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ESFPs 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 ESFP will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, an ESFP might draw in other people to help, and use tried and tested methods of solving problems. However, you may also act impulsively and take too many risks, failing to consider other implications (such as cost or unintended consequences).

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ESFP's shadow may appear - a negative form of INTJ. Example characteristics are to go quiet or withdraw from people, have a gloomy view of the future, openly criticise other people, and to suddenly lose touch with the present realities of the situation. The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. An ESFP may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.

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