Podcast – Episode 0268 – Mental Health Story And INTP Personality (With Christian Rivera)

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk with Christian Rivera about his journey through mental health issues as an INTP Personality Type.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Christian Rivera – Dopamine Podcast
  • C-Note
  • Multimedia designer and creative consultant
  • Christian is an INTP
  • Dad = ESFJ
  • Mom = ISFP
  • Grew up in Philadelphia
  • Dad pushed him out of his introverted world
  • At 11, he realized that he was experiencing extreme highs and lows
  • He realized he had a high functioning bipolar disorder known as Cyclothymia
  • He birthed his podcast to express his ideas and talk about his experiences with mental health
  • Went through a divorce in 2017
  • He felt he was the problem.
  • He wasn’t gelling with society and didn’t think he could fit in anywhere.
  • Used his INTP superpowers to understand typology and disseminate what an INTP was.
  • All of 2018 he spent exploring his entire life raised in a sensor feeler society as an INTP
  • What is intuition?
  • What am I learning as a person?
  • What am I capable of as a Thinker?
  • What am I capable of as an Intuitive?
  • What does society think I am?
  • What did my parents think I was?
  • What did my romantic partners think I was?
  • He does Uber to get to know his city and people
  • PTSD after a relationship ends may be common for INTs
  • Learning nuances of emotions has helped with his Extraverted Feeling
  • Religion-based trauma and mental abuse
  • Every time he would talk to someone about how he felt about something he was shut down, so he stopped trusting his Introverted Thinking
  • Gas Lighting
  • The thing Introverted Thinkers give to the world may always be perceived as an assault unless the Ti user finds a way to convey their compassion and good intent first.
  • “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
  • “This is my intent. This is what I am trying to say.”
  • Be thorough with what your intentions are.
  • Don’t treat your emotions as a foreign thing. Emotions are important data.
  • Introverted Feeling can hold a lot of space for emotions.
  • Introverted Thinking can hold a lot of space for thoughts.
  • You have to get to the thought process before you can reprogram it.
  • Thinkers, in general, may feel emotions are messy.
  • INTPs feel like they have ADD/ADHD/Aspergers because they don’t emote the same way as other people
  • People want to know the crossover between mental health diagnoses and personality type.
  • Christian relates some of his Extraverted Intuition to his hyper mania
  • Depression is the inability to access positive feelings
  • Mania has all the positive feelings but avoids challenging ones.
  • It is natural when developing Extraverted Intuition to want to go out and party
  • It can lead you down a bad path which can hurt your mental health more than it helps.
  • Be aware of your triggers
  • Listen to yourself when you’re in the middle of an experience.
  • An introvert can drown out sensory info by endless talking
  • Extraverted Intuition can get overly consumed with doing it all and forget personal safety and health
  • Liquid courage to ease connection
  • It takes awhile to understand the dichotomous nature of Myers-Briggs.
  • Figuring out the balance is important.
  • Personal development is work
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of your personal growth and recognize when you need to ask for help
  • Stop to process. Don’t stay in perpetual motion.
  • Refortify your boundaries to make sure relationships are working better.
  • You have to put on the shell sometimes to break out of it.
  • Extraverted Intuition can give you a ton of info, but then you need to introvert to understand what it means.
  • INTX Unleashed
  • Personality Hacker book
  • Dopamine.life podcast
  • https://cnote.thinkific.com/
  • Twitter
  • Vulnerability is a strength

In this episode Joel and Antonia talk with Christian Rivera about his journey through mental health issues as an INTP Personality Type. #INTP #Mentalhealth

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  • Rivky Weiss

    As an intp female I always pushed myself to be social and do whatever my friends would do which we’re probably xSFJ types and at around age 12 I developed social fobia and had panic attack’s in school I had to drop out and started to isolate myself and would only go out if I knew I can easily go away at anytime without sounding awkward I had very hard time picking up a phone call and I’m general interacting with ppl I dono what-has caused this and I’m still suffering from it I’m wondering if it was because I was too much outside and around people all the time . Now I’m feeling much happier with myself I live alone with two kids and I’m mostly alone as kids are in school alll day or I’m with close family but the fear of strangers and certain ppl is still big and I avoid people as much possible , these podcasts are such eye openers and I love personality hacker it’s a blessing

    • Christian A Rivera

      I’m glad we can help. Just remember that those situations don’t dictate all situations. You have value and you are loved 💜😎🤘

  • Rowena

    As an INTP who works in the stereotypically non-INTP sector of Music/Performing Arts, it was refreshing to listen to somebody else who is quite definitely an INTP, but has the desire to take a non-INTP career path, and to adapt accordingly.

    I also have Bipolar Disorder, and Christian’s descriptions of mental health problems and INTP-ishness were spot on. The connection of hypomania and Ne was particularly apt, and Joel’s description of the girl using too much Ne resonated with me, too. Attempting to interact with a blast of Ne, and using the on/off switch of Inferior Fe is exhausting, and I find myself resorting to it all too often when trying to cope in social situations. We try to fit in a bit more, connect with people, and break away from our stereotypes, but end up pushing people away by being ‘weird’.

    I identified very strongly with being embarrassed about having feelings. I can’t help but consider strong feelings irrelevant, a weakness, and something that makes me feel out of control. Of course, though we may dislike admitting it, Ti logic is just as subjective as Fi values, so if I try to step away from my Ti for a moment, I can sometimes see that my dislike of my feelings is irrational, as I am a human being. But it’s a difficult thing to do. It’s like trying to be a different person.

    • Christian A Rivera

      Thank you for sharing, Rowena! I’m glad it resonated with you. That’s why I share my story. I don’t want INTPs to feel like they’re alone and have to fit the Stereotypes that are blasted back at them. We have a lot of amazing things to offer the world when we’re able to identify the ways we need to grow. The subjectivity of Ti is particularly powerful. Again, thank you for sharing!

  • T

    Thank you. This helps me to try and be a better parent to my daughter.

  • Izzy

    This episode was awesome. It was so refreshing to hear someone well versed in mbti/jugian theory discuss his personal history with mental health difficulties.
    Thank you Christian for your openness!! You have inspired me😊

  • Steve

    Great podcast from all three of you. Thanks Christian for being so willing to put yourself out there (INTP’s don’t do that so much) and talk about being and INTP and some of the issues we can face. Your candor and openness is refreshing and encouraging. Well done!

    • Christian A Rivera

      Thank you, Steve! I hope to help everyone grow to their greatest personal potential much like what Personality Hacker does. It was an honor to share my story!

  • Jeff Klassen

    Thank you for the written and to-the-point summary. It helped to frame the discussion. 🙂


    Ugh.. wow.. thank you. So much irony in this when I’ve just contacted you guys in regards to trauma and being an INTP. As I cry, as I’m dumbfounded, as I’m grateful… thank you. I honestly thought other podcasts or relationship comparisons ya’ll
    Did for INTPS really did us justice. One because we are a rare and hard breed to decipher and 2 not common enough to spend too much time on. The intp/intp relationship comparison was disappointing and compared to the other comparisons i was saddened. But thank you for this podcast. Thank you.

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