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Myers-Briggs® and Mental Illness – The NT Types

Do you think there’s a link between MBTI® types and certain mental illnesses? I’ve seen this question come up often in various personality type communities. For months I’ve been researching any information I could find to see if there’s a correlation between type and mental distress.

I used to have a long post detailing all the research I found about type and mental illness here, but I think at this point it might be better to leave this page alone since too many people have drawn incorrect conclusions between type and mental illness and that can be dangerous. I believe if you are suffering from a mental illness (or are afraid that you are) then talking to a professional counselor would be the best option.

Here are some other articles you might find helpful:

The Unhealthy INTP

The Shadow Functions of the INTJ Personality Type

The Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms of Every Personality Type

If you are feeling depressed,

Text CONNECT to 741741

I will leave some sources here in case anyone is interested in checking them out:

An Empirical Investigation of Jung’s Psychological types and Personality Disorder Features – Case Study
Journal of Psychological Type
INTPS and ADD by Oddly Developed Types
INTPs and Stress by Oddly Developed Types
The 16 Types – web page
Nurture by Nature – Understanding Your Child’s Personality Type – And Become a Better Parent by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger
Please Understand Me II by David Kiersey

 

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Susan Storm is a certified MBTI® practitioner and lover of all things psychology-related. She is the mom of five beautiful children and loves using her knowledge of personality type to understand them and others better! Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to learn more about type!

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  1. I’m an INFJ and i recently discovered that a lot of my friends from eating disorder treatment who struggled with anorexia were also INFJ’s… just thought I’d share 🙂

    1. My mom is a BFFB and suffers from Narcissistic Borderline Personality Disorder. Actually she’s an ESTJ I believe and I noticed other family members flall into this with mental health issues, but also I see the I,s with social anxiety. I’m an ENFJ which makes up 2% of the population so I pretty much am the glue that holds people that care together. The rest can’t be fixed.

      You have to look up the good and evil version of each of the 16 MB types to understand why some are more manipulative or deceitful than others and the lights will go off. I always wondered why my mom reminded me of the Queen of hearts, Rapunzel’s kidnapper and Cinderella’s stepmother. They are all ESTJ characters. Disney never made an ENFJ princess. I guess I’m my own princess. :).

  2. I’m intp female ,I struggled since I’m very little with anxiety, social phobia , panic attacks and depression. I went from one crazy phase to the next not knowing what’s wrong with me. I started getting panic attacks around ppl at age 12 at age 16 I dropped out of school and was weeks in bed and depressed. Then got into a abusive marriage which lasted ten yrs had two kids until I finally got educated about mental illnesses and personality my life turned around in An amazing way and now I’m learning alot and in the near future I want to help others gain awareness.

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