[ENTJ] Te, what is it, how is it experienced?

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This is a discussion on Te, what is it, how is it experienced? within the ENTJ Forum - The Executives forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; ENTJs, I am looking for good explanations and good examples, also, how do you experience it in your awareness, how ...

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    Te, what is it, how is it experienced?

    ENTJs, I am looking for good explanations and good examples, also, how do you experience it in your awareness, how do you know when you are using Te, how do you mentally experience it. Go in to as much detail as you would like to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A R I D V A S T N E S S View Post
    ENTJs, I am looking for good explanations and good examples, also, how do you experience it in your awareness, how do you know when you are using Te, how do you mentally experience it. Go in to as much detail as you would like to.
    Excellent question!

    Well, for me it's like this: it takes a number of shapes.

    My natural mental state is one of scanning the external environment. Even though Te is the first function, a rational function, I would describe myself first and foremost as an instinctive person. When I detect something in need of judgement (e.g. a problem), I immediately form a judgement, I do it instinctively (this is why I used the word instinctive). It takes me like 5 seconds to form an opinion on something, without needing or having all the data. My mind instinctively determines: "do X" or "don't do Y", it's automatic. And a lot of the actions I take or don't take are based on that immediate assessment of a situation. I won't spend time carefully considering all variants. My mind quickly locks on an answer and I act on it.

    Another way how Te works for me, is the fact that I can easily think in something like a computer science flowchart. I can do this, instead of thinking in images or words, I can think in flowcharts. If X is true, then Y, if X is false, then Z... It has a mechanistic quality to it. This allows me to plan things more easily in a step by step fashion. For me, it's not a big deal, but I've noticed that others are in awe when I do this. It's magic to them (an ESFJ told me I was a genius when I presented her with a plan... a heartwarming moment for me, although to me it was what I came up with off the top of my head in the moment) :)

    Te allows for multi-tasking. I can easily coordinate multiple operations, in parallel. At work, I have 3 screens I use and sometimes do more than 1 thing in parallel. It allows me to do them in less time. For example, if I have to wait for something, I can easily optimise all of the operations and reduce the total time it takes to perform them. Others seem to miss these things. Combined with Ni, I can easily determine how a certain change influences an entire system. If you have 5 things and 1 changes, I can easily tell how the other 4 must be reconfigured to optimise the whole system and how that 1 change impacts them.

    Te wants precision. I've noticed this with INTJs. They seem to me to frequently speak in riddles, very ambiguous and cryptic in their communication. Te comes in and asks for specific examples or concrete measurements. Last week an INTJ said, she and I have "different principles" and I was like: "What exactly are you talking about?" I don't read between the lines, so I didn't get what she meant. Or I get the same impression when I hear the US president speak: "I've got the best people" (Which people?) or someone told him "Paris isn't Paris anymore" (Name please, let's ask him/her, did he/she actually say that?) Recently he said that Medicare for all would cost more than the entire revenue... Te asks: "The entire revenue of what? How much would it cost exactly? What are you talking about?" So, Te wants clarity, and not just with numbers, but also with people. Are you are friend or a foe? Neutral? What are you exactly? I can't stand it if I can't determine exactly what category a person belongs to. Everything must be black and white.

    Te expresses ideas with a flat voice and it takes this direct, factual style of communication. It may or may not be blunt (for me it's not blunt, as in I'll never tell a person "You're an idiot", but I might say "You're wrong"). I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I guess in a way it's the simplest form of communication. You don't have to read between the lines, just listen to the words, interpret them in their strictest definitions and that's it. If I tell someone: "You are wrong", I'm not saying "You are a worthless person", I am saying "The sentence you just said is not true". It's not a subtle comment on a person's value as a human being, just a direct contradiction of an information. That's it and it shouldn't be interpreted as something more, because there's nothing more to it.

    This is all I could come up with at the moment


 

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