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  • Type: FiNe
  • Development: l---
  • Attitude: Unseelie

Hi. 🙂


@elisaday
, perhaps in your case it’s less the function itself that arouses your distress than an incompatibility between the very process of information treatment by which Fi operates and the world we live in – indifferent to/devaluing this kind of process.

It might be a factor to take into account: what we’re inclined to think of a function (and its associated themes) is also partly conditioned by the specific demands of our environment.

So, in your case, maybe it’s more a “contextual relevance” issue than a problem tied to the mobilization/use of the function or a lack of interest in it.

This leads me to make a (potential) distinction between two sorts of undervaluation:

1) An undervaluation tied to the first function’s felt ”triviality”. (Here, the first function can fall into the background and is not seen as a burden).

2) An undervaluation tied to the first function’s felt ”inadequacy”. (Here, the first function can’t fall into the background and is seen as a burden, because the more the dominant function of a given subject will be ineffective in a given environment, the less he’ll be able to ”forget” that function and the resulting pain.)

Note: Strong Fi users might have more difficulty than others in ”forgetting” their first function (i.e. will have more trouble than others to remain indifferent to its functioning and the associated issues) – due to the fact that the use of Fi implies a permanent stimulation of the emotional register.

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