How Fe is in All 16 Types

Primary/Hero/Overdrive Function: ENFJ, ESFJ

Sure, Fe is the strongest and most valued function for these two types, but sometimes they wish they can shut it off, but Fe is there, whether for good or for ill.  Despite its strong nature, its abilities can be greatly multiplied overtime, and can eventually go all-out superhero (or super-villain).  The types can turn Fe off if they use Te, which is their role function (8th function in the MBTI).  However, it is because they feel like they ought to use Te, as a necessity to work with society.  Being Fe types with role Te, these types are great organizers of people (if they develop Te sufficiently).  These types can at times not be good at Fe.  Like how the inferior and PoLR functions can in certain ways or brief flashes of time show great strength, ExFJs can in certain ways or brief flashes of time show great weaknesses.  If you study these types sometimes you can see behind the Fe powerful bouts of apathy (thus simply showing Fe as a matter of course).  The Fe can be quite calculated through a negatively expressed Ti.  There is also a tendency in quite a few to keep saying really negative things about the people they love and not even being aware they are doing so.  The first part of the journey of these types is to actually realize again the purposes of their Fe–to show (and feel) care for others instead of simply show it on the outside.  The other part is to realize their Fe is not as fake as some can imagine it to be.

Secondary/Good Parent/Creative/Show Function: ISFJ, INFJ

This is the “creative” function of these two types.  “Creative” means it is malleable to one’s own desires.  ExFJs’ Fe is very powerful, and thus all-over-the-place uncontrolled—they have to Fe.  IxFJs have more choice in wielding Fe (though it still can get out-of-control).  They can turn it on or off depending on the needs of their primary function.  In fact, they can go through periods of time not using it, especially when not engaging with others.  ExFJs’ Fe can be limited because of their role Te (they feel like they have to use Te).  IxFJs, however, have Te PoLR.  Te shuts off Fe, and visa versa.  Since Te is quite undervalued in the IxFJ psyche, they can prolong Fe as much as they want to, in accordance with the whims of their first function.  See, Fe is flexible—it can be on, it can be off, it can be prolonged, and it is not an ends to itself.  Si and Ni as leading functions are quite artistic (both see beautiful images), and with Fe as a creative function, Fe serves as their palette of every emotional shade to draw from to paint on their Si or Ni canvas.  Plus, these types actually have strong (but unvalued) Fi, which is a self-expressive function.  They both have the best function setups to be artistic.  This is what these types “produce” in order to relate to others (welcoming behavior, artistic mannerisms and output), and thus it is their “show” function.  With Te PoLR they can be quite carried away in this regard, being the most wonderful, beautiful company or immersed in Fe-style activity while not “really” getting anything done (at least, they don’t care for the stale concept of “productivity”).  These types can express Fe as a “show function,” and thus may simply believe at times they are putting it out there but not really feeling it.  It is produced for others to see, so they can appease them and be left alone.  The first part of the journey of these types, just like the ExFJ, is to realize the purposes of their Fe again–to show (and feel) care for others rather than simply show it on the outside.  The other part would to realize that their Fe is not as fake as some can imagine it to be.

Tertiary/Childlike/Secret Trickster Function: ENTP, ESTP

I noticed these types can make quite an effort to turn their life into a big drama.  They like to make their life into an exciting story worth telling.  Many can also be quite welcoming, charming, and warm after Fe’s development, but then in closer relationships can show a more distant side.  Because their Fi is PoLR, their feeling side is mostly reliant on Fe, or outward demonstrations of friendliness from others.  This causes the nature of their Fe hidden agenda: to be loved.  These types try very hard to be liked by everyone (in a childlike way), and others must visibly demonstrate this, since they are weak at Fi (assessments of others’ internal stable attitudes).  They must beware of the ill-intentioned who come at them with big smiles.  Thus, even though Dr. Beebe calls the 7th function “The Trickster”, the tertiary can be seen as the “The Secret Trickster.”   The trickster who you didn’t know was one—a Brutus.  Greatly lacking in Fi and loving Fe there can be quite some over-share from these two types, and a potential skilled ability to manipulate others and do sales.  On the other hand, there is a really refreshing quality about how these two types use Fe that is really endearing to others, which may actually in some ways be more advantageous how ExFJs use Fe.  These types noticeably really can genuinely desire to live in and create an Fe world.  They are more concerned about others than others may believe.  Part of the journey of these types is to have their external expression match up with how much they truly care, while not over-exaggerating their efforts.

Inferior/Suggestive Function: ISTP, INTP

These types can be quite dependent on needing a positive environment.  If there is no positive environment, they must leave and find a new one.  They respond well to demonstrations of positive, welcoming sentiments (thus they are “suggestible” in this area).  At times inwardly zombie-like, they desire to feel alive.  Since the dual of the ISTP is the ENFJ, they can be unexpectedly forgiving of dramatic chaos, despite their claims of otherwise.  In a way, ISTPs and INTPs are actually not weak at this function.  If one pays attention, they are clearly very concerned that the general welfare and harmony of the group in a kind of quiet, buried, behind-the-scenes way—perhaps more so than any other types.  These types may over-estimate the extent they can control feeling, or prevent it from influencing them.  Part of the journey of these types is to have their external expression match up with how much they truly care, while not over-exaggerating their efforts.

Opposing/Oh-No-Not-This-Again Function: INFP, ISFP

INFPs and ISFPs usually actively repress Fe the majority of time, and find it annoying thing to deal with.  There is an illusion of great weakness in this functon (from within and without), as the IxFP and the people who observe them can see how actively it is blocked out when it needs to be used.  However, they can briefly engage in Fe-style bubbliness.  They get how it works better than average, and know of its ways (albeit find it silly), but tire of producing it themselves.  Their dominant is Fi, so it really actively keeps Fe in its place, and so they seem emotionally controlled but unable to shift out of their inner moods when Fe is required like at a party.  However, in times of stress and conflict, Fe really can come pouring out resulting in incredibly melodramatic displays.  Then, they just as quickly disappear.  If these types are able to see the intrinsic value of Fe, instead of opposing it all the time, they can allow for little more expressions of it when it would be useful for them so others would not believe they are stupid at Fe (even realize it can be “fun” and able to get them out of their locked-in serious or depressive moods).

Demonstrative/Senex/Sage/Joke Function: ESFP, ENFP

For these types, Fe is very strong but not valued.  They can easily create a likable environment, and many quite frequently do, but they prefer Fi.  They do not see the intrinsic importance of Fe, even treat it as a joke, thus often using it as a means to the end to meet the needs of their primary and secondary function.  Ironically, because ExFPs express Fe but do not take it seriously, they tend to be more well-liked than ExFJs who use Fe seriously.  However, these types tend to manifest the negative qualities of Fe quite powerfully, and this is why many can be quite noticeably dramatic, lacking emotional control, bat-shit crazy or conflict-ridden.  The reason why they detest Fe is because they do not have a good experience with it, but actually they are quite capable of using it in a positive manner, which others witness but they have trouble really focusing on this positive in themselves.

PoLR/Trickster/Crap Function: INTJ, ISTJ

These types tend to take a highly critical stance towards Fe, thus feeling “tricked” by it.  It is not only weak, but they undervalue it more than all other types.  The lack of it sticks out like a sour thumb to others, and one of the earliest signs of me that someone is an IxTJ is the utter lack of Fe.  For them, Fe is a totally waste of time, loony clownish insincere nonsense of the crowd, incredibly painful to endure and put up with in others, and its tendency is eliminated in themselves.  The good thing is that for the most part many do not consciously have the negative drives of Fe, and can appear quite self-controlled and measured emotionally, not believing in using big dramas to get their way.  However, when it does come out, it is totally out of proportion, resulting in surprising lash outs.  Unhealthy individuals have this quite frequently, and it is quite embarrassingly apparent.  If IxTJs understood the PoLR nature of this function, they would be aware that their exaggerated criticality is simply a type-bias and their wellbeing will greatly improve as a result when their suspicion of it lessens.  Realizing Fe is just a valid a worldview would help a lot.  Also, no one should expect these types to have state-of-the-art Fe anytime soon, so stop pushing them.  However, it would be good for them to use a few minimal strategies to deal with Fe so others don’t think they are cold.  Valuing Fi but lacking Fe, these types can be surprisingly warm, sensitive and vulnerable on the inside, but give off a really cold air.  There are rare IxTJ individuals who are able to mimic Fe well through Te strategizing.

Role/Daimon/Villain Function: ESTJ, ENTJ

The role function is the one you put on whenever you have to meet people or interact with society.  These types, despite being thinking dominants, tend to have a welcoming demeanor, and create a positive atmosphere when connecting with others especially when first meeting them, and can feel obliged to provide a sense of camaraderie and togetherness.  Their Te starts to show through overtime, and people might feel “tricked” by the first impression (especially when they go to a job interview and the boss is often an ExTJ, and this seemingly cheery person actually wants you to “get down to work”).  Some developed a decent grip and understanding of Fe and like it for its own sake, but many do not see its value.  When Fe is on, Te is off.  It is the opposite worldview (operating in the same Extroverted Judging arena but using methods that antagonize each other), thus is seen as the Devil incarnate.  On the other hand, the efforts here can be exaggerated in a similar way as the tertiary function is.

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