There are a few threads on Shadow Functions, but none that quite wet my whistle on this topic! So I decided to create one in hopes of some feedback and reflection here.
Bolded below was taken from an online team technology site focusing on MBTI. (I didn't write it.)
Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ENFP's shadow may appear - a negative form of ISTJ. Example characteristics are:
- being pedantic about unimportant details
- doing things to excess - e.g.: eating, drinking or exercising
- being critical of others, and finding fault with almost everything
- taking charge without consideration to others
The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. The ENFP may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognizing it in him/her self.
Can anyone relate to being so stressed and in the grip of ISTJ shadow? And provide some examples that hopefully other ENFPs can relate to?
My example. I do recall times in my life being under extreme stress and could relate to the bullets above (I'm sure there are more "bullets" describing this state of being.) But I can recall not being my nice self - hard on people getting in my way, being overly firm in my communication / ruthless / unbendable, hyper-sensitive to details about my person (hypochondriac or "anal" about my weight or other physical attributes,) hyper-sensitive to my surroundings or a situation, being very detail oriented (suddenly!) and even escaping into an unhealthy binge of some sort. (The latter mostly when I was younger.)