One thing I liked about the series of books including How You’ll Do Everything Based On Your Personality Type (including the enfp survival guide I linked earlier) was that it was the first time I’d heard of the theory of cognitive functions. And here’s an article by that author on them.
I’m “Ne Fi Te Si” - relying on, in order, extroverted iNtuition, introverted Feeling, extroverted Thinking, and finally, internal Sensing. I liked this model a lot because, probably as much as I do with horoscopes lol, I find myself saying “oh yeah I totally think across contexts easily which is why my ideas won three hackathons and then can’t implement anything in any kind of systematic manner which is why I never started a company” blah blah blah. I also heavily identify with the part where they say ENFPs seem very extroverted but actually need a lot of time alone to process everything. I’m extremely on and off w/ energy, and I totally don’t ever give myself enough time to process things because I’m distracted by anything in the entire world until my body shuts me down and makes me lie face down on the floor for several days straight so I can Feel things I guess.
Because starting a new project is often so much more exciting (after all, it holds the optimistic hope of unknown possibilities, where Ne feels most at home) than following through and completing projects already begun, poor Te development may result in some rather blatant procrastination issues.
As Pe dominant types, ENFPs may find themselves so good at “winging it” through everything with little to no preparation that they allow their improvisational talents to replace the development of legitimate work and study skills. This works up to a point, but eventually the ENFP will encounter challenges he cannot surpass purely with quick wit and Ne-ducated guessing.
also lol yes exactly
The only thing I don’t jump up and down and say “that’s totally me” with is the “don’t do well with a lot of detail” part. I sometimes obsess with single details and lose all perspective. I was the first person in my 7th grade literature teacher’s decades-long history of issuing a test on “the good earth” by pearl s buck to get a score of 50/50 (i got 99 questions out of 100 right; a few years later, someone after me got 100/100 questions right. But still.) So yeah I like details sometimes.
And here’s a writeup by that same author again on how each cognitive function manifests according to what position it’s in. Mine go like this, and I identify with it pretty strongly lol:
- As a dominant function, Ne manifests as a seemingly never-ending plethora of theories, possibilities and inventive ideas that the user is constantly picking up on. The dominant-Ne monologue: “I am swimming in an endless sea of possibilities about what to do/experience/think about next and I want to try them all.”
- 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.”
- As a tertiary function, Te manifests as the ability to source whichever resources are necessary to make the user’s desire a reality. The tertiary-Te monologue: “I will employ the most straightforward method that exists in order to make my goal, dream or impulse come true.”
- As an inferior function, introverted sensing originally manifests as a resistance to tradition or conformity of any sort. As Si matures, the user will find themselves steadily more able to determine when traditional methods are useful in accomplishing their goals and when they are not, and will begin to feel comfortable integrating tried-and-true methods into their experiences as they see fit. The inferior-Si monologue (prior to maturation): “Out with the old, in with the new! F*ck the system! The man can’t keep me down!”
I love these things and could talk about them forever.