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    INTP - The Thinkers

    What's up with functional stacks?

    Hey people,

    Recently I've been getting into properly learning the underlying system of the MBTI types and I have a few questions regarding the functional stacks:

    • If each type has 4 functions how does a person relate to the functions that are not in their stack? Like, for me as an INTP and not having functions like Se or Fi in my stack, what does this mean about my processing of sensory input and my inner feelings about right and wrong? (As far as I know these functions kinda refer to these things.) I can't say that I don't use them at all, because obviously I see/hear/touch/etc and also have a sense about what is right or wrong to some degree... So what's up with these? :)
    • Also something else about functional stacks: My mother is the exact opposite type of me (ESFJ) and growing up I found we just couldn't understand each other at all. Her stack is obviously the exact opposite order of my functions. But shouldn't we have more in common than with a person who I have no shared functions with? Sharing the same functions just in the opposite order shouldn't make us more relatable to each other's worlds than let's say to my previous partner who is (I think) INTJ and who I don't share any functions with? Thoughts on this?

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    This is a very basic question that is not easy to answer because there isn't a whole lot of agreement on the subject. In short if your mom is ESFJ, its not that you wouldn't have anything in common with her, its just that her lead or go-to process is the one that you reject (extraverted feeling) and vice versa. The more you learn to reconcile your own Extraverted Feeling over the course of your life, the more you will begin to understand your mother's perspective (don't interpret that to mean you don't use or have Fe, its more that its just a rejected perspective).

    As far as the order of the functions, that's a whole big long discussion that has been had and had over and over again on this site and elsewhere. But since you seem new to all this I'll keep it simple and just say that the really the most important function will be your dominant function (Introverted Thinking) and it's counter reaction (Extraverted Feeling). Ti and Fe are like two sides of a see-saw reacting against each other, as a Ti-dominant your go-to focus will typically be toward Thinking (which is why feeling is considered 'rejected'). That's what makes you a Thinking type of course. The other two functions I would argue play a secondary role (at best) sort of coloring your perspective in a given direction (toward intuition or toward sensation). It's all a bit complicated though because I gave you a more classical Jungian interpretation, and Myers-Briggs takes liberties and re-interprets many of those things and makes a lot of assumptions (like your aux must be Ne if you are INTP), and while this isn't 'bad' per se, you should understand that MBTI is just one interpretation. If you hang out on this site long enough and study this long enough you will begin to unpack the gravity of the seemingly simple question you asked and begin to see that there are multiple layers and levels of things going on here and there isn't an easy answer because there isn't really agreement. You have to pick a framework, say MBTI and then work from there (and even then you can get crossed up because people like Beebe essentially use the MBTI framework but approach it in an entirely different manner). I would read Gifts Differing or Jung's Psychological Types and start there to really begin to grasp what is going on. I also direct people to this brief history of Jungian typology to help people get a sense of the bigger picture. https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=h...Jung-today.pdf


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