What is the role of the cognitive processes or functions in the MBTI theory? What do you personally think? There was a debate concerning this in another thread. Someone said that Ts can't be ethical and caring without developping their F functions and, obviously correspondingly, Fs can't be logical without developping their T functions.
Hmm. I was an F already as a child but still I have had to develop my empathetic, ethical side. I think it's a human responsibility, not a task made for especially Ts. I have never felt that thinking logically is any more "uncomfortable" or "unnatural" for me than caring for others, searching for my values, etc. I think I have always felt that I need balance.
The same thing with introversion vs extraversion-- I do think that I'm an introvert because I am more introverted than most people seem to be, but it doesn't mean that spending time with other people is somehow "unnatural" or "uncomfortable" for me. No, I'm very social and I need other people. I just don't need social settings the same way as extroverts seem to need them. But it doesn't mean that I have to go to an "uncomfortable" zone when interacting with people. I, as a human being, need interaction! I even get energised from interaction if I've been alone for too long! But then, when I spend too much time with people, I lose balance again and need time alone. And then I get energised by being alone.
So, I've never really even understood the introvert/extrovert thing, because it totally depends on the balance wether I feel drained or energised by people. If I've spent too days all by myself, I'm energised by interaction, but if I've spent two days with people, I feel drained by interaction.
And in the same way I need both intuition and sensing, both thinking and feeling, both judging and perception.
What bothers me about the MBTI theory, the way I have understood it, is that it is often said that the functions that are not our dominant functions are somehow "uncomfortable" or "unnatural" for us and that we need to "develop" especially those functions. I think it would be uncomfortable to live with just one or two functions! Balance and variety is what's natural and comfortable. And secondly, even if my dominant function is Fi, I don't feel that I don't have to develop my feeling side at all! I want and need to develop that function, too, even if it's my most dominant function. I need to develop my sense of what is good and how to feel what other people feel etc. There's a danger that I think I'm so "good" at it that I don't have to develop it just because it's my dominant function.
I guess what I'm saying is that some over-simplifying expressions in the MBTI world bother me.