Which MBTI type is the most likely to commit suicide?

Suicide: “The act of killing yourself.”

This topic may be quite depressing for some of you, but this topic has also often been discussed, and many people would like to know the answers. After discussion with some people, I have come to the conclusion that INFP’s are most likely to commit suicide.

The first reason is that introverts hold a more pessimistic view towards the world, compared to the optimistic extroverts. Whilst extroverts discuss their feeling with others, introverts bottle them inside them, which slowly destroys their self confidence and attitude towards life.

Intuitive people are far more likely to commit suicide. Let’s think about this more closely. Sensors follow rules, and they do not see all their alternatives. On the other hand, intuitive people take a more creative approach, and you would be thinking of them when you hear of a tradgic unheard of death in the newspaper (for example, man jumps off London Bridge.)

Now this part is the easiest. The reason that most people commit suicide is to escape the horrible emotions that they are experiencing, which is definitely more strong in feelers. Feelers are far more easily hurt, and are typed as “crybabies” and get “upset over nothing.” Feelers get depressed a lot easier, which leads to suicide.

Perceivers think spontaneously, whilst judgers think about how their actions will affect the future. Perceivers do not think about what will happen in the future (they don’t get to live the rest of their life!) Judgers are a lot more careful with their decisions and the future consequences of their choices.

From this information, it is clear that INFP’s are the most likely to commit suicide. Both Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare’s famous play were INFP’s, explaining why they were the perfect characters for his dramatic dramatization.

Which MBTI do you think? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!

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60 Responses to Which MBTI type is the most likely to commit suicide?

  1. Samuel Brown says:

    Do you mean self-suicide or against other people?

    • tatl33 says:

      Suicide:
      “The act of killing yourself.”
      So any act of suicide (shooting yourself, stabbing yourself, jumping off a cliff, poisoning yourself….etc.)

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  3. david says:

    i too have reached this same conclusion. nice. poor infp’s.

  4. acerbusvenator says:

    I came to that conclusion as well.
    I think that INTPs can be number 2 tho.

    I think it’s that information bounce between Fi and Ne.
    We act on our values and then people seem to disslike it so our Ne starts to come up with ideas why and then our Fi makes us think that they are offending our core-values and this is supported by Te and Ne.
    And lastly our Fi thinks that we should deal with the issue that has become us by removing ourselves from the equation.

    • tatl33 says:

      I’d have to agree that most IXXP types have the hardest time. A study showed that ISFP’s are the most likely to be depressed- everyone believes that IXXP’s are the most likely to suffer from suicide, etc. Maybe it has something to do with an introverted judging function as your dominant?

    • Lachlan Wragg says:

      @acerbusvenator really just wanted to mention how much I relate to what you said there as an INFP :P
      Thanks for that. heh

      Like seriously.. its crazy how accurate that feels.

  5. ME says:

    Well this explains everything…

  6. JebiusEnvy says:

    “Perceivers do not think about what will happen in the future (they don’t get to live the rest of their life!)”

    Disagree with this because Intuition lies in the future and sensing lies in the present so therefore INFP’s do think about what will happen in the future. Because of this I think ISFP’s are more likely to commit suicide than INFP’s because they are unable to focus on the future and only see the physical like suicide being a physical act. INFP’s are usually less concerned the physical act and more so with the complex. Although I think INFP’s are more likely to have suicide ideation but will never act upon it.

    • acerbusvenator says:

      Not exactly, tho I don’t completely disagree.
      INFPs are guided by Ne and Si.
      This makes them focused on the past and possibilities in the present. “Things have been hell so far, but look at what we can do with what we got”
      ISFPs are guided by Se and Ni.
      This makes them act in the present for the good of the future, “I might have been through the worst, so If I kill myself I will miss out on the good”.

      SPs and NJs are focusing on future and present. (What happens, what might it lead to?)
      SJs and NPs focus on the past and present. (what has happened, what can we do?)
      (tho that’s really basic and stereotypical)

      If anything, then NPs and SJs are the people most likely to commit suicide. Tho what’s more important is the mental stability of the person and their will to live and that doesn’t have to do with MBTI.

      Tho I’ve heard a lot of suicidal thoughts from INJs…

      • Ben says:

        Ya but this Se Ni thing could work out in the opposite way too. They might Think, i don’t want to deal with the future (Ni) so i’ll kill myself now (Se).
        Also, INFP might be more likely to see away out of their situation (using extroverted intuition), whereas an ISFP is more likely to feel trapped.

        Also, Vincent Van Gogh was a ISFP (not that this really proves anything, but it’s kinda interesting).

      • Clare says:

        I’m INFJ, and while I can confirm that we can have suicidal thoughts, the J certainly keeps me from ever acting out suicide for precisely the reasons listed above.

        • Lochy says:

          This makes me wonder which types don’t struggle with it? Because it’s not like depression and emotional difficulty doesn’t afflict most humans in difficult circumstances ?

          • tatl33 says:

            I think all types struggle with suicide. I think some types do handle depression better than others, but in saying so I do not wish people to think their fate is dependent on their MBTI types. This blog is “most likely to..”, not “most certain to..” after all, especially with such a serious issue.

        • tatl33 says:

          I’m sorry to hear that. If you want to talk to me feel free to email me.
          I really hope you don’t ever act on those thoughts!

  7. io oi says:

    Maybe the types *sfj s…

  8. Calliopé (INFP) says:

    Dear all, as an INFP, this question often comes up through my mind. My internal emotions are so deep and it is so easy to fall in this “dark hole”; I have to continuously fight against my dominant Fi. But, on the other hand, as an INFP, I have a second dominant function, that is Ne. It seems to me that, with the years (I am 33), this function is as grown and mature as my Fi. My Ne is very reliable and easily accessible to me. So, when I face dreadful events, instead on focusing on the bad side of things, I seek to find alternatives and solutions, and I am very good at extracting myself from bad situations. People say that I am ‘resourceful’, which is true. So, to me, only INFPs who have not learned to use their Ne effectively might be more at risk to face deep states of despair. I am a lawyer, not a psychologist doing quantification studies, so I cannot tell about the link between INFPs and suicide, but this would be worth being quantified/investigated. Intuitively, I would say there might be a correlation out there. Finally, I personally note that ISFPs also have this “dark hole” at hand and, as far as I can see, I have observed that the Se function is less useful than the Ne function for getting out of a bad situations; what I mean is that my ISFP friends are not as able as I am to find exit and side paths. But, again, this is purely subjective and I might be very wrong as well. Best regards, Calliopé

  9. Daniel says:

    I’m an INFP. I’d have to agree that we might be more prone to suicide since I had problems with suicide before.

    • Daniel says:

      However, I disagree with some of your points. I constantly think about the future. INFP’s actually tend to do that, since we will spend a lot of time thinking about the *ideal* life. It’s just the way in which we go about thinking about the future which is different. It’s true that we may not pay attention to thinking about how our realistic future will be like and planning our current life to be what that will be, but we do think of our future. Thinking about future is part of being an Intuitor, I think. The Percieving vs. Judging determines how one goes about thinking of the future. The judger will make decisions to help their future, the perceiver will often just think about it. The NFP will think about how the ideal future would be, the NTP will think about the realistic future. The NFJ will make actions and planning to cause the ideal future, the NTJ will make action to make the realistic future.

      • Daniel says:

        So I would say it’s the sensors who won’t think about future. The sensors just the a single piece to a puzzle and focus on that, the intuitors will see the entire puzzle, since we make connections between things occurring. This puzzle being life of course

      • tatl33 says:

        That’s a great point, NFP’s do think about the future, just not as action orientated as judgers, even though they often have better ideas to implement.

    • tatl33 says:

      Sorry to hear that Daniel, I hope your issues are in the past now

  10. FUCK YOU says:

    “The first reason is that introverts hold a more pessimistic view towards the world, compared to the optimistic extroverts. Whilst extroverts discuss their feeling with others, introverts bottle them inside them, which slowly destroys their self confidence and attitude towards life.”

    Absolute bullshit. Pessimism and optimism are not inherent qualities to those personality traits and as such differ greatly among individuals/experiences/cultures. It just so happens that some cultures, that may come off as favouring extraversion and putting down introversion, would have one think this. You are an absurd idiot who does not know how to analyze and question. I hope you DIE.

    -an angry suicidal fucked up infp. bite me.

    • tatl33 says:

      Thank you for your constructive feedback. I particularly appreciated the part where you told me to “bite” you and called me an “absurd idiot.” If you wish to further wrongfully analyze my entries and draw incorrect conclusions about what I am saying on introversion/extroversion and optimism/pessimism, please feel free to do so. Unfortunately, it will be a one sided argument :P

  11. Mr ENTP says:

    Fi types internalize their feelings and inferior Fe types rationalize everything so I would say FJs and TPs have lower risk. IFPs are in the danger zone. TJs are too busy to waste time into it.

    I have been depressed but never suicidal. My Ne+Ti likes to figure out lots of possibilities to commit one in a very nonserious way. Darwin Awards, here I come!

    • tatl33 says:

      Good on you Mr ENTP for sticking through the depression. ENTP’s have such a gift to offer into this world, I applaud you for wanting to use your gifts!

      I agree with everything you said- FJ’s are also more expressive about their suicidal feelings, and T’s are generally more resilient. I can definitely understand what you mean by the IFP ‘danger zone.’

  12. Strange says:

    You can put anything into a box, really. Here’s an example: ENFPs are generally known to be “the most optimistic” type, which is pretty odd if you study socionic as well because then you’ll know that they are a “negativist” rather than a “positivist”.

    For the sake of the argument though, I would say that INFPs are the most prone to have suicidal thoughts and ideation, contemplating it over and over again rather than actually committing it successfully in one go. Unless you have attempted it yourself, committing suicide is actually harder than you think.

    I also think suicide can be rather sudden and precipitous for SPs, depending on the severity of the circumstance they face. A socially active ESFP grounded for getting bad grades and forced to stay at home for a whole month just to study and not allowed to play and or have little access to any form of entertainment could end up just as suicidal as, or perhaps even more so than a very depressed INFP.

    • tatl33 says:

      I agree- it really depends on whether or not some area of their personality- a vulnerable area- is being attacked. For example, an Fi type may have their values attacked, or themselves attacked, and start questioning themselves. Or boredom with their Se, as you said, would result in bad consequences for an ESFP type.
      Can you think of any examples for, say, an INTP?

      • Strange says:

        Interesting question. I could think of a lot, many of which you’d probably know already or have figured it out yourself.

        The first thing that popped into my mind though, is intellectual stagnation. I think it’s always bad for an INTP to have to endure a long period of it for whatever reasons. But then again, this might just apply to all NTs as well, in general. I could be wrong though.

        What do you think though?

        • tatl33 says:

          I agree that NT’s, particular INTP’s would definitely suffer the most intellectual stagnation. The question is: does this lead to them being most likely to commit suicide?
          I would argue no, however I’m sure many would argue otherwise. I’d say that emotional situations lead to suicide more often than intellectual stagnation, and hence Fi. What do you think? Prove me wrong, im in for a debate :D

          • Anonymous says:

            I’ve been getting emails about this topic a long time and finally found my place to jump in! :P

            Basically I totally agree with what your saying, me (INFP) and girlfriend (INTP) have both been through a lot, but I would say her tough emotional environment and circumstances heavily influences those negative and suicidal even, feelings.
            With any type you can take away what they enjoy (ESFP) = friends, parties etc..
            and whatever else..
            but I would say threat to their basic survival and being cared for are essentials that greatly affect their emotional condition and come way before what they enjoy to do.
            This is just my experience though :P

            Fi is a pain in the ass for me and those around me.. trust me :P

          • tatl33 says:

            I definitely agree with you! Have you heard of the psychological theory of the hierarchy of needs? If you haven’t already, you should check that out- it’s amazing how in line with what you say about being cared for/basic survival is with this theory!

          • lochy says:

            Thanks for agreeing with me ;)

            I have not studied it intensely, but may have heard of the theory before?

            hhah you could just say I’m good at observing things :P
            I see other people earlier mentioning how terrible it would be to be locked in a room studying or something etc.. that causes people to feel this way.
            But through my experiences it takes something much greater to affect their emotional stability or at least a bunch of little things that add up to making life unbearable.
            Also, having support and actually using that support has great influence too =]

            random side note: was looking at cats with my girlfriend today. it was fun.. :P

          • tatl33 says:

            Interesting! What do you think would make you lose your emotional stability?
            And haha love the random side note! What cat did you end up getting?
            You should look into it- I reckon you’d put the theory to good use! :D

          • lochy says:

            hah good question.

            I think for me being an INFP and a type 2 in the enneagram system. (which may be fairly relevant here)
            I think when I lose or don’t have ‘love’ or support from others. Due to close relationships being something very central to my inner being.
            When I feel totally alone it just feels like there’s no reason for me being here kinda thing, which has certainly been the case in the past, but having just this 1 steady relationship has done huge amounts for my health and depression is mostly a thing of the past (kinda)
            So I would say relationships n stuff is what mostly affects my emotional stability.

            What’s yours? :P

            hah I feel thats a very INFP side note.. :P
            I am a very typical infp sometimes :P

            umm.. we haven’t gotten anything yet just looking at our options :P
            but thinking the ragdoll breed was fairly high on our list ;)

            you into cats? :P

          • tatl33 says:

            I would agree that relationships would affect my emotional stability a bit too. I think personally it’s more about where I am in life though as a 4w3 on enneagram I care about my identity and getting where I wanna go. When that’s threatened, that would affect me most. Hahahaha I’m more into dogs only because I’ve had a dog. What about you, are you into cats? :P

          • Anonymous says:

            hmm.. so reckon it really is an enneagram question?
            i.e when your greatest desire or need is threatened you just lose it :P
            thus why its different for everyone more or less.

            cats are the way to go man.. so soft and furry.. and cuddly.. :P
            yes, cat person :P

            love the side convo ;)

            in true INFP stereotype. im trying to sign up for a counselling course, need to do something with my life :P

          • tatl33 says:

            I reckon it can be both. I reckon enneagram probably more so, which I wish I could cover on this site often! :P
            Like type 1s when they fail, two when they don’t get appreciation, 3 when they aren’t successful, 4 identity crisis, 5 lack of inspiration for knowledge/withdrawl from world going crazy, type 6 dangerous/risky situations they get into, 7 not happy, 8 powerless and 9 no harmony- this list basically describes what I think can lead different types to sadness or eventually depression/suicide. What do you think?
            Hahha yeah the side convo is awesome :p cats are pretty damm awesome I must admit! So I’m guessing that’s your dream pet?

          • Anonymous says:

            hah who says you cant?
            suppose it is ‘mbtitype’ :P
            laaame!

            ive found they both work together in such a way that i dont like to separate them.
            or maby thats just me :P

            it makes sense to me =]
            pfft 7′s.. not happy.. im guessing thats the type of all the people i dont like :P

            hah they are pretty cool =]
            hah my dream pet is something or someone that hugs me back ;)
            hhee

            for another side note, stupid phone got stuck in a boot loop with seriously important stuff on it.. messing with ramdisks n all sorts of things to get it to work.
            but i probably shouldnt get away from the main topic too much :p

          • tatl33 says:

            Well I wrote a few enneagram articles :) type in “Which MBTI type enneagram ” on Google and find out about which ever type you want! I’m interested in your input since you’ve given me a lot of interesting responses so far :D

            If you want something that hugs you back, maybe try a koala? ;) I would import one to you from Australia, although I think it could be illegal!

            Hahaha I like these side conversations, did you get it fixed?

          • lochy says:

            hah im really not that smart :P
            my friend has a lot more knowledge about both topics.

            hah i already live in australia :P
            forgot if i mentioned that already or not ?

            hha they do keep things interesting ;)
            did everyone else give up? :P
            kinda.. saved a few things.. lots some really important stuff tho, so that was a bit sad.. spent like 15 hours trying to fix it :P

            hows things ? :P

          • tatl33 says:

            I don’t think you mentioned that to me! But that’s awesome :) always good to find another Aussie on here to chat with! I often feel like there aren’t many Australian’s who are aware of MBTI, but then I meet some people such as yourself who convince me otherwise!

            15 hours is a long time! I feel for you!
            Things are good for me! I’m starting my bachelor of psychology degree at University of Queensland this year, so I’m looking forward to that :) I’ve joined several clubs, probably too many, but I just wanna try them all out and see which ones I enjoy! How about you? :P (And another side conversation, love them!)

          • Lochy says:

            Hah mmk, yep, down in melbourne =]

            I know a few people involved with it, I’m actually starting to help others older than me who are finally discovering the wonders of MBTI and enneagram and its hard to try and guide them down the right path, some find it easy to instruct others with this stuff, but because for me its been such a personal experiance of self discovery i struggle to tell others their type, other than just sending em to places where i found useful information.
            I guess that’s just my experiance of it. my girlfriend being intp, shes really good with typing people and the intellectual side of it of course :P
            shes a few years younger than me, but so much smarter :P
            i like to balance it out by saying i have a bigger heart, im the emotional one in the relationship :P

            stuff those gender roles ey? :P

            oh wow nice, i grew an interest for deep psychology near the end of school, but stayed away from the intense academic side of it. i much prefer to cover the personal aspects of human interaction.
            i was never that smart or focused on work so i prefer to just connect with people and hope i can turn that into a job ;)
            so i started my counselling and family therapy studies ;)

            im really struggling with focusing on my work of course, after talking with my girlfriend, im just gonna say she’s kenna, makes it easier, hope you can remember ;P

            she’s looked into ADD type stuff and i think we both might have it, due to our difficult with study and remaining focused on a task.
            so thats an interesting mix :P

            its pretty much all side convo now ;)
            we could take this to skype or something else if you wanted, then continue with relevant comments on your site :P
            sorry about that :P

            hope to hear from you again soon =]

          • tatl33 says:

            Sorry for the late reply! :) Sounds good! What’s your Skype? Or maybe don’t post it on WordPress for the world to see, message me it haha

            And yeah I agree with you about the human interaction side. I sometimes feel like I have to force myself through the academic side to get to the personal aspect. I find MBTI to be a break from the intense stuff, yet in many ways more relevant to the field of psychology than some of the intense stuff. What do you think? :D
            Haha yeah screw gender roles! I’ve never dated a girl who is a T type, what’s that like?

          • Lochy says:

            she comes up with a lot of theories and she said she has a relativity high Fe which might help you understand a little bit :P
            she tries to intellectualise her feelings a bit, and generally has to think about her feelings to really experience them if t hat makes sense.
            and she obviously has a hard time expressing her feelings.

            hey i actually found you on perc :P
            so we could start there ;)

            of course anyone interested in mbti is gonna be on perc, so i went looking :P

            hah im not totally sure i understood you.. but sure ! ;)
            i think theres an interesting balance with this kind of psychology and intellectual vs personal(emotional) side of things.
            which i will touch on a bit more with the next question.

            so i was talking to her at the time you sent it and asked her what ‘our’ experience is ;P
            so she helped me formulate a bit on what its like to be INTPish i guess? :P

            she said she comes up with a lot of theories and actually has a relatively high Fe so is actually still questioning INTP, she used to think she was INFP then found she didnt have Fi so ended up as INTP :P
            (she also thought the addiction page was interesting so she might actually end up commenting on that sometime if push her a little :P)

            she also tries to intellectualise her feelings a bit, and i guess has to think about her feelings to really experience them if that makes sense to you. (it doesn’t so much to me as a strong F :P )
            and obviously has a hard time expressing her feelings and a bunch of other stuff, she also seems to have J traits with planning and stuff, but is bad at following through (my area maby? :P)
            but is probably not INTJ due to not having high Ni (probably)

            =]

          • tatl33 says:

            That’s awesome! I’m very grateful for your girlfriends input on the INTP type, since I reckon it’s perhaps the most interesting type :D
            Yes! Sorry for the late reply by the way, I’d lost access to my WordPress account! It would be great to continue our chat :)
            That’s awesome that you are enjoying the site and that she is considering looking at it! As an active contributer on this site for a while now, do you have any feedback about the site or any particular areas you want me to focus on next?
            Also, how do you and your girlfriend interrelate being that your the more “mushy” one and she’s the more rational one? :)

          • Lochy says:

            Hheh thank you =]
            she has lots of information to offer ;)
            we talk about mbti stuff nearly everyday :P it honestly doesn’t get boring so much to discuss n stuff, enneagram too.
            hahh we laughed together about ‘the most interesting type’ part :P
            we were looking at a percy survey that showed out of 14k people who were in it. no ESFJ’s were type 5′s. so she jokingly commented about them being dumb :P
            as well as various other comments about INTP’s generally being the smarter ones?
            im bad at remembering details :P
            i need to try and convince her to come here to speak for herself. but its not easy :P
            (shyness i think? public stuff etc.. :P)

            heh glad to have you back! missed you buddy =]
            and continue we shall =]

            indeed, its been good =]
            lots of information and someone to make it interesting :P

            well i guess its helpful that your so open and able to engage in all sorts of communications here. so your doing well with that.

            errm.. im not too sure. this comment system can be a bit of a hassle, not too much you can do about it though :P
            might have to think about it more.. got nothing for you atm sorry :P

            so thats an interesting and rather complex question.
            its not that simple and not always true that im the more mushy one. all i know is that we get along as friends and equals. i think that helps. especially with an INTP, we don’t feel unbalanced. ‘equally yoked’ one might say.
            theres always interesting stuff to talk about and thats pretty much all we do :P
            been looking more recently at trying to play games together as something else to do for more bonding. but we really just spend most of our time talking, either about emotional/deep/personal stuff, or about internet stuff: music/youtube/mbti/enneagram/family/friends/religious stuff/psychology? lots of things ;P

            so yer.. i might have to ask her for more details, as thats more in the data/information area, so i think it’d be better if she gave me some answers or came here herself :P
            might have to wait a bit sorry :P

            hope all is well dude =]

  13. Big surprise! Sometimes, I hate life and I hate myself. I want no pity or disparagement for thinking this way. Sometimes, I just want to stop existing. After all, no-one would care if I lived or died after you give or take a century or so. And yet, I want to live. It’s all very confusing. At least I can sort of blame it on my personality type? Sometimes, I think too much about things that I go crazy. Hm. Maybe I’ll write a blog post about that.

    • tatl33 says:

      Don’t blame it on your personality type though Dreamrambling!
      I know so many happy people of your type, and all types in general, don’t single it down to your MBTI! Worst mistake you can make is using your MBTI type as a guide as to your destiny in life
      If you have anything you want to talk about, I would more than happily be willing to listen :)

  14. Ben says:

    I think INFPs and ISFP might be the most likely to consider suicide and even attempt it.
    However it is one thing to attempt and another thing to actually commute suicide. It’s actually not easy to do at all, therefore i Think the most likely type to actually commute suicide is probably the INTP of the ISTP.

    Also, I think S types are probably more likely to consider and attempt because unlike the future oriented N, they are less likely to see a way out of their situation.

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