I thought that figuring out the difference between Fe and Fi might help me figure this out. I read the NF version of this thread first where this was more or less the consensus:
Now, this I can very strongly relate to:
So my explanation is, if you have inferior F, you still have F. It's simply slower to develop or used less often. But in my case, thanks to being really unpopular and badly bullied in elementary school I was forced to acknowledge feeling, and therefore came to develop it more fully. I still don't easily develop an emotional connection with many people, but I feel the need for a deep connection with somebody intensely.
I still have no idea what the difference between Fe and Fi is or how it relates to the above.