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    by Published on 06-05-2011 11:27 PM
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    For the longest time, I had difficulty understanding how the cognitive functions work. I could read about them, but I thought it would be so much easier if I had an analogy to work off of. I can imagine that it might be difficult for some to immediately recall what Ne, Fi, Te, Si, etc actually are, without memorization, which is difficult for me.

    A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh is a perfect example, because the 8 animals that live in the hundred-acre wood are two dimensional: They do not learn, or grow outside of themselves, because they can't. They are all fragment's of a young boy's imagination. And although they are incapable of growth, they rely on each other in their own ways, and work well as a team, when they decide to. Because they are static characters, they do not have personality types, with the exception of Christopher Robin, who is the only one who actually learns and grows.

    The 8 cognitive functions work in a similar way: ...
    by Published on 06-05-2011 06:32 PM

    These are some practical tools I've used in my own life to determine if someone is an N or S. I had many of these people take the mbti test afterwards to check my accuracy. This is quite accurate, although not being a T, I didn't bother to find out the exact accuracy :p I just cared that it works lol

    The Quick Test:
    When you meet someone new, ask them how their week went. When they are done talking, ask them specific details about it. Note whether they are excited to share SENSING details such as who was wearing what, colors, sights, sounds, who said what, who did what, etc. Then, when you are done, turn the topic to something abstract. I go to Christian groups so I often mention some truth in the Bible or something about life. A question is best. Note their excitement and willingness to talk about the subject, as well as any obvious introspection that they must have done on their own time.

    Note: Sensing types can talk about intuitive topics ...
    by Published on 06-05-2011 05:55 PM

    I don't know if anyone has blogged on this already but I pretty much decided to make a blog about how to write out the cognitive functions and i've made it somewhat simpler or at least tried to make it a bit clearer for those who may not understand.
    It can definitely be helpful because once you learn how you don't need to use the anything as a reference to figure out how each type functions. I learned how to last night and it's fairly easy. Scan through this or read the whole thing and I guarantee you this will give you a better understanding of how this whole thing works.

    >>[1]<< First off you need to know what each letter represents in order to truly understand what your doing so i'll use the Type ENTP as a model but this will still apply to all types.

    (1) E: The letter in the first position [ (E or I)xxx ] explains how a type focuses it's function be it internally (inner world) or externally (outer world) and ultimately sets up the focus for ...
    by Published on 06-05-2011 05:50 PM

    I have been thinking about this since the time I've read about Ne being "outside the box" and Ni being "about the box". I think it is a fairly accurate idea and it matches my understanding of the 2 functions. I have also added here the 2 sensing functions and tried to lay them out in the hypothetical box. The examples that I will use to illustrate are based on how people looks at interpersonal relationships, in order to add an F flair (though of course, I may have a bias towards Fe) to the functions, instead of the usual T bias that comes when a thinker explains the functions.

    Let us first define the box as the set of all "normal" human relationships. So here it goes:

    1. Si

    Si starts with an exact single point in the box. Everything that is later encountered must be defined in relation to this original point. When evaluating a new point in the box, there must be something in it that can be defined according to ...
    by Published on 06-05-2011 05:49 PM

    Dominant-Tertiary Loops and Common Personality Disorders



    People often ask, why can't my top two functions both be introverted (or extroverted)? The answer is that they can, but that this invariably causes personality imbalance/disorders, and if this is the case for you, you may not be the type you think you are.

    Lately I've been noticing that a lot of typological mistakes and misreads are the result of a couple of incorrect assumptions about functional structure. I'd like to dedicate this article to describing the phenomenon known as Dominant-Tertiary Loops, where the natural secondary function is suppressed, poorly developed or otherwise not valued as highly by the individual's ego as the tertiary function.

    First let's remember that the standard function arrangements of the 16 types merely represent the ideal balances for each of sixteen different ways to conceptualize ourselves and reality. In reality, they don't always show up ...
    by Published on 06-05-2011 05:38 PM

    Unsure of your type? Still doubting/questioning it?
    So finally here it is, after constructing it for over a week. These are my method/steps/formula/guide to solving your JCF type.

    Warning!
    ~Lots of questions
    ~Lots of reading
    ~Lots of thinking
    ~Lack of stereotypes
    ~Could be challenging

    -Having some knowledge in the cognitive functions would help before you proceed. I am not an expert in cognitive functions but there are a lot of great articles on this forum as well.
    Here are some (my favourites/recommended) links for those new to cognitive functions.
    ~Personality pathways - which goes beyond the stereotypes.
    ~Simulatedworld's version - his fun way of describing them.
    ~The 16 patterns - more in depth for each function.
    ~Best fit types - good for temperaments in case you're stuck between two types or so.

    -You don't have to know/learn everything. If you have a slight understanding of your ...
    by Published on 06-05-2011 05:38 PM
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    In this article I will explain how our eight known cognitive functions pair up with their appropriate counterpart and work together side by side to achieve result, and I will explain the push and pull process between these pair functions. Pair functions in this regard would be Te and Fi, Fe and Ti, Se and Ni, and Ne and Si; a total of four pairs.

    The reason why I have chosen to pair them together, and call them Pair Functions, is because some people believe that cognitive functions are "individualistic" in nature. That these functions can somehow work separately-- without the help of their appropriate counterpart.

    And I suspect that if these functions are NOT paired together, and explained thoroughly, then after years of re-writing and re-posting articles on individual cognitive functions, mediums -- no matter source -- may be liable to develop misleading or even false stereotypical descriptions that will cause misinterpretation by the reader.
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