This thread is for a closer examination of how NFP's, act under stress. :steam::workout:
I've been delving a bit further into tertiary and inferior functions. I've tried to find practical examples of how the NFP use tertiary Si and Te. I read that when an Infp (not under stress) begins to develop tertiary Si, they will notice a draw to things like the arts, crafts, cooking, etc. An Enfp that begins to develop tertiary Te will become more interested in methods of organization, perhaps taking up a statistics class, etc.
But I am still terribley confused by the shadow functions. We all hear that the INFP will go drill sargeant style ESTJ in the grips of extreme stress, barking orders and lashing out at people (more personally than impersonally) and that the ENFP will take the negative ISTJ shadow, becoming quiet, nitpicky, and throwing out attack after attack more focused on the idea or behavior, but how do we tell the difference when an ENFP comes across as ESTJ.. which is said to occur when the ENFP's Te becomes more developed (or is trying to become more active) than the aux Fi. (The Te bitch slap: NE-TE)?
I am hoping that you NFP's are willing to share *practical* examples of how you behave under extreme stress. What soothes you? What gives you balance again? I fear that some may not feel comfortable with sharing this, as no one likes to fess up to their "Icky Side." Disclaimer: I am still unsure of my I/E pref.
When I am under extreme stress, I can get crazy ESTJ. I can also become crazy ISTJ. It depends on the what the situation warrants. I think I might be ENFP because when things get really stressful (as they have been lately) I can't sleep. My mind goes ape-shit over all the things I need to do. All my unfinished projects. Where is my direction? How do I decide what priorities have greater weight? Etc. THe only relief that I find is when I get out of my mind and start doing shit. This usually involves staying up late to clean, organize, do laundry, prepare for things I wont have time to do later in the week. I make charts and lists of how many hours I'm going to work, what my paychecks should be, what bills will be paid off, what days I will do certain chores, my goals, what days I plan to meet up with friends I've pushed off for too long, (Do I stick to these things, not always.) Sleep when I die becomes my motto.