Powerful 6th Function of Extroverts

Se in ESTJs & ESFJs

Assertive, highly proactive doers with lots of energy, these types can get much done quickly. They are admired by others for their productivity, confidence, ability to get their hands in the mud, and they both have a great deal of personal presence. On the other hand, they can also come off as rather aggressive, impulsive, hurried, and in-your-face.

Their Se, however, is unconscious. Thus, they usually try to explain their Se in terms of Si needs (“I need to get all these particular tasks done!”) However, they carry out these tasks in a rushed and frenetic Se sort of way. They prefer to think of themselves as Si-users. Consciously, they try to create a relaxed atmosphere for people to work in with Si, which they succeed at. However, without their unconscious knowing, they can also come off as rather pushy and interruptive as well. They only realize they do this after the fact, often when they are told by others.

In some sense their Se is even more powerful than that of ESTPs and ESFPs, because there is no counterbalancing valued Ni. Since both ESTJs and ESFJs do not value Ni, and they are very weak at it, they find it difficult to have a proper sense of timing or of the consequences of their actions. As a result, they are not farsighted and their quick actions can land them into trouble. They also tend to have a poor estimation of what they are able to accomplish given a set amount of time. This can cause a lot of upset for them.

When in a negative state, these two types can really cause a ruckus. Dishes start flying in the air and they can break down doors. When they see how they express Se, they can feel quite bad about this. However, when instigated, they can also save the day in an action hero way, and not make such a big deal out of it. They must remember how others see the positive in this function as well.

Fe in ENFPs & ESFPs

Charmers of the highest order, and capable of creating a festive and likable environment whenever they choose too, these types are adept at winning others over and bringing fun and joy into others lives. They are admired by others for their ability to relate with anyone, be inspirational and influential, and maintain the harmony of the group. On the other hand, they can also come off as rather smarmy, ingratiating, and emotionally volatile.

Their Fe is unconscious and unvalued, whereas their Fi is conscious and valued. However, their Fe is stronger than their Fi. They indeed are individuals with their own heartfelt personal convictions, but they often instead tell others what they want to hear in order to maintain harmony or to be likeable. Thus, the authenticity of their expressions of personal convictions can be called into questioned by others because they see the mismatch between their Fe and Fi.

Without a counterbalancing valued Ti, as their Ti is both very weak and unvalued, these types can find it difficult to cool their emotions off with a stable internal logical framework. They might misperceive neutral statements as being “cold” and immediately be reactive toward it with Fe.

As a result, in a negative state, these types can cause a lot of drama. Their emotions can be unstable and out of control, which others find difficult to handle. They can present a kind and receptive face to others with Fe, but then behind their backs they can express a great deal of judgment about them with Fi. A feeling of their own phoniness as a result can disturb them.

It is good for them to embrace the positive aspects of this function that others see clearly, for they can be great at bringing people together.

Ne in ENTJs & ENFJs
These types are great innovators with a wonderful entrepreneurial mindset, and ability to come up with bold and clever ideas in abundance. They are admired by others for having a good nose for opportunities, their ability to come up with bold and clever ideas in abundance, and their visionary pursuits. On the other hand, they can be rather scattered and carried away with their ideas, leaving them unfocused.

Their Ne is unconscious and unvalued. They consciously prefer to concentrate on a vision with excellent prospects, but you will find them unfocused due to the zany flutter of ideas. They may look at the endless brainstorming of others with skepticism, but they tend to commit a similar error. As a result of chasing down and working on too many opportunities, many do not end up bearing fruit. With Se as a weak tertiary function, there may be a lack of willpower in making these ideas happen.

These are big project people who ignore the little pleasures of life. Without a counterbalancing valued Si, since Si is their weakest and most unvalued function, their Ne can cause such frenzy in them to such an extent they have a great difficulty in relaxing or carefully paying attention to small details that may trip them up.

As a result, in a negative state, these types can cause stress and discomfort to others as they whirlwind about and jammer on about their ideas. There can be a perpetual feeling of being unsettled. These types are hurrying ahead, itching with their Ni grand vision, but then their minds are sidetracked with Ne ideas, as there is no Si foundation to help them keep on-course. Along the way, their bodily needs are forgotten or ignored and then they fall ill.

As Ni-valuers, they may downplay their Ne gifts—it would be helpful for them to know how much they inspire people with their forward-thinking nature, which can generate a sense of optimism in others.

Te in ESTPs and ENTPs

These types have a highly developed sense of pragmatism, a knack for efficiency, are able to swiftly pick up facts about a situation, and great real world problem-solving skills. They are admired by others for knowing, when need be, the best way to do things effectively, competence in practical matters, and for their strong business logic. On the other hand, this function can make them callous.

Their Te is unconscious and unvalued. Te is boring bureaucratic nonsense to them, and they prefer an experimental and situational way of thinking that arrives at a deeper understanding. They use Te in order to work on projects primary as an ends for them to understand the world in a Ti sort of way. A fuller Ti understanding can be short-circuited by a need to get things done procedurally. There is a battle between pragmatism and the intellectual life, with both sides being strong.

In a negative state, they may decide to handle a bad situation or people they have difficulty with in a Te way, just simply finding some efficient way to deal with or do away with them. To an extreme, this might lead to psychopathological behavior in pursuit of an interest they have. With Fi being their weakest and most unvalued function, they may reach certain ends designed by Te for the sake of their primary function (and Ti) without feeling remorse or empathy over who is hurt in the process, or what ethics are crossed. Te is not counterbalanced by Fi, like in the ESTJs and ENTJs.

As Ti philosophers, they may downplay their Te—but they can be quite adept in coming up and executing ways to solve real-world issues, which they are respected for.

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