How the ISTJ Reacts to Stress (Infographic)

Do you ever feel like when you’re stressed you “flip a switch” and start behaving in a way that is totally unlike you? Do you ever feel that there’s a point where the mounting pressure just explodes and you’re out of control? Well, according to Myers-Briggs theory there’s a reason for these uncharacteristic episodes! Every personality type can behave uncharacteristically and explode when they’re faced with chronic or extreme stress.

In daily life, as an ISTJ, you tend to rely most frequently on your top two functions: Introverted Sensing (Si) and Extraverted Thinking (Te). When stress builds, you put even more pressure on Si to try to solve the problem. As pressure increases and builds eventually you “wear out” Si, and the inferior function takes over. In the case of the ISTJ, this would be Extraverted Intuition (Ne). When this happens, ISTJs can start catastrophizing about all the things that might go wrong and see nothing but a bleak future ahead of them. This is a very frustrating and overwhelming phase of life for them because they are normally very down-to-earth and steady-headed with plenty of logical solutions to get out of any problem.

Find out how the #ISTJ reacts to stress! #Infographic #MBTI

How can you help an ISTJ who is experiencing stress? A few things that help include getting some space to be alone. It’s important to give yourself some peace and quiet to try to calm your nerves. Breaking tasks down into manageable pieces is also a helpful way to not feel so overwhelmed. Don’t brainstorm! This will push you further into the grip of Extraverted Intuition. If you’re friends with an ISTJ, try to give them specific compliments or remind them of times in the past when they’ve faced similar situations and prevailed. You can find more details about that here.

This infographic should give you an idea of how your cognitive functions react to stress so you can understand yourself better when you’re experiencing those “grip” stress episodes.

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  1. You would not believe how relatable this graphic is to me, a very specific INTJ, even though I have Si as my 8th function. I definitely use my Si, paired with Te, whenever I do not want to or cannot use my mental energy to come up with a new, original solution for a problem with Ni and Te (like when I am starving and need to figure out what to eat, or need to follow important directions that give me practically no freedom in how I follow them). My doom and gloom mode is a little different, though: a loop between dominant Ni and tertiary Fi, sometimes peppered with discouraging comments from Si that “prove” that my future is utterly hopeless. (The best thing to do about that is to invite Te and Se to the party to change my apparent fate by changing what I am doing right now.)

    I think I might be more likely to believe my thoughts when in a loop between Ni, 1st function edition, and tertiary Fi, than an ISTJ would be likely to believe their thoughts when stuck in a loop between Ni, 8th function edition, and tertiary Fi. Just a theory that I want to test in the real world.

    The similarities between the two IxTJ types amaze me. They have their differences, of course, but I think they would, if both people from those types are healthy, make a great team in spite of and because of their differences.

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