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Jungian Functions

     
  What and How Why

ESTJ

Exports thoughts in parts Good

ESTP

Imports parts of thoughts Beauty

ESFJ

Exports feelings in parts Good

ESFP

Imports parts of feelings Beauty

 

   

ENTJ

Exports thoughts as a whole Truth

ENTP

Imports whole thoughts Truth

ENFJ

Exports feelings as a whole Harmony

ENFP

Imports whole feelings Harmony

 

   

ISTJ

Exports parts of thoughts Good

ISTP

Imports thoughts in parts Beauty

ISFJ

Exports parts of feelings Good

ISFP

Imports feelnigs in parts Beauty

 

   

INTJ

Exports whole thoughts Truth

INTP

Imports thoughts as a whole Truth

INFJ

Exports whole feelings Harmony

INFP

Imports feelings as a whole Harmony

Note: "what" and the "how" have a priority.  
E.g., ESTJ and ISTJ both export thoughts in parts,
but ESTJ priortizes the thought; ISTJ prioritizes the part.

How did we arrive at this?

Jung discovered that the combinations "what" and "how" give a flavor of how we process, which he called functions, presented in the matrix below.  The functions are defined beneath it.

ESTJ

Te Si Ne Fi

ESTP

Se Ti Fe Ni

ESFJ

Fe Si Ne Ti

ESFP

Se Fi Te Ni

 

       

ENTJ

Te Ni Se Fi

ENTP

Ne Ti Fe Si

ENFJ

Fe Ni Se Ti

ENFP

Ne Fi Te Si

 

       

ISTJ

Si Te Fi Ne

ISTP

Ti Se Ni Fe

ISFJ

Si Fe Ti Ne

ISFP

Fi Se Ni Te

 

       

INTJ

Ni Te Fi Se

INTP

Ti Ne Si Fe

INFJ

Ni Fe Ti Se

INFP

Fi Ne Si Te
         
  1st Fn
Dominant
2nd Fn
Auxiliary
3rd Fn
Tertiary
4th Fn
Inferior
         

Exporter or Importer (J or P)

The above matrix looks complicated, so be patient as it's explained.  

Jung believed that the prime motivator was the last letter combo (either J or P), which determines whether a type is an exporter or importer.

Js (goal) always exports;
Ps (journey) always imports.

What and How (T/F and S/N)

The "what" is thoughts or feelings (T/F), and
the "how is parts or whole (S/N).  

Those combos give eight possible functions:

Te Decide by thought; export goals to obj. world
Ti Decide by thought; import goals to subj. self
Se Process obj. world parts by engaging; "what"
Si Process subj. self parts by categorizing; "what"
Ne Process obj. world whole by engaging; "why"
Ni Process subj. self whole by imagining; "why"
Fe Decide by feelings; export goals to obj. world
Fi Decide by feelings; import goals to subj. self

The basic ideas is that we each have a preferred, natural, most comfortable ordering of those functions.  And if we are really natural at one half of the parity, then the opposite quality will be less natural.

The 16 types are preferences of those functions.

Myers-Briggs vs. Jung

We notice that the 16 types can be grouped into fours based on similar, common funcitons.

So MTBI has temperaments and Jung has function groups .

Myers-Briggs

Jung

4 temperament groups
(SJ, SP, NT, NF)
4 function groups
(TJ, TP, FJ, FP)

The easy way to remember this is that the last two letters of the type determine the Jung group.  (E.g., ESTJ is in TJ group)

Another easy way the groups are determined is by seeinng that in the function matrix above, types with similar colors in the 1st/2nd columns, function the most similarly.

Using both tests together gives us a bigger picture.

MTBI temperaments determine "why" (goodness, truth, beauty or hamrony);
Jung is reveals insights into what (T/F) and how (S/N) to achieve that goal.

Both of those are integrated in the chart at the very top of this page. That ends the discussion of how we derived the chart.

Sidebar List (MTBI or Jung?)

Now, notice that the colored chart at page top is ordered top to bottom based on the MTBI order to match the left sidebar column.  However, it can be also ordered based on shared 1st and 2nd Functions, shown below!  This shows how four groups (TJ, TP, FJ, FP), are similar.  From top to bottom, they are:

This gives a new ordering of the chart:

 

1st 2nd   3rd

4th

           

ESTJ

Te Si   Ne

Fi

ISTJ

Si Te   Fi

Ne

ENTJ

Te Ni   Se

Fi

INTJ

Ni Te   Fi

Se

           

ESTP

Se Ti   Fe

Ni

ISTP

Ti Se   Ni

Fe

ENTP

Ne Ti   Fe

Si

INTP

Ti Ne   Si

Fe

           

ESFJ

Fe Si   Ne

Ti

ISFJ

Si Fe   Ti

Ne

ENFJ

Fe Ni   Se

Ti

INFJ

Ni Fe   Ti

Se

           

ESFP

Se Fi   Te

Ni

ISFP

Fi Se   Ni

Te

ENFP

Ne Fi   Te

Si

INFP

Fi Ne   Si

Te

           
  1st Function
Dominant

Adult hero
Good
2nd Function
Auxiliary

Parent
Truth
  3rd Function
Tertiary

Child
Integration
4th Function
Inferior

M/F
Beauty

That's it!  

Now let's explore two key insights.

Insight 1:  Some are easily mis-typed

Notice that
exporting (J) and importing (P) are different from
extroverting (E) and introverting (I).  

On the surface that's confusing.

So an exporter can be an introverted, and
an importer can be an extrovert!
E.g., ISTJ is an introverted, but exports thoughts.
E.g, an ESFP is extroverted but imports beauty.

In other words, tricky types to discern are:

if a J and is intoverted, or
if a P type is extraverted
E.g., the ISTJ exports but appears introverted, and
E.g., the ESFP imports but appears extroverted.

So watch out:  8 of the 16 types have that.

Insight 2:  Most comfortable functions

Another insight is that each type preferentially orders these eight Functions in the matrix (which displays on 1-4, left to right which are conscious, but 5-8 are not displayed because they are unconscious).  

Normally a person first accesses functions 1 and 2 (most conscious) ,
and, if healthy, then accesses the later functions (least conscious).

For example, a healthy person go deeper into their creative (4th) function, which is the last of the conscious expressions -- it's least concerned what "should" be done.

As we mature we better integrate the fourth function, like filling up the 4th wheel of the car with air.

Wrap up

This may seem convoluted, but once you get it, the flavors of people become much more familiar, more rich.

So to end, using both the Myers-Briggs and the Jung functions together gives us:

That tells quite a bit about a person!  It's at least a great starting point for conversation.

Anyway, that's my two cents—please send me any corrections.