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INFPs 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 INFP will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, you might concentrate only on what you see as important, work alone if possible, or contribute creative ideas. However, you may also overlook current realities and fail to consider the objective or practical implications of your decisions.

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the INFP's shadow may appear - a negative form of ESTJ. Example characteristics are being very critical and find fault with almost everything, and doing things to excess - e.g.: eating, drinking or exercising. You may become bossy or domineering, ignore others' feelings, and become pedantic about unimportant details. The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. An INFP may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.

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©2013 Team Technology. Further articles/resources that may be of interest include: Personality Test, Personality Type Descriptions, Myers Briggs overview, The Basics of Team Building, What Career is Right for Me?, and Career ideas.