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    Default Does trauma exaggerate your personality?

    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.
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    >>> 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.)

    Anyway.

    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.)
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    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddly Refined View Post
    Yes, it's possible.
    Do you know of anyone who might have lost all the moderate in their personality when they came in contact with something scary? If so, what event happened to them and what did they become?
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ObeyBunny View Post
    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.)

    Anyway.

    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.

    I did not read all of the op. This sounds like Si.

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    Anything can affect our personality in positive and negative ways. Childhood trauma in particular.

    This may be of interest: http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...rior-injs.html

    This may also be of interest: 5 - Enneagram Type Five: The Investigator (take note of type 5 at unhealthy levels).

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    Trauma changed me from your average person, first into your average rebel, and after that into your average saint of ultimate awesomeness.

    So it can change your personality. But... I don't know if it exaggerates a personality... *ponders*
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    Well, since you made yourself the case study for this question...

    If you take pride in these preparations and consider them acheivements that do not hinder but in fact aid in some utilitarian way what you would consider to be your broader interests and projects, then you have become Super Awesome INTJ. If these preparations are onerous to you and you find them curtailing your broader interests, then you are traumatised and neurotic. And probably still Super Awesome INTJ.

    For the broader question itself... I dunno. It'd depend on the trauma, wouldn't it? Some traumatic experiences would feed directly into particular personality types characteristic vulnerabilities, and others wouldn't so much. I guess.
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    I tend to think that traits can become exaggerated as a result of life stress or critical incidents, when I get stressed out or miserable many of the traits that I've disowned become more accentuated. I tend to think the eneagram's axis takes greatest stock of these tendencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ObeyBunny View Post
    Do you know of anyone who might have lost all the moderate in their personality when they came in contact with something scary? If so, what event happened to them and what did they become?
    Yes. I sustained several different forms of abuse in different time periods. Consequently, My Ni kicks with my Fi (fears) overwhelming it and then I start speculating (J). That's when I have to stand back, pull in third person, and start asking questions instead of hastily forming conclusions. Someone mentioned Si earlier? From my personal experience, these things don't happen often because I analyze pattern, my reactions, and try to map the situation from multiple points of view. I know another intj with similar functional issues with a different cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalach View Post
    If you take pride in these preparations and consider them acheivements that do not hinder but in fact aid in some utilitarian way what you would consider to be your broader interests and projects, then you have become Super Awesome INTJ. If these preparations are onerous to you and you find them curtailing your broader interests, then you are traumatised and neurotic. And probably still Super Awesome INTJ.
    Thank you for the complement, I secretly do feel a certain since of pride. However, a few of the people who know me have accused me of acting paranoid(N) and wastefully preparing for completely unrealistic circumstances (J). Which is partially why I asked my original question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalach View Post
    Some traumatic experiences would feed directly into particular personality types characteristic vulnerabilities, and others wouldn't so much. I guess.
    Now I'm curious about what kinds of trauma could induce different effects in people.
    • Would physical injury (and depending on others) strengthen your E?
    • Would abandonment strengthen your I?
    • Would being confined to small, texture-less room strengthen your S?
    • Would being over stimulated cause you to retreat into your mind (N)?
    • Would being in the middle of emotional abuse strengthen your T?
    • Would being in a loveless parent/child relationship strengthen your F?
    • Would living in a constantly changing environment (moving, bipolar parent) strengthen your J?
    • Would living a drearily unchanging life strengthen your P?


    PS. you have a pretty good vocabulary.
    Sorry it took so long for me to respond, I was on vacation for about 5 days.
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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