How Each Myers-Briggs® Type Reacts to Stress (and How to Help!)

How Myers Briggs Type Reacts to Stress and How to Help

ENTP – THE INVENTOR

What stresses out an ENTP:

– An environment where rules are rigidly enforced
– A lack of change or progression
– A lack of outside stimulation
– Being micromanaged
– Having their creativity stifled
– Being forced to make decisions or complete projects before they’re ready
– Working with individuals they view as incompetent
– Not having their visions appreciated
– Having their principles violated
– Having to focus too long on mundane details
– Overextending themselves

When an ENTP is experiencing stress, they become distracted and overwhelmed, losing their signature “can do” attitude. They may feel incompetent, inept, and inadequate. They can become overwhelmed with fear, panic, and anxiety and will feel a need to escape whatever situation is plaguing them. Their creativity will be stifled, and if the stress isn’t handled they will fall into the grip of their inferior function, introverted sensing. When they fall into the grip of their inferior function, they will become uncharacteristically quiet and reserved. They will feel depressed and stew on ways they have failed. They may notice minor bodily changes and become convinced that they are suffering from some life-threatening disease. They often become hypochondriacs, imagining all kinds of ailments that are befalling them physically.

How to help an ENTP experiencing stress:

– Give them time alone to deal with their feelings
– Avoid patronizing them, even if they are being irrational
– Don’t try to “solve the problem”
– Listen without making judgments, or trying to talk them out of their negative state
– Encourage them to have some time alone to exercise
– Encourage them to get enough rest
– Give them a massage
– After they’ve calmed down a little, ask if they want help


That’s how each Myers-Briggs® type reacts to stress. What is your type and how are you going to handle stress? Let us know in comments below.

Originally appeared on Psychology Junkie
Published here with permission

HOW EACH MYERS-BRIGGS® TYPE REACTS TO STRESS (AND HOW TO HELP!)
How Each Myers-Briggs® Type Reacts to Stress (and How to Help!)
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