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
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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  1. 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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