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    Default Are we ultimately more defined by our inferior functions than dominant?

    If point A is the land of our dominant functions, our secure fortress of relaxed comfy knowledge, but we are forever on a collision course with point B, our insecure lair of tert and inferior functions... does that journey towards them more define us than the place we came from?

    I just find that the older I get, the more compelling a need for control and domination is. In my business I like being in charge and needed and looked up to for guidance more often than I used to resent such intrusions.

    thoughts from others on my tiny seed pearl of spit and sand and concept. Let us have an orgy of social saliva and grit form a new Voltron pearl of knowledge.

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    Inferior functions seem mighty.
    Someone not Ti? OMG, they can't tell A from B.
    Someone not Se? They must be sitting on a chair immobile all day not aware of anything.
    Someone not Fe? They must be socially unaware.
    Someone not Ni? Uhh, they must be someone with no insight at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santtu View Post
    Inferior functions seem mighty.
    Someone not Ti? OMG, they can't tell A from B.
    Someone not Se? They must be sitting on a chair immobile all day not aware of anything.
    Someone not Fe? They must be socially unaware.
    Someone not Ni? Uhh, they must be someone with no insight at all.
    Hmm, I reject your spit offering as it doesn't agree with my thought process.

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    The dominant and inferior functions are two side of the same coin. You can't have one without the other. So there's a lot that could be said that's context dependent, but to make a general statement one-way or the other I think would be incomplete.

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    I am what I have, not what I lack. I am better defined by what I do than what I do not do.

    Right now I am drinking camomile tea with fresh lime juice.

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    I don't feel very connected to my inferior function. I've got strong Ne, and Si is a function whose weakness I have to work to compensate for. I do, though, wonder if I feel more defined by Fi since it's introverted. I use Ne all the time, but it's not as personal to me than Fi. It's something that I feel sole ownership of, and get very protective of.
    You hem me in -- behind and before;
    you have laid your hand upon me.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

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    Ne is my world, Si is my anchor...it is also my ball and chain to drag around tying me down, when in my own best interest I should allow change.

    Because it is so unconscious, it can be very difficult to be reasonable or rational on issues of Si-they are simply MUSTS, often stupid ones. As I find them, I can pin them down and identify the ones that matter and the ones that do not-but until I pin a particular issue down, it will tend to control me. I am learning a great deal by watching older STJs and seeing how they evaluate Si/Te problems and how they will choose between possible Si constraints.

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    I am just as much defined by what I do as what I do not do. And yet I am doing it all—consciously and unconsciously.

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    @Saturned, do you mean that "inferior" functions are akin to how our inner forts are (gooey/pillowy/reptilian blood/stormy/etc) whereas "dominant" functions are what we're more likely to show (mazes/ice/warm sunny beaches/etc)?

    *thinks*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    I am just as much defined by what I do as what I do not do.
    So never having caused a genocide defines you just as much as having starting your own business in high school?

    I doubt it. /whisper

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