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Introverted Feeling VS Extraverted Feeling as a Primary Function

It is an often held misconception that someone just slips from being say an ENFJ to an INFJ depending on their extraversion amount. They may become more or less shy and therefore “switch” personality types.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The term extraversion and introversion refers to the function that a person leads with (their Dominant function). A person’s dominant function will never change over the course of their entire life. It is developed and identifiable at a young age, and only gets stronger as time goes on.

Being an “Introvert” or an “extrovert” as a person is a coincidence that (oftentimes) correlates with a person’s dominant function. However, the difference between Extroverted Feeling / Sensing / Intuiting / Thinking and Introverted Feeling / Sensing / Intuiting / Thinking are quite different.

It’s more than just that one focuses on the outside world, where the other pulls from within. That is a simplified explanation.

Over the next few days, I will compare the leading functions of all the various personality types. It is important that you know what you’re leading function is. You will see why a person does not switch or “is in between an E and I” (This “X” nonsense drives me mad.)

This is because the sites that often do these personality assessments do not explain properly what a personality assessment truly means.

First up will be Feeling as the leading / dominant function.

  • Extraverted Feeling: ENFJ and ESFJ
  • Introverted Feeling: INFP and ISFP
  • Extraverted Feeling

    The process of Extraverted Feeling often involves a want to connect with (or disconnect from) others and is often shown by expressions of warmth (or displeasure) and self-disclosure.

  • The “social graces,” such as being polite, being nice, being friendly, being considerate, and being proper, often revolve around the process of extraverted Feeling.
  • Keeping in touch, laughing at jokes when others laugh, and trying to get people to act kindly to each other also involve extraverted Feeling.
  • Using this process, we respond according to expressed or even unexpressed wants and needs of others.
  • We may ask people what they want or need or self-disclose to prompt them to talk more about themselves.
  • This often sparks conversation and lets us know more about them so we can better adjust our behavior to them.
  • Often with this process, we feel pulled to be responsible and take care of others’ feelings, sometimes to the point of not separating our feelings from theirs.
  • We may recognize and adhere to shared values, feelings, and social norms to get along.
  • Semantics of Extraverted Feeling as a Leading Function

    (How people who lead with Extraverted Feeling tend to speak when in a generic, group setting.)


    1. Describing fields of relationships and actions that take place between people.
  • describing influences on living objects
  • 2. Describing external, observable manifestations of emotions
  • spectacles
  • describing emotional states or degrees of arousal
  • 3. Using sonic forms of words as a means of expressing emotions
  • describing audible behavior and imitating sounds
  • situating word creation to convey shades of emotion
  • expressive interjections and exclamations
  • Speech Peculiarities:

  • frequent use of emotionally charged adjectives.
  • combining emotional adjectives and adverbs that are opposite in meaning.
  • quoting poems, songs, etc. that show their current emotional situation.
  • informal, colloquial, “non-dictionary” vocabulary.
  • intentionally violating the stylistic flow with words that are either highly colloquial or archaic.
  • intonationally conveying emotional states.
  • personification of inanimate objects; increasing the number of actors involved in each story.
  • Dominant Fields of Activity and Topics of Conversation:

  • gossiping
  • evoking emotional reactions in others
  • changing and creating any kind of emotional atmosphere and any kind of nuances in communication.
  • strong emotions and impressions.
  • Intraverted Feeling

    It is often hard to assign words to the values used to make introverted Feeling judgments, since they are often associated with images, feeling tones, and gut reactions more than words.

  • As a cognitive process, it often serves as a filter for information that matches what is valued, wanted, or worth believing in.
  • There can be a continual weighing of the situational worth or importance of everything and a patient balancing of the core issues of peace and conflict in life’s situations.
  • We engage in the process of introverted Feeling when a value is compromised and we think, “Sometimes, some things just have to be said.”
  • On the other hand, most of the time this process works “in private” and is expressed through actions.
  • It helps us know when people are being fake or insincere or if they are good. It is like having an internal sense of the “essence” of a person or a project and reading fine distinctions among feeling tones.
  • Semantics of Individuals with Intraverted Feeling as their Leading Function

    (How People with Intraverted Feeling as their Leading function tend to talk when in a generic, group setting.)


    1. Describing one’s feelings and attitudes toward things and people.
  • influences on feelings
  • feelings
  • 2. Describing relationships between people as a constant factor.
  • describing psychological distance.
  • links (between people).
  • 3. Evaluating objects
  • evaluations that include oaths or insults
  • constant traits; personality and character traits
  • evaluating people’s behavior
  • Speech Peculiarities:

  • superfluous use of diminutive and augmentative suffixes
  • qualitative adjectival evaluations
  • constructions using the word “relationship”
  • metaphors related to “links”
  • Dominant Fields of Activity and Topics of Conversation:

  • relationships between people
  • evaluating people (personality and character traits) and their deeds and conduct
  • evaluating the motives behind behavior
  • empathy; the ability to feel what others feel and understand their motives
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    Visual Identification of Personality Types

    The link I share is the type that I am, Ti-ENTp. Here is the other type of ENTP, called a Ne-ENTP. They all look and act the same!!

    It’s like I’m discovering a scientific breakthrough, here.

    All the Ti-ENTPs have thin faces with dark hair and a skinny complexion. They are all big science / inventor geeks and intellectuals.

    All the Ne-ENTPs are mostly comedians or actors, and almost all of them have reddish hair / reddish tinted bodies.

    All the Ti-ENTps act and even look similar to me.

    This ain’t the zodiac, my friends…

    There’s some real science behind this. Who dares continue on the research that was started so long ago? Who dares to answer the question of why we are different / unique and how that we are built to perform different functions in society…

    I mean besides me, lol… I need a team!


    The ENTP Writing Personality: Energetic Innovation

    “Obedience hardly ever begets

    – Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Can learning about personality type help you make the most of your natural writing / leadership style?

    ENTP writers enjoy the pre-writing stage. They may come up with many good ideas quickly.

    Often skilled at detecting patterns and envisioning outcomes, they trust their insight and resist prescribed methods. The writing process itself may prove tedious to them, but if they persevere, their work is often thorough and multifaceted.

    The ENTP personality type is one of 16 identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a popular psychometric instrument used to determine how people prefer to gather information and make decisions. The initials ENTP indicate the following:

    E: Extraversion preferred to introversion

    ENTPs get their energy from people and activity in their external world. Spending time alone can leave them listless and bored. They enjoy interacting with a large group of friends and acquaintances. They generally act before reflecting.

    N: iNtuition preferred to sensation

    ENTPs are abstract thinkers, placing more trust in flashes of insight than in experience. They’re less interested in sensory data than in the patterns perceived by the unconscious mind. ENTPs tend to be intellectually restless—they want to change the world.

    T: Thinking preferred to feeling

    ENTPs prefer to use their thinking function when making decisions. They place more emphasis on the rule of logic than on the effect that actions have on people. They tend to be skeptical in evaluating ideas, whether their own or someone else’s.

    P: Perception preferred to judgment

    ENTPs like to keep their options open. They enjoy beginning new projects and exploring opportunities as they arise. ENTPs think in terms of possibilities rather than likelihoods.

    Are you an ENTP writer or content creator? If so, the following information may give you some insight into how temperament influences your writing style. Use these insights to help you play to your strengths and compensate for your natural blind spots.

    Of course these strategies would apply to non-writers as well… really any position that requires you to get a message across, which could include Marketing / Advertising, Leadership / Management in general, and other types of professions. (Such as being a Teacher, Lawyer, or an Entrepreneur).

    Writing Process of the ENTP

    If you’re an ENTP, you may approach a writing project in the following ways:

    – You’re rarely at a loss for ideas. While many people struggle to find a topic, you may have difficulty limiting yourself to just one.

    – You may enjoy exploring controversial subjects or devising clever solutions to problems. Have fun playing with different possibilities, and see where they lead you.

    – You can benefit from collaborative writing projects. Chances are, you prefer an active, high-energy environment. You may enjoy discussing and debating your ideas with others.

    – You will probably assert your individuality even within the group. If someone else is leading the project, be careful that your natural tendency to ignore authority doesn’t undermine the team. If you maintain goodwill, you’ll stand a better chance of convincing someone else to do the actual writing.

    – You may do well to compose an article, essay, or story by speaking into a voice recorder. If the thought of transcribing the recording sounds unbearably tedious to you, consider paying (or persuading) someone else to do it.

    – To sustain your enthusiasm, gather visual elements to use in the piece. Devise your own strategies to make the writing process more interesting.

    – You are motivated by a desire to innovate.

    – You tend to seek a unique approach even to ordinary topics. Conversely, you tend to be good at making complex subjects clear and interesting. Stay focused, and let your desire to prove your competence and ingenuity drive you forward until the project is complete.

    Potential Blind Spots of the ENTP

    As an ENTP, you may experience the following pitfalls:

    – You generally enjoy brainstorming but may not feel motivated to write until you feel the pressure of a deadline. To avoid a time crunch at the end of the project, set milestones along the way. Make your best guess of how long each step should take, then double it. Schedule enough time to take breaks so you can consider new possibilities.

    – To stay energized, try working in a variety of settings.

    – You may excel at satire, and humor can liven up your work. Make sure your tone is appropriate for the piece and for the audience.

    – You may find it helpful to include a personal story or two, rather than relying on cold logic alone to make your point.

    – You tend to grasp the big picture and to focus on the future. Ensure that your work contains enough background material and concrete detail. To avoid tangents or a cursory treatment of the subject, keep the central thesis or purpose of the project in mind while writing. Solicit feedback from someone whose competence you trust.

    Remember, there’s no right or wrong approach to writing. Each individual is unique, so don’t let generalities limit you. Do what works best for you.