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    Default Cognitive functions and problem solving

    Using the Beebe 8 function model, I've thought of the following characterizations for each function archetype when it comes to engaging a problem:

    Your four surface functions serve to solve problems directly. Each serves a different role.

    Dominant: function of solution. Any solution a person discovers to a problem will ultimately derive from his or her dominant function. So,

    Se - solution derives from instantaneous reaction to the environment
    Si - solution derives from recognition of proper framework of reference
    Ne - solution derives from discovering hidden implications of problem's parameters
    Ni - solution derives from perceiving the problem in an entirely different way
    Fe - solution derives from promotion of social stability
    Fi - solution derives from what rings true about the problem
    Te - solution derives from application of an analytical and organizational rubric
    Ti - solution derives from what must logically follow from the problem

    Auxiliary: function of suggestion. Provides helpful hints and grounding to the dominant function when unable to solve the problem alone. So,

    Se - suggests a concentration on the details of the environment
    Si - suggests what frameworks are proper to address the problem with
    Ne - suggests focusing on potential hidden implications of the problem
    Ni - suggests looking at the problem in an entirely different way
    Fe - suggests social rules and factors that weigh on the solution to the problem
    Fi - suggests moral and ethical concerns that factor into the solution
    Te - suggests an organized method of considering an array of solutions
    Ti - suggests desirable outcomes for a particular solution

    Tertiary: function of assistance. How we best get help at solving problems when the dominant and auxiliary cannot do it alone. So,

    Se - seeks assistance through whatever means are expedient
    Si - seeks assistance through adopting established frameworks for understanding
    Ne - seeks assistance through noticing the mysterious
    Ni - seeks assistance through casting aside what is immediately apparent
    Fe - seeks assistance through interacting with others
    Fi - seeks assistance through adherence to one's morals and ethics
    Te - seeks assistance through applying external organization
    Ti - seeks assistance through understanding logical causation

    Inferior: function of last resort. When all else has failed, what we do in order to stay somewhat afloat. Since it's rejected, it doesn't generally work that well, leading to harmful masking behaviors covered in the shadow functions. So,

    Se - last resort of doing something, anything, without thinking
    Si - last resort of grudgingly following exact procedure
    Ne - last resort of making wild suggestions
    Ni - last resort of relying on superstitious belief
    Fe - last resort of pleading to others for help
    Fi - last resort of unwavering loyalty
    Te - last resort of physical force
    Ti - last resort of technicalities and quibbling over definitions

    The shadow functions arise when you can no longer be part of the solution, and believe you must engage in "creative destruction." Instead of use in a problem solving capacity, they're used in a problem creating manner. Unfortunately, most of the problems are for yourself, but you're trusting that your surface functions can deal with the new problem set.

    Opposing: function of troublemaking. Most of the intentional trouble you cause will manifest through this function. So,

    Se - causing trouble by obstinately demanding physical proof
    Si - causing trouble by exercising developed physical skills
    Ne - causing trouble by ascribing negative traits to others
    Ni - causing trouble by contradicting and obfuscating
    Fe - causing trouble by imposing arbitrary social rules
    Fi - causing trouble by calling someone unethical for failing to meet personal morals
    Te - causing trouble by forcing all reasoning to fit within a narrow framework
    Ti - causing trouble by labeling all who disagree as irrational

    Senex/Witch: function of escalation and/or intimidation. Seeks to make the situation more intense or more troublesome. So,

    Se - escalates/intimidates through showy physical displays
    Si - escalates/intimidates through refusal to consider oneself wrong
    Ne - escalates/intimidates through fabrication and misrepresentation of facts
    Ni - escalates/intimidates through obfuscation, lack of candor and condescension
    Fe - escalates/intimidates through making it impossible for others to be moral
    Fi - escalates/intimidates through intensity for each perceived personal offense
    Te- escalates/intimidates through making it impossible for others to be correct
    Ti - escalates/intimidates by drawing conclusions against others, and damning them

    Trickster: function of justification. This function seeks to provide justification for the oppositional behavior, by linking it back to the problem solving function. So,

    Se - justifies by insisting that you were demanding evidence to consider, and no more
    Si - justifies by insisting that the rules are clear, and that one merely sought to enforce
    Ne - justifies through the negative implications of the others' position or belief
    Ni - justifies through reframing one's actions as moral or necessary
    Fe - justifies through the improper social behavior of others
    Fi - justifies through the personal resonance of the others' behavior
    Te - justifies by organizing info in such a way that theirs is the only reasonable action
    Ti - justifies through rationalizing one's actions

    Demonic: function of failure escape. This function takes a failing mischief and attempts to salvage a person's sense of well-being, but falls short almost every time, with catastrophic results. So,

    Se - Escapes to hedonism, dehumanization, and/or objectification.
    Si - Escapes to solely the familiar, and shuts oneself away from the world
    Ne - Escapes to novelty, irresponsibility and disregard for consequences
    Ni - Escapes to fantasy, and rejects any bearing the outside world has on oneself
    Fe - Escapes to pleasant inauthenticity, with violent reprisal against disharmony
    Fi - Escapes to one's self worth, and holds it superior to the rest of the world.
    Te - Escapes to total structure and predictability, rejecting any contradiction
    Ti - Escapes to rejection of external validation, fanaticism

    Let me know what you all think! Thanks.

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    WOW. I can't speak for other people/types, but it's absolutely spot on for me! Thank you so much for posting this. I've been struggling to understand exactly how the functions manifest in a decision and this has really cleared things up for me. Brilliant.
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    lol @ inferior Si grudgingly following exact procedure

    I also cause lots 'o trouble by contradicting.

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    damn, son. spot on for me as well.

    i can only nitpick a little at the Fe/Fi definitions -
    Fi - suggests moral and ethical concerns that factor into the solution - intrapersonal concerns. often but not always about ethics/morality. can also be about individualism, emotional states, etc.
    Fe - suggests social rules and factors that weigh on the solution to the problem - interpersonal concerns. often but not always about society. can also be about organization of relationships, type of connections, understanding behavior, etc.

    but damn. well done.

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    Fi - solution derives from what rings true about the problem
    Ne - suggests focusing on potential hidden implications of the problem
    Si - seeks assistance through adopting established frameworks for understanding
    Te - last resort of physical force
    yes, INFPs are a fine site indeed.

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    Hey at least physical force is your last resort. From what it appears, ExFPs are more likely to get violent.

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    Does this hold true for maths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbluey View Post
    Does this hold true for maths?
    Maybe. I know that when trying to solve a problem, the last thing I want to do is look at what it says in the book.

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    Dom Fi response to Math problem (solution derives from what rings true about the problem):

    Um... (delves deep within)

    This is hard.

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    By the way, I like your idea

    It's a fine use of the function system. Nice diagnostic exploration..

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