When laden with stress overload, which may come from dealing with unfamiliar territory and uncertain futures, dealing with others who seem to work outside of the current reality, or having to overuse their type by being expected to constantly act as “the responsible one”, ISFJs may find themselves “in the grip” of their inferior function, Extraverted Intuition. During this experience, the individual is likely to do things that are typically completely out of character such as perceiving slights and offenses that are more imagined than actual. They may also become at odds with the facts and details they normally depend on. to the extent such details are interpreted as being ominous.
ISFJs have the tendency to lose themselves in emotional and moral commitments, seeing themselves as indispensable to and intrinsic part of the cause they’ve identified with. At this point they can become self-sacrificing martyrs whose only purpose is the happiness and well-being of others. They can end up in bad relationships where they’re willingly being used and put in a service-oriented position. As their stress increases they begin to cling to people and try to keep them attached by undermining their independence and offering them unconditional care and support instead.
- feeling under appreciated and under valued
- tense environments
- tight deadlines
- being overloaded with too many tasks
- feeling like the only one who is responsible
- dealing with abstract concepts
- adjusting to new things, and people
- Nose to the grindstone; increased irritability and sense of pressure
- Stubbornness; over focus on detail and organizing
- Withdrawal and increased quietness; fatigue and other physical symptoms
- Feelings of loss of control or confusion
- Excessive doom saying; anticipation of only negative futures
- Unusually impulsive behavior
- General negativity
- Blaming others without a reason
- Unusual impulsivity and spontanity
Mounting stress and pressure can lead to a complete and epic unraveling of our psychological fabric that gives way to a side of ourselves that others despise. How we respond to that stress and the types of stress we are sensitive to will vary from person to person. In the Myers Briggs type theory, each personality type manifests signs of stress in ways particular to them and the sources and causes of it will differ as well. Although there are life conditions that everyone finds to be stressful, the stress responses of some types can be triggered by events and circumstances that a different type may experience as desirable and energizing.