More outgoing types will naturally gravitate towards them, but ENFPs will also go to great lengths and be surprisingly persistent in their efforts to get to know more reserved personalities. Their ability to tune into others and speak their language with that characteristic infectious enthusiasm helps them in this endeavor, and the allure of mystery that reserved types, especially Introverted Intuitives, bring to the table will keep ENFPs intrigued for years.
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It’s a personality type. I’m a Extroverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving person. The opposite of this is an Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging person. ENTP (Tony’s type) is essentially similar to mine, except that he tends to rely on reason more than emotion. Read below for a more detailed explanation of the traits.
They are results from the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator test, which is based on Carl Jung’s human archetypes. It works on the premise that people have four main trait categories that define them, and that they have four main functions in how they interact with the world around them.
- E/I: Extroverted vs. Introverted. Basically, it is where you get your social energy from. Extroverts such as Tony absorb their energy from other people as they socialize. Thus, they are the happiest and the most energetic around friends or at a party. Introverts make their own social energy. After socializing for a period, they must spend time by themselves to “recharge their batteries”.
- N/S: iNtuitive vs. Sensing. This has to do with how you pick up information. Sensors prefer to receive information through the 5 senses. They like concrete facts, and distrust hunches. People who rely more on their intuitive side do just the opposite. They like information that is abstract or theoretical. They like information that they can connect to other information to draw conclusions.
- F/T: Feeling vs. Thinking. This is how you process what you will do with the information you collected with the N/S trait. Thinkers have to cognitively process their ideas. They take the time to sit down and judge whether x fits in with the rest of their data, how it fits in with the rest of their data, and how they should change their conclusions based on this new data. Feelers rely less on logic, and more on what feels “right”. They frequently attach emotions to a situation. They like to get inside it and work their way out to a solution that feels best to them and is best emotionally for the people concerned.
- J/P: Judging vs. Perceiving: This is basically whether you use your N/S function (how you perceive) or your F/T function (how you judge) more in how you interact with the world. Judging types appear either empathetic (FJ) or logical (TJ). Perceiving types appear either abstract (NP) or concrete (SP).
Each person has four primary functions as well. This mostly has to do with a combination of the last trait and your E/I trait.
If you are Extroverted, your dominant function will simply be which trait is dominant in your J/P type. If you are introverted, it is your auxiliary function. For both types, your auxiliary function and your dominant function total inverses, meaning that you take the opposite of your E/I type and whichever J/P type you haven’t used yet.
Your dominant function is the one that acts in your preferred world, outside for Extroverts or inside for Introverts. Your auxiliary is the function that you act upon most often in the opposite world (inside for extroverts, outside for introverts)
We’re going to use Tony Stark (ENTP) and Moriarty (INTJ) as examples to explain this.
- Tony is an Extroverted-Perceiving type. Perceiving means that he most often uses his Thinking trait. Thus his dominant function is Extroverted Thinking, or Te. His auxiliary function is Introverted Intuition, or Ni.
This means that Tony most often expresses his logical side to the world, while on the inside he perceives things mostly through intuition.
- Moriarty is an Introverted-Judging type. Judging means that he more often uses his Intuition trait. Because he is an introvert, that means his AUXILIARY trait is Extroverted Intuition, or Ne. The inverse of Ne is Introverted Thinking, or Ti.
This means that Moriarty spends the majority of his time internally processing information (Ti), but when forced to socialize he most often expresses his abstract form of collecting information.
Your tertiary function is your E/I type plus the opposite of whatever your J/P function is. You are still more likely to work in this function because of your J/P trait, but it is more difficult for you than your dominant or auxiliary functions.
- Tony’s (ENTP) tertiary function is Extroverted Sensing (Se). You start with his E type, and then his P type tells you to go to the N/S trait and take the opposite.
- Moriarty’s (INTJ) tertiary function is Introverted Feeling.
Your inferior function is what you are the absolute worst at. It is the polar opposite of your J/P type, and the opposite of whatever you get from that, added to the opposite of whatever your E/I type is.
- Tony’s (ENTP) inferior function is Introverted Feeling (Se). You start with the opposite of his E type. Then his P type tells you to go to the T/F trait and take the opposite.
- Moriarty’s (INTJ) inferior function is Extroverted Sensing.
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