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INTPs 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 an INTP will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, the INTP might withdraw to think about the central issue that needs attention, suggest various ideas, and use the feedback received to help improve the intellectual analysis. You may also debate the issue from an intellectual point of view, criticise others efforts, ignore their feelings (when they themselves may be under stress) and leave it very late before making a decision.

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the INTP's shadow may appear - a negative form of ESFJ. Example characteristics are expressing intense negative emotions towards others, being very sensitive to criticism, and becoming preoccupied with details. You may make decisions without any logical basis, interpreting facts or events in a uncharacteristically subjective way. The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. An INTP 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.