Dynamics between the creative and the weakest functions.
In this article I would like to talk about the interaction between the second/creative and the third/weakest functions in order to bring some new evidence which supports the position that there is the war between these functions. This was initially discussed by S.Ganin in his article which can be found on http://www.socionincs.com/advan/howto.htm
I would like to provide further analysis of the interaction between these functions, which will make it clear how this interaction comes to express itself in real life situations for each type. I also will be very thankful for the other types to comment if and how they can apply it to their type. If you wish to criticize, please, feel free to do so. I have been recently told by S.Ganin following as a critic:
“The real reason I do not want to publish your article in the main section
is because I completely disagree with your analysis. You show poor
understanding of the functions and how they manifest themselves. Your
interpretation is unplausible. It is either the function analysis for
proposed types is wrong, or the proposed types are the wrong example for your function analysis. No wonder you come to the wrong conclusion“.
I asked Ganin to provide more detail where do I go wrong exactly. Please, bear in mind that critics should be constructive and should teach me something new.
I would like to begin the analysis with ISFJ and to show how I have come to realize it.
I know that I often feel drained after I use my second/creative function which is extraverted sensing. As an introvert I am much happier when I just use my introverted functions the introverted feeling and introverted thinking. I like to read or to study, to work in the garden, to listen music and etc. I feel good in a in town where nobody cares about you. However, when I use my extraverted sensing excessively - behave as an extravert or a leader, take initiative, say something what I think is right, I often feel low and cannot understand why... As if I can not stand by my words!
My weakest function is extraverted intuition which means concern over danger coming from the outside world. It can be that subconsciously I am worried about the consequences of what I did/said while I was using the creative function. I cannot predict the consequences in time and I also do not know the exact impact on the people as I don’t know them that well due to the weak intuition (extraverted and introverted).
Extraverted sensing makes me impulsive/irrational I find it hard to wait and express myself in a very direct and simple manner, which can be irritating/offending for some people. After a while I feel not good and don't know even why! If this is to be called the war between second and third functions - let it be this way, however, this war is somehow hidden from the conscious thinking process.
For other types this interaction will be different. I would like to consider INTJ type.
INTJ’s second function is extraverted intuition. That means that this type is good in considering consequences of his actions and the possible impact on people and himself.
The extraverted intuition makes the person overly careful in what he says or does and as a result INTJ type may prefer not to say or not to do what is hard to take. Later INTJ may feel not good about himself but without a conscious understanding of what is going on.
He feels powerless, passive and demobilized. Thus, the consequences of using/having strong intuition activates the weakest function and the person feels enormous pressure.
At this time, it would be not a good idea to say to INTJ that he has to do things as it would put even more pressure on the third function.
For ENTP the creative function is introverted thinking and namely, rationalisation, creating a theory. According to E. Filatova, whe ENTP is sharing his new ideas/theories with others he expects support and emotional reaction (extraverted feelings/emotions- the 6 function). If the people do not show it or even feel ignorant, ENTP starts to feel low and worried that he might have said or did to upset people and they do not like him. It activates his weakest function - introverted feelings/emotions. However, Filatova suggests that in reality people simply did not understand fully what the theory was about.
Once realised this, ENTP will be angry because he tried his real best to explain his ideas.
It is no surprise that ENTPs like intelligent people, those who are capable to understand and appreciate their theories.