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Question #1122148825Saturday, 23-Jul-2005
Category: Functions Models Theory Subtypes
I have a question about this subtype theory, I thought that the dominant function was the function that a person prefers over their auxiliary function? So how could they prefer their auxiliary function over their dominant function?? That doesn't make sense. Using your example, if an ESTJ prefers sensing over thinking, wouldn't they be an ESTP then, because the strongest function of an ESTJ is thinking. -- Anonymous
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A1 You are right it doesn't make sense if you are thinking in MB terms. However we're talking here Socionics not MB. Imagine you are a potter. You need to prepare some clay first and then you can start shaping it up. The dominant and the auxiliary functions work in similar way. The dominant function prepares the "clay" while the auxiliary function shapes it up. So the type of "clay" your dominant function processes, determines the type of your Information Metabolism (IM). ESTj is the type of IM and it will always have dominant Te. An ESTp will always have dominant Se. The auxiliary function takes the "clay" from the dominant function and makes it into a form. ESTj will shape Te into Si, ESTp will make Ti out of Se. You can prefer the preparation process, in this case you prefer your dominant function. You can prefer the forming process, in this case you prefer your auxiliary function. You can have no preference for any process, in this case you have the preparation and the forming balanced. So if some ESTj prefers Sensing over Thinking, he or she prefers the auxiliary function, which is involved in the shaping process. In other words such ESTj will be quite creative with his or her Si, but this will not change his or her type of IM, which will still be ESTj. This may however make this ESTj to adopt some of ISTp's style of behaviour. -- Admin
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A2 Admin, I know you tried to explain the forming and shaping process of dominain and auxiliary functions, but could you provide some examples? I suspect that I am an INTj w/ Ne subtype. I might, however, be an ENTP w/ Ti subtype. -- anonymous
A3 Think about the dominant function or the first function or the main function as very conservative and definitive of the type and the auxiliary function or second function as quite liberal. So INTj with logical subtype, or should we write it IN(T)j, would almost certainly make a double effort to stress his or her main function and may appear painfully logical, whereas I(N)Tj, INTj with intuitive subtype could be quite balanced and creative and sometimes not as clearly logical as IN(T)j. Painfully intuitive E(N)Tp would appear as a mess, i.e. classic stereotypical ENTp space cadet. Again, logical EN(T)p could be quite balanced, similar to intuitive I(N)Tj, and this could be the case for confusion you described, which is not that uncommon. -- Admin
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