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    Default Can 4s have fear and anxiety issues?

    I just wonder... Can a type 4 experience periods of inner tension, fear and insecurity issues similar to type 6?

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    Of course. Inner tension is a major characteristic of 4s, and social 4s are especially prone to insecurity.

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    Well of course they could but I don't think 4 is high up on the "has" anxiety list. I believe after 6, I'd put 2 down as the second most prone to anxiety.

    Perhaps it was the fact that I grew up with a 2 and a 6, but I've never truly struggled with anxious feelings or thoughts-- the closest I came, was when I was at level eight on the health scale (disintegrating to 2). I can usually smack down "what if" thoughts in a heartbeat. Haha, I struggle with other things though.

    This is totally on a whim (and merely opinion), but this is how I'd rank anxiety in the types:
    6, 2, 7, 5, 1, 8, 3, 4, 9

    That being said, @decrescendo may have something with the Social 4-- I don't know very much about that breed.
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    4-6-9 is the most anxious Four.

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    I wouldn't say 4s are high up on the list either, but sp/so 4s are said to resemble type 6s in their anxiety, so maybe sx-last 4s are most prone to it?

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    I would think anxiety is universal. In the case for fours it probably is focused around very specific things important to the individual.

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    Yes. But maybe being an NF has more to do with it than being a 4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by autumnandtherain View Post
    Yes. But maybe being an NF has more to do with it than being a 4?
    This is a good point...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Standuble View Post
    I would think anxiety is universal. In the case for fours it probably is focused around very specific things important to the individual.
    This makes sense to me.

    Also, agree with @decrescendo who noted so-dom 4's as maybe being more prone to it. I know that I've always had quite a bit of social anxiety, and relate to the preoccupations and particular issues so-dom 4's have (per specific so 4 descriptions online).
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    A difference I've noticed between Fours and phobic Sixes is that the latter is more conflicted in terms of how they 'should' react to something (superego talk), whereas a Four's response (whether it's internally or externally) in a moment of aggravation or annoyance seems automatic if they're genuinely bothered or hurt. If a Four wants to be rude or hostile, they'll do so unapologetically, whereas a phobic Six will feel flustered or experience a "push-pull" dynamic, at least for a second. The Four may regret their behavior once the emotion passes, but in the heat of an emotion, they'll react however they see fit.

    Fours live and die by their emotions. It's not a footnote.
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