I'm new to the forum and to mbti. From what I understood, it wasn't meant to be a hierarchy but a tool to understand and value differences in others. But, from what I've seen most people value the same functions over others. I understand that people naturally prefer their own functions, though that self-satisfaction may be type-dependent, but did I misunderstand the point? Are some functions genuinely more valuable? If so, which ones and why? Should those that lack those more valuable functions seek to cultivate them instead of their own?
I'm also confused by the degree to which we can develop our shadow functions? Have others had success with this?