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    Default The 8 Functions

    Extraverted Intuition: Virtual Reality
    Introverted Intuition: The Twilight Zone
    Extraverted Thinking: A binary based (left brain) computer
    Introverted Thinking: A quantum (right brain) computer
    Extraverted Sensing: A brothel
    Introverted Sensing: A Kafkaesque realm of nothing but file cabinets
    Extraverted Feeling: A church picnic
    Introverted Feeling: Inner child therapy
    "Space was big, and the boys from Earth were awed despite themselves by the things they found there: but worse, their science was in a mess. Every race they met on their way through the Core had a star drive based on a different theory. All those theories worked, even when they ruled out one another’s basic assumptions. You could travel between the stars, it began to seem, by assuming anything.”

    —M. John Harrison, “Light”

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    So I get the Twilight Zone, a binary computer, inner child therapy, and a brothel, in that order?

    That sounds pretty sweet, actually. You want us to make our own, or for this to be discussion?
    -Carefully taking sips from the Fire Hose of Knowledge

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    Ne: A tie dyed shirt.

    Ni: A dark hallway with millions of doors.

    Te: A sledgehammer.

    Ti: A surgeon's scalpel.

    Se: A bee sting.

    Si: A broken record.

    Fe: A human pyramid.

    Fi: A cheeseburger.
    I'm doing science and I'm still alive

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    Si: An old movie projector running perpetually
    Se: A kid in a candy store with only fifteen minutes to eat his fill
    Ti: An infinite matching game without enough cards
    Te: Counting the ridges on the edge of a dime
    Fi: Groping around in the dark for something warm
    Fe: Looking in the mirror and seeing someone else
    Ni: A blindfolded knifethrower at the circus with no experience
    Ne: A superball bouncing in a rubber room
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    Here are my ideas:

    Ni: Metaphors

    Ne: Connections

    Fe: Etiquette

    Fi: Will

    Ti: Reason

    Te: Application

    Se: Present

    Si: Reference

    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    So I get the Twilight Zone, a binary computer, inner child therapy, and a brothel, in that order?

    That sounds pretty sweet, actually. You want us to make our own, or for this to be discussion?
    I live in the Twilight Zone with my binary computer, virtual reality system, file cabinets and inner child. Pretty awesome, huh? Only I miss out on the brothel. Man, I’m never gonna get laid. But at least I don’t have to go to the church picnic...
    "Space was big, and the boys from Earth were awed despite themselves by the things they found there: but worse, their science was in a mess. Every race they met on their way through the Core had a star drive based on a different theory. All those theories worked, even when they ruled out one another’s basic assumptions. You could travel between the stars, it began to seem, by assuming anything.”

    —M. John Harrison, “Light”

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    Damn.
    Superb Job.
    I N V I C T U S

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    When I first tried to tackle understanding all the functions, I noticed that "objective" and "subjective" were sometimes used to describe both the functions themselves, and where they were used. I was trying specifically to understand how they shaped directing and informing communications in the eight three letter groups (STJ, SFP, etc) that Keirsey had identified. So I paralleled things up along the line of subjective and objective. (I had thought that "directing" communications, such as S and T together might have had to do with "objectivity". Turned out it might work to some extent for judging functions, but it seems for perception it is the opposite).

    Thinking is generally condsidered "objective", based on logic and facts, while Feeling is considered subjective "values".

    "extraverted attitudes" (outside use) is also considered "objective", while introverted attitudes are considered subjective, because they are taking place within the person. (For perception, the attitude is the "source" it is taken from, and for judgment, it is the "realm" it is used in).

    Sensing (concrete perception) is also considered more "objective", while iNtuiting (abstract) is considered subjective, because it involves the person drawing from patterns and stuff.

    I then tried to shorthand the processes with "o" for "objective" and "u" for "subjective".

    Se objective data from objective source O/O
    Si objective data from subjective source O/U
    Ne subjective data from objective source U/O
    Ni subjective data from subjective source U/U
    Te objective judgment in objective realm o/o
    Ti objective judgment in subjective realm o/u
    Fe subjective judgment in objective realm u/o
    Fi subjective judgment in subjective realm u/u

    So these can be put together for an alternate code for the 16 types. The case is used to distinguish perception and judgment, and which order they are placed in would determine the dom/aux function and attitude.
    (One person said, in essence; "what, more letter codes?" and I basically dropped the idea).

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    Ni - psychic
    Ne - magic
    Ti - reason
    Te - facts
    Si - history
    Se - vision
    Fi - values
    Fe - help

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    @RaptorWizard

    It's an interesting idea simplifying the functions into one idea. Although, it just seems to me that Te and possibly other functions could also be seen as a function of "reason" on the surface.

    @Eric B

    This is cool, but I think it would be more accurate to replace "in objective/subjective realm" with "of subjective/objective realm". Because, as you already know, it would be accurate to say that all of the functions, themselves, are in the deep and subjective realm.

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