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    Default Can someone explain Cognitive Functions in layman terms?

    I'm new and would love insight to these. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bintyx View Post
    I'm new and would love insight to these. Thanks!
    You can try looking here:

    Typology Central Wiki Main Page - Cognitive Functions

    Then look at some of the type descriptions here - like ENFP or other types of people you know well. Watch the videos

    Typology Central Wiki Main Page - The 16 Types Cognitive Function Analysis

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    Quote Originally Posted by bintyx View Post
    I'm new and would love insight to these. Thanks!
    What do you want to know? There is a lot out there, but what basic idea(s) are you interested in finding out first?
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    A while back I started a couple threads. There are a lot of stereotypes about Si and Fe that too many people buy into. As it turns out, the threads were popular, and with the help of some other awesome members, we started a whole trend of threads where members who value certain functions explained their own understandings of those functions. Links for you! I can't seem to find the one on Se but here are the other 7.

    Si as "conservative" (semantics + misconceptions)

    FJs, describe Fe as you understand it

    FPs, describe Fi as you understand it

    How do you understand Ti?

    TJs: Describe Te as You Understand It

    Sexy People! - Describe Ne as you Experience It!

    xNxJs: describe Ni as you understand it
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    We live on a wheel.

    We are born, with sense. From sense we make thoughts. From thoughts we grow attached. From attachment we seek to aquire and preserve, to serve our senses.
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    Thank you, the typology wikipedia was helpful. Still reading but so far one question: why are our Judging/Perceiving functions not included in cognitive functions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bintyx View Post
    Thank you, the typology wikipedia was helpful. Still reading but so far one question: why are our Judging/Perceiving functions not included in cognitive functions?
    They are: Ni Ne Se and Si are perceiving functions.

    Fi Fe Te and Ti are judging functions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bintyx View Post
    Thank you, the typology wikipedia was helpful. Still reading but so far one question: why are our Judging/Perceiving functions not included in cognitive functions?
    So the cognitive function theory is that they do reflect J/P, and whether you are J or P determines your cognitive functions. So ENFJs and ENFPs, for example, don't share the same cognitive function (as least as their top four). So the J and P have their effect. J/P determines the which cognitive functions you have (at least for your top four), and E/I determines which one you lead with (so extraverts lead with an extraverted function), and so swaps ordering around a bit. So, the outer letters of your type reflect what kind of functions the inner letters represent. So they are more like adjectives where your functions are the nouns.

    (The non-cognitive function theory is that functions aren't a real thing, and that they are describing preference combinations, so "Ne" is really N+P, etc.)

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    @bintyx

    To follow up on that tantalizing hint at the end of Seymour's post...

    If you're open to a somewhat contrarian perspective (at least in the context of the Great MBTI Forum Echo Chamber), you can find a lot of potentially eye-opening discussion of the relationship between the dichotomies and the so-called "cognitive functions," the place of the functions (or lack thereof) in the MBTI's history, and the tremendous gap between the dichotomies and the functions in terms of scientific respectability in this TC Wiki page and the posts it links to.

    tl;dr: The cognitive functions are a "category mistake."
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    I've explained in this Post. It can take time to fully grasp the definitions of each cognitive function, so it might help to only use and read sources that contain more reliable information.

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