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Your personality type affects the way that you react to stress. There are three main stages.

When you have little or no stress, you find it easy to use the most appropriate behaviours for the situation. Very often, these are behaviours you may have learned at school, on training courses, etc.

As stress increases, 'learned behaviour' tends to give way to the natural style, so an ENFP will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, the ENFP might involve people in brainstorming ideas, be democratic about choosing the solution to use, provide a lot of drive, but try to do too much, make errors of fact, or ignore routine matters that might nevertheless be essential.

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ENFP's shadow may appear - a negative form of ISTJ. Example characteristics include being pedantic about unimportant details or doing things to excess - e.g.: eating, drinking or exercising. Others may also see you as being uncharacterisically critical of others, and finding fault with almost everything. You may even take charge whilst riding roughshod over other people's feelings. The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. An ENFP may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.

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©2013 Team Technology. Further articles/resources that may be of interest include: Personality Test, Personality Type Descriptions, Myers Briggs overview, The Basics of Team Building, What Career is Right for Me?, and Career ideas.