Today I want to examine this thing called Extroverted Feeling (Fe).
Under the model of Myers Briggs this is a judgment function.
I will hereby pick it apart and examine it from an outside perspective.
I myself does not use this function naturally, at least according to theory.
Fe has to do with declarations of relationships.
Every statement and action is viewed as a declaration of some sort of
allegiance to a relationship or a dismissal of a relationship.
This can be towards an individual or group.
Since not all individuals are aware of this overt focus on declarations
of intent in relations towards other human individuals or groups this can easily
create confusion and conflict.
Concepts like morals and norms are both Fe derived.
Morals has to do with what is perceived as right and wrong. An external
manifestation of a groups way of life. To break the moral code would
be a declaration that the individual dismiss the group that the morals
Norms are similar, but are a more detailed version of morals.
Instead of being a this is right period, this is wrong period.
It operates through this is the expected behavior in this situation
and this is the expected behavior in this other situation.
Norms are more fluent and not as rigorously policed as morals.
Ethics are our current understanding of what the repercussions of
having morals and norms are.
Laws also come into play here, but are not solely the domain of Fe,
though it have had a significant influence in this area, it is not it's sole creator.
When Fe is applied it works trough a sort of role play. Every time it is
invoked the person in question has to either reject or accept the role
offered and by proxy the individual or group that the role symbolizes.
Some individuals are more aware of this than others. The ones aware of
this accept or reject roles according to the groups or individuals they
feel connected to and the form of connection they feel they have with
this group or individual without fail. Some lack Fe to the extent that
they doesn't see this as clearly. They therefore may not even be aware of that their actions carry any meaning to anyone else.
This creates problems, especially when some people believe that they shouldn't have to play this social role play, but be left to their own
devices, since they find the trappings of Fe smothering.
Because Fe demands adjustment of behavior. If you don't comply you are
sort of declaring war in a tribal sense.
Fe does not like separateness, Fe is unity.
So naturally religions, labor unions and many other ideologies spring
up to enforce this unity.
Other individuals who value separateness create other entities to counter these forces. These entities focus on individualism, Fe's counter.
Since Fe is hung up on unity it has a hard time separating, my emotions
from your emotions.
So if you feel bad, I feel bad. If you feel happy, I feel happy.
This is only if you belong to the same group.
If a complete stranger or foreign group expresses emotions the results are often reversed.
That leads us to prejudice. This is a label put on any foreign group or
individual that does not comply with the accepted morals or norms that
Fe has created in your own group.
In Fe the individual must give way for the collective good.
It is expected that the individual accommodate everyone else according
to morals and norms. For this purpose there are social graces
that everyone are expected to adhere to to be accepted within most groups.
Being polite, being nice, being friendly, being considerate, and being appropriate.
To what degree and in what form these are applied changes from group to group
and is often a telltale sign that someone does or doesn't belong in the group.
There is so much more to say about Fe,
but I think this will do nicely for now.