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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How Therapists Determine Your Personality With The Shape Of Your Face


The process of therapy requires an excellent psychological explanation and before a therapist can address specific mental health conditions, he will first try to determine your personality to be able to apply the necessary assessment that is helpful in your recovery. So can he possibly do that? The answer is, yes!

“Indeed, research has found associations between facial features and personality,” wrote Vinita Mehta, PhD, EdM.

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Perpetua Neo (DClinPsy, UCL), “the link between physical and personality traits are a two-way street. In this sense, we sometimes use certain facial and body muscles to signal something about our personalities — e.g. people who are higher on Agreeableness have ‘lifted up’ eyebrows and smaller forehead spans — and when we keep practicing that, that becomes us.”

Here are some of the facial shapes that help a therapist in determining what type of person you are.  

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The Psychology Of Beauty

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Think it’s easy to be beautiful? Think again.
Have you ever tried to wake up one day and stare at your reflection in the mirror thinking that you were unlucky enough when the Gods made a cloudy day with the chance of you soaking in beauty serum? Well for some it isn’t a lucky day and it even feels that life is a curse. (Not even therapy online can help you with your problem; that’s how you feel.) They think that their natural elegance has caused them trouble more than what is beneficial. However, most of the time beauty has been one of the factors of someone’s success. We can’t ever deny it.

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The Ideal Job Setting For Various Types Of Personality

The office is among the workplaces where human diversity is most celebrated. Companies aim for that more because of the higher level of versatility that the employees’ varied skill sets can offer. With extra talented individuals on the team, they can accomplish even the complicated projects and often gain benefits.

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Despite that, conflicts tend to get in the way when the staff works in a somewhat uncomfortable environment. It can happen even if the co-workers treat you well because your passion is far from your line of job. Something always feels lacking, therefore, and the idea of changing careers remain in your head.

Therefore, according to licensed clinical psychologist Bill Knaus, EdD, “It is important to take both “work activity” and “work setting” into account when deciding on a career direction or a job.” He says, “In a career study you search out jobs where your strengths, interests, values, personality, and abilities fit with a job and work setting.”

On that note, realize the ideal job setting based on various personality types today. According to Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD, ABPP, “Extensive research carried out for many years by vocational psychologists points to the importance of a match or a fit between the personalities of workers and the characteristics of the job.”

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Debunking 7 Myths Linked To Personality Profiling

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The term “personality profiling” may be unfamiliar to a few, yet you may have done it at least once before. Remember the written or verbal assessment your company conducted before hiring you? What about the online tests that promise to tell you what type of an individual you are? Yep, such methods are meant to assess the kind of personality you have.

“They can also be used to determine if a person would be a good manager or how well they may work with a team,” Michelle F. Eabon, Ph.D. and Dan Abrahamson, Ph.D. wrote. They explain that, “Together, testing and assessment allows a psychologist to see the full picture of a person’s strengths and limitations.”

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Explaining Personality Through Face Profile

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Even without science, people have a predisposed way of judging someone by looking at their facial features. “We form snap-judgments of people in our heads to unconsciously make decisions on how we’d like to proceed with said person,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Perpetua Neo.

If you have a wide forehead, for instance, you must be smart. If you have high cheekbones, they say you’re aristocratic. And in case your eyes are large, you don’t have the most likable attitude.

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