a scream in a vortex
Join Date: Aug 2011
Re: Guess My Inferior Function.
the unconscious echo to our conscious functions, meaning the inferior or tertiary function, is something we would surrender to without much negotiation, without attempting to evolve it, unless we have the opportunity to escape it all together.
surrendering and escaping makes our actions inconsistent: it can seem like a case of split personality.
especially in the case of the inferior, where inconsistency of behavior is most pronounced.
but even the auxiliary function can appear in such inconsistent manner. its also inferior compared to the dominant function. but it doesn't enslave the individual like an overpowering alien force. likewise a function that you don't "have at all", according to mbti speak, is going to be inferior, but it won't obsess you. such as Fe in INFP.
my current view of those functions and their typical inconsistency:
unconscious Te is a rigid idea of law and order, of following protocol and thinking in rules of wrong and right.
Te cooks by the book, but when inferior, that book (protocol) hasn't been updated in a century, because books are not taken seriously enough. a protocol is knowledge of what priorities work best under certain circumstance and such knowledge is highly appreciated, but experimentation that would produce more of this knowledge is very feared and procrastinated, because it would require some action without knowledge or predictability. also a protocol may be applied to inappropriate circumstances, because unconscious judgement is somewhat removed from acute perception. the person may be compulsively honest, when a lie would be the most sensible strategy. they may not give away private information, when it may be an ideal occasion for opening up. the individual seeks to live in a bubble that allows distance from Te, from standards, protocols or promises that were made, but when they feel those elements have entered into their bubble, they can not question them. so they may create a "safe" play zone, where "everything" goes, except there are a thousand rules in place to keep the "play" safe. if they believe that homework is something that must be done, they may do it much more thoroughly than expected and be anxious about imperfections and not confident about doing it in their own way and insisting that this way is better. but they are happy to not have homework. its weird when a person rocks that bart simpson image and you ask them out and they have no time because they are busy being lisa simpson.
unconscious Fe is a rigid idea of duty, conformity, loyalty or responsibility.
the person with inferior or tertiary Fe will escape social pressure when they can, but once they are in the gravity of such pressure they can not escape it and feel forced to produce whatever seems appropriate and most importantly nothing inappropriate. so they alternate between being an anarchist and setting a boastful example of proper conduct. they are happy to let you off the hook entirely, but if you commit to something, they judge you harshly for any particular failure to live up to that commitment. they don't ask for anything, but demand that everything should be taken care off. they don't feel compelled to deal with something right now, but feel very guilty for never accomplishing enough. their ideas of what conduct is generally called for may seem very liberal in nature, but those ideas are promoted aggressively and rejection of those ideas is judged harshly. they forgive but never forget. not that anyone forgets. but not anyone forgives. Fe conscious types don't. they would make a hierarchy game out of guilt. you would owe them reparation. but the individual with inferior Fe won't bother to keep track of that relationship. you are just unworthy, more than free to go.
inferior Se is a compulsive need to stay busy, to confront what is present.
the person with inferior or tertiary Se might alternate between being obsessing over something like household work on the one hand and being inconsistent about it on the other hand. they might have tools to clean up the house but those tools might pile up in a chaotic mess. they may have a lot of functional clothing but they are not compatible with each other in style and purpose and their complete outfit may be dysfunctional like a business suit with an apron over it. they crave order but leave a chaos behind. they intend to do a lot of things and will indeed get a lot of things done, but never exactly what they intended to do, because something else came in their way and they felt the compulsive need to deal with it. it looks like a total lack of nuanced priorities, while everything seems very important to them. they are always on their way to somewhere, but never make it anywhere in time, because of constant distractions that they can not reject. they collect functional objects like clothing that seem momentarily compelling without good discrimination of quality and it all piles up somewhere and is forgotten, but is still too appreciated to be thrown away. whenever they review it, its compelling again, because its the object, not their own need, that dictates its value. while people with Se can have a wasteful sense of abundance, people with unconscious Se have a sense of scarcity. they feel like they can not keep up taking care of the objective world, but absolutely have to. anyone else just takes the world for granted, it exists by its own devices, no need to bother with it. the Se conscious person feels a never ending freedom to mess with the world, unlike the person with inferior Se, who has a need to take care of it, to get the job done and be over it.
inferior Ne is an addiction to preserve generally given possibilities but a comparably weak ability to recognize unknown passing by possibilities.
the individual collects records or movies, which are worlds of possibilities but also ideas about patterns of process, which become prejudices. then the individual avoids the actual experience of or interaction with all of these patterns. they listen to the same 3 OLD record over and over again, ignoring the other 500 records or new releases. their prejudices evoke heavy anxieties, instead of helping them to feel prepared, when those patterns come along in life. they appreciate positions of power or responsibility, where they can make possibilities happen, but then they are indecisive about which possibilities are called for or most promising and really mostly prevent all possibilities. they are very aware of the most frequent possibilities of life, such as that of slipping into poverty, so they are very diligent in doing whatever has to be done to deal with those possibilities, but they can not be bothered to go out of their way to make something possible that is merely optional and attractive but unlikely to happen by itself, so they get the job and are unable to relax until its done, but they wont advance their worklife or strategy in great daring steps, which only adds to their sense of being enslaved by the impending doom implied by little rather meaningless work left undone. they only want responsibilities for predictable circumstances and force circumstances to become predictable by consciously fending off unpredictable possibilities.
these ideas are inspired by thinking of real world people in my life.
if i have mistyped those people, then my ideas may be wrong.