I believe that Fi is all about intro and intraspecting, or being emotionally intelligent, if you will.
Fi is about thinking about feelings, understanding and dealing with them, at least, I think.
It is almost like a universal self, like my empathy and Fi are inextricably connected. It is the voice of the self, but not a selfish self, if that makes sense.
Fi is entirely lacking of pretension, it is what it is, and it accepts how it is, never trying to be what it is not.
Ever since I was a young girl I have been interested in people, and how their feelings seemed to affect their words and actions. And since I was a child I've been formulating theories about people and human behavior. I had no idea this had to do with Fi
I was raised in a remarkably and colorfully dysfunctional family, (lol, who hasn't though, really ), and since a young age have put an immense amount of value in my sense of self and identity, I could always trust myself, but other people could, and did, sometimes act in erratic, self-motivated ways that needed to be set apart, contained, observed and noted. Why was that person doing that, why was I feeling this, who is that, who am I , why is that, why am I, were and are questions that I often consciously or subconsciously, ask/ed.
I am constantly checking in with myself, and relating my feelings, my current circumstance(s) with the me-o-meter. It is like, even if I decide to be free and let go, I have to understand why I am letting go, and why that is ok, whenever I have acted out poorly, I must sit and reflect as to *why* I acted in such a way. When I pursue a goal, all along the way, I must constantly re-check myself and the path that I have "chosen" to see if it is in fact the right path. (Thus far my life has been very zig-zaggy. ).
But you are right about Fi really being something internally and self based. I can be in a room full of people who are acting or preaching things I strongly feel/believe to be wrong and I will go against the current, speak up for myself, and more than ever clutch to the source of strength that myself has provided, so as to not sink into the crowd/mob.
Fi is merely a *way* to apprehend Universal Truth.
Fi isn't simply an emotional product, it is an implicitly cognitive-emotional product very similar to, and perhaps even a subset of, intuition, or intuitive thought.
Fi is a subconscious grasping of essential parts, it is the process of synthesizing wholes and meaning.
Fi is NOT fleeting, it is impenetrable and it is anchored.
I have thought wrong, but I have never *known* wrongly and this knowing is Fi infused.
Gah, I just don't know how to explain it, and I apologize for that. But Fi is not analogous to simply feeling, such as one feeling anger, or sorrow, ugh, HELL NO, it's deeper and more complex than that.
Here, my signature kind of exemplifies how I experience Fi.
"A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it." - David Stevens
When I think about justice I think about honesty, I think about truth.
Fairness is the opposite of deception.
I care about sincerity, I care about perceiving the most accurate reality.
I am a human being, human beings are fallible creatures, I know that life can be unsettling, that sometimes, the truth hurts, but every night I have to sleep with myself, and when push comes to shove all I really have is myself so to and with myself I'll stay and stand true.
The biggest travesty therefore would be me living a life separate from myself, and lies separate us, and secrets separate us, and honesty is the only glue that helps us connect to ourselves, to each other and to the world in which we live.
I fear detachment. I fear that gravitational pull to just be selfish. Life is not a competition, the realest conflict we have is internal, to understand ourselves in order to then be understood.