Typology terms can be pretty confusing.
It seems people often confuse the "Feeling" function with plain old feelings.
This leads to a bias that "Fi" and "Fe" are basically irrational, and therefore, somehow inferior to "Ti" and "Te."
So-- is "Feeling" a rational function, like "Thinking"?
Or is it an irrational/non-rational function, like "Sensing" and "Perceiving"?
Is it emotion-based, or values-based?
Let's consider this quote from Carl Jung*:
"It is true that feelings, if they have an emotional character, are accompanied by physiological effects; but there are definitely feelings which do not change the physiological condition. These feelings are very mental, they are not of an emotional nature. That is the distinction that I make.
Inasmuch as feeling is a function of values, you will readily understand that this is not a physiological condition. It can be something as abstract as abstract thinking. You would not expect abstract thinking to be a physiological condition.
Abstract thinking is what the term denotes. Differentiated thinking is rational; and so feeling can be rational in spite of the fact that many people mix up the terminology."
This is echoed by Isabel Briggs Meyers in her book, Gifts Differing:
"A basic difference in judgement arises from the existence of two distinct and sharply contrasting ways of coming to conclusions. One way is by the use of thinking, that is, by a logical process, aimed at an impersonal finding.
The other is by feeling, that is, by appreciation--equally reasonable in its fashion--bestowing on things a personal, subjective value."
This idea is also put forth by Lenore Thompson, in her book, "Personality Type: An Owner's Manual.:
"Unlike Sensation and Intuition, which encourage us to keep our options open and to acquire more information, the Judging functions prompt us to note how things usually happen and to organize our behaviors accordingly. This is why Thinking and Feeling are considered rational functions."
Well, according to Carl Jung, Isabel Briggs Meyers, and Lenore Thompson -- "Feeling" is a "mental" process, and is "not of an emotional nature."
It is "equally reasonable in its fashion" to "Thinking", and is considered a "rational" function.
Does this make sense to you?
Is it confusing?
Do you agree? Disagree? Prefer different definitions?
Please share your thoughts/feelings about the elusive "Feeling" function.