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MBTI Stress | The 16 Types When Overwhelmed With Stress

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When confronted with stressful situations, which may come from working in environments where their values are violated, having to focus for long periods of time on mundane details, and good old fashion exhaustion (often caused by overextending oneself), ENFPs may find themselves “in the grip” of their inferior function, Introverted Sensing.  During this experience, the individual is likely to do things that are typically completely out of character such as splitting hairs over petty details and a reluctance to try anything new. This may include a reduced creativity and withdrawing into themselves and becoming depressed.

ENFPs in distress tend to feel overloaded and overwhelmed by too much to do. They feel they’re trying to help others and make their lives better but their efforts are unappreciated and there are always more expectations and demands. In such situations, ENFPs are likely to start shirking their responsibilities, forgetting their appointments or being late for the deadlines.


  • micromanaging and being micromanaged
  • being forced to focus on the here and now
  • having to follow restrictive regimens and routines
  • not being allowed to be creative
  • lack of external stimulus
  • fulfilling deadlines
  • Criticism
  • Lack of appreciation
  • Working within a highly structured, rigid, detail-oriented environment
  • Being required to do something that violates your values
  • Feeling distrusted, disrespected, ignored, not recognized
  • Receiving criticism about yourself or what you have created
  • Finding that you are unable to fulfill the multiple demands you have taken on yourself

Stress Response:

  • Excessive flow of  exciting new ideas without evaluation
  • Increasing disorganization, impatience, and forgetfulness
  • Over-involvement in numerous activities;stretched thin
  • Become obsessive, picky, and compulsive
  • Withdrawal and isolation with depression
  • Excessive and exaggerated worry about bodily sensations
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability, upset about insignificant things
  • Self-deprecation
  • Obsessing about irrelevant details and facts
  • Focusing excessively on their body, imagining that they have some dire illness
  • Being irritable, snappish, impatient
  • Feeling depressed, hopeless; withdrawing
  • Failing to see any possibilities beyond their current, dismal reality
  • Being pessimistic and incapable of seeing the big picture
  • Engaging in inflexible, rigid thinking

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.

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