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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 ENTP will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, you might spend time bouncing ideas off people, and debating or critiquing what needs to be done. You may also draft in people with proven skills to work on the problem, and provide a lot of drive to get things changed. However, you may also try to do too much, make errors of fact of in your haste, and/or ignore obvious or routine solutions that might nevertheless be effective.

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ENTP's shadow may appear - a negative form of ISFJ. Example characteristics are being pedantic about unimportant details, doing things to excess - e.g.: eating, drinking or exercising - expressing emotions in an intensive and uncontrolled way, being very sensitive to criticism. The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. An ENTP may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.

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