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The question in play here is if Fe implies an aim towards humans, or if it can be towards anything. I would argue that I use extroverted feeling when interacting with my cat, and all animals.

Anyhow, this thought came to me through spinning fire poi. I love fire, and respect it as it's own entity, the same as I do towards living beings. The difference is that I physically show my emotions towards fire. When dancing with it, I adapt to what it does, and base myself off of its movement.

So, must a being be living and have emotions for one to use Fe towards it?
 

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Technically, yes, the thing you're using Fe at has to have its own emotions (= subjective values) because the "e" in Fe refers to external subjective values that Fe constantly references in deciding its own subjective values. If the external entity in question has no subjective values of its own (as would be the case with fire), Fe has nothing to work with. If the fire itself inspires emotion in you independent of any value-having entity's input, you're almost certainly using Fi (i.e. your own, personal, non-externally-obtained subjective valuation of fire) rather than Fe. However, you mentioned that you think of fire as its own entity, in which case, if you've anthropomorphized it enough to ascribe to it its own set of subjective values, then yes, you could be using Fe at it.
 

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Technically, yes, the thing you're using Fe at has to have its own emotions (= subjective values) because the "e" in Fe refers to external subjective values that Fe constantly references in deciding its own subjective values. If the external entity in question has no subjective values of its own (as would be the case with fire), Fe has nothing to work with. If the fire itself inspires emotion in you independent of any value-having entity's input, you're almost certainly using Fi (i.e. your own, personal, non-externally-obtained subjective valuation of fire) rather than Fe. However, you mentioned that you think of fire as its own entity, in which case, if you've anthropomorphized it enough to ascribe to it its own set of subjective values, then yes, you could be using Fe at it.
Thank you, that is quite a helpful explanation.
What do you think about Fe directed towards animals?
 

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Most animals we interact with on a regular basis have discernible emotions that could easily be argued as reflecting a basic set of subjective values (e.g. "I like being petted, being petted is good") so if you try to match your own values to the animal's values (e.g. "Fluffy likes being petted so I like petting him") - or try to get the animal's values to match your own (e.g. training a dog to dislike chewing your shoes since you dislike it chewing your shoes), since Fe sometimes makes the match between self and external values by forcing external values to accommodate self values instead of vice versa - then yeah, animal-directed Fe is definitely possible.
 

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Hm... Then in a sense, this could be where I'm directing a ton of my Fe...
And why I enjoy idealising *cough cough*internet-stalking*cough cough* certain individuals, and watching vlogs...
As well as anime characters.... Hehe, I'm kind of weird.
 

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Yeah, you can definately use it towards anything. It's about value in general. It will always take an "feelery" approach to whatever it's used on, though (which does include personification). It makes sense, when you think about it. Let's not forget that early humans were animists...that's our natural tendency. We tend to project our own experiences onto animals...to "anthropomorphize" everything.
 
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