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Question #1176802344Tuesday, 17-Apr-2007
Category: Subtypes
How much can having a secondary function subtype impact how similar one is to their mirror? Is the result subtle, so that, for example, ENFps and still very distinct from INFjs? Or can their be considerable overlap, e.g., types taking on the hidden agendas of their mirrors, even? -- anonymous
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A1 As I understand it, your first function is what you know and your second function is what you make of what you know. For example, an INFj knows their own feelings they produce ethics that appear as if they are possiblities. An INFj with an intuitive subtype has a greater affinity for these "possibilities" than for consideration of the feelings from which they were constructed. By contrast an ENFp has an immediate knowledge of the possibilities in a given situation and will construct an ethos that fits these possibilities. An ENFp with an ethical subtype is going to be much more focused on doing the "right thing" than on his/her awareness that there might be several "right things" from which to choose. Thus I believe the distinction between someone with an auxillary subtype and their mirror is maintained. Because the effect of their second function as product is always going to be felt. -- Anonymous
A2 Does it seem likely for 2nd function-dominant subtypes to take on their mirror type's hidden agenda? E.g., how much might some ESTjs resemble ISTps. -- anonymous
A3 @A2. I don't know. The hidden agenda is one's tertiary function in terms of preference so it seems unlikely that a person would take on the hidden agenda of his/her mirror. The hidden agenda of an ISTp is the dual seeking function of an ESTj. Acting in one's dual seeking function typically results outcomes that are naive or immature from the view point of others. So again I would have to say no, people with 2nd function dominant sub-types usually would not identify with the hidden agenda of their mirror partners. -- Anonymous
A4 Thank you A3! How does an ESTj express their "dual-seeking" function? Does that mean they're actually seeking more intimacy, or it just happens to be the function which helps them link with their dual? I have been wondering if their Fi might manifest along with lots of N (Ne or Ni, I'm not sure), perhaps to the curious exclusion of Si which makes the result seem "peculiar". -- anonymous
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A5 @A4. I claiming no expertise here, it's just my opinion. One's dual seeking function is the area of confidence for one's dual partner. As such it is not so much that a person that a person manifests his/her dual seeking function (the dual seeking function is an area of knowledge for a person, albeit a weak one) as it is that he or she detects it in others. One's dual seeking function is the thing about one's dual that one finds most attractive; it is also the area where one needs the most help from others. -- Anonymous
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