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Can the dominant function be under developed compared to the aux?

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I was reading the ENTJ descrption on Personality Page (Portrait of an ENTJ) and found the following statement interesting:

ENTJs are very forceful, decisive individuals. They make decisions quickly, and are quick to verbalize their opinions and decisions to the rest of the world. The ENTJ who has not developed their Intuition will make decisions too hastily, without understanding all of the issues and possible solutions. On the other hand, an ENTJ who has not developed their Thinking side will have difficulty applying logic to their insights, and will often make poor decisions. In that case, they may have brilliant ideas and insight into situations, but they may have little skill at determining how to act upon their understanding, or their actions may be inconsistent.
What I found most interesting was the bolded part of the quote. It has always been my understanding that our dominant function was the one that came most naturally to us, thus I assumed that it would always be the strongest, always. However this statement seems to imply that it is possible, at least in some cases, for the dominant function to be under developed compared to the aux function.

Is it possible for an aux function to be (or seem) more developed than a dominant function?
Has anyone observed this in their experience with typology?
Is this just an ENTJ phenomenon? Or could this happen with other types as well?

Any insight, thoughts, opinions, etc are appreciated.
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It might be function-related, or not at all. I see value in experience. Experience confirms theory, experience gives new perspective, experience inspires new ideas and wisdom. I see life as one big science experiment. By theorizing, you are only getting half the story. By only action and no reflection, you are also getting only half the story. I see it as a synthesis of both, to give the most complete and fulfilling interpretation of life.
lol... sometimes peoples' explanations on their own personal life-philosophy can be more revealing than any test. what you said could very well mark you as one of two things (in my own opinion): either you're a rare person that can appreciate their dominant and inferior to an extent at which they can now "integrate" it within their personal view on life, or, you just described the joy of having two perception functions fall into your auxiliary-slots and are now beginning to see the value in both aspects of perception--as in trying to bring the two away from the idea of "completely separate planes" and into realm of "two sides of the same coin".

looking at the function combinations like that has (i think) gotten me closer to figuring out that my judgement-functions are my auxiliaries (as opposed to my dominant--a few years ago i was certain i was an INFP before i even found out about the functions). before i read your post i was actually thinking, "why does everyone attempt to separate values from logic--it's like everyone is under the misconception that they two can meet and become something else entirely--as if we're forced to choose between being mindless emotional conduits or emotionally-dried-husks who fear certain aspects of humanity--one cannot truly exist fully-formed without the other because both are only partial truths".

now i'm not saying i know what my type is, or that i somehow magically realized the "formula of types", but that maybe that mode of attack might help you or someone else.

anyhow how, ramble over and out.
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