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Jungian Functions

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 Function
Dominant
2nd Function
Auxiliary
3rd Function
Tertiary
4th Function
Inferior

Explanation

The above chart looks complicated, so be patient as we explain below.  

Each two letter combo is comproised of a.) either S/N or T/F and b.) oriented in either an extraverted (e) or introverted (i) way.   These form eight possible functions, detailed below.

So hang on—once you have the idea, it's cool. But for familiarity let's first contrast Myers-Briggs temperaments with Jung functions.

Myers-Briggs vs. Jung

The big difference is between MTBI temperaments and Jung functions. Types with similar colors in the above chart, especially in 1st/2nd columns, bring four Jung Functions.  To compare:

  Myers-Briggs

Jung

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

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

What's the Jung big idea?

Both tests show that each type either exports or imports, either thoughts or feelings, in either one big intuitive chunk, or sequential parts, for a goal (J) or journey (P).

However, Jung functions theory says is that a J is always an exporter and a P is always an importer.  That's essential.

And that results in the eight functions and gives us the key idea that you act most like those who share your common function groups—wheras the Myers-Briggs (MTBI) says you are most closely related via temperaments.

But they are actually two different appraoches.  The MTBI temperaments are about our core being; but we usually encounter people via their doing (Jung function), the way they act.  So both tests give us good, but different insights into the self in the world.

An example to help

To understand, we need to notice that exporting (J) and importing (P) is different than extroverting and introverting.  That's confusing, unless clarified.

For example, in the chart above, an ISTJ is an exporter (J), but will not do extraverting that until the second function.  In other words, the important insight for Jung is how our functions are ordered. It's not just about having the four qualities, but the flavor of a person, based on the preference order of acting.

Ok, so how does Jung arrive at this?

First we need to define functions, which are generated by coupling

a.) S/N (Perception) or T/F category (Decision), with
b.) E/I (Orientation)

which gives us these eight 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" present
Si Process subj. self parts by categorizing; "what" past
Ne Process obj. world whole by engaging; "why" future
Ni Process subj. self whole by imagining; "why" (timeless)
Fe Decide by feelings; export goals to obj. world  
Fi Decide by feelings; import goals to subj. self  


The easy way to remember is that everyone either imports or exports, content that is either intellectual or emotional, which is data in parts or all at once. That gives the 8 possibilities.

(But remember that the E/I is determined by your function group, not your first function!   E.g., and ISTJ, exports thoughts in parts, but the first function is introverted.)  So even though they seem introverted, the action in the world is actually to give thoughts to the world, which gives them a different flavor than anyone who's last letter is P.

Getting familiar with that order from surface-to-depth is the jackpot for the Jung test.

Our most comfortable functions

Each type preferentially orders these eight Functions.  On the chart at the page's top, we show 1-4, left to right (conscious) and don't list 5-8 (unconscious).  

They can happen all at once in time, but more often happen starting with first function.   As we mature, we integrate them all more fluidly and freely.

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

For example, a healthy person will be most creative in their fourth function, which is the last conscious expression -- least concerned what "should" be done.

(However, if not often accessed, it may express dysfunctionally, and be similiar to a 15-yr old driving a stick shift for the first time.)


Rules for Forming Functions

You don't need to know this, but here's the structure.

1. J/P rule:
Goal types (J) export; while Journey types (P) import.

2.  E/I rule:
Thus, if I, then the 1st function will be i; if E 1st function will be e.

3.  T/F rule:
If J, then data type (intellect/feelings) must be e.
If P, then data type (intellect/feelings) must be i.

4.  S/N rule (just reverses T/F rule):
If J, the data size (parts/whole) must be i.
If P, the data size (parts/whole) must be e.


Function
groups

So again, the main insight on Jungian Functions is: your greatest commonality for doing things is with those sharing your first Functions.

To see this, notice that the colored chart at page top is ordered 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!  Now notice the four groupings (TJ, TP, FJ, FP), which are from top to bottom:

 

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


More detail on the four groups

Just to spell it out one more time in a different way, you can see how others with your function group decide and process with the same order you do.

Group   Decision   Process   Type
TJ =
(think to goal)
=
 
Te
(decide by external thought)
+
 

Si/Ni
(process internal)

=
ESTJ
ISTJ
ENTJ
INTJ

TP =
(think for journey)

=
 
Ti
(decide by internal thought)
+
 
Se/Ne
(process external)
=
ESTP
ISTP
ENTP
INTP
FJ =
(feel for goal)
=
 
Fe
(decide by external feel)
+
 
Si/Ni
(process internal)
=
ESFJ
ISFJ
ENFJ
INFJ

FP =
(feel to journey)

=
 
Fi
(decide by internal feel)
+
 
Se/Ne
(process external)
=
ESFP
ISFP
ENFP
INFP

 

Conclusion

This may seem really convoluted, but once it clicks you start to see the flavors of how people act, and how that may or may not be different from their core on the inside.

This is a rough analogy and some might balk at this, but it helps me:  the MTBI is like the General of the soul, who lives in the tent; wheras the Lieutenant of the soul, is outside the tent, and carries out the acts. When they are similar, it's easier to discern the whole person, but when they don't, then the person is harder to discern and can seem trickier to know.  

MTBI helps with the General; the Jung functions help identify the Lieutenant.
Both tests together are more powerful than just the one.

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