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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 ESTP will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, you might use your energy to overcome whatever obstacles get in the way, generate new actions, and use tried and trusted means of solving problems. However, your use of pragmatic solutions may be at the expense of the long term and take the team in a different direction to the strategy.

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ESTP's shadow may appear - a negative form of INFJ. Example characteristics are going quiet or withdrawing from people, having a gloomy view of the future, having intense negative feelings towards others, and losing touch with the current realities with which you have to deal. The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. An ESTP may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.

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