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    Default Do You Find Dominant Function at Odds with Your Inferior Function?

    I have been pondering this concept for quite some time and was wondering if there are others that have observed this. The dichotomy theory is that Thinking and Feeling are incompatible as well as iNtuition and Sensation are incompatible.

    A test example of functions for myself exhibit this behavior:
    introverted Thinking (Ti) ******************************************** (44.3)
    excellent use
    extraverted Intuiting (Ne) *************************************** (39.3)
    excellent use
    introverted Feeling (Fi) *************************************** (39.2)
    excellent use
    extraverted Thinking (Te) ********************************** (34.1)
    good use
    introverted Sensing (Si) ******************************* (31.9)
    good use
    introverted Intuiting (Ni) ********************** (22.8)
    limited use
    extraverted Sensing (Se) ******************* (19.2)
    limited use
    extraverted Feeling (Fe) ********* (9.6)
    unused
    Now, out of hand, one can see the INTP pattern, but with the Fe last and the used status rather rules that out. That leaves INFP with both Thinking styles.

    Any other interpretations or patterns seen?
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    It's incredibly hard to actually translate those results to the MBTI, as much as the site tries. For the MBTI, there are only sixteen combinations, because it has very specific rules about what order things can go in. However, if we let the functions go in any order(as that test does) then there are 1680 possible combinations. And that's with only four functions being included, not even the full eight.

    So as you might imagine, it's a little hard to shoe-horn all of those possible results into sixteen.

    EDIT: The dichotomy theory is just plain wrong.
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    I don't have the best handle on type theory, but I think your inferior function is supposed to be your weakest function (or at least slowest to develop), not your fourth function. Your results look pretty typically INTP to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    I don't have the best handle on type theory, but I think your inferior function is supposed to be your weakest function (or at least slowest to develop), not your fourth function. Your results look pretty typically INTP to me.
    What is the difference between inferior and fourth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    It's incredibly hard to actually translate those results to the MBTI, as much as the site tries. For the MBTI, there are only sixteen combinations, because it has very specific rules about what order things can go in. However, if we let the functions go in any order(as that test does) then there are 1680 possible combinations. And that's with only four functions being included, not even the full eight.

    So as you might imagine, it's a little hard to shoe-horn all of those possible results into sixteen.

    EDIT: The dichotomy theory is just plain wrong.
    It really is not anymore confusing as any other INxP result. Pairing the top 'P' functions and the 'J' functions sorts things fairly well.
    Ex.
    P - Ti
    P - Ne
    P - Fi
    J - Te
    J - Si
    J - Ni
    P - Se
    J - Fe

    Now, ideally for the model, you should have a pair of Ps and Js. Of course, the order of the pairing determines what letter you get on the end and the first is the dominant. In the INTP case, you ignore the Fi, but then Te does not fit the type.

    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    I don't have the best handle on type theory, but I think your inferior function is supposed to be your weakest function (or at least slowest to develop), not your fourth function. Your results look pretty typically INTP to me.
    As far as I have got on the subject, the inferior needs to be the upper rankings. I would suspect that it would need to be at least 3rd-6th position to be close, not last, with an exceptionally low rating. Other theories have the 4th-8th function positions as the Shadow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWing View Post
    What is the difference between inferior and fourth?
    The fourth should be the inferior.

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    Ah, well don't pay any attention to me, then. I'm confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    Ah, well don't pay any attention to me, then. I'm confused.
    It is a constant state with me.

    We are just kicking the ball around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid_wanders View Post
    Any other interpretations or patterns seen?

    My Si sees you are discussing the "Dominate Function" when you mean Dominant Function.
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