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    Figuring out dimensionality, weak functions and associated fears.

    First of all - what it means if function is “weak”? The term “weak” doesn’t fully capture the peculiar nature of information processing that happens within these functions, because as long as the function successfully fulfills its purpose, it’s not entirely correct to call it “weak”.

    Let’s imagine power button on your computer (low-dimensional function) and the processor of your computer (multidimensional function). What if the power button would suddenly began thinking about should it turn the computer on, in what situation and under what circumstances should it turn the computer on, or even worse - began to meddle with work of processor? Who would need such a computer? That’s why the power button has a concrete and specific task - to turn it on/off. Just that. This is the purpose of the power button.

    What's the purpose of 1D function? Basically it is a filter. It sifts through incoming information and separates information that is important for an individual on a personal level from the unimportant one within any given aspect. You shouldn't expect it to know social norms or work on a situational basis. This is not its purpose. Smashing it down with lots of information wouldn’t “improve” it. Power button can’t start working as the processor. It’s more correctly to tell that function is crappy in case it fails to operate efficiently in the way it supposed to operate, within its own limits.

    So how low-dimensional functions operate and how to find out which of your functions are low-dimensional and which ones are multidimensional? This issue can be resolved by observing and contrasting the so-called “strength of fixation” among functions in comparison to each other.

    1D functions possess the most strong and rigid fixation of the aspects of reality. They want to “freeze” the experience and are afraid of changes, because they can’t easily adapt to ever-changing reality. They are afraid of new foreign experiences they can’t evaluate, so in many cases strive to fixate it in the point they find to be the most satisfactory for them.

    For example: 1D Fi fixates relation with somebody as “like”, then people don’t see each other for some time and when they eventually meet, from the point of view of 1D Fi, relationship can start exactly from that fixated moment - feeling of like. 1D Fi doesn’t imply that psychological distance between them and the other person could have changed since they last met, and even if they think that it’s totally reasonable assumption, such supposition is frightening and uncomfortable to 1D Fi. Or another example - 1D Ni that hates waiting. Someone is late for a meeting, 1D Ni sits and impatiently waits, fuming about how this person is irresponsible or rude by not caring for them wasting their time. They fixate on the sense of wasted time and that they don’t like it, unable to transcend boundaries of their own experience. In contrast 4D Ni wouldn’t experience this situation in the same rigid way. It is more likely they will intuitively know/predict that someone will be late and settle to doing their own thing while waiting, or get an intuitive hunch that they can come later for a meeting and eventually come at the same time with that other person.

    1Ds don’t handle changes well, and want the inner sense they experienced to remain the same and permanent, be it suggestive - “This is mine! I don’t want it to go away! I want this to last forever!”, or PoLR - “This is not me! I don’t want this thing to be part of my life!”

    In contrast, 2D functions don’t strive for fixation of experiences, but that of norms. They fixate normalcy. Norms are a broader than separate experiences. If experience is a dot, norms are segments, and within these segments normative functions feel themselves free.

    3D functions are even more flexible. They take normative segments, put them into different situations and observe to what extent they can extend the boundaries of norms according to a situation.

    4D functions are the most versatile ones. Dimension of time makes it possible permanently adapt to changes. They can change themselves, change situations, change norms. They have total freedom and control, and are infinite within their corresponding aspect.

    Thus, the less dimensions any given function has, the more it will be focused on painful reactions and rejection of reality.

    In order to illustrate how dimensionality progresses through stages, let's observe them making tea:
    2D (experience and norms): *looking around awkwardly* We need water, and a teapot, and a kitchen stove to boil the water. Oh, and also teabags, of course! B-b-but, we’re kinda in the middle of the jungle...
    3D (experience, norms and situation): *energetically* Hey 2D, don’t you see these leaves above us and many giant dew drops on them? *picks up tree bark from the ground and using it as a vessel, runs around gathering the dew* Let’s start a fire with that brushwood *points to the right* and also we can use those leaves instead of tea *points to the front*.
    4D (experience, norms, situation and time): Guys, you'd better stop with this tea nonsense right now, if you don't want to attract tea-seeking zombies, who roam the area this time of day.

    If you care for the poor 1Ds:
    1D suggestive (experience): Tea? Who said tea? I love tea!!! My mommy used to make me tea. Where’s my mommy? Are you my mommy? *creeps everybody out*
    1D PoLR (experience): *disgustedly* Tea? Meh. I don’t want to have anything to do with the tea. Tea is not my cup of… whatever. *walks into the jungle as far away as possible from the crazy people who make tea. Got stung by the mutant wasp, whose sting, by bad luck, was filled with tea-venom*.

    Peculiarities of information processing happening in low-dimensional functions are a fertile ground for growth of insecurities or fears. They may exist in both 1D functions or even in both low-dimensional blocks combined. While fears appearing in Super-ego are mostly connected with desire to avoid situations, fears appearing in Super-id, on the other hand, are more focused on the fear of losing the pleasure that is individually significant or valuable for a person, and strive to hold on to the desirable situation.

    LII (1D Fe and Se): "Concerning Fe. It is, rather, not the fear for myself - that I do something wrong, but fear contributing to Se through Fe. I mean: I find aggressive crowd more terrifying than a single person. If I have to deal with one aggressive person, there’s a chance that I’ll be able to reason with them through Ti. But when people become a crowd - they don’t hear the arguments of reason, this is the gregarious instinct. This is energy that is evil and aggressive, that they want to take out on somebody. The fit of passion. I think it is negative Fe situation, that I want to avoid, situation that pressures states of emotional anxiety and fear."

    SEI (1D Te and Ne): "Yes, I definitely have the fear of Te mistakes! But then again, it is present in conjunction with Ne (or even Ti). I have this fear that everybody may think I am stupid."

    LSE (1D Ni): "I feel utter boredom caused by empty pastime when I am in idle dalliance (for example when I’m at a party). There is a fear of being late. I hate it when someone is late. I dislike surprises. I hate it when something happens, and I still don’t know what it was all about, and someone begins to tell everything in great detail from the very start about how it all happened. Damn, please, start first with epilogue so I can already know what was the upshot of it all, and then I can listen to how this thing happened from start till finish. Otherwise I won’t make it till the end of the story being under such pressure. So I always ask people to start from the end.

    Frequently there is present an idea that other people must have the same fears in area of low-dimensional functions. This idea stems from the peculiarities of information processing done by low-dimensional functions. Person relies only on their own experience, individual perception, and can’t observe situation from different point of view, doesn’t know how to respond differently.

    LII (Se PoLR): "There a persistent fear to face an unwarranted aggression. Out of a sudden. Fear to encounter a gang of drunk or stoned teenagers on the street. It’s like they exist in another world, or in another dimension... But I guess it’ll be scary for any person, not necessarily to Se PoLR. "

    1D fears are connected with fear of negative experience repetition, necessity to remake something that was poorly done within the 1D aspect and failure to follow normative society regulations.

    From the early childhood everyone receives a set of standards for all aspects of information: person is brought up, they watch how other people react to different situations around them. But 1D functions, even after remembering usual norms, still react to each new situation in a one-dimensional way - that is, on the basis of their individual inner feeling, sense and experience. 1D can’t diverge from its "single-track road" and repetition of experience. It doesn’t see what can be the other possible way in which to respond.

    SEI (Te PoLR): "I’m worried about how others evaluate my work, if this work is work made for others. If I'm doing something for myself, the estimations aren’t that necessary and doesn’t matter much."

    LSE (1D Fi): "I'm afraid to offend someone, afraid that people will understand me in the wrong way, afraid that I’ll make it wrong in terms of standards."

    SLI (1D Ne): "I have many Ne fears, they worry me a lot. I think it’s because of a lot of negative experiences. Also, I have non-dualized ESI mother with her persistent "what if tomorrow brings war" who terribly fears any surprises. It was depressing. "

    EII (1D Te): One of the toughest Te tasks for me is to correct something that I did wrong. I end up redoing it several times, and eventually, even if the thing is done, after such torment there’s no desire to take on a similar task once again.

    LSE - And I know why the mentioned above happens! 1D function is based on experience, while correction requires not to use past experience and do things differently. On the one hand person doesn’t know how to do it differently, and even if they know and someone told them, often it ends with the same old result of itself. Remake becomes just a nightmare of improper experience repetition. And to create a new experience is becoming increasingly difficult."

    To sum the fears up:

    List of common fears experienced in low-dimensional functions:

    • fear of being rejected, ignored, excluded;
    • fear of meeting disrespect, bullying (humiliation);
    • fear to betray or being betrayed by the loved ones;
    • fear of conflict that results in damaged relationships;
    • fear of showing awkwardness in relationships.

    • fear of being captured by strong emotions,
    • fear to get into situations abundant in strong negative emotions or inadequate positive ones, without ability to escape such situations;
    • fear of boisterous emotions;
    • fear of negative emotions.

    • confusion, insecurity and "freezing" in case you have to do something within Ti aspect, and you can’t;
    • uncertainty: Do I have the right? What rights do I have? What are the rules in here? How do the rules interpret this situation?
    • fear concerning status, whether you have the proper rights to do something;
    • fear of mental abilities assessment;
    • fear of uncertain status in the system, uncertain place in society.

    • fear of incompetence;
    • fear of starting a new business;
    • helplessness in the face of mass of work, inability to decide what to do;
    • fear of responsibility before others concerning work;
    • fear that you didn’t take something into account, didn’t complete something;
    • fear of looking unprofessional, didn’t coping with business situation;
    • fear of evaluation with respect to being a professional specialist.

    • fear of non-occurrence of events;
    • fear of unpredictability;
    • fear of passing time;
    • fear of predestination, it is impossible to manage events;
    • fear of unpleasant "surprises" (events);
    • fear of prediction;
    • fear that something expected and desired will not happen.

    • fear of deception, uncertainty;
    • fear that you wouldn’t be understood the way you want to be understood, or you would be understood in the wrong way;
    • fear of "desperate worthlessness", fear of inability to do anything or achieve anything, fear of incapacity;
    • fear of evaluation ("I shouldn’t be evaluated!");
    • fear of own unpredictability.

    • fear of disease (sense of discomfort);
    • fear of appearance assessment;
    • fear of old age because of concurrent senility, ugly appearance, dullness of sensations;
    • fear of embarrassing, unpleasant situations related to biological aspects: smells, stains, touches, looks etc., which cause state of embarrassment, shame;
    • fear of body change.

    • fear of inability to stand up for oneself;
    • fear of unwarranted aggression, especially from the group of people;
    • fear of violence;
    • fear of material losses;
    • fear of material insolvency;
    • fear of helplessness in defending and promoting own interests;
    • fear that you have to fight and can’t predict how it will end, including the fear of underrating your strength and maiming someone;
    • fear to admit not only to others but to oneself (or thinking about it) that you are sick and have to take measures.

    Hope this will help someone to better understand dimensionality and find out their "strong" and "weak" functions.

    Based on this, and this, and a bit of that too.

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    I think I have all of those listed fears in someways

    Fear to encounter a gang of drunk or stoned teenagers on the street.
    I'm so Se polr
    In fact, I can consider being LII, almost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashbandicoot View Post
    I think I have all of those listed fears in someways

    I'm so Se polr
    In fact, I can consider being LII, almost.
    Oh, that's strange.
    I can worry about aggression if I'm walking down the street alone, late in the evening and someone is walking behind me. That's creepy. But otherwise, I don't persistently worry about stuff connected with force or aggression for no apparent reason. Guess I have good Se

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    Quote Originally Posted by To_august View Post
    Oh, that's strange.
    I can worry about aggression if I'm walking down the street alone, late in the evening and someone is walking behind me. That's creepy. But otherwise, I don't persistently worry about stuff connected with force or aggression for no apparent reason. Guess I have good Se
    ah for no apperant reason ? I dont know, I may argue it has an apperant reason then. I fear such stuff when see a group of gypsies/beggars or seeing 5-7 drunk and shouting guys late at night. Then again I dont think other people feel this way, only me.

    I dont have Ne fears, little Te fears. I have Ni, Fe, Ti, Si Se fears. I also may have Fi fears from time to time.

    I dunno, I think I may have misunderstood the thing. It says persistent fears but then I have none lol. They always come and go.

    Edit: I'm trying to do homework, now. I actually realized, I have Te fears, too.

    They seem like compulsive thoughts, btw. I probably get them while feeling anxious I think.
    Last edited by Mr inappropriate; 11-08-2015 at 02:40 PM.

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    I can fully relate to Si only.

    I don't know. It's mixing with enneagram in my mind.

    fear of being captured by strong emotions,
    fear to get into situations abundant in strong negative emotions or inadequate positive ones, without ability to escape such situations;
    fear of boisterous emotions;
    fear of negative emotions.

    So INTJ 4 pretty much cannot have Fe PoLR?

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    Hmmmm, certainly relate to Te issues and Se issues. There is this crippling fear of the material world and its force and myself being absolutely unable to initiate and interact with it properly. Also achieving goals and mobilizing myself is much more difficult in my case than most people.

    I have a question to lay around though and it is only due to my curiousity in understanding:

    Why is fear of evaluation a Ne thing? Should it not be Te?
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    I definitely relate to Ti and Si, but also to Ni and Fi.
    They seem connected, Ti with Fi and Si with Ni, fearing illness, body change, etc. because things like that are unpredictable and have power to destroy plans.
    Same with Ti and Fi, if you don't know your place then you might get rejected.

    I guess that on some level I get the difference but something about all of this is confusing me so much :/
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    I think this article is kind of so-so in the first place. It got some stuff right, but also a lot of stuff not so right. I for example think that 1D isn't so much a fear though of course we can experience fear due to a sense of inadequacy, as much as it is a complete de-valuing in the sense of the PoLR.

    I was talking to NH the other day about how I think I tend to have a default state of not taking exaggerated emotional expressions seriously, so when people are emoting a lot but they actually mean it instead of doing it kind of knowingly tongue-in-cheek which I think Fe demonstratives tend to do it, it tends to annoy me because I think I unconsciously see it as them doing it the wrong way. That's not how you should use Fe.

    So I think that dimensionality and each functional attitude is just that, an attitude. I have a hard time seeing how 1D should elicit some sense of fear. I don't fear heavy Fe environments or conversations that places value on Fe content; it just annoys me because the rigidity of 1D makes me think that it's not the way the world ought to be like.
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    @Mantas enneagram and personal stances and mbti and such just show your current focus within your TIM. INTJ 4 is as it seems to you, someone with Fe focus currently who thinks they are logical. It doesn't mean that is their TIM, especially if they are young.
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