# Thread: Q: Dominant third or inferior

1. ## Q: Dominant third or inferior

A question. Are there people that use the third or inferior function of their personality (sub)dominantly and would that be called something else than introversion or extraversion?

2. Originally Posted by Llewellyn
A question. Are there people that use the third or inferior function of their personality (sub)dominantly and would that be called something else than introversion or extraversion?
The third and fourth functions are used in whatever quadrant they're assigned to.

To those traditionally called Introverts (i.e., the primary is an introverted function = Xi rather than Xe), the third function will also be introverted, Yi, and the inferior is extroverted, Ze.

For extroverts, the tertiary is extroverted and the inferior is introverted.

3. Originally Posted by Jennifer
The third and fourth functions are used in whatever quadrant they're assigned to.

To those traditionally called Introverts (i.e., the primary is an introverted function = Xi rather than Xe), the third function will also be introverted, Yi, and the inferior is extroverted, Ze.

For extroverts, the tertiary is extroverted and the inferior is introverted.

thanks Jennifer - I think I'm understanding this better now (I havent done that much reading around mbti) So INFP is introverted feeling extroverted intuition, extrovertd sensing and introverted thinking?:confused:

4. Originally Posted by bronte
thanks Jennifer - I think I'm understanding this better now (I havent done that much reading around mbti) So INFP is introverted feeling extroverted intuition, extrovertd sensing and introverted thinking?:confused:

No, the last two are wrong. Should be:
Fi + Ne + Si + Te

Basically your two perceiving functions (S and N) and your two judging functions (F and T) have to be aimed in opposite directions to the other in the pair, otherwise they'd naturally conflict.

5. thanks - i will know what folk are going on about now!

6. No that wasn't my question... Well you helped bronte at least

What I meant was hypothetically what if someone, say INTP, uses (in that case) Si or Fe in an almost dominant fashion.

7. Originally Posted by Llewellyn
No that wasn't my question... Well you helped bronte at least

What I meant was hypothetically what if someone, say INTP, uses (in that case) Si or Fe in an almost dominant fashion.
i would say no. the Si will be more of a "novelty" or a "tool" if developed well enough and Fe is unconscious so it doesn't manifest itself directly.

8. You can develop a good use of your tertiary and your inferior... but it'll likely never be as good /automatic as your dominant or auxiliary function. For example my inferior function is Se. I'm good at spotting birds and squirrels and what not when I pay attention to my surroundings, but my attention isn't automatic. If I got something else on my mind, I'll likely miss a car coming my way and just step out into traffic.

9. Are 3rd and 4th really that weak?

If the 3rd and 4th functions are already that difficult to use, where does that leave 5th through 8th? Never seen except under extreme stress? (according to theory)

10. Originally Posted by Llewellyn
A question. Are there people that use the third or inferior function of their personality (sub)dominantly and would that be called something else than introversion or extraversion?
I would say that in some cases, the 3rd or 4th can be used more than the auxiliary due to unusual development... but this does not change the person's basic type, only the expression of it, IMO.

I think it's possible to use 3rd or 4th (and maybe in some rare cases, 5th or 6th) in an almost auxiliary fashion, but not an almost dominant fashion. I believe the dominant has a more unique role in defining the psyche's nature than the other functions.

For instance... an INTP could behave more Ti-Si (which can make them look ISTx-ish or Ti-Fe (which can look IxFJ-ish) than Ti-Ne at times. An INFJ could behave more Ni-Ti (which can look INTx-ish) or Ni-Se (which can look IxSP-ish) than Ni-Fe at times. This is just one way that people can move around within their type in order to adapt.

Does that make sense?

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