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Explorers (ENTP and ENFP): Personality Type Preferences and Stress

Explorers (ENTP and ENFP): Personality Type Preferences and Stress

By Donna Dunning

This is the third post in a nine part series describing typical stress response patterns linked to personality type preferences.

The information in these posts shows you how to assess your stress levels, identify your stressors, and build resilience to stress. When you understand your stress response you can learn to note the first signs of stress, implement changes to build resilience, and avoid the unpleasant experience of stress taking over.

For more information read the series introductory post Personality Type and Building Resilience to Stress.

First signs of stress for Explorers:

  • Bouncing more rapidly between many seemingly unrelated ideas
  • Losing ability to screen or evaluate thoughts and ideas
  • Becoming overwhelmed by options or possibilities

When stress takes over:

  • Withdraw and lose enthusiasm
  • Obsess on isolated or even unrelated details
  • Have exaggerated concerns about health or well-being

Common stressors:

  • Excessive structure, rules, or ways of doing things
  • Dealing with routines or details
  • External pressure to quickly reach closure

Deal with stress by:

  • Sharing and discussing your situation with someone who will not judge you
  • Paying attention to your body: getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising
  • Limiting the number of projects you start
  • Setting priorities and delegating tasks

The fourth post in this series explores the typical stress pattern for people who have ESFJ and ENFJ preferences.

The material in this series has been adapted from In the Grip by Naomi Quenk. This is a useful booklet for anyone who wants to understand his or her stress response in more detail.

The photos accompanying this series are “signs of stress”, everyday cautions and warnings we see in the world around us.

Not sure of your personality type preferences? Visit the 8 Ways of Working page.

Do you have preferences for ENTP or ENFP and want more information about your type? Check out the Explorer tag.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 9:02 am and is filed under Blog. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “Explorers (ENTP and ENFP): Personality Type Preferences and Stress”

  1. ENTP Lawyer says:

    Laughed hard at this one. Yes, the “common stressors” are spot on. Thanks for sharing these insights.

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