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.
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! 🙂
Continuing on the topic from yesterday, today in my psych class we were assigned a project related to altruism. Part of the project is for the next week everyday we are to Practice Random Acts of Kindness. I think this is something that would be good for anyone to do, and I encourage you guys to take part in this week with me.
Each day I’ll be posting about my random act of kindness and I encourage you all to do the same, either in the comments or on your own blog with the tag “tblRandom Acts of Kindness Week”.
Include details such as what you did, how the other person reacted, and how you felt afterwards. I’m really looking forward to reading what you all have to say!!
**Please note: You can start this whenever you want, even if it’s after my week has already passed, I’d still love to read about your RAoK!!! 🙂
Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others.
I like to think that if I were put into a situation where I had the opportunity to step up and help others or to ignore it and walk away I would choose the first option. I think we all like to think that about ourselves. However, if you were actually put into the situation, what would you do?
Imagine you’re waiting at an intersection and an old woman is crossing the street carrying groceries when suddenly the bag breaks and she drops her food. Would you just drive by figuring she’ll take care of it herself, or would you pull over and run to help her?
The first thing that many people say is that it’s situational. It depends on what kind of mood you’re in, where you’re going, how difficult it would be to pull over, etc. If it were under perfect circumstances to help her, what would you do? If it would be completely out of your way to help her what would you do?
Unfortunately I have to admit to myself that if I was in a hurry somewhere or in not the best mood I probably would not help her. However, if it would be quick and easy for me to pull over I like to think that I would go over and help her.
Some more food for thought: do you think people do things like this for the satisfaction of selflessly helping someone, or for the recognition of their selflessness?