Previously I discussed the roles of the primary and shadow cognitive functions of the INFP, because the order of the functions can dramatically change a personality in many ways. For instance, as I also discussed earlier, ESTJs and INFPs have the same cognitive functions, however, the cognitive functions are reversed. Even though both INFPs and ESTJs have the same functions, the reversal of the order of the functions causes drastic changes in both personalities.
However, I only discussed how the order of functions affect the INFP, but there are other ways, for instance, Introverted Feeling can be portrayed.
And that is exactly what I will be discussing today: How Introverted Feeling is portrayed in different roles.
I’ll also include which personality types have “Fi” in each role. By the end of this series, I hope to have covered each cognitive function and how each one of them is portrayed by being put in the different roles of Primary and Shadow Processes.
For this specific post, I’ll cover the Primary Processes, and the next post will cover the Shadow Processes.
The Leading Role:
Personality Types with “Fi” as the 1st Function: INFP, ISFP.
Every individual’s first function operates in a leading role. This is the function that first develops in an individual’s childhood, and will mature as the individual gets older. When the individual nears adulthood, this function will be most developed and used of all the functions.
For the INFP and ISFP, Introverted Feeling has the leading role. Constantly, the INFP and ISFP are unconsciously judging the world around them based on their own morals, values, feelings, and standards.
I say unconsciously because “Fi” is most developed of functions. Whenever the INFP and ISFP use a function lower on the cognitive stack, they will sometimes “notice” that they are using that functions. More often than not, these personality types will be in an Introverted Feeling mindset, a mindset concerned about internal feelings, morals, etc. Because the INFP and ISFP are always in this mindset, they won’t always notice they are judging things around them through “Fi”. Sometimes, especially during times when the surroundings are stressful, they will notice that they are using “Fi”.
The Supporting Role:
Personality Types with “Fi” as the 2nd Function: ESFP, ENFP.
The second function in the stack is the supporting role. It is how the individual is helpful to others and to themselves.
The ESFP and ENFP can be most helpful to themselves and to the group by following their guts and perhaps help lead the group through what the ESFP and ENFP feel is right. If the ESFP or ENFP feel that the group is going down the wrong path, they can easily guide them back.
Because the ESFP and ENFP are in tune with their emotions, while also being extroverted, they can do well and leading a guiding their groups through their inner moral compasses.
The Relief Role:
Personality Types with “Fi” as the 3rd Function: ISTJ, INTJ.
This third function is called the relief role. It is how an individual recharges and energizes him or herself. It is how the individual relaxes. Often, individuals are attracted to activities that require this process.
The 3rd function will also work with the supporting role, and for ISTJs and INTJs, the 2nd function is “Te”.
ISTJs and INTJs may use “Fi” in order to relax themselves and focus on their values and feelings in a certain situation. While organizing and analyzing the external situations through “Te”, they’ll try and figure out how they’re feeling about the situation through “Fi”.
Checking up on “Fi” may also help ISTJs and INTJs relax because it aids in getting their values and morals realigned.
The Aspirational Role:
Personality Types with “Fi” as the 4th Function: ESTJ, ENTJ.
The fourth function has the aspirational role. Though its a harder role to explain, basically, an individual will first experience it through the function’s negative aspect of projecting out fears and negativities onto others. It is also, in some aspects, the role that kicks in when an individual is stressed out. Most of time, when an individual engages in this function, they will look immature to others, because it is the least developed of the primary functions.
Though this function may kick in under stress, it can work best under low stress and low pressure.
In which case, ESTJs and ENTJs may have trouble exercising “Fi”, but once they begin to develop it, they can easily interpret and judge situations more easily by their morals, values, and feelings. In the beginning, they may go by what they think are their true feelings and be shocked later on when they realize they were wrong, but soon, they’ll be confident in how they view certain situations.