Although I read all these threads on MBTI, I often feel like I don't really "get" what all this talk is about of the cognitive functions (and have a very hard time typing people as a result). How do you recognize them in people? It's possible everyone has their own general idea of what the functions are (mine generally shaped by the people I know who I think embody the functions), so please share.
My general "feel" of the functions: (kind of lengthy, so rational functions first)
Te: Problem solving- how to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. Logically tailored for the situation. I think I generally associate my thoughts on Te based on my ESTJ friend, who is generally satisfied to create a solution that works. Whereas I am more likely to dislike the way the problem is framed and miss the point completely.
Ti: Problem solving encompasses how all situations can be resolved using the methods/philosophy. I think of myself as Ti dominant. More like I think everything in the world can be defined and dissected.
Fe: ? I've sort of confused by the descriptions of this function. Sometimes it's described as showing the right social graces- but doesn't it also encompass emotionally relating to people in some sort of empathy? Is it meant to be calculating, like a complex emotional chess game or is it caring for others or is it ... understanding the world through the complexity of subjectivity?
Fi: I think I am drawn to INFPs, so my idea of Fi is very colored by my experiences with them (though I am starting to doubt my typing because INFPs are always described as very happy-go-lucky people). From the outside, I see Fi-dominant people as not particularly expressive of all the F, but rather strong in their beliefs (if that makes any sense)- and drawn to emotional highs and lows. But I am very curious about their insides.