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Developing Shadow Functions for Introverted MBTI Personalities

Developing Shadow Functions

If you want to move from darkness into light, you will have to focus on the beauty and strength of your personality type. Sometimes healing comes in unexpected ways, like waiting for the storm to pass. To help you heal and for the storm to pass, we have given descriptions below along with favorable traits of each type. They end with positive affirmations to remind you of your shining light.

While you go through it, please be gentle with yourself as your shadow side is not your typical behavior and will only cause pain and regret in the end if not properly dealt with. Healing from this all can be painful, time-taking, and confusing, and you might also need to seek help from a professional.

Moreover, since we have variable life experiences, it is possible to feel resonation with the shadow traits of other personality types. That’s alright. The main thing to remember is that none of us is alone in this; all of us have our shadow sides.

The Shadow of Each Introverted Personality Type

1- ISFJ 

ISFJs are motivated by service and the well-being of others and wish to take care of things to make others succeed. Not only are they respectful and unassuming, they like to stay behind the scenes, ensuring every minute detail doesn’t get overlooked. It is also not unusual for an ISFJ to work long hours to ensure the care and safety of their loved ones. They are the ones who don’t like a lot of fanfare and prefer to work and serve discreetly. 

The ISFJ shadow repeatedly works as a passive-aggressive inner critic. This voice is oppositional and sows seeds of doubt in the ISFJ mind. The shadow can make an ISFJ feel isolated and trapped leading to experiencing negative reflections from the past. This can make an ISFJ overly critical and dismissive of others, even those who they deeply care about.

Positive Affirmations for ISFJ: 

My power is to serve and I’m happy and contented with my discreet role


ISFPs are gentle and warm and love to engage with the beauty of the world. They are both creative and artistic, and their art knows no bounds. They fall in love with everything that is aesthetically and visually pleasing. They are appreciative of all the harmony found around them.

They put to use their 5 physical senses to get absorbed in the world around them. They are kind, sensitive, and helpful but won’t waste a chance to seek freedom and fly solo. 

While under the influence of their shadow, they might become cynical; consistently criticizing and blaming others. This is a big shift from their usual gentle and caring self. If an ISFP feels that others aren’t pulling their weight, they might resort to scheming or dismissive ways. The ISFP shadow leads to impulsive behavior with a pessimistic approach to the future.

Positive Affirmations for ISFP:

My power is to create harmony and I love and appreciate the beauty in others


ISTJs are reliable and hardworking lot. They are equally sensible and realistic in their role as parents or business and community leaders. ISTJs help groups persevere their goals while they identify and rectify mistakes on the way. As ISTJs are careful and thorough themselves, they understand the importance of a well orchestrated plan.

When influenced by their shadow, ISTJ doubts their plans and feels tentative in their search for new ideas. Here they stop from treading the familiar path to explore the unfamiliar one and even dare to make life changing drastic decisions.

Despite all the goodness in ISTJs, their shadow makes them stubborn or withdrawn. They become picky with others yet remain unable to express their emotions. Their strong negative emotions can never be efficiently put to words.

And for ISTJs who consider themselves to be on the familiar and practical side of life, emotions and feelings seem like an uncomfortable mess to them.

Positive Affirmations for ISTJ:

I find my power and success through planning, preparation, and persevering


ISTPs are logical people but have a laid back approach which signals their clever and action driven attitude. They can intensely observe and apply their observations to evaluate and resolve problems. ISTPs love to stay hands on with the latest gadgets, tools, and tech which aids their love for challenges and the freedom to do whatever they please. They also take pride in their smartness and mastery, which seems a bit daunting to outsiders.

However, in times of crisis, ISTPs lash out or withdraw from loved ones, experiencing a dark image of their future. The ISTP shadow presents an aggravated representation of how others perceive them which increases their sensitivity to criticism. Social withdrawal might provide relief to them, allowing them to find focus, but this comes usually at the cost of others' feelings.

Positive Affirmations for ISTP:

I find my power in problem solving which is fueled by my natural curiosity.


Logical, self assured, confident, and intelligent, INTJs move ahead with intention and determination. They depend on their goal setting and planning abilities and tread with the focus usually with a strong backup plan (or many of them) within easy reach.

INTJs are deeply organized individuals and seek guidance from their instinctive knowledge. They have a strong vision of how things should be and go to great deals to make their theories work in the world.

When under the influence of their shadows, INTJs find their patterns and possibilities overwhelming. They become more analytical and less confident while over thinking every minute detail and find difficulty in moving ahead with their plans.

Their shadow also makes them mistrust their plans, creating delusions with their intuition, which otherwise aids them well. In light of their doubts, they recklessly scramble for the ground to prove their beliefs and ideas. Under stress, INTJs become excessively demanding and depressing.

Positive Affirmations for INTJ:

My power is to think up the best and follow my logic through my vision


INTPs rely on their deep drive for perfection and information. Their keen eye for detail fuels their observation and intuition enabling them to solve inconsistencies and problems. They love to explore and explain how the world around them works. 

INTPs have a charming and witty approach to problem solving. Owing to their creative thinking patterns, INTPs unleash new information and uncover exceptional ideas. They are the ones to spot inconsistencies on already brilliant projects and suggest ways for their betterment too. 

The INTPs shadow makes them aggressive, uncharacteristically blunt, and short tempered. On normal days they give away free patience and forgiveness, but on bad days they run pretty low on these themselves.

They are more likely to experience self doubt and blame themselves and others and feel judged constantly. This makes them jump to conclusions and give others around them a tough time. Their shadow makes them overly controlling leading to impulsive behaviors or physically confrontational attitudes.

Positive Affirmations for INTPs:

My power is to dig deep and design through my inquisitive nature, I achieve success.


INFJ have a deep connection with people around them and express their deep love and empathy to them. They use their innate insights and sensitivities to solve complex problems for themselves and for others too.

When problems arise, their counselor nature steps in to solve the conflicts, see the core of the issue, heal the wound and negotiate peace. INFJs are down to earth but aware of their surroundings and thrive on helping others.

When their shadow takes charge, they lose faith in their intuition and abilities and instead rely on external validations. This makes them overwhelmed and their inner voice becomes loud, critical, doubtful, and harsh.

INFJs begin to judge themselves and others unconditionally for their mistakes and control people uncharacteristically through their manipulation techniques. They become more defensive and untrusting; shoving people away. All this leads to self reflection, but now thoughts turn to pain from the past.

Positive Affirmations for INFJ:

My power is deeply rooted in my connections and I aim to guide people through my intuition


INFPs are passionate and sensitive and have the innate warmth and tenderness that makes them readily available to people. INFPs want to do well at all costs and refrain from causing harm. They care for matters close to their heart and help others process their lives. Having a firm belief in the importance of personal growth, INFPs are always there with words of support and encouragement.

INFPs are the ones who see a world of possibility around themselves. Their natural creativeness is expressed through art, music, writing, etc. They have a deep urge to heal from conflicts and help others do the same.

Under the darkness of their shadow, INFPs lose their vision and cannot connect to their identity. They begin to rely too much on other people’s validation – something atypical of them. In this delusion, they begin impulsively grasping at judgments and realizations.

The shadow leads INFPs to feel out of their league, towards an aggressive behavior, which runs parallel to their gentle and warm nature. This causes an INFP to speak harshly and bluntly, uttering things they won’t ever want to say.

Positive Affirmations for INFP:

My power is my optimism which lights my way

Here are some resources I recommend:

Shadow Work for Beginners is based on my in-depth research and personal experiences with shadow work, projection, sadomasochism, inner child healing, triggers, and all things shadow. This course is updated every year and gets new content at no additional cost.


Shadow Work for Relationships teaches you everything you need to know about attachment theory, practical inner work, and your dysfunctional behavior. By the end of this, you will have developed your earned secure attachment style so you can put an end to your cycle of bad relationships.


A Light Among Shadows is a guide on self-love and being. This short course goes over consciousness, spirituality, philosophy, and makes sense of why people are the way they are. Recommended for people dealing with resentment and self-hate. Learn more here.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Shadow Work Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.

Manifestation Manual: The Path of Least Resistance bundle teaches you some holistic and systems thinking along with how to mend your inner child wounds so you can align with your higher self and move forward in life. This includes 20 video clips as a free bonus.

Shadow Play (or “DsR”) is a small sister website that goes over “sensual” shadow work through my BDSM experiences. If you are 18+ and are interested, go here.

Inner Shadow Work on TikTok and Instagram.

Subscribe to get your free ebook 30 Shadow Work Prompts



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