huh. this is an intense thread. interesting, but intense.
i envy NiFe a lot regardless of who lays claim to empathy. if there's one function i'm really impressed by and covet, it'd be Ni. i don't really get why empathy is the "golden ticket", but it does kinda suggest why you're adamant that it does not belong to Fi.
so simple and well-put! i completely agree with you. when Te is working well for me, this happens.
oddly enough this makes me way more likely to enjoy moviegoing with an STP or other such type than another NF.
yes!!! Fi is a mirror for feeling, but not necessarily for understanding. we have to interpret motivation, and we don't know. we can't even pinpoint emotion, but it's a certain 6th sense of just... well, picking up on "feelings." just like Ti has a 6th sense for whether something's gonna work. i would hate to ever assume that i understand exactly what another person is going through. but it's easy for me to be where they are at, so to speak. to get right on their emotional level, so i can begin to see things from where they are. and that makes it easier to understand their point of view, but also easier to lose my own.Lets assume we have an innate ability to feel the emotions of others. But we learn how to understand them, by using the critical analysis you describe above. Just like NT's hone their natural talents as well.
well, i do feel like i have decent Fe, but i did this when i moved abroad for a while too. it was fun changing to meet the new culture, but i didn't feel like i was selling out or anything because i was still being myself, just in a different way.And this makes Fe sound like it lacks a set of fundamental values, an ethical core, since you say it can change basically at whim. If an Fe user were transplanted into another culture, theoretically it would be easy for them to change their behaviour to meet the new standards (once understood). But would Fe users say this sounds like them?