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I have not taken any classes on MBTI or cognitive functions; I have learned about this theory on human psychology purely through "personalitypage.com", personality forums, and applications to my own thoughts and other people I know well. I am by no means claiming to be an expert, or even knowledgeable on the subject. I am, however, claiming to have a very passable understanding of the cognitive functions. A couple days ago I explained cognitive functions to my [ENFP] friend. He understood MBTI but did not understand the cognitive function stackup at all. My explanation is as follows:



MBTI SUPERPOWERS:
By Kyle Mecca

There are eight superpowers human beings can have.





Ne, Ni, Se, Si, Te, Ti, Fe, Fi.

[Extroverted Intuition, Introverted Intuition, Extroverted Sensing, Introverted Sensing, Extroverted Thinking, Introverted Thinking, Extroverted Feeling, Introverted Feeling]





Each human is born with TWO superpowers.



One of your superpowers is stronger than the other. We call the stronger one "Primary" and the weaker one "Secondary".

BUT WAIT! There are rules to what combination of superpowers you can have.

1.) You must choose one EXTROVERTED power:
[Ne, Se, Te, Fe] - Notice they all have "e"s

and one INTROVERTED power:
[Ni, Si, Ti, Fi] - Notice they all have "i"s


2.) You must chose one KNOWLEDGE GATHERING power:
[Ne, Ni, Se, Si] - Intuition or Sensing

and one DECISION MAKING power:
[Te, Ti, Fe, Fi] - Thinking or Feeling


Now the letters in MBTI are actually just code for the cognitive functions, or "superpowers" I have listed above. The MBTI code has two parts:

THE MEAT:
N/S and T/F

THE CODERS:
E/I and J/P

The meat is pretty straightforward, Choose one of each. [Ex. XNFX - This denotes that you'll have one of Ne or Ni and one of Fi or Fe]

The coders govern the ordering of the functions.
E/I: Determines if your introverted or extroverted function is first.
J/P: Determines if your extroverted function is DECISION MAKING or if it is KNOWLEDGE GATHERING.
J means that your extroverted function is DECISION MAKING and your introverted function is KNOWLEDGE GATHERING.

P means that your extroverted function is KNOWLEDGE GATHERING and your introverted function is DECISION MAKING.



So ENFP would be broken down like so:

N and F.

P means N is Ne, and F is Fi (N is a knowledge gathering function and F is a decision making function).
Ne and Fi.

E means that Ne is primary and Fi is secondary.
Ne>Fi


Any more experienced users have input on flaws, improvements, strong points?
 

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When I was reading it I thought: "whoa, this person must be an ENTP!"(and you were). This is a very creative and easy to understand way to present MBTI to someone. I have struggled since I came across it to find a proper way of doing it and always refined my teaching skill based on the information I was gathering in the process. I like it that your method is very concise and it contains the right amount of information necessary to make connections!
 

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I cringed a little reading the word "superpowers" because I really try to shy away from describing them like specific tools that are required to accomplish certain tasks. Luckily, you didn't use them in a bad way, but just as a cute way to describe what's going on. Kind of, as @jugofpcp has said, like an RPG with a create-a-character.

Also, it's not a bad way to get into the greater function order of a type from here. Certain "superpowers" act in exclusion to others, necessitating a certain order to the rest of the functions, giving us the systematic type analysis that we love. Not a bad way to describe it overall. And since a friend and I were planning to perhaps start a typology club at our university, we may use some of these ideas to first explain MBTI/Jungian type to people (with proper credit, of course :wink:)
 

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That's a strange system, I don't really understand the need for rules if you can just list them out like that 'Cognitive Quiz' does. It seems to give a better answer.

I am not remarking on your ability to explain said system; I actually finally kind of understand it... I think...
 

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That's a strange system, I don't really understand the need for rules if you can just list them out like that 'Cognitive Quiz' does. It seems to give a better answer.

I am not remarking on your ability to explain said system; I actually finally kind of understand it... I think...
It doesn't give a "better" answer, it gives the same answer. This is just a way to calculate the functions instead of having to memorize them for each personality type.

It also allows you to see what J/P and E/I really mean, with a little close reading.
 

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Thank you! First time I've actually felt like I understood it without confusing myself at all, plus the "super powers" intro made me laugh.
 

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Cute.

Except you missed the part where supermen don't loose anything when gaining their powers. For us it's a tradeoff. "Sign this contract for Te." "oh right, but you will no longer have Fi.."
 
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