Has My Mental Illness Affected My Personality?

October 3, 2016 / Danei Edelen  / 
EQ, personality, mental illness

First introduced in a previous article released by Challenge the Storm , this article takes a closer look at the relationship between personality and mental health conditions, as seen through the eyes of of someone who has experienced the highest highs and lowest lows. To get caught up on the original piece, click here.

Personality tests can help you understand why you are energized or drained in certain situations or by certain activities. One well known personality test is Myers Briggs. Based on psychological types described by C. G. Jung, the mother-daughter duo Isabel Briggs Myers (daughter) and Katharine Briggs (mother) developed four categories with two extremes on a continuum: 1

  • Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I).
  • Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
  • Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
  • Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

How Does Personality Affect Mental Health?

May 1, 2016 / Alex Hanna  / 
Personality affect Mental Health

Read the follow-on article about one woman’s story here , published October, 2016. She shares a personal story about the idea that personality can change due to a mental illness. To read the follow-on piece, click here.

Are you an INTJ, ESTJ, INFP? 

INTJ is what I’m categorized as – the third rarest type, according to Truity. I’ve taken various tests, even some which were professionally administered, and they always come out the same (most recently took John’s Personality Test, and the results were consistent). What does that tell me? Presumably, it means I am more into science than art, it means I don’t like “simple”, and males who carry this categorization are over-represented among substance abusers. But does that really define ME? Thinking more about it, how does personality affect mental health at a more fundamental level?

Take John’s Personality Test

Everybody knows about the Myers Briggs Test. What you may not know is what those results actually mean.  Do they factor into your everyday lives? Did they predetermine your profession? Not necessarily. An article by Gracepoint Wellness states that this test “measures preferences rather than aptitude, the MBTI is not considered a proper instrument for purposes of employment selection. Many professions contain highly competent individuals of different types with complementary preferences.” (see the full article here).



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