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ESTP Shadow: The Dark Side of ESTP

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The shadow is a concept that Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung developed to explain the hidden parts of our personality that we are less aware of. Each of the 16 personality types represent what would be considered the conscious ego. Over the course of its development, the conscious ego selects what it does and does not accept or recognize as part of its ego identity. Consequently, there will be aspects of ourselves that we disown and ignore.

These qualities and characteristics are what get pushed to the background of our psyche and become part of the unconscious Shadow complex. Jungian analyst, John Beebe later conceptualized The Shadow in terms of archetypal roles played by the cognitive functions not included in the personality type of the conscious ego. In the case of ESTP, these functions are Si, Te, Fi and Ne and this happens to also be the function stack of the ISTJ personality type. Here’s a look at how the ESTP shadow functions play out.

ESTP 5th Function: Si Opposing

Si opposing manifests as an antagonistic and stubborn response when ESTP’s dominant extraverted sensing is being obstructed or opposed. ESTPs have Se hero which means that living in the moment and taking life as it comes is their primary mode of existence. ESTPs are all about dealing with the situations that are in front of them and they don’t like having their freedom to do so be limited. They tend to take action without much delay or concern about the future ramifications or the past (aside from surpassing past achievements).

Additionally, for ESTPs, seeing is believing and so they tend to distrust so-called facts and statistics that don’t line up with what they’ve observed and experienced directly. ESTPs can be argumentative and impatient when their real-time instincts are hamstrung by rigid protocols and slow-moving beauracratic processes. The nature of extraverted sensing is bold, adventurous and highly reactive and this contrasts sharply with the more cautionary and memory-based character of introverted sensing. ESTPs like to keep things moving and make things happen immediately. They can easily feel obstructed by inconvenient details and rules that they view as unnecessary road blocks in the way of their plans.

ESTP 6th Function: Te Critical Parent

ESTP’s 2nd Shadow function and sixth function overall, is extraverted thinking. The sixth function is associated with the archetype of the critical parent or witch/senex. ESTPs like to maintain an openness to more information, but when it comes time to make the decisions, they utilize judgment that is objective and logical by way of their auxiliary introverted thinking. Additionally, ESTP’s auxiliary Ti provides them a sense of inner control and capacity for understanding, analyzing and solving problems.

Te Critical Parent, however, emerges in response to having their introverted thinking process negated or taken for granted by others. ESTPs can then become stern and hypercritical in their attitude about the external logic of how objects in their surroundings are organized and the standards, capabilities and deficiencies of how others perform. ESTP’s Te critical parent can be tyrannical and overbearing with a tendency to excoriate others for technical flaws, substandard quality and poor logistical planning at every turn. Sounds a lot like the abrasive TV chef, Gordan Ramsay.

ESTP 7th Function: Fi Trickster.

ESTP’s 3rd Shadow function is introverted feeling. This is the seventh function in their cognitive stack. The seventh function is associated with the archetypal role of the trickster. The trickster can be described as the often mischievous instinct for tricking and making a fool out of others who try to trap or double bind us. It is something of a deceptive defense mechanism for getting oneself out of trouble.

In the case of ESTP, this Shadow function may arise in response to a person or group trying to criticize, alienate, ostracize or socially condemn the ESTP for their conduct or perhaps being affiliated with people or organizations that are deemed bad in some way. Fi trickster compels ESTP to undermine their critics credibility by making personal attacks against their moral character, ulterior motives, and integrity. Even if there is legitimacy to the criticisms being levied against them, ESTPs can effectively and smoothly deflect the heat away from them back onto the person it’s coming from.

ESTP 8th Function: Ne Demon

Lastly, we have ESTP’s fourth and final Shadow function, Ne demon. ESTPs have inferior introverted intuition which means simply that they are much more focused on the immediate and tangible experience of the real world than the abstract and imaginative vision of its implications. The inferior function can often be a source of insecurity and embarrassment. People often overestimate their inferior function and so when they experience a significant failure that exposes their incompetence with it, the disillusionment can threaten their self-esteem and ego worth.

ESTP’s Ne demon emerges to compensate for their Ni shortfalls and does so in ways that are highly invidious and disparaging. They may attribute their Ni-related failures to the evil of others trying to destroy them. Rather than look within to find ways to improve and learn, the demon function compels us to cast blame on others and look for external causes and explanations for why we failed. Furthermore, ESTP’s Ne demon emerges when their Se hero feels helpless and vulnerable. Ne demon takes control in a rather narcissistic manner and attempts to forcefully succeed where they previously fell short by opening themselves up to a myriad of hypothetical possibilities that are highly experimental, wild and impractical.

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    ENFJ Shadow: The Dark Side of ENFJ

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    The MBTI is largely based on the work of Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, and each of the 16 Myers briggs personality types represent what he referred to as the “conscious ego”. Jung believed that over the course of each person’s personality development, the conscious ego will naturally determine what it does and does not accept as part of its ego identity.

    Consequently, the qualities that we reject in ourselves will get pushed to the back heap of our unconscious. This unconscious part of our psyche is what Jung described as the shadow. The shadow is a concept used to explain aspects of our personality that we deny and ignore in ourselves. The shadow is not necessarily bad or evil and can actually be very positive when properly harnessed and integrated with our ego identity. Continue reading

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    ENFP Shadow: The Dark Side of ENFP

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    ENFPs are described as warmly enthusiastic, imaginative and insightful. They open themselves to possibilities and are strongly driven to create a unique identity while pursuing a life that is meaningful and creatively fulfilling. However, as with the other 16 MBTI types, there is a shadow side to the ENFP. Continue reading

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    INTJ Shadow: The Dark Side of INTJ

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    The INTJ is a personality type described as reserved, perceptive, methodical, and decisive. They make plans, take action on them and go about their lives in a very purposeful yet introspective way. This constitutes the INTJ’s conscious ego, but as with the other MBTI types, there is also another side to them. This hidden side is what Carl Jung described as the shadow. The shadow represents the unconscious parts of our psyche that we have less awareness of and control over.  Continue reading

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    ISFP Shadow: The Dark Side of ISFP

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    The ISFP personality is described as quiet, friendly and sensitive with a taste for adventure and physically stimulating experiences. However, that is not the whole story. As with the other MBTI types, there is a shadow side to the ISFP and that shadow happens to take the form of an ESFJ. In Jungian psychology, the shadow represents unwanted or repressed aspects of our psyche that operate below conscious awareness. The shadow is not recognized as part of the ego identity and is thus marginalized to the fringes of the mind.  Continue reading

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    ISTP Shadow: The ISTP Dark Side

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    The shadow type of ISTP is ESTJ. In Jungian psychology, the shadow represents the unconscious self and the aspects of our personality that we don’t accept as part of our ego identity. The shadow tends to manifest in ways unaware to us as a disruptive and negative force, However, when brought into our greater conscious awareness, it can be harnessed to positive effect.  Continue reading

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    INFP Shadow: The Dark Side of INFP

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    The shadow type of INFP is ENFJ. Each MBTI type consists of 4 cognitive functions but in truth, every person utilizes all eight. The 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th functions are considered shadow functions. Jungian analyst John Beebe conceptualized the functions in terms of archetypal roles. The 1st being the “hero”, the 2nd; the”good parent”, the 3rd he called the “child” and the 4th he referred to as the”anima” which means “soul” or “spirit”. The namesakes of these roles gives you some sense of what they represent. Continue reading

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    ENTP Shadow: The Dark Side of ENTP

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    The shadow type of ENTP is INTJ. According to Carl Jung, the shadow represents the unconscious mind and the darker aspects of personality such as our insecurities, anger and neuroses. In Jung’s theory, the inferior function (the weakest and least developed cognitive function) serves as the gateway to the shadow. A lot of what we struggle with and tend to repress and reject in ourselves can be explained by the inferior function.

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    The Trickster Role Of Each Myers Briggs Type

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    The Opposing Role of Each Myers Briggs Type

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    The Opposing Role

    The opposing role is the 5th function and the first shadow function in the Beebe model’s extended 8-function stack. This function’s role manifests as a reaction towards the ego and especially its heroic dominant perspective when being opposed or obstructed. Obstruction might also be when the ego’s connection with the anima (or inferior function) is obstructed. This function refuses to “play” and join in whatever is going on at the time. Your 5th function is used mainly as a defense and manifests as unfriendly, rude and uncooperative. 

    “The opposing personality is a primary resource of defense, a part of us that tends to lurch forward first when we feel our heroic superior function and it’s most cherished values to be under attack”. (p132)  It is “oppositional, paranoid, passive-aggressive and avoidant”, (p. 41, 58, 132) and also ‘easy to project onto others, especially a person of the opposite sex”. “Projecting the opposing personality will cause a man to see the woman in a negative or troublesome light as she seems to embody the man’s own antagonistic traits”

    It might be easy for us to develop skill in the process that plays this role, but we are likely to be more narrow in our application of this skill, and it will likely take more energy to use it extensively. In its positive aspect, it provides a shadow or depth to our leading role process, backing it up and enabling us to be more persistent in pursuit of our goals.




    Opposing Role: Extroverted Thinking


     INTP

    Ti Ne Si Fe Te Ni Se Fi

    ISTP

    Ti Se Ni Fe Te Si Ne Fi

     

    • Tries to beat others at their logic using their own principles.
    • Tries to promote their frameworks as being the most efficient, and in some way get them implemented.
    • Think that agreed upon logical rules are stupid and a waste of time.
    • Spunky Te types might be sexy.
    • Recognizing the need for external efficiency.
    • Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about the way the environment is organized, and other mechanical things.
    • Can become critical, disgruntled with disorder, illogic, or inefficiency.
    • Can become stubborn about organizing things and insist on a systematic approach.
    • Lashes out if others criticize their logic with emotional arguments, and make subjective arguments.
    • Spend unnecessary time establishing order, planning, and misguide themselves and others in the process.
    • “The environment should be ordered in a way that makes sense to me”.
    • Orders the external world according to what makes sense to the “hero” (dominant function). Opposes those who order it differently.
    • Will back up the ego’s internal technical model of how things should be, and thus when the principles are violated, it will be “stubborn” about how things are technically organized.




    Opposing Role: Extroverted Intuition


     INTJ

    Ni Te Fi Se Ne Ti Fe Si

    INFJ

    Ni Fe Ti Se Ne Fi Te Si

     

    • Turns toward external stimuli to back up their internal perceptions.
    • Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about emergent meanings and hypothetical possibilities.
    • Probably think that multiple possibilities are absurd. The patterns point to one right conclusion.
    • Over-reading between the lines, often misinterpreting someone’s actions and seeing negative intentions where there are none.
    • Interpret situations in a naive way, inferring malice where none exists.
    • Oblivious to unspoken potentials and get off track with inferences and interconnections.
    • Stubborn about responding to emerging information and locking on to a hidden meaning.
    • Veers away from likely outcomes according to internalized conceptual patterns and merges with the objects themselves, using their open, multiple meanings or possibilities to toss out at others, perhaps sarcastically.




    Opposing Role: Introverted Intuition


     ENTP

    Ne Ti Fe Si Ni Te Fi Se

    ENFP

    Ne Fi Te Si Ni Fe Ti Se

     

    • Feel obstructed by or become stubborn about their perceptions of unconscious images and meanings.
    • Taking only one possibility derived individually instead of the multitudes from the environment, is stupid and limiting.
    • Will “lock on” to an internal negative perception of what will happen.
    • Make dire predictions with certainty and mistake deep symbolism as a guidepost for life.
    • Envision how something will play out and ignore signs that it won’t work out, foreseeing disaster or nothing at all.
    • Stubborn about perceptions of how the future will be, and lock onto a vision that won’t happen.
    • Indulge negative thoughts of how events will unfold.




     Opposing Role: Introverted Thinking


     ENTJ

    Te Ni Se Fi Ti Ne Si Fe

    ESTJ

    Te Si Ne Fi Ti Se Ni Fe

     

    • Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about individually understood technical principles and robotically following them.
    • Breaking things down into [individually assessed] trivial detail is stupid, inefficient and a waste of time.
    • Steps aside from the means to the end of implementing efficiency, to referencing the inherent “universal” principles, explaining why this is the way it should be, or why others should understand or act accordingly.
    • May make statements or believe in ideas that are contradictory and illogical.
    • Caught up in pointing out others’ inconsistencies, with a dogmatic tendency to adhere to one principle rather than seeing its distinctions.
    • Can be stubborn about the models and principles they’ve adopted, categorising everything simplistically and robotically following the principles.
    • Prefer not to articulate operating principles and can get stuck in models and frameworks they have learned or adapted.




    Opposing Role: Extroverted Feeling


     INFP

    Fi Ne Si Te Fe Ni Se Ti

    ISFP

    Fi Se Ni Te Fe Si Ne Ti

     

    • Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about environmental [human] group standards.
    • Think that agreed upon ethics do not get to the real needs of people; affect them negatively, etc.
    • Will appeal to external societal values to defend personal valuations.
    • Over-address others’ concerns and feel disappointment over a false sense of closeness.
    • Convinced others don’t like, appreciate, or need them, and over-accommodate others needs.
    • Stubborn about how others affect them and resist being pulled into being responsible for others feelings and choices.
    • Can be quite critical and disgruntled about the expectations of the group to the point of rebellion and disengaging.




     Opposing Role: Introverted Feeling


     ENFJ

    Fe Ni Se Ti Fi Ne Si Te

    ESFJ

    Fe Si Ne Ti Fi Se Ni Te
    • Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about individual personal values.
    • Tailoring everything to individual personal needs is too much trouble.
    • Retreats to their own personal values (as a defense), which they normally adapt to accommodate others.
    • Inverts their value system erecting a hard stiff wall of what is important and desired to themselves personally.
    • Rigidly following a belief system or what they personally think is important, with accompanying childish and/or selfish behavior.
    • Spend money and time on things that are unimportant and care little about the value of things.
    • Be stubborn about values as they crusade for a particular cause, turning off people instead of mobilizing them.
    • Dwell on conflicts in beliefs, being critical, and locking into their desires by bulldozing others.




    Opposing Role: Extroverted Sensing


     ISTJ

    Si Te Fi Ne Se Ti Fe Ni

    ISFJ

    Si Fe Ti Ne Se Fi Te Ni
    • Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about tangible/practical reality.
    • Think that living in the moment is irresponsible. (However, some who do it are sexy).
    • Focus is shifted to current, emergent reality to backup past knowledge.
    • Stubborn about going on impulse and insist that they have an accurate read of the situation.
    • Excessively seek physical stimulation or following the urge to do nothing; zero in on isolated details, acting impulsively on them.
    • Dwell on the perceived “realities” of a situation; act highly impulsively.
    • Go on about “facts,” blocking others’ proposed actions, or get caught up in the moment and engage in impulsive behavior.




    Opposing Role: Introverted Sensing


    ESTP

    Se Ti Fe Ni Si Te Fi Ne

    ESFP

    Se Fi Te Ni Si Fe Ti Ne

     

    • Feel obstructed by or become stubborn about their perceptions of how things once were.
    • Memorized rules and such are stupid and limiting of freedom.
    • The past (stored tangible data) is used as a reference to how it links to the present, which they will stubbornly cling to.
    • Can become stubborn about their perception of the past and fixated on its relation to the present.
    • Prefer not to focus on the past but can be quite critical of past performances and overuse negative experiences to inform decisions.
    • Cling to what they are used to; repeat themselves in ritualistic fashion.
    • Get stuck in impressions of how things were and resist change; waste time reviewing the impact of the past.




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    The Shadow Ego of Each Myers Briggs Type

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    In 1993 at the APT conference in Huntington Beach, CA., Jungian analyst John Beebe (ENTP) introduced a pioneering theory of the sequence of the eight mental functions. His theory proposes that each of our 4 preferred functions has an opposite shadow function. Each Myers Briggs personality has 4 shadow functions and those functions form a shadow personality. In cognitive theory, the shadow personality emerges under stressful circumstances and is manifest through the inferior function. Continue reading

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    The Critical Parent Role of Each Myers Briggs Type

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    In cognitive theory, the critical parent role or witch/senex represents the 6th function in a type’s cognitive stack. As part of the shadow processes the critical parent indicates the function used to spot weak points in ourselves and others and attack them with scathing criticisms and demoralizing invectives. It’s also referred to as the “demonstrative function” and represents a hidden strength present in every type. Continue reading

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    The Devilish Role of Each Myers Briggs Type

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    In cognitive theory, the devilish role is the 8th function in the functional stack and forms part of the shadow processes. The devilish role manifests under stressful conditions and can be quite negative. In using the process that plays this role, we might become destructive of ourselves or others and engage in behavior that will later be regretted. Continue reading

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