Fi/Te vs Fe/Ti – Pairings

In my last post, I discussed the Ne/Si and Ni/Se pairings within all personality types. Like I said in the last post, every personality type has Ne/Si or Ni/Se.

In the same way, every personality type has Fi/Te or Fe/Ti. For instance, INFPs have Fi as their first function and Te as their fourth function. INFJs have Fe as their second function and Ti as their third function.

Ti and Fi care more about the internal rather than “how those internal ideas manifest in the outside world”. Ti and Fi try their best to stay true to their principles.

On the other hand, Te and Fe do not regard internal consistency and seek to go about the right judgment in order to gain their desired outcome. Whether or not Te and Fe are in line with their compasses, Ti and Fi, Te and Fe only seek to get the right things done in a manner of “the ends justify the means”.

As J. E. Sandoval says, Ti is disassociated from the emotional “register”, and this refers to a lack of consideration of one’s bodily senses. Ti is also unique in that it is disassociated from the external world, and yet, it is also disassociated from the internal world as well. Though no individual can completely disconnect themselves from their own psychic origin, this psychic process may often cause the individual with Ti to perceive themselves from a third-person perspective. Ti is not concerned with the material nor the personal, and it instead focuses on the “convergence of concepts and the formation of a perfect, internally consistent logic.

Fi is instead concerned with the emotional register, and it constantly registers how a situation strikes the individual’s heart. Fi is able to register the “emotional truth of a situation”, but Fi itself is rather blind as to how to go about moving and touching other people’s hearts and emotions. Because Fi disconnects itself from the outer world and its dynamics, Fi isn’t able to move or sway the emotions of other people like Fe. Paradoxically, Fi users do not deliberately seek to move emotional dynamics, yet they do, to some degree because of their sensitivity to the emotional. Others may see how personal reality registers to the Fi user and how it impacts the Fi user, and people watching this will be indirectly moved by their own internal conviction. However, this is unintentional and has no coordination like with Fe. Fi cannot decide what type of impact to give; it can only portray what the Fi user is currently feeling.

Te and Fe care about managing available resources and coordinating the distribution of energies. Both Te and Fe processes “take place within an external setting and are related to other external factors”.

Fe manages the external world through the emotional states within people. Fe users will try to coordinate the energies and emotions around them, so, for instance, if there is too much energy in one area, the Fe will direct some of it into another area. Fe will not be the best means of at coordinating a logistical arrangement.

Te, inversely, “rearranges variables according to where substances need to be placed”. Te does not manage the external world the manipulation of other’s emotional energies, whereas, it manages the external world through the rearrangement of the environment. Users of Te must disconnect themselves from the emotional register in order view a situation objectively. However, Te users will tend to view “humans as objects no different than mechanical items”.

Through the Fi/Te pairing, an individual may be deeply affected by the ethical reality of a situation, and that individual will use that passion as motivation to find logistical solutions to those perceived environmental imperfections.

Through the Fe/Ti pairing, an individual may seek to bring about a logical solution to a problem through Ti, but because Ti is an introverted function, the individual will struggle to translate his or her internal principles into external behaviors and results. Through Fe, however, the individual will be to persuade others emotionally to get involved in the problem to bring about the logical solution. Through Fe, the individual will persuade others to help bring about the Ti user’s logistical aim.

In the next post I’ll discuss how the order of these pairings can affect the individual.


J. E. Sandoval: Cognitive Type: The Algorithm of Human Consciousness as Revealed via Facial Expressions


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