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I decided to not share this example in yesterdays post because I couldn’t quite remember how I had seen the connection between their type and their psychological disorder, but I remembered! 

I have a friend who is convinced she has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and her conclusion is well-founded. Her Myers-Briggs type is INFJ so her dominant function is Introverted-Intuition and her auxiliary function is Extraverted-Feeling. Common problems with perception dominant types is that they have a much harder time making decisions because they spend so much time taking in information that they find it difficult to come to a concrete conclusion about it. 

In the case of my friend her room is this safe place that she has created for herself where everything is where it is supposed to be so she doesn’t have any information to take in and then make a decision about because it’s already taken care of. I think that her Obsessive-Compulsion may stem from the fact that she gets very anxious about having to make decisions because there is so much information for her to sort through that she can’t make them as quickly as she thinks other people expect her to. So her room being filled with things that are just right and where they are supposed to be is basically like a haven of concrete decisions that she does not have to worry about making. 

Again, this is just an observation I have made, I am not trying to say that every single INFJ has OCD. I apologize in advance if I offend anyone. What do you guys think? Have you made any similar observations in your own life? Let me know!

As you all may or may not know I am quite interested in personality psychology, particularly the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. As a result I have pretty much typed all of my friends and my immediate family members and I have started to notice a bit of a connection between their personality types and some of their psychological difficulties. 

My dad has been diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety and there have been many problems with him in the past. One of the things that happened was he would go through periods of time where he refused to take his medication which would result in him taking on this horrible god complex where he believed that he was better than everyone else and that he did not need his medication. Of course this resulted in us treating him VERY differently and he thought that we had suddenly just stopped loving him. He thought that we were the problem and we were abandoning him and did not care about him. However he did not see that he was the cause of the problem. He is an ISFJ. As far as I have read these types have a problem with making concrete decisions based on a limited amount of information that they take in. They only use their Se in ways that will benefit what their Fi has made a decision on. As a result a situation not unlike my fathers can occur and as a result they can become quite depressed. 

So I have this hunch that maybe his depression could in some way be connected to his Myers-Briggs type? This does not in any way mean that all ISFJs are depressed or are more prone to depression but maybe what makes them depressed is connected to their functions dynamic? So that a depressed ISFJ would be depressed about something in a similar fashion?

This is completely just random thought that I am throwing out there, I do not mean to offend anyone and I apologize in advance if I do. But what do you guys think? Do you think that maybe there is a connection between various psychological problems and MBTI types?  Just in the way that the function dynamics work and the way the brains of people with these problems work? Let me know in the comments it would be very much appreciated. 

I would like to start off by thanking those of you that have stuck around regardless of the fact that I have not posted anything since April 3rd of this year. Kudos to you.

Anyways, I am still 17 however I will (finally!) be turning 18 on October 12th. I have figured out a much more detailed idea of what I would like to do with my life in terms of my career. I have decided that I want to major in Social/Personality Psychology and then become a relationship counselor using personality psychology as the basis. I would also love to do a study on how various recreational drugs affect one’s personality in terms of their four letter MBTI code. I’m also interested in coming up with a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for people with disabilities that prevent them from having the ability to take the current versions of the test. I would like to do this with the hope that maybe the results would allow both them and their loved ones to understand how they operate a little better.

But I digress from the initial life update. I finished my first summer semester of college. It was horrid because I decided it was a great idea to take three general ed requirements…lets just say I didn’t do as well as I initially hoped I would. I had a great time with the classes though, my teachers were all very helpful and very knowledgeable about their topics.

Me and Ben are still together and we celebrated our 1 year anniversary on May 4 (awww yeah star wars day). I know I haven’t posted much about him, but I’m sure he’ll come up at some points seeing how I do spend a majority of my time with him. 😛

Which brings me to the end of my life update. If I think of anything else to share with you guys I’m sure I will make a post about it or just add on to this one. If you guys have any other questions about what I’ve been up to please let me know!

Also, what are traits you consider vital to an excellent professor? One of mine is that they are able to teach from their brains instead of a book because I see it as a sign that they are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their topic, which makes me very excited to hear what they have to say. What are your thoughts? Let me know!

Unfortunately my friend’s ex-girlfriend has created quite a negative first impression of you guys, but being the INFP that I am I refuse to judge all of you based on her. However, I am very interested in positive examples of you all in action.

Firstly I’ll let you know what I have gathered from her in interactions with myself and others. She is CONSTANTLY looking to be the center of attention in negative ways by being dramatic, talking very loudly, and through unwanted physical contact.

**Side note: She is bisexual as am I and one of my other friends. It’s not uncommon for me and my other friends to get pretty touchy-feely with each other at parties or at other times when everyone is just kind of letting loose and having fun. What I mean by “unwanted physical contact” is that she would randomly come up behind us in public and grope us and try to corner us into kissing her. We did let her know that there was a time and a place for it and that we weren’t always down for it, and she understood and stopped doing it at inappropriate times, however it would be no different at any sort of party.

She would cling to her boyfriend and suck on his neck like a leech. She also had a problem with knowing when to stop drinking,  and at every party she would drink way too much and make some sort of scene.

I like to think that the majority of ESFPs enjoy the center of attention but are more aware of when they need to stop and are comfortable not being the center of attention all the time.  From what I know about personality psychology I would assume that ESFPs are great outgoing, fun loving people who always have an idea of what to do or where to go that most everyone would be happy with, but are good at going with the flow as long as there doing something. I like to think that you guys would be that person that everyone loves at parties. I feel like maybe you guys have a hard time sitting still? ? 😉

But I want to hear from all of you!  What are your experiences as an ESFP or interacting with them? Have you noticed that you enjoy being the life of the party or an ESFP you know seems to enjoy the spotlight? Let me know, I want my faith in this type restored!  🙂