Iíve got a question: When a person goes threw something really scary (near death experience, abandonment, depression, etc.) does that personís personality type become exaggerated?
For example, If a normal healthy INTJ was exposed to a scary situation, would he/she become insanely independent(I), constantly imagining danger around the corner(N), confronting anything that might later turn into a danger no mater how unlikely (T), constantly preparing supplies and memorizing multiple routes out of any situation?
I think my question is better illustrated with a little story of my childhood.
>>> life story
When I was 8, I was what I considered a perfectly normal girl. But one day, on the afternoon before my schoolsí week long Easter vacation, I ran into my classroom to get some homework that I had forgotten on the desk just as my class mates had been escorted out of the room. The door closed behind me and jammed.
I basically cried and banged on the window for two hours until someone noticed that I was gone. It was only two hours, but I knew that if no one had found me, I would die of starvation (and dehydration) during the nine days between classes (9 days because Iím including both weekends.)
I became fanatical about being independent (stronger I). From my point of view, the people around me had failed to notice that I was gone and therefore would not have come to save me. So I figured that if I could be more independent, I would be safer in the future. And for those times where I couldnít be autonomous, I made sure that I was absolutely crucial for the success of a project so that if I went missing, someone would have to take the time to find me.
I keep a backpack in my room that has survival gear, water purification tablets, medical supplies including an exacto-knife that I could use as a scalpel, and a change of cloths in it.
I make it my business to scout out several routes out of any place I visit. I did this even before I discovered Map quest.
My back yard is full of fruiting plants that can feed me for at least a month incase grocery stores stop getting shipments (like during a natural disaster.)
I also started imagining every conceivable situation where I might be in danger and started contemplating possible solutions to get out of it. (Stronger N) This way, if anything bad did happen, I could react instantaneously because I would have already formulated a plan of action
Iím not sure if my ĎTí got stronger, but now if anything comes along that could possibly harm me or my goals (new laws, ass hole teachers, cut in allowance money, etc.), I confront the problem head on and in some cases, I can become vindictive. I donít try to find a common ground or find a peaceful solution until Iím sure that I have something I can use to defend myself or cripple the enemy. (or maybe Iím evil, I donít know)
Lastly, like I mentioned, I started keeping my house well stocked for emergencies. I draw road maps with multiple paths to take to get out of the city. (Stronger J)
Basically, what Iím trying to say is that I wasnít a fanatical INTJ when I was a kid, then I had my little scare, now Iím an extreme version of an I, an N, possible a T, and a J. Simple cause and effect thinking have led me to believe that that little childhood trauma was the trigger that lead me to design my life around self preservation.
end of life story
Anyway, going back to my original question, I was just wondering if everyone else would become a more pronounced version of their personality type if exposed to something terrifying.
Sorry for boring you with my life story.