I know this is long, but I thought I'd see what people think of this idea....Do you know people like this?.....
In considering the differences between Alpha and Gamma and Phaedrus's very insightful explanation of the corresponding beliefs involved, it occurred to me that some people may operate very much in both worlds...that is:
+ formation and expansion of systems;
+ evaluation according to some external standard (be it a conception of ideal states, empirical testing, etc.)
Obviously, a serious intellectual effort requires both, which is why people learn (or at least get to practice) both ways of thinking in school.
Since functions 7 and 8 in Model A can be fairly highly developed, I wonder if sometimes they may be used to the extent that it becomes hard for others, or even the individual, to tell which is really the ego block.
Hence, I propose the idea of a "compound type" which would be different from tc's crosstype idea. A compound type would involve the development of functions to the extent that it's no longer clear which ones are in the "ego block"...especially when the result is that the person ends up in two quadras, which would be the case with significant use of 7&8.
The idea of a compound type would clear away the need to try to define functions in a non-standard way so as to explain the fact that someone's using functions that don't seem to fit his/her type. As a counterexample, one way of resolving the issue of someone thinking that they use a lot of Ni, Ne, Ti, and Te is by considering that the definitions may be deceptive. Maybe what seems like Ti is really Ni, and so on.
The problem there is that the definition of these functions gets so far away from what people think they mean, so that it all gets hopelessly confused. Earlier on, I thought that swapping definitions is the key, but it's clear that most people on these forums think that Ti means what you'd think it would mean, and so forth, and I'm starting to agree that that's really the way it is. Hence, when one thinks one is using Ti, one probably is using Ti, and so forth; but that doesn't make it's part of one's ego block. However, with the compound type, the functions can be so active that one can no longer say for sure which is the ego block.
In such a case, the functions are no longer organized by a straight "Model A"; instead, they're organized by processes that are you unique to the individual; for example, the person may use certain functions for certain activities. The person may use a process that looks like INTp to dissect a theory so that the person can then have a better understanding for creating his own theory, which then may take on the quality of ENTp or INTj.
A consequence of a "compound type" is that such a person would experience multiple conflict-duality. That is, for example, someone who's a little bit INTj and and a little bit INTp would have aspects of both duality and conflict with both ESFj and ESFp. Being around one dual would stimulate one side of the person, and being around the other dual would stimulate another side.