TiNe Book Excerpt

The TiNe type emerges when the Ti-Fe oscillation is primary and lead by Ti, while supported by the Ne-Si perception oscillation. This type will be reserved in posture and deliberate in its motion. Stillness remains the default disposition of the body, while any outward expression is prompted by the temporary waves of Fe and the energy of Ne.Such expressions are quick to fade and return to the neutrality of Ti. Their face will contain an absence of tension in their cheeks, causing them to lie flat, especially in the area below the eyes. This flatness will also have a level of resistance to Fe’s warm smile, containing it at times to the bottom half of the face and causing it to spread widely, as seen in Figure 62.d.

The TiNe’s articulation will be accompanied by a series of glitchy Fe pushes and meticulous puppeteer hands. More than in any other type, the TiNe is subject to heavy momentum halting and moments of technical articulation due to the stop-start nature of Ti-Fe.

For the TiNe, articulation is often a struggle to communicate the structure of a private framework, formed through the precision of Ti, but not always perfectly solidified into language. When the meaning of a sentence is felt to be imprecise, they may self-correct their grammar mid-sentence and stutter to convey the nuance felt within their compass as precisely as they can. As they process this self-correction, their eyes will disengage downward, wander or blink excessively while their body temporarily freezes then releases once the right word choice is found.

When not engaged in a strained translation of ideas, the TiNe will be adaptable and receptive. Their eyes may casually scan their environment, drifting along with their thoughts without fixating heavily on objects. As with the NeTi, moments of heavy memory recall will prompt an Si scowl that contracts toward the center while drooping toward the outer edges of the eyes.


When Ti is pronounced in this type, we come across the minimalist. This individual will be a ghost of a presence, exceedingly sparing in all energy expenditures and mostly quiet. When there is some engagement with the outside world it’s through passivity; lukewarm smiles, soft gestures and brief conversations. Given their empty countenance and receding composure, one might believe the TiNe suffers from depression, but a closer inquiry will find them to be quite neutral and easygoing individuals.

As is true for any type, existing so heavily in the primary function is deeply satisfying to the primeval psyche, however unbalanced, and this comfort is felt by the TiNe in dispassion. It’s common for the minimalist to not take any efforts to compensate for their Ti’s momentum halting using Fe animation. Instead, interfacing with the minimalist may lead to slow, semantic conversations that aim to sterilize a concept from a rather philosophical perspective.

More commonly, however, the TiNe minimalist will play the role of listener. They may let the other party fill the conversation with their own musings, while they reactively assess the commentary for internal, conceptual consistency. Their responses may be brief, passive, but selectively pointed at key areas of confusion or ambiguity. Often times if the TiNe doesn’t understand the sequential cascade of principles behind a person’s ideas, they will inquire meticulously and perhaps uncomfortably to the point of dissipating all flow within the interaction.

At times this may flatline the conversation, especially as the TiNe may not offer any compensatory material, solutions or ideas after highlighting the conceptual challenges of the other person’s thoughts. In this way the TiNe minimalist functions more as a diagnostic entity for others.

As Ti by itself is not a creative process, deconstruction and negation are hallmarks of this subtype. Consequently, a rather absurdist philosophy can easily take hold of this subtype. An absence of purpose or truth is quickly felt underlying existence and this perspective will not be met, as in other types, with a proactive process which adds its own motivation.


When Ne has a moderate level of influence in this type, we find ourselves amidst a mind that enjoys generating and interconnecting ideas by the shape, so to speak, of their mental contours into purely linguistic objects. This subtype is the counterpart to the NeTi dabbling theorist.

As with all Ne-Si types, concepts are seen as objects to mentally manipulate, and this subtype of TiNe takes the role of engineer for these concepts; building from them an elegant, crystalline structure – a castle in the sky. These theoretical architectures propose an explanation for a certain phenomenon of reality but always with a certain level of idealized detachment from the actual dynamics of the world. They may find an affinity for topics such as philosophy, psychology and linguistics where abstract rules can precisely organize information.

But the scrutiny and deconstruction of the minimalist transfers into this subtype as well, often causing these abstractions to dwindle into only a handful that the TiNe may feel certain about. Although linguistically airtight structures and aphorisms can be found in all Ti types with an introverted bent, the TiNe is not always the most prolific among them, given the heavy filtration of a primary Ti process.

While many thoughts may be entertained, if the TiNe should succeed in generating any substantial works, it is only when their worldview has significantly evolved to provide a satisfying foundation of datasets from which to consistently extract the same logical deductions. This is not the case for other Ti users such as the NiFe, whose leading function is a worldview that Ti serves to help structure, while ultimately coming short of systemically archiving each of its impressions and insights.

The Ti of the NiFe will serve to provide form to an expansive vision, while the TiNe carries no vision; there is only a relatively faint precedent from which principles might occasionally consolidate. As such, in practice, the TiNe armchair philosopher may live a relatively ordinary lifestyle, often times as a professor or artist with an inkling for fantastical patterns and transparent expressions. They may become the hermit which, although never venturing far into societal affairs, will be mild and generally approachable.

Having a healthy dose of Ne, this subtype will carry a soft but occasionally quirky composure. They will enter into tentative bouts of silliness which will parody some niche idea before they softly recede; deflating shyly as their composure returns and their energy neutralizes.


Whenever heavy Si accompanies this type, forming only after decades of very gradual expansion, we find a TiNe whose understanding of a topic is exhaustive and highly nuanced. Unlike the SiFe, who naturally but incidentally accumulates data clusters, this subtype will be very particular in how each data cluster relates to all else – carrying the imprint of the compass process’ individualistic formation.

We find an example of this subtype in linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky, whose view of American and world history is every bit as historical as that of any scholar but strikingly self-interpreted. The meaning of each event and the ethical-logical place each event falls within is under constant analysis by a dispassionate calibration scale.

We see in Chomsky’s many works the imprint of Si-Ne’s compartmentalized worldview, stitched together from a mountain of static events and sequences. This heavy use of Si is likewise reflected in Chomsky’s appearance. His soft, naïve eyes toggle gently in his sockets, blinking excessively underneath the weight of Si’s contracted scowl. Yet Chomsky’s body is anything but fluid; carrying all the rigidity and deliberation of a judgment type, as well as the instantaneously receding energy of an introvert.

In youth as well as old age, his articulation is clear and intentional but low in volume and quick to neutralize, indicating a heavy use of Ti. Psychologically, we find indications of Ti in his every analysis, which divorces the topic at hand from himself or anyone else and weighs the situation by logical principles, not by any function or utility. We see further evidence of Ti in his formation of grammatical “deep structures”, which are a type of abstract scaffoldings for organizing linguistic information.

Chomsky not only presents to us an example of the TiNe scholar, but one with a classic relationship to his own Fe polarity. As is true with any polarity, Ti’s relationship to Fe will be one of rivaling priorities where each is keenly aware of the other, but assertive of its own principles. Chomsky shows a dislike for emphasis in articulation, rhetoric or persuasion – as is well captured in the following quotes:

“I know I’m always put off by people who are called good speakers, by those who can rouse an audience. That’s just what you do not want. If you have the capacity to do it, you should suppress it.”[1]

“Rhetoric is the art, or science (whatever you call it) of persuading people by appealing to their emotions; undermining their capacity for independent thought and inquiry, for challenge, for invention, for creation. It’s exactly the opposite of what it ought to be.”[2]

For Chomsky, the alteration of another’s opinions should arise from the encouragement of independent investigation, not through persuasion. To that end, rhetoric is altogether a hindrance which inflates the viability of otherwise less substantiated arguments by the charisma or authority that lies behind them.

But despite this common internal conviction, for the TiNe the question of Fe’s expression is a challenging one. Should they decide not to partake in the social spectacle, they will run the risk of being overlooked or underestimated by their community.

Having Fe as their primary means of execution and locomotion (Je), the absence of social engagement may lead to multiple life inhibitions and loss of opportunities. Consequently, many TiNe’s may decide to utilize a placid form of Fe when necessary to help navigate their life, but their use of Fe may be felt as artificial; filled with pleasantries and overdone in positivity.

Here, what is known about social protocols is enacted in its most iconic form and functions as a thin mask which the TiNe uses to interface faintly with others.


The fourth and most well-rounded subtype comes into play when the TiNe properly exercises and develops his Fe polarity. The TiNe becomes a diagnostic entity in the realm of social dynamics, human nature and ethics. In this sense, the TiNe psychologist is the counterpart to the FiNe scientist. Rather than taking an affinity for the dynamics of Te, the TiNe takes an interest in the dynamics of their polar Fe process.

For him, the social world does not become a direct channel for vibrant interaction and engagement, but a place of study through the emotional tracking that their Fe offers them as they remain detached in a speculative place. TiNe Alanis Morissette explores this dimension of humanity in her music, with all the vibrance and drama which is native to its expression.

But outside the recording studio, Alanis evidences a philosophy of the heart that is dispassionately interpreted; spoken of from an abstracted, third person perspective even when the matter is about herself. To her, this emotional dimension is a gateway into another terrain – a needed release – but not somewhere that represents her native psychological resting place.

From a more academic angle, we again find a perfect example of this subtype in TiNe linguist Noam Chomsky who has authored many works analyzing human psychology, language, power structures and global politics. Among these works we find The Responsibilities of Intellectuals (1967), Problems of Knowledge and Freedom (1971) and Language and Mind (1968).

A certain silent directivity accompanies this subtype, as ethical principles are stated with conviction and precision – albeit low volume. It remains the case that the TiNe will not champion causes as energetically as the FeNi visionary but instead act as a refined societal compass within their culture.

For a complete account of this type’s vultology, we can look at interviews of the following TiNe public figures:

Name                                      Development

Amy Cuddy                            Psychoanalyst

Alanis Morissette                  Psychoanalyst

Noam Chomsky                     Scholar/Psychoanalyst

Lynn Hoag                              Scholar

Hayao Miyazaki                     Psychoanalyst

Arin Cumley                           Standard

Mark Kessell                           Armchair/Artist

Michael DiMartino                Armchair/Artist

Damon Waynes Jr.                Standard

Ashley Olsen                           Psychoanalyst

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