OCD: “An anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry.”
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a disease that can affect anyone, however for the purpose of this article we will examine which type may have a high chance of developing this disorder.
Introverts are more likely to have many internal thoughts in their heads- some thoughts may be good (imagining, coming up with ideas, or thinking of ways to plan ahead) however, sometimes you may be planning for disaster! Introverts spend more time thinking about their intrusive thoughts rather than being involved in the extroverted world, thus these thoughts are what cause uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry to occur, resulting in the obsessive compulsions that occur. If a man was constantly counting numbers and making sure he is exactly right, it would more likely be done inside his head than outside. Also, if a woman spends more time talking with friends than listening to friends (as common in introverts) they spend more time thinking, thus worrying can often occur. These internal thoughts are what causes OCD, thus introversion is more likely to cause OCD than extroversion.
Judgers are also more likely to suffer OCD- this is because they are planners, and they spent much more time thinking about the future than perceivers. This results in more fears of what could go wrong if they do not act on their compulsions, thus obsessive compulsion occurs. Have you ever noticed the relaxed, careless person is less worried about hygiene compared with the proper judging types? This helps prove why judging types are more likely to have obsessive compulsive disorder.
Now that IXXJ has been examined, the cognitive functions can be examined. Ni or Si must be the predominant function. After much research and discussion with people who suffer from OCD, I have finalized that introverted intuition causes OCD more than introverted sensing. This is because Ni causes a person to think about more possibilities and alternatives than Si, thus they can see more things going wrong, thus leading to bad thoughts and obsessive compulsive disorder. For example, a businessman wants to inspect his belt and make sure its perfect, because he is imagining all the possibilities of it falling down! Whilst introverted sensors may focus on past experience being the cause of why they spend time on their belt, thus showing they may suffer from a traumatic experience from the past, an introverted intuitive type would see the countless possibilities of what could go wrong in the future. This shows Ni types are more likely to have OCD.
Finally, the hardest one in this situation- Fe vs Te. Fe’s are more likely to worry about their external environments in an irrational and emotional based matter- thus, they are more likely to exaggerate the possibilities of what occur if, for example, they do not wash their hands. This shows INFJ’s suffer OCD the most.