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    Question Can a person with mental illness ever truly determine their personality type?

    After long debate and continually trying to figure out my personality type, I've found that INFJ resonates the most with me. However, it is really difficult to identify true personality type when there are a lot of confounding factors that affect how you feel, think, and act.

    For example, I personally struggle with ADHD, depression, and PMDD (super insane sensitivity to hormonal changes throughout my menstrual cycle... I've declared numerous times I don't want to be a woman because having stable hormones would be SO much easier). Because of this, I deviate from my 'true self' quite frequently. Throw in the fact that I also have some deep rooted self esteem issues and faulty defense mechanisms from childhood, and you've got one cluster f*** of a person! (I don't mean this in a self hating way, but more in the sense that it is VERY difficult to be certain of any specific categorization of myself.)



    Side note, I'm new here. If anyone believes this thread should be in a different section let me know!

    Another side note: This would be really interesting to consider with a bipolar person. How do you classify personality type (other than turbulent) when there are such extreme differences in it?
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    Yes. might be harder but some people without mental illness also have a hard time figuring out their type
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Yes. You jusy have to figure that stuff into typing. It makes it harder but its not impossible by a long shot.

    Ill answer more in depth later. Also about the bipolar thing. Ill try to put my thoughts into words with that
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    Sure, it just takes extra time and is more frustrating. You're far from alone.
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    Yes. It can be doable. I have a severe anxiety disorder and it took me a few years to figure it out. PTSD and GAD.
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    I have a mental illness and I know I'm a 4w5 sp/sx and an INFJ.
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    Ill come back to this I guess. I have bipolar disorder with psychotic features and... I can type myself. Sometimes when Im going through an episode I get really confused and upset and... start thinking very negatively about myself- but I still... Im still me. Im just an emotionally distressed/overly impacted version of myself.

    If I weed through all the symptoms I display I can understand why I might appear as a different type- but typology is more about whys then behavior really. I can be very outgoing, very very on to an obnoxious extent and know that its my illness that is doing that to me- and not a conscious choice or preference. Its like taking drugs- your behavior might be impacted, things might be a lot more out of your control, but you are still you underneath all of it. I can know that even if Im manic or hypomanic that that is what that is- not extroversion.

    Having this condition means that sometimes its harder for me to be my best self- sometimes it feels just really unfairly harder because sometimes Im really really trying and still feel... just incapable of being in control of my actions as much as I would like to be- but Im still me underneath it all.

    If anything you can almost understand type better when you look at health levels. Like with me, when I get really unhealthy I get very... reactive like a 6... and show my upset through yelling at people through my Te (Im an INFP)

    Im not sure if I wrote this well enough but... yeah. I guess Im just saying that I have mental illness... but Im NOT mental illness.

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    Can anyone truly know their type?

    Who's sane and how is not?

    How does an individual remain sane when they live in an insane society? Is an individual sane if their sanity is determined by being highly adjusted to insane expectations or an insane context? When your existence diverges sharply from your essence is it likely to take a tole on your sanity or not?

    Most of typology seems useful to me in so far as it encourages reflection and introspection, asking questions like these, beyond that I'm not so sure.

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    it can be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty View Post

    Im not sure if I wrote this well enough but... yeah. I guess Im just saying that I have mental illness... but Im NOT mental illness.
    Your entire post was well written, but I just wanted to emphasize the importance of this last bit. YES YES YES!!!
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