Do I experience Existential Depression?

shawna asked: Do you ever encounter existential depression? Also, your website is coherent and interesting.

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How INTJs cope with Trauma

How INTJs cope with Trauma

There is no defined route traveled by every traumatized individual, and variations range so widely even within the INTJ realm that all we can really observe are the patterns. Continue reading

9 MBTI Typing Mistakes Tumblr Makes

9 MBTI Typing Mistakes Tumblr Makes

Credit: quotes & bullets borrowed from celebritytypes.com and expounded upon in an understandable format

If you haven’t already, read my Mistyping post for further input on what mistakes to avoid when typing people.

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ENFPs and Trauma

Meredith asked: “I have a friend who’s was a total ENFP but then he went through a traumatic experience and now he doesn’t seem like an ENFP at all. Could he have changed to an introverted type?”

Probably not, although, yes, if the trauma you’re referring to was physical head trauma, a stroke or anything that could cause brain damage and literal personality changes. However, I’m going to assume that you’re talking about something that was psychologically traumatizing.

First of all, everyone (hopefully) undergoes Continue reading

Are INFPs Poor Leaders?

Are INFPs Poor Leaders?

Question: “Hello Mr. INTJ.  I am an INFP. On the net, I always find that some of the famous authors, actors, writers, artists, music composers are INFPs . But I have never found a single famous military leader, politician, athlete, player, scientist (except Einstein), sci-fi writer in the list of INFPs.  All other personality types have some or more of these ranges.  Even ENFPs have some world class leaders (though shown in the dark side on celebritytypes.com).  In the list of INFPs there are some who have committed suicide.  On the other side there are people who have committed mass homicides in other personality types.  Why are INFPs  always so meek in their behavior?  Why are we not as outgoing as other types?  I even found on the net that INFPs are the economically the poorest of all types.   I will be thankful to you if you put some light on this topic.  I  know you can understand what I mean to say.  So please answer my question as soon as possible.”

Answer: Hello Mr. big questions. I interrupted the queue just to answer this one, so first off, I’ll give you some NFP scientists to make friends with. Michio Kaku and Brian Cox are my two favourites. Go and look them up.

I can tell you right off the bat why ENFPs are more likely to be famous leaders than INFPs. It’s merely because their Te is higher up in the function hierarchy than INFPs.

As to INFPs always being meek? Actually, no, they’re not.  Continue reading

Depression in ENFPs – Fi vs Fe

Depression in ENFPs - Fi vs Fe

Question: “I suffer from depression (ENFP) and was wondering about how that translates to functions. I understand if you don’t know much about depression and can’t answer the question, but I just wondered.”

Answer: No matter your MBTI type, depression is always a highly emotional experience, so that ought to clear up the myth that T-types can’t be depressed.

Function-wise, depression tends to lock people into their introverted functions (this applies more to clinical depression than acute depression). As an ENFP, you’re likely going to lock yourself into your Fi and Si functions. Depending on the intensity of your depression, as well a your ability to control it (here, the word control is subjective), you may also end up suppressing your extroverted functions entirely. Continue reading

Thomas Barrow: INTJ

Downton Abbey

Factors to keep in mind: Possible mild PTSD and/or depression

Thomas Barrow INTJ Downton Abbey MBTI

Dominant Ni: Unlike most INTJs, Thomas doesn’t have a grand life-goal (sign of an unhealthy INTJ, because the grand goal is a major piece of the dominant function). He can predict the future extremely accurately and always plans ahead to keep himself safe from danger. He understands other people pretty well, and uses this to manipulate them. He’s a snoop who likes to figure people’s secrets out Continue reading