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    Senior Member swordpath's Avatar
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    Default What is a shadowed type?

    I've heard it used a few times... an ISTJ with an ENFP shadow for instance (or substitute whatever types).

    What exactly does this mean?

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    When I start manhandling expensive British cars around mountain highways and wooing the ladies. *shiny teeth*


    You know, to the best of my knowledge and understanding, there's both positive and negative connotations to one's shadow.

    On the one hand, negative, when one is under protracted stress, coping strategies ultimately break down, and the person begins to act entirely unlike themselves - for example, my ENFP twin begins to exhibit behaviors seen in ISTJs only exaggerated and stripped of their merit, so what you have is everything bad in an ISTJ being used by someone who is the least like an ISTJ. This is under severe stress and total breakdown is imminent. She becomes comfortless, implacable, controlling and cold.

    On the other hand, positive, when my ENFP twin is NOT under terrible extended duress and she's able to unconsciously access her shadow, she really comes through. She exhibits traits seen in ISTJs that are their strengths - steely resolve, decisiveness, organization, consideration, ability to see into the near future and set plans, covering every base. It's astonishing to see it working underneath her ENFP exterior, almost like a viral program running quietly in the background.

    In other words, when you're exhibiting your shadow, it's either a good thing, like exercising a weakness, or it's very bad, where you show all the good things of a shadow type through a warped mirror that destroys the original context of the virtues.
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    I see! Thanks, Pinky.

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    Shadow also means the four unused functions (which are the four primary ones with the e/i attitudes reversed). So that kind of "shadow" of the ENFP is the INFJ and for the ISTJ, would be ESTP. They are even more opposite than ENFP-ISTJ.
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    So what's the theory then? Would our shadow types be the people we have the most difficulty dealing with?
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    Beat, it means that somewhere in you is a cuddly ENFP.

    An ENFP who's probably screaming right now.
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    Actually, Anja, I find my shadow not only easy to deal with but easy to understand. The person who falls into your Enigma category is the one you're going to have to apply yourself to understanding. In my case, it's ISTJ - not because I find them irritating, but because they have a level of mystery that I have difficulty unraveling without help, esp the girls. If they wanted to confuse or cow me, they wouldn't have to try hard.

    My ENFP twin takes one look at ISTJs and has them dead to rights while she finds ISTPs to be opaque and slippery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkPiranha View Post
    Actually, Anja, I find my shadow not only easy to deal with but easy to understand. The person who falls into your Enigma category is the one you're going to have to apply yourself to understanding. In my case, it's ISTJ - not because I find them irritating, but because they have a level of mystery that I have difficulty unraveling without help, esp the girls. If they wanted to confuse or cow me, they wouldn't have to try hard.

    My ENFP twin takes one look at ISTJs and has them dead to rights while she finds ISTPs to be opaque and slippery.
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    Sooooo. VERY. Wrong.

    *bites Entropie*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Beat, it means that somewhere in you is a cuddly ENFP.

    An ENFP who's probably screaming right now.

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