I've been poring over some more books about the MBTI. I'm really trying to find more that cover the functions, especially during childhood. I think it's interesting to see how the development of the functions manifests in children and teenagers. Maybe this is my Si getting its dosage?
I'll be honest, I haven't done more in Please Understand Me 2 except flip through it randomly. I'm trying to locate a copy of Gifts Differing, still. I'll have to run to a library tomorrow for it. I was reading Work Types, and it describes how the dominant functions can show up in children:
Si children may be attracted to "real life" play: school, going to work, etc. They put energy into learning "the rules" and getting a solid sense of what is expected.
Extraverted Sensing children may actively seek new experiences and people, reveling in enjoyment of activities, such as field trips and experiential learning, exploring the world around him/her just to experience it.
Introverted Intuitive children may spend a lot of time "daydreaming," creating internal images and pictures of the future.
Extraverted Intuitive children may lead his or her contemporaries in creative play like getting everyone involved in "make believe" games.
Introverted Thinking children may spend a lot of time trying to "figure things out," reading an encyclopedia, learning about the stars, taking in and organizing knowledge.
Extraverted Thinking children may try to organize and structure the world around him/her by planning family outings, organizing school activities, or providing leadership to a social group.
Introverted Feeling children may be especially sensitive to those around him or her, quietly noticing how others are treated, identifying with outsiders, speaking up fiercely when his/her values are violated.
Extraverted Feeling children may focus on ensuring that everyone around him/her is included and feels counted, staying after school to help the teacher, organizing family chores and outings.
I know that was a lot. I know the functions may not show up exactly as they are defined here, but they're good guidelines, I'd assume?
Si would've been my first developed function as an ISTJ. I know I spent my childhood doing everything my family did. I mean, I had no choice, but I didn't find a problem with it. We went on vacations a lot, and I just went. I learned a lot in the process, and I still remember so much from it. I can honestly visualize the hotels we stayed at the most.
Te would've been next. As I was in a depression during the time that Te would've been developed the most, I'm not really sure about it. I remember one birthday though, where I made a list of all the power ranger toys I wanted, then assigned who in my immediate family would buy each one.
Ti seems to describe me, though, as a child. I was obsessed with Power Rangers as a kid. I watched every episode, but I loved the toys, however only the zords. I enjoyed putting them together, then taking them apart, then putting them back together. Then I'd sit them on a shelf all lined up. I had no interest in the action figures though. They did nothing! They couldn't hold anything to the zords that were able to transform! They just....sat there.
Does anyone else remember these experiences as a child? I just think, if these descriptions are true, they should line up with your type. If this has been discussed before, I must've missed it. I did a search.