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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