Your Inferior function is a source of stress, anxiety, or unwanted anger. These feelings produce negative thoughts such as desire for revenge, irrational judgmentalism, and defense mechanisms such as projection and displacement.
Fe when in the inferior position, if active at all, works in the background of consciousness to project blame onto society and to other people in general. For the INTP, the dominant function serves to hold other people with their irrational feelings, ideals, and arbitrary social rules at bay. Intellectualization, a defense mechanism that the INTP is particularly proud of because of its results, is primarily a reaction to social anxiety.
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"Intellectualization is one of Freud's original defense mechanisms. Freud believed that memories have both conscious and unconscious aspects, and that intellectualization allows for the conscious analysis of an event in a way that does not provoke anxiety."
Si is one of the two functions (including Ni) which anthropomorphize objects. Si-tertiary plays the unconscious role of demonizing society. Society becomes symbolical of Si distrust. Fe rationalizes ways for the INTP (or ISTP) to avoid society altogether. This produces a personality disorder known, interestingly enough, as Avoidance. When Fe becomes completely paralyzed and non-functional, even worse disorders arise, such as Schizoid Personality Disorder and various psychoses.
The first time I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I thought that the author's character was a little bit like me - except I don't believe in the kind of irrational nonsense he obviously believes in. The author's character (Phaedrus) eventually fell into complete psychic withdrawal, both from society and from the external world, in a kind of suicide of the mind. He was brought back to reality through EST. So I don't feel like I have the same personality as this Phaedrus, having never come close to experiencing such a thing. Perhaps he is an INTJ.
I think some people's functions cause them to feel God-like at times, but that's not me either.
The solution to the INTP's social anxiety is to learn to relate to other people, not intellectually but on a personal level. The job I've held since Dec 2012 requires me to talk to people on the phone while I provide them remote PC tech support. I eventually grew into the job, and I feel more comfortable and spontaneous around people than ever before compared to a time when I could only relate to others if we shared the same beliefs.
For 35 years I hated it when anybody tried to help me with things. But when the internet came into my life, I found that there is great benefit to me in cooperative learning.
Fe still provokes stress in me, while Si provides stability (or stoic dogmatism) to my intellectual beliefs and intellectualizing in general. Ne in itself is an
anti-authoritarian function because authority provides no outlet for Ne to spontaneously channel creativity. So after spending 40 hours a week living under someone else's rigid rules, my Ne function begins to sow its wild oats. I know those rules serve a rational work purpose, but I can't help but feel stifled and suffocated by them, probably because I have to constantly keep in check Ne's desire to circumvent and bend those rules which I feel are unfair or too rigid to be practical.
People who are unfair or too rigid are also very disturbing to me. Although I intellectually grasp G. I. Gurdjieff's observation that most people in the world are walking around in a dream state, completely unconscious of who they are, Fe-inferior does not understand reasons. It is thoughtlessly provoked and reacts instinctively because it is still not a well-developed function for me.