Learning About The Mental Health Of Someone With Defender Personality

I had always been interested in knowing more about my personality. I was among those who loved taking free personality tests during my vacant hours, even though I wasn’t sure if they were accurate most of the time.

Then, when I signed up for a dating app (don’t judge me!), I realized that many of the guys wrote acronyms like INTJ-A, ENTJ-T, and ESFJ-T, among others, on their profiles. I initially assumed that it was some football thing, considering some of them used football emoji too. However, I came across a profile where the guy added a link to a 16 Personalities website, where he took a personality test.

Upon clicking the link, it became apparent that the test was based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). I faintly remembered my psychology professor touching the subject when I was in college, but I probably had my earphones on at the time, hardly paying attention to the class. If I had known that a free test was dedicated to it back then – and that it might be among the most accurate personality tests out there – I would have listened to the professor more.

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Taking The 16 Personalities Test

Figuring out how to get started on the personality test was a piece of cake. As mentioned above, it has a free version, and I didn’t even need to register to the website. A few questions later, I got ISFJ-A – the Defender personality.

Before reading the results, I already thought that it sounded cool. I had no expectations while taking the test; I merely answered as honestly as possible. When I scrolled down and saw which famous individuals had the same personality (e.g., Queen Elizabeth II, Dutchess Kate Middleton, Beyonce, etc.), I felt more excited to see how spot-on the test was.

The Results

From what I understood, having the Defender personality meant that I was introverted (I), observant (S), feeling (F), and judging (J). The letter A, meanwhile, stood for altruism. Overall, it meant that I used my introversion to observe my surroundings and react to certain situations without hurting anyone’s feelings. I also tend to avoid as many people as possible, but I would go all out to make my loved ones happy.

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I thought that was pretty accurate. Ever since I was a kid, I never liked big crowds. I loved standing a few feet from them and observing what others were doing. However, it did not entail that I was insensitive to others’ feelings or could not socialize whenever I wanted. It’s just that I cared to be around my closest friends and family members more than mingling with new people.

What Does A Defender’s Mental Health Look Like?

Less Likelihood Of Having Anger Management Problem

Defenders are known for having extremely long patience. I can attest to this as my friends often comment about how they have never seen me get mad. Though I may get upset sometimes, it is quicker for me to get over an issue than all of them combined.

In hindsight, I believe that it’s a positive point, considering it reduces my likelihood of getting diagnosed with an anger management problem. It might take a long while before a scenario makes me see red. But even then, I might probably catch myself and try to think that things are happening for a reason (which I always do).

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Positive Thinker

Having the Defender personality does not mean that life cannot be filled with unfortunate situations. In truth, I already experienced flunking a class, getting cheated on by the love of my life, being backstabbed by one of my so-called friends, etc. Despite all that, I managed to get back on my feet and move on.

How did I do that, you might ask? Well, there is nothing that optimism (another known trait of Defenders) couldn’t do. Though I might cry about a scenario for a day or two, I always wiped my tears away and smiled and thought, “Hmm, what better things are in store for me?”

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Has Perfectionist Tendencies

Furthermore, ISFJs have perfectionist tendencies. I couldn’t tell if it’s a pro or a con, considering my perfectionism has often served me well. All my projects were done flawlessly, to the extent that the professors wondered if I got a professional to make them for me.

Still, I could understand if some people saw my perfectionism as a flaw. After all, whenever we had group projects, I always asked my teammates to redo their work if it didn’t look perfect in my eyes.

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Final Thoughts

The 16 Personalities test undoubtedly enlightened me about what to call my personality. I had always been aware of my traits, but it was delightful to realize that I fit a category. That’s something that I never thought would happen since I was introverted yet sociable, practical yet optimistic, and patient yet firm.

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