ENTJs and stress


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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 the ENTJ will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, the ENTJ might take control, decide what needs to be done, and tell everyone what to do. Under mild stress ENTJs maintain a sense of direction, and drive others hard to overcome any short term difficulties, though there may also be a tendency to make decisions too quickly and, without considering the impact on people who are also under stress, criticise their efforts and ignore their feelings.

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ENTJ's shadow may appear - a negative form of ISFP. Example characteristics are withdrawing and wanting to be alone, having intense emotions, that may or may not be expressed, being very sensitive to criticism, acting very impulsively, and doing things to excess. The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. An ENTJ may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.

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