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This is a discussion on How do cognitive functions form? within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Are they "learned", are we "born" with them? Do we simply "choose" them based on personal experiences? I'm curious how ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    How do cognitive functions form?

    Are they "learned", are we "born" with them?

    Do we simply "choose" them based on personal experiences?

    I'm curious how these functions truly form inside of us.

    Thoughts?
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    Your probably born with your dom I think, if not, it probably develops at an early age.

    I remember @thegirlcandance saying that the subsequent functions develop later in life, but I don't remember the ages she attributed to them.

    But I'd suggest that function development may happen quicker for some if placed under the right circumstances. Also, the more one ages, the shadow functions may develop to be more dominate; which might make type analysis a bit confusing. For example, my father was a sensor when younger, but he was indistinguishable from intuitive in his midlife and later decades.

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    I believe it is a combination of all three but is mostly dependent on choice and personal experiences.
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    here's some interesting thoughts on the development personalitypage.com - How we Develop our Personality Types ooh, and I just noticed that it uses INFJ as an example - kewl =)

    and more about kid types personalitypage.com - Personality and Kids[/B]
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    Cognition is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding. So this is definitely NOT a personal choice, the cognitive functions are a part of our natural tendencies in how we view the world that make us unique. You could very well say that they are a part of our subconscious because we are not entirely aware of how we each unique process information from the world. The cognitive functions are basically the base to the MBTI. What your personality preference is is determined by how you uniquely process information. It matters whether you use Ni (introverted intuition) or Ne (extraverted intuition) -- not the simple fact that you are an introvert or extravert and an intuitive... its much more complicated than that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    Your probably born with your dom I think, if not, it probably develops at an early age.

    I remember @thegirlcandance saying that the subsequent functions develop later in life, but I don't remember the ages she attributed to them.

    But I'd suggest that function development may happen quicker for some if placed under the right circumstances. Also, the more one ages, the shadow functions may develop to be more dominate; which might make type analysis a bit confusing. For example, my father was a sensor when younger, but he was indistinguishable from intuitive in his midlife and later decades.
    The development of functions, in theory, goes in this order but this is approximate times as it can greatly vary by individual based on environment and personal choices:

    Dominant function (INFJ's Ni) = early age - should be seen before adolescence. This is that person's "natural state" so this is why this is the first and remains so prevalent throughout our lives.
    Auxillary function (INFJ's Fe) = adolescence - anywhere from 11-20 this should start being seen and used more often.
    Tertiary function (INFJ's Ti) = early adult - so this could be anywhere from 18 to late 20s.
    Inferior function (INFJ's Se) = mid-life - so I'd guess 30s up until whenever.

    Now, in my own personal perspective, I've seen some people who age and never really seem to develop their tertiary or inferior functions because they did not develop their first two functions well. So all of this is just a ballpark figure in assuming this is how it would occur for the average person in a healthy environment that makes good choices for themselves. There are also some people who develop their inferior function in their 20s -- they just simply matured much faster than average.

    So it greatly depends on the individual, but this is the average outline.

    Btw, I gathered this information from Vicky Jo's website INFJ or INFP? a closer look

    Also, you can check out my video explaining how the INFJ and INFP differ based on the cognitive functions:
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubelin View Post
    here's some interesting thoughts on the development personalitypage.com - How we Develop our Personality Types ooh, and I just noticed that it uses INFJ as an example - kewl =)

    and more about kid types personalitypage.com - Personality and Kids[/B]
    That first link is really fascinating... if true, it would explain why my Ti is so lame, since I'm only 21, haha.
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    Great explanations so far.

    To summarize it honestly I think plinko is a great way to do so. It lands in our laps. :) Which honestly as negative as I've been lately, I truly have always admired being an INFJ for some small portion of vanity.

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    You guys at PerC are awesome.

    I just wanted to say that.
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    I could be completely wrong and I have no sources to verify this (aside from my own personal journey) but I've heard that we are born into this world within our shadow functions and as we grow older we develop our main function. It goes from there developing each of the subsequent functions until ultimately you arrive back at your shadow to complete the circle.


     
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