I was reading this article on Dimensionality, and I came across the section on Normative perceptions on Fe. Literally the first bullet: "You can not have fun at a funeral."
Which is basically the same example I gave in my questionnaire: "Inappropriate: laughing at a funeral, laughing excessively at work, screaming at coworker"
Also, another example from the article "You can not laugh out loud in public places." maps to my example, "laughing excessively at work"
So this suggests my Fe is at least 2D.
But tbh, I think my Fe is variant with respect to situations, so at least 3D.
The reasoning is that there are second-order Fe norms determining which first-order Fe norms are to be applied in which situations.
- First-order norm is "You cannot scream at your coworker." But the second-order norm adds context: "Unless your coworker is in danger and you're warning them!"
- First-order norm is "You cannot cry at work." But the second-order norm adds context: "Unless it's your retirement party!"
These second-order Fe norms allow for context-dependence, i.e. situational flexibility, in Fe. I'm very aware of these second-order norms, as you can see. Thus, my Fe is at least 3D. (Realistically, I don't think it can be 4D, though, because I only ever apply it situationally.)
I create my own Fe norms, too. For instance, I wouldn't apply the norm "You cannot have fun at a funeral" so flatly. What if the deceased had expressed desires/left instructions for an unconventional funeral in which attendees were expected to celebrate and not mourn?
The 2D Fe norm remains "You cannot have fun at a funeral". But I would confidently reject this norm in favor of a situational judgment based on the principle of informed consent: the deceased gave informed consent to -- in fact, specifically requested -- this unconventional funeral, and in accordance with this principle, I would comply with their wishes instead of imposing the 2D norm.
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Thus, my Fe is at least 3D.
Refinement in Fe
I also have more refined classifications/subclassifications of situations than normative Fe does.
Using the above examples, normative Fe would create two broad classifications of situations: funeral, workplace.
But I can create whole hierarchies of classifications of situations within these two broad classifications. Each of these situations corresponds to subtly different behavior, and I can tell this, which indicates my Fe is above the 2D normative level.
Examples. These are only simple examples. I can get a lot more refined with these classifications and there are obviously a lot more possible branches. Just examples.
- of relative
- immediate family member
- extended family member
- of friend
- casual friend
- serious friend
- serious friend I have known for a long time
- serious friend I didn't know for that long
- of acquaintence
- of coworker
- coworker I worked with a long time or worked a lot with
- coworker I did not work with that much
- coworker I barely knew
- other acquaintence
- workplace (only considering workplace through lens of Fe situations)
- first interview
- subsequent interviews
- with boss
- with senior management
- with peer
- with other departments
- with customer
- with others
- formal business lunch
- with internal personnel
- with personnel outside organization
- normal lunch
- with peers/teammates
- with others