Interesting what our personalities will do in times of stress. There are challenges that come our way and whether they are health, financial, or personal events such as birth or death, each of us draws on the resources related to our personality to cope and understand what is happening.
Some may have noticed that I have been absent from blogging for a while. I had a health issue out of the blue which undermined my sense of stability to the point where I had too much on my plate.
My reaction as an ISFJ was to pull back and have some pessimism about the future. As a sensing person I tend to be in the present and not dwell too much on the future but this became extreme and the future almost did not exist. I withdrew and the circle of people in my life with whom I confided became even smaller. I became obsessed thinking about problems that, at this point, did not exist. Lastly I shut down on all but essential work as it is very important for me to do it well or don’t do it and my confidence was waning.
I am fortunate to be surrounded by loving people who support me and, with the health issues fading, am now able to resume my wonderful full life and the excitement of bringing performance enhancing workshops to organizations.
When health impacts us we feel vulnerable and the Introverts go into deep research mode to find out as much as they can (data) while the Extraverts seek knowledge by talking it out with those who may have the information. The Thinkers will almost appear matter-of-fact and not always bring forward the support that the Feeling types would like at the time.
In our lives there will always be stressors, whether at work or in our home lives. By understanding Myers-Briggs personality types we can identify when we are ‘in the grip’ or stressed and have tools to remedy much of the effects of it. It is also useful knowledge when offering support to someone else in a stressful situation. If you are interested in learning more about Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and how it can be of benefit to you or your organization, please contact us.