on other people or circumstances for one’s own failures while readily taking all the credit for the successes. This type of bias stems from the ego’s desire to protect and exalt itself. ESTPs are very active and ambitious and with each accomplishment they make, their egos may grow commensurately.

    Because they are competitive and always in it to win it, they may react to failures and losses as though it were a threat to their self worth. ESTPs may therefore be guilty of having a lopsided sense of accountability that is heavily biased towards preserving their own self image and self interests.

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    The Logical Fallacy You Likely Use Based On Your Myers-Briggs Type

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    Why Do INTPs Procrastinate?

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    [dropcap]T[/dropcap]ime management is a skill that some people are adept at. Such individuals tend to be prompt, organized and reliable in most aspects of their lives. They follow through on their commitments and adhere to schedules and plans. In the MBTI, these traits are characteristic of judging types such as INTJ, ISTJ, ESTJ, etc. Their structured and efficient approach to tasks, allow judgers to be highly productive and successful in both academic and occupational endeavors.

    INTPs, despite being vaunted as one of the most intelligent and creative personality types, carries a reputation for underachievement. According to data collected across multiple sources, INTPs come out as the 6th lowest-earning personality type on average and they have been rated by psychologists as being among the 3 types most likely to have trouble in school (Roberds-Baxter & Baxter, 1994). In a study of middle school students, INTPs were also found to have lower grades than would be expected based on aptitude scores.

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    INTP Problems With Procrastination

    So why do INTPs underperform? Are they just lazy? The reasons may vary, but INTP procrastination might be one of the greatest impediments to their own ambition. INTPs have an ‘all or nothing’ attitude and their strong interests often have a monopoly on their time and mental energy. Along with other perceiving types, INTPs can spend endless hours immersed in the things that interest them but when it comes to other responsibilities (boring, mundane, repetitive responsibilities they see little value in doing), they can’t seem to muster the motivation until it becomes a state of emergency.

    The notion that the INTP is smart but lazy likely stems from the way INTPs prioritize their time. They prefer to either tackle tedious tasks all at once or postpone them indefinitely. When it comes to deadlines, INTPs have a tendency to avoid taking action until they are mentally ready to stage an all out effort attempting to complete the mission in one fell swoop. Unfortunately, even if they manage to accomplish the objective, the quality of the end result may be less than what could have been achieved had they allowed themselves more time.

    INTPs would rather cook up an ingenious time-saving and labor-saving device, if they could,  to spare them the tedium of menial chore work. This ironically, would almost certainly require far more work and effort than if they were to just complete the simple task. This attitude is evidenced by a study in which INTPs were found to be the type most highly represented among “casual inventors” (people who indicated they spent approximately 40 hours a month working on their inventions). This, if nothing else, shows that INTPs do have the wherewithal to take their ideas and work to materialize them.

    How The INTP Brain Works

    INTJs like to put work before play and INTPs put play before work. When INTP is busy with their priorities, trash and dirty laundry will go ignored until they reach critical mass. INTPs have a high tolerance for disorder and disarray in their personal work environment and there are studies that have affirmed this. The INTP’s preoccupation with their thoughts and focus on abstraction makes their immediate environment nothing more than background noise.

    INTP attention to detail fluctuates from razor sharp to wantonly slipshod. Although INTPs are precise with language and reasoning, they are prone to making careless errors in regard to physical tasks including that of grammatical oversights. Additionally, INTPs become very distractible when doing tasks that are detail oriented. Their minds wander away from these activities to more mentally stimulating pastures until suddenly they realize they’ve poured too much milk into their cereal and the bowl runneth over.

    INTPs lack of organization and absentminded forgetfulness compromises their ability to fulfill responsibilities. Although organizational discipline can be learned, it’s a struggle for INTPs and however long they manage to sustain it, they will likely revert to their natural instincts. It’s like training a dog to walk on it’s hind legs. It could become quite good at it, but in the end they are anatomically better and more efficient when on all fours. Being overly organized probably comes at some cost to the INTP’s creative temperament but a healthy balance can certainly be achieved.

    INTP and ADHD

    On paper, the INTP personality looks a lot like a description of someone with ADHD, or more specifically ADD. According to WebMD, ADD is subset of ADHD without the hyperactivity/impulsivity component. Many symptoms of ADD coincide with descriptions of the INTP and “NPs” in general including their lack of focus on tasks that require extended time and effort. People with ADD are seen as often daydreaming and in their own world. They are inattentive and easily sidetracked.

    Symptoms of ADD:

    • Trouble paying attention (easily side-tracked)
    • Doesn’t like or avoids long mental tasks (such as homework)
    • Trouble staying on task during school, at home, or even at play
    • Disorganized and seems forgetful
    • Doesn’t appear to listen when directly spoken to
    • Doesn’t pay close attention to details
    • Loses things often
    • Makes careless mistakes
    • Struggles to follow through with instructions
    • Difficulty maintaining focus
    • Making careless mistakes; poor attention to detail
    • Complaints of being bored
    • Appearing unmotivated or apathetic
    • Being tired, sluggish or slow moving
    • Appearing “spacey” or preoccupied
    • A short attention span for regular, routine, everyday tasks (homework, chores, etc.)
    • Distractibility
    • Organization problems (like having a messy room, always running late, etc.)
    • Procrastination
    • Problems with follow-through
    • Poor impulse control (saying or doing something before thinking it through)

    The traits of ADD are more often found in introverts. ADHD by contrast exhibits a more fidgety and attention-seeking form of inattentiveness that is distinct from regular ADD. ADHD people are restless and children with it are often squirming, tapping, talking and behaving inappropriately with poor impulse control. A study found that children diagnosed with ADD were 72% introverted while children diagnosed with ADHD were 60% extraverted. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD symptoms in children include:

    • Fidget and squirm in their seats
    • Leave their seats in situations when staying seated is expected, such as in the classroom or in the office
    • Run or dash around or climb in situations where it is inappropriate or, in teens and adults, often feel restless
    • Be unable to play or engage in hobbies quietly
    • Be constantly in motion or “on the go,” or act as if “driven by a motor”
    • Talk nonstop
    • Blurt out an answer before a question has been completed, finish other people’s sentences, or speak without waiting for a turn in conversation
    • Have trouble waiting his or her turn
    • Interrupt or intrude on others, for example in conversations, games, or activities

    INTP Overthinking

    INTP critical thinking ability is probably unmatched by any other MBTI type. INTPs in their ability to assess things from many different angles and viewpoints may often suffer from “analysis paralysis”. Analysis paralysis is basically an inability to take any decisive course of action because of option overload. It just so happens that INTPs have the ability to assess a multitude of contingencies and possible pathways but the INTP may feel there is always a better one or they may foresee how each one could go wrong. This dilemma of the INTP thinking too much can manifest into neuroticism and INTP negative thinking that may become self-defeating.

    Many INTPs are absent-minded professors who would be content to while away their time pondering the mysteries of the universe like some lazy genius. INTPs have a busy thought life and they exhaustively obsess over problems, analyze ideas and arguments, and generate new ones of their own. The INTP thinking face is like a less menacing version of the INTJ death stare.

    They are “thinking machines” but it is hard for others to appreciate this as work because it all takes place discreetly in the INTP’s mind. There is often nothing to show for all the mental work INTP performs because for the most part, the act of creating concepts and understanding them is an end unto itself. The process of actually testing out those ideas in the real world is a whole other bag of tricks the INTP may prefer outsourcing to someone else.

    INTP and Organization

    INTP can deal with procrastination a number of ways. Even though INTPs are inherently disinterested in following a regimented lifestyle, this does not discount the fact that incorporating a more systematic approach and adopting disciplined habits can increase their productivity and efficiency. Sure, they may have to forego their bohemian lifestyle temporarily, but when it comes to getting things done, the utility of having organization skill is worth it.

    Many INTP need structure and there are various ways of helping the INTP get organized. For one, they can break down larger tasks into smaller bite sized goals and begin chipping away at them as soon as possible. They should work out a realistic schedule and make a serious effort to stick to it. Allot time for a focused work session interspersed with short breaks to allow the INTP brain to reset. Too much time spent doing one thing and the ol’ INTP brain fog will start to set in (either that or ADHD).

    Tips To Overcome INTP Procrastination:

      1. Don’t Catastrophize – A common reason why people procrastinate is because they fear the long and arduous drudgery associated with the task before them. They anticipate the misery they will endure and the pain it will supposedly cause them. This mindset generally exaggerates the actual situation. Get rid of the gloom and doom view and recognize that it’s probably not nearly as bad as you might make it out to be. Take it as a challenge and attack it with force.
      2. Focus On Why It Must Be Done – Remind yourself of the consequences of not doing the task sooner rather than later and assess what’s really at stake. You may be minimizing the necessity of the task and erroneously overlooking or undervaluing it’s importance. Think of the benefits of completing the task and how good it will feel to have it done and over with.
      3. Mark Your Calendar – Plan ahead and clear your schedule to set aside time specifically for that task. This allows you to prepare mentally in advance for productive work sessions.
      4. Chunk it – Break up large tasks into smaller manageable chunks. Doing things at the last minute puts unnecessary pressure on procrastinators. Give yourself sufficient time to whittle away at the task and focus on smaller portions at a time. This will save yourself a lot of time and stress and make the task easier to tackle.
      5. Optimize Your Environment – Don’t underestimate the power of a tidy work space. A cluttered work area makes for a cluttered mind, as they say. Even though INTPs are often too engrossed with other things to even notice the chaos and disorder around them, an orderly and clean work environment can have an anodyne effect on the mind and probably remove distractions that could disrupt focus.
      6. Forget Perfectionism – Sometimes, perfectionism is to blame for why people put things off longer than they should. Perfectionism can set too high a bar such that the possibility of not being able to reach it justifies not attempting to at all. It might be helpful to just throw those lofty expectations right out the window and give it your best. Just get it done and move on, there’s no need to torture yourself.
      7. Reward Yourself – Give yourself a little incentive to get started by treating yourself upon reaching significant milestones of progress. Or just promise yourself a reward at the end, you’ll definitely be more motivated to reach the finish line once you know there is a something good waiting for you.  

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    Which MBTI Type Is Most Likely To Cheat?

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    Which MBTI Type is the biggest cheater?

    [dropcap]A[/dropcap]side from open marriages and other polyamorous relationships, most romantic partnerships are formed under terms of sexual and emotional exclusivity. Faithfulness in a relationship is generally the one most hallowed tenet in a monogamous arrangement and when it is breached, a line is crossed that will often spell the death of the union.

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    How Each Myers Briggs Type Sabotages Themselves

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    INTP + ISTP


    SOCIAL SUICIDE


    The anxiety, awkwardness and rejection they’ve  experienced socially can drive the INTP/ISTP away from people causing them to miss out on opportunities to form meaningful connections with others. Their past embarrassments and moments of ineptitude may burrow deep into their psyche and lead the INTP/ISTP to capitulate and simply embrace their interpersonal inadequacy as part of the hand of cards they’ve been dealt. Unfortunately, when the INTP/ISTP eventually meets people who truly appreciate them for who they are they may have difficulty relinquishing the safety of their emotional isolationism. They may fear opening themselves up to a great relationship because they have wired themselves to anticipate disappointment.




    INTJ + INFJ


    Not Being in the Moment


    INTJs and INFJs are often so preoccupied with their personal goals and agenda that they tend to forget to stop and smell the roses and appreciate the moment. INTJ/INFJs are very future oriented often due to their malcontent with their current circumstances. They can spend a vast amount of time inside their heads pondering and planning the next project or experiment and focused on taking the next step in the progression of some larger scheme. As a result, the beauty of the fleeting present moments often go unnoticed or ignored while in pursuit of their goals. Down the road, the INTJ/INFJ may look back and wish they enjoyed the journey a little more.





    ENTP + ENFP


     Reinventing the wheel


    ENTPs and ENFPs are wantonly irreverent of tradition and stodgy customs. They may dismiss established modalities and systems for the sake of finding their own way of doing things. This may cause them to needlessly reinvent something that’s already existing or readily available even if is “old”. It is advantageous to learn from and embrace the useful bits from the past. Rather than disregard long standing traditions in wholesale as part of an obsolescent monolith, ENTP/ENFPs ought to examine their value and utilize them when it makes sense.




    ENTJ + ESTJ


    REFUSING TO BE HELPED


    ENTJs and ESTJs prize personal strength, independence and self reliance. They do not actively seek help from others because they believe in themselves and also they want to feel empowered and in control as much as possible. As a leader of a a team, they have no problem delegating and appropriating resources in the form of people to accomplish a group task. However in their personal lives, ENTJ/ESTJs prefer not to receive outside assistance with areas in which they may be struggling. They may not even acknowledge that they have a problem and may resist intervention by others who care about them.




    INFP + ISFP


    Procrastination


    When it comes to self-sabotage, procrastination is king. Why? Because procrastination is the gap between intention and action, and it is in this gap that the self operates. The undermining behavior lies in not closing the gap. INFP/ISFPs make an intention to act, but when the time comes, get lost in their own deliberation, making excuses to justify an unnecessary and potentially harmful delay.  They want to be organized and efficient, but are totally disorganized. INFP/ISFPs hate schedules and trying to keep to them wears them out. They can see that things are not working but don’t know how to fix them and get angry at themselves for being so disorganized.




    ENFJ + ESFJ


    SABOTAGING RELATIONSHIPS


    ENFJ/ESFJs have difficulty in being objective and developing a consistent standard unhampered by petty social allegiances. Their lack of internal self knowledge and self awareness opens them up to behaviors such as jealousy, possessiveness, emotional manipulation, neediness, violence and so forth.  They want to objectively understand other people, but discussing them in impersonal terms makes ENFJ/ESFJs feel uneasy and cold. They hate using impersonal logic or leverage against others. They want to ensure that they do things “right,” and must learn to step back from other people and situations and analyze them freely, without feeling like a traitor.




    ISFJ + ISTJ


    Reluctance to Try New Things


    ISFJ/ISTJs don’t like discussing things that have nothing to do with reality. They want to know that the conversation is going to accomplish something before they engage in it or they will become frustrated. Sometimes, they get a sense of what is going on between other people and are later proven right, but they are not always sure at the time that what they are picking up on is the truth. It can be difficult for ISFJ/ISTJs to make decisions that will impact the future, because they’re not sure what that future looks like … any of sixteen things might happen. They shy away from long-term commitments unless they feel absolutely safe; otherwise, they’re inclined to worry about what might happen. They can be impulsive once in awhile and others at times comment on how naive some of their belief systems are.




    ESFP + ESTP


    Not Planning Ahead

    ESFP/ESTPs thrive on action and getting immediate results. They are confident in their ability to adapt and respond to whatever life throws at them and as a result, they do not often concern themselves with long term planning. Their lack of patience seeks instant gratification and they are excellent improvisers but they may become suddenly discomfited by obstacles that they failed to anticipate or prepare for. They kind of hate introspecting, it seems a dangerous enterprise.  They prefer things that are symbolic or archetypal… and they come up with some crackpot theories at times with a tendency to be a little superstitious.






     

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    INTP


    Vice: Caffeine


    INTPs are susceptible to becoming amphetamine junkies. They love caffeine because it fuels and even amplifies their stamina and focus for reading writing thinking and creating. They lurk the inter-webs at all hours hopping from website to website sifting through endless pages to satisfy their never-ending scatterbrained appetite for information. They should really get to bed but before they know it, it’s 1 AM. They go to school or work and use their caffeinated beverage of choice to get them through the day but at night their overstimulated nervous system won’t allow them to fall asleep even if they tried. Thus continues the cycle, of caffeine addiction. It may take an intervention from their loved ones before INTPs are able to break their habit only to relapse a couple weeks later.


    INTJ


    Vice: Trying to Takeover the world


    INTJs brood about the future and what they can do to ensure theirs is a successful one. They bury themselves in their work, preoccupied with testing and experimenting with the litany of ideas hatched by their Ni. They want some notoriety or at least something to show for their efforts. They tolerate what they need to and many of them learn to put on a social face to get along and integrate with other earthlings. Underneath their agreeable social mask however, is a power hungry monster who fantasizes about world domination. They want to be in the captain’s chair making the decisions, with a crew of capable peasants to answer their every beck and call. Fortunately, most INTJs are quite competent and would make excellent controllers …err, I mean leaders.



    ENTP


    Vice: Toying with people


    ENTPs make sport of poking holes in other people’s arguments. They may also get a rise out of testing boundaries with people which may extend to their romantic relationships. They can be like sociopaths when they try to see what they can get away with; how good they are at pulling the sheep’s wool over people. It takes some cunning, a little cleverness to deceive others; a challenge they are likely to find appealing. It would be a testament to their brilliance if they can have their cake and eat it too. Feelings may get hurt along the way but the drama makes for great story telling later.



    ENTJ


    Vice: Scheming and connivery


    ENTJs in their blind ambition may be tempted to dance with their dark side. They have the ability to draw up a plan that will fatten their wallets or rig the system in their favor. Some may develop an interest in magic and become skilled in the art of misdirection and manipulation. ENTJs are well suited as grifters or magicians such as Penn Jillette who uses an astute insight into human behavior to construct clever machinations designed to get the best of other people. ENTJs would also make excellent crime bosses with an ability to orchestrate an elaborate scheme and get away with it, at least for a while. Charles Ponzi, the notorious father of the titular Ponzi scheme, was likely an ENTJ. Fortunately most ENTJs direct their energy into more honest professions.



    INFP


    Vice: Staying up until the wee hours


    A lot of INFPs are vampiric night owls. Many of them come alive only in the after hours when the sun is done shining it’s awful light. They are liable to be bookworms and book sluts who can read all night when they really ought to be catching some restorative shuteye. Don’t be surprised to find them in bed getting cozy with a copy of Moby Dick or snuggling under the sheets with some good Charles D. (Dickens) to keep them company. Be it books or movies or youtube videos, INFPs can almost always find some distraction to delay their slumber. They are avid consumers of fiction and many indulge in the creation of their own.



    INFJ


    Vice: Perfectionism


    Perfectionism is a vain pursuit that sometimes does more harm than good. Many INFJs strive for it with excellent results but in the process place a lot of undue stress on themselves. They can be very hard on themselves in their effort to live up to their ideals and sense of purpose in the world. They derive a lot of pride from their work viewing it as a reflection on them and what they stand for. INFJs can be very impassioned and they channel their ardor and vision to produce something remarkable, beautiful and inspiring. But they can sometimes get caught up in their lofty standards to the point of becoming prima donnas and self-entitled drama kings/queens.



    ENFP


    Vice: Drinking & Smoking


    ENFPs carry an edgy libertine aura consistent with most creative people. Naturally, many of them are likely to pick up bad habits in the way of smoking and or drinking alcohol  often for the aura of machismo or “coolness” it exudes. They know it’s bad for them but they look so cool doing it and so it becomes a part of their self-image as well as a social lubricant. On the plus side, they likely will experience many amusing and comical situations that they will later share as stories.



    ENFJ


    Vice: Obstinance


    ENFJs are not perfect though they may try to be. They may have a self-righteous streak where they become convinced of the correctness of their beliefs and closed off to alternative view points. They can be inflexible on certain matters and issues and unwilling to bend or compromise. They may wantonly flout admonishments from others whether through outright or passive-aggressive dismissal.



    ISFJ


    Vice: Complaining & Cowardice


    ISFJs are often the squeaky wheels in need of oil. They seem ever-ready to voice concerns or grievances over things both real or imagined. Although responsible and sedulous, when it comes to problems, it sometimes seems as though they enjoy complaining about them more than solving them. Also, they are generally not so open to branching out of the comfort zones to challenge themselves. They doubt themselves too much and often avoid having to learn new skills or tackle tasks that look to daunting for them. It is mostly in their head and they would benefit from adopting a more positive and confident attitude.



    ISTJ


    Vice: Collecting Things


    ISTJs are misers with an affinity for coupons and rebates. The expression “a penny saved is a penny earned” was probably coined by them (pun intended). When they were young many ISTJs probably collected seashells, or rocks later graduating to collecting butterflies and coins. They also like collecting old things like commemorative stamps, $2 bills, rare baseball cards, autographed memorabilia and the like. They’re very fond of antiques and items with historical significance such as an unopened bottle of wine excavated from the titanic or the pair of undies Buzz Aldrin wore during the moon landing. ISTJs with abundant income may likely be found at auction houses bidding on useless objects worth a fortune.



    ESFJ


    Vice: Scuttlebutt


    ESFJs are friendly and personable individuals but two-faced as well. They love the rumor mill gossip and they shamelessly engage in water-cooler gab about all the latest in other people’s business. Their loyalties are with their friends whether right or wrong. However, some of their companions may wonder if their ESFJ friend ever talks about them behind their back. ESFJs think nothing of it when they blather about people and people is all they really talk about in general. They aren’t interested in discussing impersonal topics like the intellectual INTP or ENTP. ESFJs are unabashedly superficial and can hardly resist juicy drama.



    ESTJ


    Vice: Sadism


    ESTJs enjoying busting balls whether or not they possess a pair of their own. They are sometimes too strict and domineering and can clash with others especially intuitive perceiving types. ESTJs may be the ones who appreciate hierarchical structures the most, especially when they are at the top of it. The reins of power feel comfortable in their hands and they may derive a sadistic pleasure from pushing their underlings to the limit, mushing them like sleigh dogs. All the while insisting they are the just and fair arbiters of what is good and right.



    ISFP


    Vice: Debauchery


    ISFPs are heathens with a wild side to them that belies their placid and friendly demeanor.  They may appear shy but they have a sensual and stimulus-seeking nature that can get them into trouble. They can really cut loose when they unleash the party animal inside them and they have the capacity to be very impulsive, going wherever the mood takes them. This means lots of risky behavior and mischievous exploits including raunchy sexual escapades. It sounds sensational until someone ends up in an ambulance or behind bars.



    ISTP


    Vice: Mind-altering substances


    ISTPs like to engage their senses with weird stimuli. If they can get that sensation from a schedule 1 drug then all the better. They are open to experimenting with things that they think may expand their minds and enlarge their perspectives or simply get their endorphins going. They may even become an uncertified expert in pharmaceuticals, becoming very knowledgeable about various substances like psychadelics and hallucinogens. This recreational use can run awry when ISTPs attempt to self-medicate to alleviate their emotional problems or stress in general. A better therapy would be exercise and physical activity which they also enjoy.



    ESFP


    Vice: Vanity


    ESFPs can be a little too into themselves and may be preoccupied with superficial concerns relating to their attractiveness and popularity. Their sense of value is tied up in their image of how interesting and exciting a person they are. They want to be the life of the party and the center of attention. To do that, they feel the need to be either really funny or good looking or unpredictable and attention grabbing. They want to stand out as unique and fascinating and are most content when they feel admired and loved. They may feel threatened by other attention seekers who seek after the same glory. This often leads to jealousy and petty acts of vindictiveness or even depression and feelings of worthlessness.



    ESTP


    Vice: Exorbitant Spending


    ESTPs can be very materialistic or simply immoderate in their purchases. When they were young they were likely athletic and lean but gradually turned into a fatso with age. They enjoy the good things in life like fine cuisine and deep-tissue massages. If they are wealthy, they no doubt take great pride in their earning power and do not resist showing it off with their expensive property and possessions. They may shell out extra cash to make an impression or just to demonstrate that they have the power to do so. ESTPs don’t mind splurging on themselves and their loved ones but at the same time they do not take it lightly. It is not “easy come easy go” when it comes to finances but they are often skilled enough in the management of it that they are able to get away with a sumptuous lifestyle.



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