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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

Approaches:   Myers-Briggs vs. Jung

Types with similar colors in 1st/2nd columns bring four Jung Function groupings.  To contrast:

  Myers-Briggs

Jung

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

How are the four Groups formed?

Each function group is the last two letters of the type. (E.g., ESTJ is in TJ group)

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 parts 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 note 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.)

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.


Functions
Order

Now, the key is here. 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 order of the left sidebar column, but 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


The Four Groups

So instead of four temperaments (being), we arrive at four Function groups (doing):

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

In conclusion, according to Jung, types in your group, you relate best in terms of doing—that is, your function in the world.