Personality

Still Waters Run Deep: Introverted Feeling

Why Cognitive Functions?

In the Myers Briggs type indicator (MBTI), there are 16 personality types and eight cognitive functions in the MBTI. The focus is the cognitive functions due to the confusion that most people have in the MBTI because they are not confident in their own personality type due to the lack of research on the cognitive functions. The eight functions are extroverted sensing (Se), introverted sensing (Si), extroverted thinking (Te), introverted thinking (Ti), extroverted intuition (Ne), introverted intuition (Ni), extroverted feeling (Fe) and introverted feeling (Fi). Today, we’re going to dive into the emotional treasure of introverted feeling (Fi).

Introverted Feeling in Depth

Before we dive deep into the feels of the MBTI, let’s get the basic definition of introverted feeling. According to Psychology Junkie, “introverted feeling focuses on exploring and refining one’s own personal values, feelings, and emotions. Introverted feeling types value internal harmony; they must make sure that everything they do aligns with their values, personal morals, and emotions.

Their values and morals are created independently, giving Fi-users a uniqueness and personal resolve that is intriguing to other types. Where other types may pull their values, ethics, and emotions from external sources, or express them externally, Fi-users build their values and emotions internally. Their values are independent of what society says, what culture says, or what authority dictates. They don’t like to conform to all social niceties or to pretend to enjoy things just to get along.”

In other words, the introverted feeling is the ability to create, build, and evolve one’s values over time in their own life. For example, instead of following the community of going to church or joining any community organization, an individual may begin to withdraw away from organized external values because they do not feel like their true selves whenever they participate in those organizations. Therefore, they will become reserved for what they truly believe in their own belief system.

Getting Deep into the Feels

The personality types that are using introverted feeling are the following. Dominant Fi-users: INFP and ISFP, auxiliary Fi-users: ESFP and ENFP, tertiary Fi-users: ISTJ and INTJ, and inferior Fi-users: ESTJ and ENTJ. Believe it or not, a dominant Fi-user and an inferior Fi-user will use introverted feeling in different ways.

Dominant Fi

For example, according to Psychology Junkie, “INFPs and ISFPs are supremely concerned with maintaining their emotional integrity and inner harmony. They believe in living with purpose, helping others, and staying true to themselves. When they make a decision, the first thing they consider is their values – Does this align with what I feel is right? How will this affect others? How will this impact me? How does this experience broaden my own personal understanding?”. 

According to the Thought Catalog, “as a dominant function, Fi manifests as a moral compass that points its user toward the direction they ought to explore next, based on how they feel about the information at hand.”

Thought Catalog also says the dominant-Fi monologue: “I must decide how I feel and where I stand on these issues before coming to a conclusion about what to do.”

Auxilary Fi

The Psychology Junkie also states, “ESFPs and ENFPs access Se (Extraverted Sensing) or Ne (Extraverted Intuition) before Fi – so these processes are going to greatly influence how they use their feeling function. Where the INFP and ISFP will instantly know how things align with their values, their emotions, and feelings, the ESFP or ENFP will have everything filter through their perceiving process (intuition or sensing) first. They will access their feeling function more when they are alone and away from people. Externally they will seem more like experiencers (ESFPs) or idea generators (ENFPs) focusing more on what they perceive or their ideas than their feelings.”

The Thought Catalog states, “As an auxiliary function, Fi manifests as a method of reflecting on and assessing how the user feels about his or her past actions.”

The auxiliary-Fi monologue: “I need to isolate myself to process how I feel about the activities I’ve been engaging in lately and decide whether or not to keep doing them.”, according to the Thought Catalog.

Tertiary Fi

This position of introverted feeling is shared with ISTJs and INTJs. They express their auxiliary function, extroverted thinking after they go through their primary function, introverted intuition (INTJ) or introverted sensing (ISTJ) in their functional stack.

According to the Thought Catalog, “as a tertiary function, Fi manifests as strong, unwavering set of morals and values which the user draws upon to dictate many of their major decisions.”

The tertiary Fi monologue: “I must adhere to my values and morals at all costs – even if doing so is unpleasant.”, according to the Thought Catalog.

Inferior Fi

According to Psychology Junkie, ” For the ESTJ and ENTJ, Introverted Feeling is the most unconscious part of their personality. It is hard for them to understand and control and as a result, they may be suspicious of it. Most Te-dominant types see introverted feeling as “the enemy”. Because feeling is nearly unconscious and often irrational for them they see feeling dominant personalities as being irrational. This can cause conflicts for ESTJs and ENTJs and dominant feeling personalities as they can fail to appreciate each other’s strengths.”

As an inferior function, Fi manifests as a general disdain for emotional expression and a fear of being perceived as ‘weak’ by others.

The Thought Catalog says, “as Fi matures, its user will begin to identify the role their own personal morals play in their lives and allow those morals to take on a greater role in their decision-making process.”

The inferior-Fi monologue (prior to maturation): “Feelings are for the weak. I have no time to attend to such trivial matters in either myself or others.”, according to the Thought Catalog.

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Tyler Williams

Tyler Williams

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