In this blog, the various types of addiction will be investigated in relation to the various MBTI types. Firstly, what is addiction? I investigated several internet articles to find out what addiction really is, and found several results:
Addiction: “The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.” (Dictionary)
Addiction: “is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (gambling) that can be pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work or relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.” (Psychology Today)
From these sources, it can be concluded that there are various sources of addiction. Gambling, smoking, and drug use are some types of addiction that immediately come to mind. In this article, I will investigate various types of addiction and which MBTI type is most prone to that type.
Drug abuse, or substance abuse, accompanies many types of addiction including smoking, alcohol abuse and various other forms of drugs. According to a reliable source (Truity, 2012) the INTP type is the most frequent type among college students committing alcohol and drug use violations. Mixed with their desire for exploration and endless possibilities (Ne), there lack of concern about society expectations of drugs=bad (Ti), and their introversion indicating they can be more obsessive than their extroverted counterparts, this can easily be justified. This is also evident in another source, which states that the sensation seeking personality traits (the P types), who stay away from the predictability and boring, as well as the open minded to experimenting types (Ne), are more prone to drug use. (derby.ac.uk) Therefore, INTP’s are most likely to become addicted to drugs.
Compulsive overeating, sometimes called food addiction, is an obsession with eating. Symptoms include eating more than usual, rapid weight gain, depression or mood swings, feelings of guilt due to overeating, very low self esteem and depression or mood swings. “Binge-eaters may use food to fill an emotional void by overeating to cope with life’s challenges and with their emotional insecurities. In reality, their overeating causes guilt, shame and disgust. Frequently, they are overweight and typically suffer from low self-esteem. Binge eating is very common mostly with teenagers.” (Wikipedia)
This emotional void is commonly associated with the primary Fi types, who go through stages where they feel unworthy of who they are, especially in the high school years. There Se is fullfilled with the immediate sensations they feel, often forgetting to justify to themselves why they shouldn’t be eating so much. Therefore, ISFP’s are most prone to this addiction.
A gambling addiction is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences and a desire to stop. According to a reliable source, in reality there is no specific cause for a gambling addiction, however there are several traits that make you more prone to addiction. Most of these are resulted from a risky, compulsive personality, and an increased chance of antisocial personality disorder. (Gamblingaddiction.org) Antisocial personality disorder, as mentioned in a previous article is associated with the ESTP type, which very accurately describes the type of person who gambles. Se is about in the moment, hopeful thinking. Se, much like a gambling addiction, involves risky, spontaneous in the moment thinking, which is concerned with endless opportunities. Ti is primarily concerned with numbers and, if an ESTP becomes distraught, may logically justify that “the next one will be the big win” to the point that the introverted thinking function acts as a compulsive thought telling the addicted person they can win. This justifies why the ESTP type is most likely to be addicted to gambling.
Computer addiction, including internet addiction and video games addictions, can be describes as an obsessive use of computers that interferes with day to day life. Several traits of a computer addict include disregard of time and practical elements of life, risking loss of career goals, educational objectives and personal relationships and lack of social interaction. (Uniiverse.com) Introverts are most likely to lose social interaction due to a computer addiction, intuitive types lose practical elements of their life, thinking types can easily forget about personal relationships and perceiving types may lose track of time, risk career goals and educational objectives. The INTP type is most likely to be invested in these games and the internet, which is further supported by the Ti’s and Ne’s love for imagination and investment into one particular topic. Therefore, it can be concluded that the INTP is most likely to be addicted to computer addiction.
Sexual addiction, including obsessive pornography use, is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. (Psychcentral) There are several signs of a sexual addiction including leading a double life, frequently seeking out sexual material, lacking intimacy, compromising personal relationships, seeking out sexual adventures and getting in trouble with the law. (Askmen.com) It is also noted that by increasing self knowledge, self awareness and willpower, this addiction can be reduced. From this information, Se types are most likely to seek immediate sensations, with Se types more likely to be involved in getting in trouble with the law, seeking out sexual adventures and seeking out sexual material. The second function would more likely be Ti than Fi for several reasons:
- Sexual addictions are more commonly found in men who are more likely to be thinking types
- They are more likely to compromise personal relationships, to lack intimacy and lead a double life due to less concern for partner’s feelings (in extreme situations, this is)
- With Se and Ti, this would make them the ESTP type or “the doers” who are regarded as the most impulsive, thrill seeking type.
Therefore, from this information, it can be concluded that the ESTP is most likely to have a sexual addiction.