Does anyone know how much (if at all) mental illness can affect the outcome of your personality test? I am an ENFP, but part of me wonders if my depression makes me feel more P than J, or that my anxiety can make me more I than E, etc. 

Maybe it's a moot point, but I have always wondered about this. 

Anyone have any insight on this? Or resources for more information?

Thanks!

 

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Chanda Mija (not verified) says...

Yea, I'm a female INTP. I'm deaf, anxious, depressed, and autistic. I try to switch over to being an ESFP because that is what I want to be, but I'll settle for just INFP. Anything to put my mind to rest and start connecting with the world. 

Lucia Little (not verified) says...

Oh. That's sad. I'm autistic and little anxious too. I'm a ESTP.

Caf (not verified) says...

I would imagine so. I have a bit of social anxiety which is why I am an infp vs enfp -- in sure those types of things make a difference. But it might not be that way with all mental illnesses. I also have OCD and struggled with anorexia. but I don't know if that has anything to do with being an infp. One thing that interests me though is how overcoming them occurs or how it effects the recovery process. As a infp, I am easily able to overcome obsticsls with my mental illnesses in my own. I'm very in my head and easily able to self improve and overcome these types of things with time. Where as some personality types may have a harder time 

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes, I can understand your situation. Earlier, I was also going through same situation stress, anxiety level high. I am sort of infp and little bit of enfp. I gradually learnt how to overcome with all my mental illness. I have gone through some voyante sérieuse consultations. Then started improving myself started working on my weaknesses.

Wesley (not verified) says...

Me right down to the Blacksmith! Wow! 

Teatime (not verified) says...

My old psychologist used to tell me, "Your mental illness is just part of who you are. It's not an external modification upon your personality, but a classification of the way you think." Take that as you will, but I find that my own mental illness shaped who I am, and thereby affected my MBTI type.

Yali (not verified) says...

I feel related to two very different types, ENTJ and INFP. My initial test result is ENTJ and I am pretty ENTJ when it comes to work, but sometimes deep down I am an INFP. I have anxiety and depression, my ENTJ side is very proactive on seeking help (solving the problem), but I am not sure the relationship between my depression/anxiety and my INFP side. I am not sure whether my mental problems are the results of my repressed/unhappy INFP side or my INFP side is the result of my mental problems... Any help or insight would be appreciated because it's so hard to find the right direction of my life while feeling conflicted between two pretty different personality types. 

Melissa O'Hara (not verified) says...

This year was the craziest and best of my life. I left home, connected with real people, experienced heartbreak and grew. I overdosed, had a bad trip on acid and ended up in the psych ward. I love my life. I struggled with depression, self-harm, substance abuse, anorexia, and bulimia. I'm strong now. Somehow, I grew into a protagonist. I used to be a INFP. It's insane.

https://thoughtcatalog.com/heidi-priebe/2015/09/523471/ (not verified) says...

ENFPs are known for being ‘the most introverted extroverts.’ Their dominant function, extroverted intution (Ne), often masquerades as an introverted function since it can be activated while alone or while around others. However, it retains its extroverted status because it is oriented outward – toward the world of ideas and possibilities, rather than inward, toward the world of reflection. The ENFP requires a great deal of introverted time in order to process their feelings but they ultimately feel the most energized when they are formulating exciting opportunities for the future. At their core, their internal thought process works quite differently from the INFP’s. 

Guest (not verified) says...

yes i think for me it does! my whole life i have been an infj, but recently developed borderline personality disorder and did the test again - isfp. this is also the mbti of most bpd's, so it explains a lot

Salty Lung says...

"Your mental illness is just part of who you are. It's not an external modification upon your personality, but a classification of the way you think."  

I agree with this completely. Mindfulness meditation, Buddhist teachings, koans, and spiritual-based therapies allowed me to understand mental illness not as a stigmatized disease (unwanted/unpreferred by society) but really rather as strong association and ego-identification with "negative mind-states". In other words, this is a statement I have used in the past "I am a low-confidence, anxious, and depressed person". Once I got in the habit of seeing it as such - an identification - and going through the thought experiment - that if I lived in a different culture and society (which wasn't so dependent on people looking perfectly happy all the time and upon working a 40hr productive work week), but, a culture that was more accepting of different mind states as part of the natural human condition, I understood that there's nothing wrong with me.  I have just used my Western bias to ridicule and stigmatize myself and feel stuck in these states. There is growth in living and having lived through mental illness or as I like to call them as long "periods of unhelpful thinking".  We all live in periods of this, some shorter than others - shorter ones, I like to think of as neurosis or neurotic thinking.   The more one mediates INTO unhelpful mindstates or meditate into the unhelpful thought, with strong present moment awareness, you realize the true nature of it - that it is temporal. The state I so strongly identified disappeared like a flame blown out by the wind.

I look forward to the next time I can meditate into an unhelpful thought because it's mind-blowing ;).  True power comes from consciousness and awareness.

Now, understand that this is my experience of low-self esteem, anxiety, and depression not any other illnesses... I can't speak on behalf other illnesses nor other people's experience of the same illnesses. My experience of these illnesses is that the cure does not come from the same type of thinking but a different type. 

With regards to your question, I think MBTI type remains fixed as I see it as preference for cognitive functions. Mine is ENFP so the order is (Ne, Fi, Te, Si). I think that this will hold true during negative mind states. I notice that during periods of anxiety - I stay in the Extraverted Intuition and Introverted Feeling realm...exploring all the negative possibilities for the future - generally catastrophes. Depression is kind of similar but the feeling is mostly "stuck-ness or deep sadness" and the projection into the future is something along the lines of feeling stuck or imprisioned in an unbearable reality.  Some people on personality forums say that xNFPs get into a Fi-Si loop during depression through addictive behaviours - emotional coping mechanisms by using food, drugs, sex, you name it, to alter a current mood state rather than face the thought that is creating the problem. I think this is somewhat true, if the individual chooses to act in this way.

To me, anxiety and depression (as emotions not the classification) are both very introverted states because it's an emotional state which does not feel good to share with others. So it makes sense to perceive oneself as more introverted. TBH, I don't feel tendency for "P" over "J" when depressed. Rather, I tend to view my reality as more structured - depression makes me think there is only one projection into the future. 

Hope this helps! :)

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