I don't know if any of you have read this essay? INFJ Archetypes
I don't think I understand it all, but one thing I found interesting is how she (or he, John Beebe, in the first place) puts the 1st and 4th function (the INFJ is just an example) on the same "axis", thus showing that the 4th so-called "inferior" function works "in tandem" with the 1st, that they actually depend on each other, like two sides of a coin.
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The 4th function "represents the personality's highest value?" What do you say about that? I'm not sure I understand completely but I come to think of the all the INJ people who become buddhists or the like, who put this very high emphasis on physical awareness, living here and now - INJs' 4th function, Extraverted Sensing. Is this what she means? (I still don't get it...)In this model, the vertical axis operates as the "spine" of the personality. Now here is a very important concept to grasp: while the dominant function is at the top of the axis, notice how the "inferior" function supports it. The inferior function suddenly snaps into view as the "anchor" of the personality, and this function cradles many of the personality's aspirations. Rather than operating as a repository of shame and inadequacy (as it is usually portrayed), it is re-cast as a source of pride and inspiration. The so-called "inferior" function now becomes a storehouse of purpose and represents the personality's highest value. (It may take you some time to take that notion in, especially if you've learned to "demonize" your inferior function.)
It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this... especially, if you're by any chance not INFJ/INTJ, what then? What does it mean that, for example, Te is the INFP's "highest value"?