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    psicobolche Array tcda's Avatar
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    Default Bit of MBTI speculation but...

    Probably bullshit but I wondeer if anything has been written on this:

    I've read the Tertiary fucntion described as the "secret motivation";

    and the inferior judged as the "projection", i.e. that which we feel imposed on us by the external world;

    and the dominant and secondary I guess are the ways in which we primarily interact with the outside world, i.e. our consciously expressed and outwardly visible "personality";

    So to what extent does the Tertiary correspond to the Id; Inferior to the Superego; and the 2 dominant functions to the Ego...?
    "Of course we spent our money in the good times. That's what you're supposed to do in good times! You can't save money in the good times. Then they wouldn't be good times, they'd be 'preparation for the bad times' times."

    "Every country in the world owes money. Everyone. So heere's what I dont get: who do they all owe it to, and why don't we just kill the bastard and relax?"

    -Tommy Tiernan, Irish comedian.

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    OH MY GOD, I had no idea that tertiary meant that. That makes so much sense for INTP... I often feel this subconscious need to go with the norm and follow rules strictly, but Ne takes over in the end. What a discovery.

    Sorry, I don't know anything about Freud.

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    The 'secret motivation' stuff sounds like one of those things that can be attributed to an inferior function and so it is. The 'beauty' of the tertiary/inferior functions is that the way they show up is nebulous by definition, and so someone can take a hammer to some human trait and force it to fit.

    This sounds like Socionics' hidden agenda, a thing that people who study Socionics tend to take way too seriously, given how tenuously it's actually tied to the more robust parts of the theory.

    See also: the hundreds of descriptions of each type's 'shadow type' and how they manifest under stress.

    That said, I kind of like the idea of tying the dominant functions to the ego. That's something that, of course, Socionics also does

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