I am a XNFP but since I really can't peg myself as an introvert or an extrovert I tend to check both the INFP and ENFP forums a lot. I quickly noticed that the ENFP subforum was generally upbeat and cheerful whereas the INFP subforum tended to have a more melancholy vibe.So I'm 19 and have been depressed for about two years now. I'm very much an ISFP and was wondering if depression is more common among us.
Having struggled with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder myself, I was curious as to whether there was any correlation between depression and/or anxiety and one's Myers Briggs Type. I found there was a study done on this subject and I was not surprised at the results.
The study found that patients with unipolar depression were significantly more often ISFP and INFP four-factor types. The male ISFP four-factor type was the most dramatically over-represented.
Here is the link if anyone would like to check it out: Myers Briggs Type indicator personal... [World J Biol Psychiatry. 2002] - PubMed - NCBI
This information was surprisingly very comforting to me. I have always thought of my depression as a disease, a genetic defect. Which I still believe it is. However, I felt kind of relieved knowing that the way I view the world and interact with others and feel things very deeply is somehow related to my depression. That may seem counterintuitive but to me it was as if I connected one more piece of the jigsaw puzzle together to reveal why I have been plagued with this darkness for two decades.
I hope that this information doesn't make anyone feel worse but will perhaps provide some insight instead.