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    Summary of the Cognitive Functions

    Myers Briggs For Dummies
    "Summary of the Cognitive Functions"

    This article is a short but descriptive summary of the four cognitive functions, Sensing, Feeling, iNtuition, and Thinking. Each cognitive function is expressed either with an Introverted or Extroverted “attitude” next to the function.
    Example: (Se, Si, Fe, Fi, Ne, Ni, Te and Ti)

    Ne is perceiving abstract patterns and connections in response to stimuli (either in the external world or in the mind. ) Ne generates new information starting from something existing. Ne focuses on future possibilities.

    Ni is the creation of mental imagery independent of outer stimuli. Ni generates abstract structural images of a given problem domain that a person can view from different points of view at will. Ni focuses on the structure of things from a timeless point of view.

    Se is indiscriminant awareness of the physical environment. Se prefers to indulge in that which exists in the present moment.

    Si is awareness of concrete forms and categories of sensory perception. Si interprets stimuli in terms of the past. Si stores and recalls facts, figures and past situations.

    Te is structuring one's interactions with the external world in a systematic fashion, based on logical and impersonal hierarchies and categories.

    Ti is judging the validity of perceptions logically. Ti as a mental process is a collection of threads of thought taking concepts or percepts apart or pulling them together based on rules and criteria.

    Fe is adapting one's interactions with the external world to the moods and feelings of others. Fe is sensitive to events like changes in people's expressions or other such "soft," hard-to-quantify conditions in the environment.

    Fi is judging perceptions emotionally, based on weight of evidence. Fi as a mental process is the flow of judgements on perceptions personal ideals or feeling of right and wrong. Fi strives for integrity and consistency in it's ideals. Fi is higher cognitive refinement personal emotion. Fi enables one to vividly re-experience past feelings.

    This is taken from Personality Type (Jung on the Hudson Book Series) by Lenore Thompson. Please purchase the book to learn more about the functions.
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    Any concrete examples for Ni and Ne?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nynnu View Post
    Any concrete examples for Ni and Ne?
    Here is an awesome excerpt from one of's description of INTP's and Ne...

    Where the extraversion of the iNtuition function becomes obvious is during discussions, especially heated ones. In contrast to INTJs, an INTP will often make controversial, speculative points of argument, often annoying the discussion-partner, and make them in such a way as to leave the impression that he is very serious about what he says. In reality, the INTP is not actually even certain himself whether he really stands by what he is saying, but his Ne strongly suggests that there must be a core of truth there. The purpose then of his outspoken style of argument is to sharpen his own intuitive understanding by testing the reaction of the listener, and indeed to examine the logic of his own arguments in real time while speaking them out. On occasion, INTPs may seem brash and tactless, but for themselves it is part of their way of getting closer to the truth. This is another aspect of the Ne grappling with the external world (in this case discussion with another) to understand it. The Ne provides the raw material for the Ti core to analyse. The INTJ, on the other hand, with Ni dominant and Te as secondary, tends to avoid letting uncertain speculative ideas out in the open: he presents a more considered structured viewpoint to the world while holding his private thoughts free for intuitive reasoning. The INTJ resembles a chess player, ruminating on the possibilites and then making decisive accurate moves. If the INTP played life as chess, he would keep wishing to modify the allowed-move-properties of his various pieces to optimise his strategy, find that that isn't allowed, and ask to start the game afresh! The ENTP chess player would indeed modify the rules to his advantage and complain that the standard rules were inadequate! The ENTJ would play by the standard rules but insist on making the moves for his opponent as well !

    Extraverted iNtuition has a strong influence on how the INTP views his own interaction with others. It is the Ne above all that the INTP most loves to show others. He is therefore happy to be seen as somewhat eccentric, innovative and perceptive. In dreaming about what he would like to become or achieve, his goals are invariably highly individualistic. He must become the composer, the solo performer, the genius scientist who makes the unique discovery. If he is to be noticed at all, then he must be centre stage. If he can't be centre stage in an area of interest, then he must withdraw and resort to vitriolic criticism. But in all areas which interest him less he happily leaves to others and observes. With an INTP it is either all or nothing. Half-efforts he dislikes just as much as he dislikes the restrictions of teamwork and co-operation.

    and here is a great thread discussing more examples of Ni

    What is Ni to you?

    Introverted iNtuiting involves synthesizing the seemingly paradoxical or contradictory, which takes understanding to a new level. Using this process, we can have moments when completely new, unimagined realizations come to us. A disengagement from interactions in the room occurs, followed by a sudden “Aha!” or “That’s it!” The sense of the future and the realizations that come from introverted iNtuiting have a sureness and an imperative quality that seem to demand action and help us stay focused on fulfilling our vision or dream of how things will be in the future. Using this process, we might rely on a focal device or symbolic action to predict, enlighten, or transform. We could find ourselves laying out how the future will unfold based on unseen trends and telling signs. This process can involve working out complex concepts or systems of thinking or conceiving of symbolic or novel ways to understand things that are universal. It can lead to creating transcendent experiences or solutions.

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    thank You so much, I was looking for a simple def everywhere, and here it is ^__^

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    Quote Originally Posted by cardiowave View Post
    thank You so much, I was looking for a simple def everywhere, and here it is ^__^
    No problem. I'm also one of dem folks who dun like fanceee wurds you dig?

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    I like how you described the Fi function in such a comprehensible way ! Thank you!

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    Thanks so much, Happy! :D

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    tis an awesome thread.. someone should just make a thread full of concrete examples for each function so us simple folk can understand further. yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cardiowave View Post
    thank You so much, I was looking for a simple def everywhere, and here it is ^__^
    Same with me! Thanks!

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    I disagree with the definition of Ti.

    is judging the validity of perceptions logically. Ti as a mental process is a collection of threads of thought taking concepts or percepts apart or pulling them together based on rules and criteria.
    While Ti is based on logical perception, it is not its complete intent. I believe Ti is more strongly based on truth and honesty. There are many INxPs that are not interested in natural sciences and logical knowledge. They are interested in systems, and understanding of it, as well as knowledge about it. They are interested in definition, and while they can be based on previous knowledge about the presented material, many INxPs thrive on innovative concepts, whether its for a textbook definition, or to engineer a new tool.

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