(excerpts from Was That Really Me? by Naomi Quenk)
Dominant and Inferior Expressions of Introverted Intuition:
INTJs and INFJs
Accurate interpretation of perceptions
ESTPs and ESFPs
Inappropriate attribution of meaning
The Form of the Inferior Function
Both ESTPs and ESFPs typically become quieter and more thoughtful when
they are in the grip, and this may either precede or alternate with
becoming more emotional and/or easily angered. As was the case for
Extraverted Feeling types, no positive or negative value seems to be
placed on this more introspective stance. Many Extraverted Sensing types
who describe becoming “more introverted” convey a sense of wonder and
surprise at this change from their usual way of being.
One early sign of an impending inferior function episode is a loss of
the easygoing, agreeable character of the Extraverted Sensing type.
Although becoming quiet and withdrawn is by far the most frequently
mentioned effect, irritability and negativity are also frequently
reported. No longer are sensory data accepted indiscriminately at face
value. ESTPs and ESFPs often withdraw into themselves, appear to lose
contact with their habitual optimism, and appear tired and worried. An
ESFP remarked, “I gradually take on too much work and too many
responsibilities, then I become overpowered with negative thoughts and
become very quiet and sad.”
An ESTP noted, “I start to feel that things are overwhelming, then I let
them accumulate, and then I lose all motivation.” Another ESTP said he
becomes “quiet and reserved and withdraws from people.” An ESFP said, "I
become more contemplative, less talkative, and I’m seen by others as a
serious, withdrawn person. This is not my usual self.” “I feel like I
have to get control of the situation,” said an ESTP. “I avoid other
people, feel guilty about it, and try to speed up everything I do.” As
their hold on their dominant and auxiliary functions further diminishes,
the qualities of inferior Introverted Intuition manifest in internal
confusion, inappropriate attribution of meaning, and grandiose visions.
For ESTPs, tertiary Feeling aids and abets inferior Intuition in the
form of imagined personal slights that are incorporated into an
elaborate “theory” that proves that others are rejecting them. ESFPs use
their tertiary Thinking to come up with cold “logic” to support their
theory that others see the ESFP as immature or incompetent.
Amtrak, International by jawenzel Via Flickr: The Amtrak International, train 365 at Kalamazoo, Michigan. The snow is lake effect snow, off of Lake Michigan. I have a friend that is a ticket agent for Amtak at that station.