The Eight Functions and Fence-Building
Ne - I want to design the fence.
Ni - Why do they want to do this and what is the deal with fences anyway? Is this necessary?
Se - I want to decorate the fence and make sure that it looks stylish and appealing
Si - I’ll take care of looking at the instructions and making sure that we follow the established guidelines.
Te - Is doing this cost effective? Will it be useful?
Ti - I want to analyze the structure and placement of the fence.
Fe - How will it affect the neighborhood, and what will the neighbors think?
Fi - I want it to be my own special fence that I can share with others over time
In the instance of 'fence building', I would ultimately think in this way;
Te - Te- Te- Te- Ti- Ti- Si- Ne (no typos in there)
I think a lot of care needs to be taken in regards to the examples one would use to explicate functions. I know jack shit about cognitive processes... however, given that even though we have specific preferences, we tap into all functions based on the circumstance... the example above of building a fence, to me, seems to lend itself to te/ti regardless of preference (However, that may just be me projecting; because I automatically go to Te when it comes to such instances... because it just makes sense, however others may not).
For e.g. Even though I prefer to use Fi and Fe, I really would not engage in these functions in the way that it is described above i.e. "how will it affect the neighbourhood", and "I want it to be my own special fence", in the case of building a fence.
Yes, I would care about my fence in relation to the neighbourhood, and I would consult adjacent neighbours and city council (only) to make sure I was building on proper authority, and I suppose I would have no choice but to share the fricken fence, but really... it's a fence... and fences have a purpose :tongue: I'm a tight ass, so it has to be cost efficient in my eyes, and it has to be placed and built efficiently. Otherwise, what's the point? (on a side note, the fi description sounds a bit off to me, but I'll leave that to someone with more knowledge to address it).
Also, I think they need to be more specific descriptions. A few sentences would make more meaningful predictions.
But otherwise, I agree about preferring to learn by examples when it comes to dominant functions. To some people it may just make sense to look at functions separately (a reductionist approach), but others may prefer a holistic approach (how do functions manifest? when and what? how do they compare to others? how do they interact?). When it comes to cognitive functions... I hazard to guess, most information about them comes from a stringent reductionist perspective... so it may be hard for 'holistic thinkers' to grasp directly, without synthesizing with other information, or personal experiences. I know I am more of a holistic thinker...
That helps me make a lot more sense of my mom (who's an INFJ)...like yesterday when she walked into my room and I had something on the floor...She said something like..."You need to pick that up, someone's gonna trip and break their neck and they're gonna end up going to the hospital...and it's gonna be too expensive for us to pay the bill"...:mellow:
Oh geeze, this sounds like me
roud: I even talk to my dog in this way: "if you're going to leave your toys around the house Edward, somebody's going to stumble over them and get hurt! keep them in your corner over there!" *puppy dog eyes* "don't give me those puppy dog eyes!"