Yo (sometimes I pretend to be cool then I remember I'm so not). Anyway I was wondering what the stereotype of INTP stress is as I am a stressed little INTP and I am having a break down too often which really isn't helping.
INTPs under stress generally tend to go into a dominant-tertiary loop, which means that they only use their dominant Ti and tertiary Si cognitive functions for a while. When in a loop, an INTP is generally moody and extremely introverted and a bit snappish with anyone trying to invade his privacy. Also, he is going to spend lots of time in pointless research or study or busywork, or else he’ll maybe deepclean his room in an attempt to take control of a small part of his life. Stressed INTPs often procrastinate heavily.
If they are emotionally stressed, INTPs often fall into the inferior Fe grip, which generally means they are going to have an emotional outburst. This doesn’t often last for long, although the amount of stress is obviously a big factor in the length and amount of outbursting going on. The INTP might rage pointlessly at a someone near or nothing at all, or might cry. These outbursts are usually looked on with great embarrassment later, although the INTP can recover from the pretty quickly, often surprising any people around who might have been expecting longer-lasting results.
There are, of course, better ways to deal with stress than the two above ways. However, these are pretty typical for an INTP who isn’t necessarily paying attention to his reactions. Someone who is more in control of himself is probably going to make sure to watch himself so that he doesn’t slip into a prolonged loop or grip.
I hope this helps, and thanks for stopping by.