So you’re new to the Meyers-Briggs theory. You’re totally clueless and looking everywhere for an extremely simplified explanation of the Jungian cognitive functions.
Guess what, you came to the right place!
Welcome to the watered down method for telling the difference between MBTI functions. Keep in mind that it’s not a method you want to rely on long-term, as it’s always best to learn as much as you can about the MBTI theory. However, this does happen to be a great way to get started on identifying the cognitive functions, so here we go.
Introverted Thinking (Ti):
- Logic based on whatever makes sense to you.
- Interested in information primarily to analyze it.
- Efficiency in theory more than in practice.
Extraverted Thinking (Te):
- Logic usually derived based on facts and empirical evidence.
- Interested in information primarily for how it can be used to accomplish something
- Efficiency in practice more than in theory.
Introverted Feeling (Fi):
- Morality derived from within, based on what feels authentically right to the individual.
- Motivated primarily to be true to the self.
- More in tune with your own emotions than other people’s.
Extraverted Feeling (Fe):
- Morality derived from without, based on convention and what you’ve been taught.
- Motivated primarily to stay true to the group.
- More in tune with other people’s emotions than your own.
Introverted Sensing (Si):
- Experience life as a series of memories, constantly comparing the present to the past.
- Has a traditional approach and relies on experience for decision-making.
- In tune with how physical environments affect the memory (“this smell reminds me of my childhood”)
Extraverted Sensing (Se):
- Experiences life in the moment.
- Takes action without referring to past experience for counsel.
- In tune with the physical environment as a new experience.
Introverted Intuition (Ni):
- Narrows the focus to a few ideas and sees them through to completion.
- Isolates potential problems.
- Focuses on long-term goals as realities.
Extraverted Intuition (Ne):
- Jumps between lots of ideas quickly, often coming across to outsiders as a “random” thought process.
- Generates new possibilities.
- Focuses on distant dreams as possibilities.