The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator based on the work of Carl Jung, defines 16 personality types. An ENFP is someone who is extroverted rather than introverted, prefers using intuition over sensing, feels over thinks and perceives rather than judges. An ENFP initiates change and is always on the lookout for new possibilities. They are the people who are full of life and are best in ever changing situations. This is their normal personality but when under stress, shadow personalities appear. The shadow personalities are almost the opposite of how ENFJs are in everyday life and are considered to be the unconscious personality.
Things an ENFP Stress About
- Endless detail- details bog down ENFPs
- Procedures- ENFPs are free thinkers
- Over commitment
- Long term planning
When feelings of stress strike ENFPs will often revert to doing the repetitive tasks in excess as if they were “plowing” through the items to get them out of the way. They also tend to eat, drink or abuse drugs in excess under duress. An ENFP will take charge of a situation and not consider others because they want to organize their external environment. They will take over and become forceful about to accomplish necessary and irritating tasks.
Once in a stressed situation, the ENFP will find symbolic meanings in the current situation and interpret these as future problems making them more stressed in a vicious circle. This circle causes them to feel like they are being split apart and one more thing going wrong will push them over the edge. The ENFP is highly emotional and when these stressful circumstances arise they feel their essence is being stripped and then feel shameful as if they were an imposter. They tend to worry, withdraw and develop tunnel vision.
Due to the highly emotional states of ENFPs, they become easily stressed when their closely held beliefs come under attack. This extends to their close friends and family as well. If a friend or family member is hurt, they often feel as if they too have been attacked. The ENFP will react in a retaliatory manner.
The ENFP under stress can easily become overwhelmed by detail and in turn become very picky and critical. They tend to experience extreme mood swings and often lose balance between home and work. Extreme stress causes the ENFP to question their own perceptions and judgments and put them in the cycle of going into excess.