Which MBTI type is most likely to have obsessive compulsive disorder?

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.

As mentioned in this article, a common trait for OCD is obsessively washing your hands.

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.


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42 Responses to Which MBTI type is most likely to have obsessive compulsive disorder?

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  2. Gemma says:

    I dunno about this one, I would have though that ISJs were more prone to OCD behaviour or SJs or simply just judging types at least. With ISJs it’s all about the details. This type also correlates to Enneagram type six or type 1.
    According to this paper, ISTJs are more likely to have obsessive compulsive characteristics. Part of it results from their repressed inferior Ne function (only see negative possibilities, resists change, obsesses with details). This is a good description of an ISTJ that makes me think that they are more likely to develop OCD:

    I personally have not known an INJ who wasn’t schizotypal in some way. Most tend to be airy fairy and detached. Gaining their information between hunches and insights – they are abstract and speculative in their thinking, sometimes jumping to the wrong conclusion and believing it is absolutely right. They experience their interpretation of the world more often than the physical reality of it. Between them and INTPs, they are more likely to be perceived as eccentric.
    I think this is a good description of Ni:
    Nis use their dominant function well, they inspect the belt and see how useful it would be to them in the future, not only of it all falling apart.

  3. Lars says:

    MBTI isn’t the right tool to compare personality disorders, especially not the function theory.

    If you want to compare, look to the scientific Big Five theory, there are many scientific studies on this subject. OCD is there linked to high Conscientiousness (which matches high Judging in Mbti) and Neuroticism (which isn’t measured in Mbti).

    So OCD relates to all Judging types, but not to one in particular.

    • SamAnn says:

      My ESTJ aunt was diagnosed with OCD.

      As far as Myers Briggs goes, I think ISJs are more likely to have OCD not INFJs. ISJs are more likely to stress over details and their environment. For ISJs Ne is a shadow function, it tends to give them negative possibilities rather than the positive ones. I don’t think your Ni description is completely right and Fe describes openly expressing emotions and dealing with sensitivies in the outer, social world.

    • tatl33 says:

      That’s a good point. Remember though this is an MBTI only blog, and as much as I want to use other tools, I am only allowed to use MBTI! I agree there are many other tools for diagnoses. However, many subscribers want some abnormal psychology diagnosed, hence I have to evaluate OCD even though MBTI isn’t the best tool for such a thing. Hope you understand 🙂

  4. cantu says:

    OCD is a blanket term which includes many behaviors and therefore, motivations. Not everyone with OCD cares about cleanliness, for example. The DSM V will include nail biting as an OCD qualifier, but my theory is that those with OCD whose behaviors are most focused on obssessive thinking are intuitors, and those with more compulsive behaviors are more likely to be sensors.

    • tatl33 says:

      Interesting, and this is a good blog to post theories!
      I would agree- I also think obsessive thinking would relate to introverted intuition more, and extroverted sensing to compulsive behaviors. What’s your opinion on introversion/extroversion on this issue, now that your theory has established obsessive thinking= intuition, compulsive behaviors= sensor

    • danyalzia says:

      This is very true. I am an INFJ and can relate to the symptoms of Pure-O.

  5. Geology says:

    The definition of OCD is very broad and not everyone with OCD has the same symptoms. Some maybe clean freaks, some obsessive to the max, etc. Almost any personality type can develop OCD but I think it is wrong to assume that INFJs are more predisposed to OCD or Obsessive Personality Disorder. Especially based on what was written here. Opinions based upon personal observations can be complete nonsense.

    I would say ISJs are more likely to develop OCD. Especially with their type dynamics with Ne as their inferior function. Inferior functions are more likely to cause problems for the person. Ne as an inferior function opens them up to seeing negative possibilities more than the good. They mainly have the unhealthy version of Ne. ISJ also corresponds to the enneagram type six – the loyalist.

    I don’t think the author knows much about the functions, the order of which the functions interact and their descriptions of Ni and Fe don’t seem to be right. Nis don’t necessarily just see negative qualities. They live in the internal world of ideas, hunches, insights. INJs inferior Se tends to make them sensitive to external stimulation and have a tendency to ‘sensation seek’ when under stress – it would be interesting to see the author write about that. Fe refers to seeking group harmony, sensitivity, emotional based judgement and openly expressing emotions but it is wrong to assume that they are irrational.


    • tatl33 says:

      First off, I keep all posts other than spam messages from advertising websites (as evident by the disagreeing comments on other posts.) I will never delete your comments as I’m interested in everyone’s opinions! 🙂
      What is your MBTI type btw? I’m gonna take a wild guess and say INXX 😉

      These aren’t opinions based on personal observation- they are assumptions based on the diagnosing tools used to diagnose OCD. I do research before I publish. 🙂
      And Fe’s are not as rational as thinking types- as an Fe type myself, I know that I base many decisions on my emotions rather than logic, which is often considered irrational. Many OCD’s make these decisions based on emotions, hence why I considered Fe. This also explains why females are more likely to have OCD, as many more females are Fe types. This also explains why psychopaths, more likely to be T’s, are more likely men, who are T types.

      However, I do agree which what you said about the primary function being Si- once again, like many articles it was a tossup between Si/Ni. They are both very much likely as XXFJ’s often have OCD.

      • Geology says:

        I think ‘irrationality’ in strong feeling types only really applies if they strong feeling types or if they have feeling as their dominant function (EFJ, IFP). I don’t think it’s right to automatically assume that they are irrational – anyone can act irrationally when stressed or dealing with a situation they do not know how to deal with. As for people with AntiSocial personality disorder, it is important to remember that they are generally /made/ not born but there are genetic factors. Part of the reason why men are more likely to be psychopaths is because of hormones such as testoserone that increase aggressive behaviour, it is also probably why men are mainly thinkers. I think people with AsPD are more often than not, strong thinkers but also extroverted (superficial charm, impulsiveness, openly aggressive behaviour). In contrast to popular myth, most psychopaths and people with AsPD have below average to normal intelligence. Although highly intelligent psychopaths generally commit more severe crime. People with AsPD are impulsive, violent, do not hold jobs, generally have low levels of education and make other poor decisions. Just shows you can not assume people that are thinking types are rational. I would guess that most people with AsPD are ESTPs with function analysis, definately not INTPs.
        You might guess what type I am. I am introverted intuitive.

        • Peter Wilson says:

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        • tatl33 says:

          I will continue to guess you are INTJ- I got INXX right, but not sure about the rest 😛

          I agree that stress can cause someone to become irrational. What I am saying is it is the irrationality that often causes the OCD. This is not all the time, but it is often the case.

          • Geology says:

            I think mental illness so called ‘irrationality’ , goes beyond the realm of MBTI which is more aimed at normal psychology.

    • tatl33 says:

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      I’d appreciate if you back up YOUR comments with a claim Peter

  6. Joan says:

    OCD is a kind of disorder not a personality trait.

  7. Joan says:

    Actually I guess I kind of agree sinse I am an infj and I need a clean room in order to sleep, no wrinkles in the covers or sheets and toe socks, I also wash my hands twice but I’m the one my friends come to to talk about problems and I’m the rational comforting one. Also in regular life I am kind of yolo.

    • liz says:

      I’m an ESTP with pure obsessional OCD. Yea I’m that crazy loud party girl without a care in the world, when suddenly a thought pops into my head that completely terrifies me and then destroys me. Fun.

      Most people don’t understand OCD. It really isn’t a personality thing. Its a very complex disorder with alot of factors. In my case its chemical thing, a brain abnormality. Its also genetic. My INFJ brother had an extreme period of religious OCD. Unfortunately it runs in families and attacks whoever. MBTI type has nothing to do with it, believe me. The SJ stereotype/persona fits well with what people think OCD is, but i dont know any SJs with OCD, but do know to SPs with it. Personality is a non factor.

      Nice post though lol

  8. liz says:

    Oh and I’m also a 7w8. My obsessions revolve around the desires/fears of those types, among other things that are ego-dystonic. Again, I have no compulsions. So to say that intuition= obsessions and sensing= compulsions, is simplifying a complex mental disorder and makes you sound like your talking out of your ass. Do some research and you’ll realize how stupid you sound.

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  10. Teri says:

    I’m INFP and I have severe OCD. Most of the people I know with OCD are perceivers, not judges.

  11. Cassie says:

    MBTI has nothing to do with OCD. It is a neurobiological disorder. All types can be susceptible to it, though it might manifest differently in different types.

  12. Alex McIsaac says:

    you are correct… I am an INFJ and I have severe OCD. I thought it was very interesting to come across this article!

  13. Sarah says:

    I am ESTJ and am going through cognitive behavioral therapy for my OCD. As an extrovert, it’s been very disabling to not be able to talk about my diagnosis with others. I am so rooted in doing things by the book that it’s all I am able to focus on, and when things aren’t done accordingly, I will go into an intense rage. I had to disclose that information to a few coworkers in order for them to understand why I do things certain ways and have the same reactions when results aren’t what they should be because of things being done incorrectly, according to me. Because OCD is so incredibly misunderstood, I have really, really struggled with that aspect of my life. Now that I have started therapy and am on a better dosage of medication, however, coping is not as difficult as it once was.

  14. jmm124567 says:

    I would say that INFJ’s are prone to OCD. According to celebritytypes.com they say INFJ’s are “Holistic visionaries, oriented towards contemplation.” Well people who have OCD contemplate a lot. Judgers also are more prone to OCD.

    • tatl33 says:

      Yes, there is definitely a lot of people who think INFJ=OCD. As an INFJ I can see your point in many ways! So do you think ESTP’s are the least likely to be prone to OCD as well?

  15. Anonymous says:

    INTP with Pure-O here

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  17. Karissa says:

    Ni and Ne cause negative and uncontrollable flights of fantasy as inferior functions-not dominant ones! ESJ and ESP types are more prone to unreasonable worry and concern for the future possibilities because their intuition, while present, is outside of their conscious control. Otoh, ENP and INJ types gain a sense of comfort and direction from their intuition and are unlikely to manifest their intuitions negatively unless in an unusually unhealthy state. OCD is most like an SJ or SP trait, fueled by superstitious and uncontrolled intuitive impulse.

  18. Hi, I’m an INTP bordering on INTJ. Yet, I am very preoccupied with what others may think of me (negative perceptions ). Does this mean I’m not an INTP? I’ve read that they are indifferent to criticism, etc. Any comments would be appreciated.

  19. Liss says:

    Mental illness usually arises due to a combination of factors (genetics and environment) and your MBTI type has very little to do with it. Its misleading to advise readers that a specific type is prone to particular conditions, especially when you lack the data to support your assertions. Its about as scientific as a girlfriend magazine quiz.

  20. MJ says:

    true in my case.

  21. Dawn says:

    I’m an ENFP with OCD

  22. Ann P. says:

    Hello. I’m an ISTP diagnosed with OCD 😛 Just wanted to say thanks for the article (and for all the entertaining comments). If you have new info about the connection between MBTI and OCD please do send me an email, I’d love to learn more about it. Take care. :p

  23. asd says:

    I’m an INTJ and I have OCD. After studying this thing all my life I feel that intuition (pattern recognition) is maybe the most central part of OCD and judging is another. Without flashing-fast intuition a person doesn’t notice some “mistake” and without judging the person doesn’t care about it (the “mistake” is a thing which causes the action being disqualified and repeated). So I would guess the NJs are most likely to have OCD.

  24. Ana says:

    I am an INFJ and I recently found out I may have ROCD. It is both frightening and relieving how much all these things seem so connected. Whenever I find out something about myself, it somehow relates to my personality type in so many different levels.

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