The base function considers in its foreground the conflict between the subject (the native line of the person) and the object (the line opposite it). In its background, the subjective and objective forms of the element contrary to the base are processed as the native and opposing background lines of the person.

Example: if person A is subjectively adaptist, then they will reckon traditionalism as the object. Should their id be subjectively specialist (conservative), then they will reckon universalism (liberalism) as the social object/regulating force.

Thus if person A is an LII, then all the '+' aspects (processors of subjective aspects) in the foreground are adaptist, and all the '-' aspects are traditionalist. Put into context, one's own need to adapt seems forever at risk to convention, and the key to successful adaptation is the adoption of those conventions which themselves lend to modification.

As regards the background, the '+' elements are specialist and the '-' elements are universalist, yielding a tendency toward authoritative conceptualizations ("I have dominion over my community", or alternatively "a man wears the pants in this house") tempered by social expectations to respect the rights of others. Such a person, taken as a whole, would be comfortable with solutions that meet the demands of the moment while acknowledging existing social authority and rules of fairness.