- The treatment of something as a ‘subject’ instead of an ‘object’
- The difference between an ‘it’ and a ‘they’
- The assigning of a ‘living’ quality to a thing/being.
- The treatment of an object as warranting an examination of its ethics/morality.
- The treatment of an object as warranting a consideration of their living needs.
- Interfacing with something by understanding it as having qualia/experience.
- The tendency to anthropomorphize.
F is an attribute that is attached to either Ji or Je, but does not exist as a standalone process. The term F (or “B” Biotic) refers to the cognitive operation that allows an object to be perceived as animated. Questions of ethics presuppose the cognitive registration of things as beings. The domain of ethics therefore arises when one begins to contend with what needs to be done about these living objects. But the F orientation in CT is that very thing that is capable of identifying and assigning qualia-status to objects. The F orientation implicitly understands that there are objects that are alive, and that this is a self-existent and irreducible class of objects. Thus, while ethics is a very common outcome of F, it is not the definition of F at the cognitive level. Cognitively F is a mode of object-definition, or of object property assignment.
This F a priori category needs to operate, and identify agents, before questions of ethics can arise in the first place. And it also doesn’t necessarily lead to an ethical fixation or politics. F can exist as an awareness. Reality can be experienced and looked at as populated by living beings and that is F working in the brain, whether or not we decide to dive headlong into activism or political debates.
The complete negation of F would by psychopathy, or the inability to identify living agents by some anomaly of brain functioning. However, T types are not psychopathic, as all T types can also identify living agents by virtue of their F process. If a T type, or any type, is psychopathic it’s not because of T, but because of an anomaly in brain functioning.
Please note that this definition of F is not describing “F-lead” types, but the F attribute in the abstract sense, as it may appear in any type’s hierarchy. Relating strongly to this F definition doesn’t mean your psyche leads with F, as cognitive typology does not assign a hierarchy based on F, T, N, S preference. To know whether you are a certain type, we must examine whether your biotic registering process is conjoined to Ji or Je metabolism — to produce either Fi or Fe. Both of these have different implicit assumptions about the nature of biotic agents (F).