The INTJ’s Depression Battle Plan

H Janeway asked: “How does an INTJ know what she needs? I am a bit disconnected from my emotions because of depression, depression medication and being an INTJ. How do I know what I need so that I can make a plan/schedule and hopefully get better?”

I hope the best for you in your journey.

I don’t have depression, but as someone with PTSD, I can speak to your experience of struggling to figure out what you need to do to heal.

Before I was fully aware that I had PTSD, I was very confused, and very, very concerned with how I was supposed to figure out this “trap” that had caught me. At the time, many factors combined to make it so that I was not in a position to seek help. As a result, I had to figure things out on my own.

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Why You should Stop Saying you were “Traumatized” by a TV Show

Why you should Stop Saying you were Traumatised by a TV show...

Anon asked: “You’re the first MBTI expert I’ve come across who’s typed the characters from Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter, and since you’re an INTJ, I must know. Were you emotionally traumatized the first time you watched it?”

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Louis Zamperini: INFP


Louis Zamperini Unbroken ENFP

Fi: As a teenager, Zamperini isolated himself from his classmates and put up a tough front to hide the misery he felt inside. Running gave him a way to deal with his feelings and helped him to develop principles that came to define the rest of his legacy. He was always a bit rebellious and liked to define his own morality, rather than relying on Continue reading

Dr. Gregory House: INTJ

House MD

Factors to consider: Possible PTSD or some other form of dissociative disorder due to childhood abuse

Gregory House INTJ |House MD #INTJ #MBTI

Ni: House uses primarily intuition to figure out what’s wrong with people. He can pull paradoxical information together to reach out-of-the-box conclusions that surprise other people, but are usually right. House is a believer in universal truths (such as, “everybody lies”) and comes up with systems to discover and apply them to situations (NiTe). Continue reading

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

Friedhelm Winter: INTJ

Generation War / Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter

Factors to keep in mind: PTSD

Generation War Friedhelm INTJ MTBI

Dominant Introverted Intuition (Ni): Friedhelm has clever solutions to impossible problems that didn’t occur to anybody else. He looks at the war from an incredibly big-picture view, against it from the start and disillusioned with it by the end. He’s the ultimate idealist-cynic. Friedhelm is future-oriented, and accurately predicts the long-term Continue reading

Wilhelm Winter: ISTJ

Generation War / Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter

Factors to keep in mind: PTSD

Generation War Wilhelm ISTJ MBTI

Si: Commitments are important to Wilhelm, and he frequently judges others against socially accepted standards. Until late into the war, his pragmatism comes before ideals. He prefers to take approaches that he is familiar with, and is uncomfortable when he realizes that experience isn’t going to help him in this war. He cares about 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

Peter Müller – Swing Kids: INFJ

Swing Kids

Other factors to keep in mind: PTSD

Swing Kids MBTI - Peter Muller

Ni: Peter gets very passionate about the things that he loves (swing). Though he doesn’t necessarily have the same level of knowledge about swing as Arvid, he’s just as passionate, and more visibly passionate. He always pays attention to the big picture implications behind his decisions, and intuitively catches on to patterns of morality. Unlike Arvid however, he processes these patterns through his Continue reading

Haymitch Abernathy: ISTP

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Other factors to keep in mind: PTSD


Dominant Ti: Haymitch doesn’t talk much about his thoughts, and when he does, he has always fully fleshed out his ideas before he speaks. He gets annoyed with Katniss’s tendency to make decisions based on her emotions and doesn’t always like to include her on all the planning as a result. Rather, he instructs her on how to get out of dangerous situations by dropping brief, often unspoken hints. He doesn’t react emotionally when Katniss asks him not Continue reading

Finnick Odair: ESFP

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Other factors to keep in mind: PTSD

Finnick Odair ESFP | The Hunger Games MBTI

Dominant Se: Finnick Odair usually dwells in the here and now. He’s more than aware that he could die at any time and thrives off of getting reactions out of people. He’s in his comfort zone in all the places where Katniss is uncomfortable. He’s outwardly flirtations and bears a great deal of charisma. He plays off of his attractive appearance Continue reading

Peeta Mellark: ENFP

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Factors to keep in mind: PTSD

Peeta Mellark ENFP | The Hunger Games MBTI

Dominant Ne: Peeta understands people’s true motives, even when they don’t speak them. He’s alright with the fact that Katniss isn’t sure how to respond to his love and doesn’t pursue her incessantly because he knows that she wouldn’t want him to. Peeta looks more toward the future than he does at the past (until PTSD that is). Contrary to popular (selective) belief, Peeta strategizes in the games, making Continue reading

Katniss Everdeen: ISTJ

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Factors to keep in mind: PTSD.

Katniss Everdeen ISTJ | The Hunger Games MBTI

Dominant Si: Katniss relates everything to past experiences.  Katniss remembers various details that her father told her many years before, and uses those things to help her survive. She has an extremely difficult time overcoming the hardships of her childhood and the games. She frequently lapses into flashbacks of her father’s death and constantly relives the terror of the games. She relies on skills that she is already familiar with in the arena, rather than focusing on trying to learn something new. Obviously he won, so his strategy Continue reading