Recently, I was considering the various ways in which cognitive functions interact, when I realized that cognitive functions cannot truly operate when isolated from another, complimentary function.
For instance, a isolated Judging function is useless, as it lacks information to process; similarly, an isolated Perceiving function is equally useless, as the information that it acquires cannot be understood, or utilized in any way.
So, I thought, instead of listing functions in a way that makes each seem like a separate entity, it would be better to list them according to the interconnections they form.
The regular cognitive function list for the INTP is Ti-Ne-Si-Fe. However, if we were to map the interconnections, the cognitive list would be...
Dominant - TiNe (Ne acquires information for Ti to process)
Auxiliary - TiSi (Si acquires data to be reviewed by Ti)
Tertiary - NeFe (Fe provides an acceptable social atmosphere within which Ne may operate)
Inferior - SiFe (Si acquires data for Fe to apply to the external world)
In this fashion, a new level of understanding of the cognitive functions may be acquired.