NOTE: Because this relation is asymmetric, meaning the interactions described work one way only (as opposed to being equal between partners), I illustrate this difference by heading each section with “[Function] to [Function],” rather than “[Function] and [Function]” as worded earlier in the symmetric relation descriptions. Also note, the Supervisor’s function is listed first, while yours (the Supervisee’s) is listed second in each section heading.
Base to Vulnerable/PoLR Interaction
The part of your psyche that your Supervisor finds most natural and enjoyable—being centered in his Base function—is an area which you find to be most unnatural and even intimidating. You may find yourself in awe of your Supervisor, and will hardly care to draw attention to your own Vulnerability in this area. So you may find yourself taking every measure necessary to divert attention from your weakness, while at the same time trying to somehow “make up” for it by showing your Supervisor that you can still be useful to him in other ways.
Creative to Base Interaction
As your Supervisor’s Creative function is your Base, the two of you may find some common ground here. But at the same time, your Supervisor will be inclined at times to remind you that—from his Creative perspective—your Base does not deserve quite the amount of focus you tend to give it, and that it would behoove you to sometimes pay more attention to other areas.
Role to Creative Interaction
When your Supervisor engages in his Role out of pressure or perceived necessity, you may find it necessary to engage your Creative in turn. But since you typically tend to regard your Supervisor as somehow superior to you, you may be uncertain about performing in his presence. Instead, you may at times simply try to advise or help him. If you do this, though, your Supervisor, rather than take and use your advice, may simply throw up his hands and say something like, “If you think you know better then you take care of it.”
Aside from these moments, your Supervisor probably will not care all that much about what you do with your Creative function, as long as you do not direct your efforts in an attempt to change or pressure him. Though for the most part, you are probably unlikely to engage overly much in your Creative function around your Supervisor, knowing that your efforts will not be valued and that there are better ways to gain his attention and approval.
Vulnerable/PoLR to Role Interaction
Most of the time you will be inclined to completely ignore your Supervisor’s most debilitating weakness. At other times you may find yourself taking up your Role in defense of your Supervisor against outside attack on his PoLR. If you do this too often, however, your Supervisor may be fooled into esteeming your strength in this area as much greater than it actually is, perhaps even garnishing more respect from him. As a result of this, however, he may start expecting you to take on more responsibility in this area, which you will hardly be equipped to handle.
Suggestive/Dual-Seeking to Demonstrative Interaction
What your Supervisor most needs psychologically in support of his Base, but struggles to provide for himself, is something that you would be good at, but hardly inclined to provide upon request. You may anyway, in an effort to please your Supervisor, but over time you will begin to hate your performance, and resent your Supervisor’s need and expectation. You may attempt to hide your ability in this area from your Supervisor, but with time and further togetherness, a moment is bound to occur in which your Demonstration finally manifests itself without your conscious awareness. In that moment, your Supervisor may even find himself quite taken with you, as he will be reminded once again of why he even bothers with you generally.
Mobilizing/Hidden Agenda to Suggestive Interaction
Your Supervisor will naturally be inclined to put a good deal of time and effort into self-improvement and psychological development related to his Hidden Agenda. You of course will be grateful for this fact, as your Supervisor’s Hidden Agenda is your Suggestive—or Dual-Seeking—function. You will be openly appreciative of your Supervisor’s efforts in this area and will likely encourage him much. And as long as he is still up for the challenge, he will appreciate your encouragement and admiration. But when he begins to tire of the exercise—as tire he will—he may begin to grow irritated with your unrealistic expectation of him. You in turn may find yourself rather disappointed in your Supervisor’s lack of perseverance and living in anticipation of the next time he decides to pursue his Hidden Agenda.
Ignoring/Observing to Mobilizing/Hidden Agenda Interaction
Your Supervisor is inclined to pay little attention to your efforts regarding your Hidden Agenda pursuits, unless it is to advise or criticize. This can be rather maddening to you, not only because you probably don’t take very well to criticism of your HA, but also because you happen to be working hard to improve yourself in this area, yet your efforts appear to be utterly unappreciated by your Supervisor.
Demonstrative to Ignoring/Observing Interaction
You are well-equipped to handle your Supervisor’s Demonstrative nature in a no-nonsense way. The Demonstrative function has a tendency to manifest itself at times with little conscious awareness. Since your Supervisor’s Demonstrative function is your Ignoring or Observing function, you can easily recognize when your Supervisor’s Demonstration is getting out of hand and you can help to bring him back to a more stable state. Unlike in other areas, your Supervisor may even express gratitude for your help and perspective.