I believe most N's learn best through symbolism and analogy, I do anyway. What are some of the best analogies you have thought of or that you have found for your functions in the order that you have them. Since I'd dearly love to understand all of the functions, all types are very welcome.
The Garden/Gardens Analogy
Here is my analogy about Fi aux in an ENFP:
Fi aux is like having your own garden inside of a wall and listening and empathizing is like going to visit someone else's garden inside their wall, and when you get a clear understanding of what is going on for them, it's like: "Wow, this is not like my garden at all. I've never planted irises and I like what you've done with those irises! Do you like dahlias? I see some weeds over there and I bet dahlias would look just great there if you like them!." and sometimes the experience is "Those roses right there remind me of my garden-- and you've got lily of the valley too! Actually our gardens are so much alike! I feel right at home! Which one is your favorite rose? You have a maple tree too! "
I think this is a great analogy because this feels exactly like what it is I'm doing. I see what they like and don't like, what they have going on in their lives, potential and challenging or empty places. i listen to what they would like in their garden and give suggestions if I feel it's wanted and warranted but then I also admire and praise and am interested in our differences to learn from and delight in, and I also can recognize when people and I are the same and that feels really comfortable and delightful too-- but I need the differences for wonder and awe and exploration and growth and new ideas for my own garden.
So for me I want to be visiting people's gardens and get inside that wall where it is deeply meaningful to me. This is pretty much a perfect analogy for me, anyway. If I find pretty much only weeds and the person is not interested in planting anything else then that's it-- not somewhere I'm going to want to go back to. But if someone starts planting and we can plant together then I will go back and check on them and admire and encourage. This is pretty perfect for me-- this is what I do in my job as well. Like this is perfect to understand exactly what it feels like for me. It gives me new ideas and things to be thankful for and then I get to go home (I actually feel a twinge of restful Si saying so) to tend my very own garden also with it's particular challenges and also with it's comfortable particular tangle of beauty.
I THINK but I don't KNOW if this describes INFP's Fi. If so, I would think that the difference would be in how much they want to venture out to other's gardens. I just realized something too about why INFPs might be the best listeners. The better you know your own garden the bigger differences you could notice between yours and others.
Fi-dom I asked my INFP husband who immediately understood this analogy and he says, "I don't feel a need to venture to other gardens, if I do it's gonna be brief, but I'm more concerned about protecting my garden from who might want to come in. Are they gonna think my garden is cool or are they gonna shit on my garden? You know what I hate is if someone says you've got to change this and wants to start changing things."
The worry about being imposed on had not even crossed my mind. I was much more focused on getting chances to visit other's gardens... I'm other to there's or I might talk about aspects of my garden. It's really rare that someone gets to come see my garden with opportunities to judge it... so much so that I hadn't even thought to worry about it. I'm too busy out with other people's gardens to even host very often in my own.
I would think that Fe would be like walking in a forest and breathing the air. If the air is polluted you have to build a wall. But @wums says Fe is more like a community garden or an archaeology dig with many groups working on their corner and likely a group the Fe person is in. In my analogy there weren't even actual people in Fe.
Can you expand? Does this analogy work for you? How do think this analogy works for your Fi or Fe? What other analogies have you seen or come up with?
What about all of the functions?