Misconceptions About Feeling and Emotions

Everyone experiences emotions. The common misconception about Feeling and Introverted Feeling is that those with such a function experience more emotions than others, and/or are more emotional than normal people. The truth is, we all have emotions. Sometimes, however, Feeling types and people with Introverted Feeling high in their cognitive stack may be misunderstood to be more emotional than other types.

Types with Feeling don’t just make choices on feelings and emotions, they care about meaning, morals, and values. Feeling isn’t necessarily a polar opposite to Thinking, but Thinking types try to follow the most logical path or make choices through rational thought. Feeling types follow their own logical path, however that path may end up in choosing what Thinking types thought was an irrational option. Some Feeling ways of thinking can appear logical to Thinking types, but most of the time, Thinking types will be confused by the Feeling types’ way of thinking.

The difference between Introverted Feeling and Extroverted Feeling is that those with “Fi” are concerned about their own individual feelings, values, and morals. Those with “Fe” are concerned about a group’s feelings, values, and morals. Types with “Fi” may have trouble understanding or interpreting the emotions of the group and will also have trouble expressing their own emotions through body language, speech, and external means of communication. However, they can interpret their own emotions and feelings easily. “Fe” types may have trouble understanding their own emotions, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble expressing emotions they understand. They won’t have trouble understanding the group’s emotions. INFPs and many other types with “Fi” and “Si”, however, are a very interesting, and rather “ideal”, pair.

“Fi” is a judging function that focuses on an individual’s feelings, morals, and values, and “Si” is a perceiving function that focuses on an individual’s feelings, such as pains, hungers, emotions, and also focuses on an individual’s memories.

Whereas “Se” focuses on the outer body, “Si” focuses on the inner body. In that way, “Se” is more likely to not perceive as many emotions as “Si” does.

Everyone experiences the same amount of emotions. However, we don’t all take in the same amount of emotions. For instance, say you were at a loud party with several conversations going on around you in the background, but you were just focusing on one conversation. You were experiencing the sounds of all of the other conversation, but you only took in the information from the one conversation.

In the same way, “Se” focuses on the outer body, but the details concerning the inner body are often blurry and fuzzy to the “Se”. Sure, the “Se” may reflect on his or her inner self, but the “Se” prefers to focus on the outer body. Because of this, the inner body is ignored slightly, thus the “Se” is not mastered in the inner body.

“Si” focuses on the inner body and prefers to ignore the outer body in order to reflect on one’s feelings and memories. The “Si” is mastered in the inner body.

Personality types like INFP with the “Si” and “Fi” pair experience a special interaction pair.

For example, the INFP’s “Si” perceives emotions and feelings the INFP is currently experiencing, whereas other types with “Se” have trouble focusing on the emotions the personality type is experiencing.

The INFP processes the emotions in through “Si”, and the Fi makes judgements on them and strives to make decisions through the emotions. In many ways, a type with dominant “Si” may be more emotional than a type with dominant “Fi”, because though types like the INFP have “Si”, “Fi” comes first on the cognitive stack, and emotions, feelings, pains may be ignored.

Emotions are felt by everyone, however, not everyone experiences them the same way.

In many ways, the INFP and other types with “Fi” and “Si” are concerned most with basing decisions on one’s own emotions, and this is made possible through the “Si”.



“My True Type” by Dr. A. J. Drenth


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