Many people are confused. They ask this question and nobody gives them the answer.
To throw them the MBTI function order (M 16) for each type adds to the confusion.
Are the primary four 1234 or 1278?
Is it both ways? Is unconsciousness the dividing line? How does unconsciousness influence cognitive processes and their order?
Give me the conscious numbers and the unconscious numbers and their interplay in the order and give me the why.
It should be a child's play.
What current system? The Answers.Com?
Why they do not correct the typos in the first place?
First they say that these two functions are you. Then they add two more functions (the tertiary) and they say: Hey, these are also you! And then they remember the end of the line and say: Hey, these are not so much you!
The preference of the consensus is everything. Look at the preference of the consensus in the Cognitive Processes test results.
The idea of the four primary functions is that they are primary. It is as simple as that. If they mean shadow functions which are not in everyday usage they should not be given numbers 3 and 4 in the function order in a linear order of 8 functions. It utterly illogical and foolish and it is against sanity.
Is the idea that there are a) four conscious functions and four unconscious functions and b) four strong functions (=of primary usage of order) and four weak functions (=of secondary usage of order)?
What are these functions and what is their interplay? What is the layout?
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