Functions and their position

So we’ve gone through the functions and the function stack, but how does it look when it gets combined?

Ne, extraverted intuition, is about seeing the inner essence of someone or something, seeing potential and possible outcomes. It’s also called intuition of ideas, being about locating and opening new doors.

With Ne in the leading position, for ENFPs and ENTPs, Ne shows in an immense ability to see the essence of something, and see what potential something has. They are also good at seeing what qualities are essential to reach the fullest potential. It has a different look depending on which type it is, with ENFPs, since Ne is blocked with Fi, focusing on the potential and essence of a person, while ENTPs, where Ne is blocked with Ti, is focused on systems and ideas.

In the creative, auxiliary position, for INFPs and INTPs, Ne is merely a tool. They are still really good at it, but doesn’t focus on it as much, nor have it “on” all the time. Using the inner essence and potential that someone or something has can be used in two different ways, to understand people, relationships and morality, or how a system can be worked and reworked.

In the tertiary, mobilizing position, Ne holds an activating position. When someone, or the person themselves, use this function, it activates the ESxJ. They are bad at assessing potential by themselves, but enjoys this process, as long as they get some help with it. They are appreciative of people that expresses themselves in a unique and strange way, enjoying strange and different ideas. However, it easily gets too much for them after prolonged use. In an ESTJ, it is paired with Fi, so the focus is on personal potential and development, hence why they, even though it might not always seem so at first glance, are highly into personal development and charitable work. In ESFJs, this manifests through an appreciation of the potential that different systems has, similarly to that of ENTPs.

Ne as inferior, or dual-seeking, means that Ne is one of the, if not the most defining and important aspects of the deeper workings of an ISxJ. They have great respect for, and are drawn to people that always sees the potential around them and what is beyond the present and observable. If they don’t have those people around them, they try to apply it themselves, which shows their lack of understanding and naivety in it.

In the demonstrative position, for ENFJs and ENTJs, Ne is a subconscious process that are outside of their control, but still strong and essential to create their worldview. They are good at coming up with ideas and seeing the potential of someone or something, but only does this in service for their specific goal, coming from their ego functions, or in a mockingly way, to make fun of people. How it’s used depends on the dominant function (Te or Fe) of the person.

For INFJs and INTJs, Ne is the ignored function. They are, if need be, good at it, but since it’s in the opposite direction of their dominant function, Ni, they highly prefer the subjective approach to intuition, looking at the relation between the self and what they perceive, rather than the objective essence of something. Even though they’re ignoring it however, they are constantly scanning incoming information through this function, noticing the potential and possibilities. But it’s not in their attention.

Ne as a role function, for ESTPs and ESFPs, is a process they prefer not to use, since, just as for INxJs, it stands in opposition to their dominant function. Since they are looking at the real world, how it is and how to influence it. With this occupying their psyche, they focusing on what’s beyond and inside this stands in direct opposition. They do this when externally pressured to, but prefers not to, since it’s a very draining process. Dismissive of alternative ideas and the potential of things, looking at the present situation.

As the vulnerable position, for ISTPs and ISFPs, Ne is the least preferred function. They dismiss anything that is ambiguous and unclear, being an interruption to their clear and practical [Ti or Fi]. When faced with uncertainty, they are stressed out, and can often become dismissive, and doesn’t know how to deal with it.

Ni, introverted intuition, is about mental images, archetypes and development over time. Focused on cause and effect, and the relationship between past, present and future.

In the dominant position, INFJs and INTJs live and breathe Ni. Their life revolves around understanding the trends of time, and focusing on mental imagery.

As the creative function, ENTJ and ENFJ, Ni is about looking at development and trends in an area they are interested, as a tool for their goal.

For ISTPs and ISFPs, Ni is their hidden agenda. They are often into archetypes and symbolism, and really likes help at predicting development and trends. Often tries to do this, with a limited result.

For ESTPs and ESFPs, Ni is their suggestive function. They can’t provide this themselves, but look for and are attracted to people who can help them evaluate the time and place to utilize their Se.

Demonstrative Ni, for INTPs and INFPs, mean that they are good at recognizing and using symbolism and trends, but doesn’t care about this. It’s like a second nature to them, when focused upon working in service to their dominant function for whatever purpose that has, or mocking people that rely on it.

Ne ignoring, in ENTPs and ENFPs, is just as demonstrative an process they are good at, but doesn’t care about at all. They can however apply it skillfully when they have to. Since they are Ne dom, they prefer to create and come up with those trends and patterns, rather than analyse them.

As a role function, for ISTJs and ISFJs, it’s very limited in use. They tend to dismiss looking at the process of time and trends in favour of the present. Especially since they have Ne as their dual-seeking function, what they look for above anything else, they tend to ignore the subjective aspect of intuition. They tend to take the concept of time, which is very Ni heavy, and try to understand it through Si and Ti, giving them a very step-by-step approach to time.

ESTJs and ESFJs has Ni as their point of least resistance. They ignore the symbolism or bigger meaning of an event, and doesn’t see time as a continuum, but rather that everything is close to the present.

Se, extraverted sensing is taking in information from the objective reality. It’s focused on the space of a person or object, and what it takes to invade or defend this, hence being good with force and conquest.

In the dominant position, Se shows itself through immense force of will and an ability to get things done. They know exactly what to say and do to make something happen. For ESTPs, since they are in the beta quadra, this is impersonal and focused on conquest. For ESFPs on the other hand, it’s more focused on defense, and is more about rallying people by charisma rather than hierarchy.

For Se creatives, this shows through the ability to put force behind their dominant function. This often makes them extremely rigid, especially in ISTPs, who by Se has the skill necessary to enforce their system/Ti onto others. In ISFPs, Se is mainly used to forcefully defend their values and relationships.

In ENTJs and ENFJs, Se is the Hidden Agenda. This shows in a proactive attitude, where they try to make the most of every situation. They wish to “be” what ESxPs has in service of their dominant function. Since they have fairly week Se however, they focus on Ni, picking the best time and place to compensate for their lower but still able Se.

INFJs and INTJs have Se as their dual-seeking function. This means that they highly appreciate forceful and domineering people that take charge and make the decisions they’re unable to make, to move when they’re analysing through their Ni. Just as the other types of their quadras, INTJs prefer the charismatic, people focused part of Se, whereas INFJs prefer the one of ESTPs.

For ESTJs and ESFJs, Se is demonstrative. Through this, they are active people that are always in movement, working on something. They also use this in a way that appear more as when it’s valued to mock the people that rely on it too much.

Ignored Se, in ISFJs and ISTJs, is one of the places where it’s least noticeable. Since they have Si as their dominant function, a focus on what’s enjoyable and comfortable, they tend to shy away from confrontations and conflict, but are still able to deal with this when they are pressed.

ENTPs and ENFPs has Se as their role function. They highly prefer the world of ideas over moving reality, but goes into short periods where they “replace” their dominant function with Se. When this happens, they are provocative and in constant movement, trying to make things happen. This takes a lot of energy though, and they prefer to focus on what lies beyond and beneath the present, only shifting focus to Se when they are stressed or have to because of external circumstances.

For INTPs and INFPs, Se is their point of least resistance. They therefore try to avoid this as far as possible, seeing confrontation and use of this function as meaningless, upsetting the status quo of their system in work or relationships. Whatever it’s in the way of, it’s clearly a problem, and should be avoided at all cost.

Si, introverted sensing is in many ways in opposition to Se. Focus lies on what’s enjoyable and comfortable, looking at the impression of reality rather than reality itself. Si is also, since it’s how the person reacts to external simulation, about health and external impact on the body.

In the dominant position, this shows through a good, “intuitive” understanding of how the body works, and what makes things comfortable or not. They are extremely good at this when it comes to themselves, and can also see what’s enjoyable or not (physically) for other people. ISTJs has a more practical and pragmatic approach to this, while ISFJs are focused on the emotional atmosphere, and how it influences the level of comfortibility in themselves and other people.

When Si is an auxiliary function, the ESxJ is still really good at using it, similarly to an ISxJ, but it’s merely a tool to achieve their goal. For ESTJs, Si is used to create a comfortable, productive environment, while ESFJs use it to create an enjoyable and nice atmosphere.

For INTPs and INFPs, Si is their mobilizing function. Because of their lack of skill in this function, topics regarding their health and well being are limited, and usually treated in a very on- and off kind of way. They, since they’re bad at creating a relaxing environment by themselves, they don’t experience this too often, but highly appreciates when they get help with it.

When Si is in the dual-seeking position, for ENFPs and ENTPs, it’s what the person lacks. They are bad at everything that is about taking care of yourself and internal body processes. They highly appreciate people that can help them with these areas. Having a focus purely on the inner essence and potential of something, they need the contrasting outlook of the real world.

For ISFPs and ISTPs, this is their demonstrative function. They know very well how to take care of themselves and what’s important, but this is a very private process, not visible from the outside. They’re also very good at knowing what looks pleasing to the eye (or regarding any other impression of something external), and are able to combine this with their creative function, Se, to create the most optimal visual impression.

ESTPs and ESFPs has Si as their ignored function. They therefore ignore the enjoyable, comfortable in favour of a constant movement, always fighting and trying to change the present, regardless of if it makes the moment less “enjoyable”.

As the role function, for INFJs and INTJs, they don’t mind discomfort nor notice pain, but is focused on their place in time. The only time they think about and pay attention to internal states is when they are in a typically “relaxed” situations, using what society deems as relaxing to calm down and pay attention to their bodies and inner states.

For ENTJs and ENFJs, Si is the point of least resistance. So they avoid this as far as possible, and acknowledge their lack of skill in these areas. They are bad at reading their own body and how it reacts on the environment, going in either one of two directions, either treating their bodies and its needs in a slavish or reckless manner. To be able do deal with this, they need people around them to help them with it, or to organise it and do it on a consistent basis, making a habit of it.

Te, extraverted thinking, is a function concerned with pragmatism and efficiency, from the approach of external, objective facts and logic. Practical and focused on what works in reality. Cold, hard facts are what’s important.

In a dominant position, this results in a very pragmatic and factual person. Their response to everything is to check the objective facts and the practicality and effectiveness of something, and based on that decide the best course of action. In an ENTJ, this is focused on “winning big”, using business, pragmatism and efficiency, working towards their individual fulfillment and ambition. For ESTJs, it’s used in a slightly different way, focused more on the tactical application and use of logic, to make reality a better place.

In the auxiliary position, it follows the same pattern as in the dominant position, but for an IxTJ, all this is in service of their dominant function. Either using facts and the external logic for the sake of creating a better present, focusing on what’s enjoyable and fits with merging to reality, or using it to help their analysis over time and trends.

For ExFPs, tertiary Te results in them wanting to surround themselves with people that can help them with facts and knowledge about things, highly appreciating people that can teach them things. They tend to view themselves as more objective and logical than they are, in trying to provide this themselves. When people provides pragmatic logic, this works as jumping point and springing board for their dominant function.

For INFPs and ISFPs, Te is their dual-seeking function. This makes them, even more than their extraverted counterparts, listening and appreciative of people that are knowledgeable and can provide arguments. This compliments their dominant function of moral and personal relationships, from external sources providing logic and a factual, pragmatic attitude. They have a hard time providing this themselves, so they try to seek out people able to help them with this.

For ENTPs and ESTPs, this is their demonstrative functions. They highly prefer the relation between facts, focusing on systematising those facts. They are however extremely good at recognizing the accuracy and usefulness of facts and systems when they have to, usually in favour of their dominant function.

INTPs and ISTPs has Te as their ignoring function, where they ignore the external, object-focused part of thinking in favour of their dominant function, neglecting to acknowledge it. They live and breathe their system and the relation between those objects, so there is no time or energy to focus on the external characteristics. If they have to however, they are good at it.

Role Te, which is the position for it in ESFJs and ENFJs, shows through their ability to, in short doses, turn on and “fake” Te. However, this draws their energy very fast, since it’s is the non-preferred process in the shadow of Fe, and is only used in short doses.

Te point of least resistance, for ISFJs and INFJs, shows through a lack of will and understanding when it comes to facts and external logic. They highly prefer to leave this to other’s, and tends to fall short of answers when they are presented and overwhelmed with arguments based on this. That often makes them refer back to more preferred and stronger functions, often Ti or Fi.

Ti, introverted thinking, is a function concerned with the relation between external facts, the systems made up from those. It’s used both in understanding and creating the inner working of a system, and is focused on consistency.

In INTPs and ISTPs, this, just as the other dominant functions, shows through living and breathing the function. They are always focused on the internal consistency, trying to build and perfect the optimal system.

ENTPs and ESTPs, with Ti as their creative function, use the creation and optimization of those systems to serve their purpose. In an ESTP, since they are betas, this shows a lot more through hierarchy and systematising people, while for ENTPs, it rather shows through a systematisation of information.

As a mobilizing function, for INFJs and ISFJs, Ti is fairly week but highly valued. For INFJs, it makes them highly ideological, rigidly following an ideology, paying very much attention to be consistent in this, not wanting to fault in any way. Their lack of skill in it can often make them unable to see flaws in it. For ISFJs, it works in a similar way, but is geared towards how to shape reality rather than an abstract, Utopian ideology.

For ESFJs and ENFJs, since it’s their dual-seeking functions, they want to surround themselves with people can that help them with a clear and concise system, that they can apply their Fe in. They highly prefer to live inside a system, but has big problems providing this themselves.

INTJs and ISTJs, are through their unconscious but strong Ti very consistent by nature, never having any problem with Ti-related topics. However, a too rigid structure that tends to be the result of relying on this function too much hinders their dominant function to do their job, and they therefore tend to skip over this function as far as possible.

As for ignoring Ti, for ESTJs and ENTJs, Ti is the opposite of who they are. They very much prefer to focus on the accuracy of something, the pragmatic approach of whether it works or not, than to focus on the consistency and systematisation of it. Incoming information are however checked through this function, and even though their biggest problem with something is when it’s faulty in the realm of Te, they notice it in Ti as well.

Role Ti, for INFPs and ISFPs, is repressed since they naturally focus on the relationship between people and the moral state of something, rather than between objects. They can however take this process and apply it to objects as well, when externally pressured to. Their Ti is weak, which has a tendency to make them inconsistent and thinking that a system is dehumanising, since it presses away their Fi.

For ENFPs and ESFPs,  Ti is their point of least resistance. This makes them highly inconsistent and they try to avoid classifications and systems to a great length, and logical systems is their weak spot.

Fe, extraverted feeling, is focused on the “energy state” of another person, and how this can change. It’s about expression, and how this affects the mood and atmosphere in a room.

For an ENFJ or an ESFJ, with Fe as their dominant process, this is as natural as walking. With their words and actions, they know exactly how to express it to make the mood work in their favour, to create and use any emotions and atmospheres of a group work in their best favour.

INFJs and ISFJs, with creative Fe, doesn’t walk this as the ExFJ, but uses it to create a comfortable, enjoyable place for themselves and the people they care about, in the case of the ISFJ, or for an INFJ, create an atmosphere for their symbolism and discussing trends.

For ESTPs and ENTPs, Fe is their mobilizing function. They are focused on and wants to be good at changing the mood of a place, but does this to serve their dominant function. Appreciative of people and external sources that can help them get good at this.

INTPs and ISTPs has Fe as their dual-seeking functions. They are bad at expressing themselves, and needs someone to “unlock” this part of them. Leaving this to other people, they can keep focus on what they’re good at, namely the impersonal system in which Fe thrives.

For ESFPs and ENFPs, Fe is the demonstrative function. Being the demonstrative function, it is merged with Fi, which makes them, compared to other Fi types, a lot more expressive and able to change the mood of a situation. They prefer not to though, since this inhibits their view of how feeling should be used.

ISFPs and INFPs on the other hand tend to ignore this aspect, where they rather focus on the subjective, relational part. Then the objective, static version that Fe is lacks importance.

ENTJs and ESTJs, with role Fe, tends to be polite and knowing hot to act in social situiations, but doing this takes energy for them, and is not their natural state. They prefer not to, since it works in opposition both to their Te and Fi.

Fe point of least resistance, for INTJs and ISTJs, shows through a general lack of expressiveness. They are very stern people, that can often seem very unemotional at first glance. Because of their lack and distrust of Fe, their reactions tend to be non-emotional and repressed.

Introverted feeling, Fi, is the static, internal version of feeling, that focuses mainly on the relationship between different objects (people).

For INFPs and ISFPs, they are highly focused on personal relationships with people, and rather than being focused on groups, they are building a net of people, a net with personal relationships. They are very good at keeping track of those, and understanding the nature, closeness, of each relationship. For INFPs, the relationships has a lot more to do with potential of the person, and because of the aristocratic dichotomy, their belonging to the INFPs “group”, based on internal, subjective characteristics. ISFPs on the other hand, just as gammas in general, are very focused on personal loyalty in those relationships, and are a lot more direct when they have to be defended.

ENFPs and ESFPs, with creative Fi, works in a similar way, but their focus lies on something else. For ENFPs, the focus is the potential, he possible, where the understanding of personal relationships are a way to see and realise the potential that people has. ESFPs on the other hand use Fi in service of their Se, and uses it to move forward and make things happen.

For ISTJs and INTJs, Fi is their mobilizing function. Personal relations and their moral code is a higlhly motivating force for them, and they feel activated when they are helped in these areas.

ESTJs and ENTJs, with their dual-seeking Fi, are very bad at understanding the nature of the relationship they are in, if it’s not something they’ve had experience with before. Because of this, they tend to put much of their trust in other things, such as an unquestionable , personal loyalty. They are very appreciative of people that can help them with personal relationships, both in understanding it and how to behave in them, and need someone with patience for this.

ISFJs and ISFJs, with their demonstrative Fi, are among the Fe types that focuses the most on Fi, since it’s merged with their Fe. The way it’s merged is that their Fe doesn’t work on groups as one in the same way that it does for other types, but the way they go about changing the atmosphere of a group, is through Fi, through personal relations.

ESFJs and ENFJs are ignoring Fi since it is focused on the personal relationship, the “web” of personal relations if you will, rather than the points in each web or the web itself, which is the focus of Fe. For this, they ignore Fi as far as possible, only dealing with it when they can.

ISTPs and INTPs, with their role Fi, tends to be fairly good at both understanding and using this for their personal relationships when they have to, even though they prefer the more impersonal and factual use of Ti for this matter.

In the position of point of least resistance, for ENTPs and ESTPs, makes htem unaware of personal relationships. They Since they are bad at it, they tend to think something is there when it’s not, and they are unaware of how to make that relationship happen.

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