When faced with stress overload, which may come from being forced to make commitments or plans in advance, being forced to make decisions or eliminate options before they are ready, or having to spend a lot of time following someone else’s rules and/or schedules, ESFPs may find themselves “in the grip” of their inferior function, Introverted Intuition. During this experience, the individual is likely to do things that are typically completely out of character. This may include having fearful fantasies of the possibilities of impending doom swirling in their minds, like a tornado. They may begin to assign big meaning to small occurrences, and they may become uncharacteristically preoccupied with the meaning of life and the future of mankind or the universe.
ESFPs are likely to first experience depression and disinterest, as a result of diminished physical and emotional energy. They may become self-absorbed and indifferent towards other’s needs and finally may leave their current situation altogether, in search of a whole new alternative. As the psychological pressure increases, ESFPs may begin acting in a flighty, superficial manner, attracted to the satisfaction of the moment while disregarding the consequences of their actions.
- having to plan for the future
- being tied down by commitments and obligations
- conflict and criticism
- feeling not in control of their lives
- doing things without clear directions or purpose
- lack of physical stimulation
- lack of human interaction
- academics and school work
- being stuck in one place for extended lengths of time
- Increased talkativeness; feeling confused and/or scattered
- Begin noticing physical symptoms of stress; appetite disturbances
- Excessive fun-seeking behaviors, and avoidance of issues that might create conflict
- Increased pessimism and negativity; fears about the future
- Feelings of confusion and self-doubt; worry and withdrawal
- Over-interpreting the behavior of others as mean-spirited
- Internal confusion
- Losing touch with reality, sense of impending doom
- Clinging onto worst case scenarios
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.