ESTJs 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 ESTJ will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, you might take command, decide what needs to be done, tell everyone what to do, and use tried and trusted solutions to short-term problems. However, you may also make decisions too quickly and, without considering the impact on people, criticise others efforts and ignore their feelings (when they, also, are under stress).

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ESTJ's shadow may appear - a negative form of INFP. Example characteristics are withdrawing and wanting to be alone, having intense emotions (that may or may not be expressed) being very sensitive to criticism, and attributing unrealistic negative meaning to others actions or statements. The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. An ESTJ may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.

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