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Visionaries (INTJ and INFJ): Personality Type Preferences and Stress

Visionaries (INTJ and INFJ): Personality Type Preferences and Stress

By Donna Dunning

This is the seventh 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 Visionaries:

  • Ideas become increasingly ungrounded
  • Having difficulty discriminating between ideas
  • Anticipating the worst

When stress takes over:

  • Take an obsessive focus on controlling and managing facts and details
  • Overindulgence in eating, drinking, or other sensory activities
  • Become highly critical or adversarial

Common stressors:

  • Noise, distractions, disorganization, and having to extravert too much
  • Poor performance by co-workers that affects results or violates standards
  • Dealing with details and realities

Deal with stress by:

  • Scheduling time off from roles and responsibilities
  • Spending time alone engaging in recreation, hobbies, or exercise
  • Finding your own solutions; avoid interacting with people who offer advice or solutions
  • Analyzing or finding meaning in the situation

The eighth post in this series explores the typical stress pattern for people who have ISTP and INTP 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 INTJ or INFJ and want more information about your type? Check out the Visionary tag.

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One Response to “Visionaries (INTJ and INFJ): Personality Type Preferences and Stress”

  1. Christy says:

    I love the picture at the top of this post! It’s brilliant for the topic and the personality types addressed.

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