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MBTI Lesson #3 | Te or Ti?

Please Note: You cannot have Ti as one of your functions if you have Fi. You cannot have Te as one of your functions if you have Fe.

  • Te: Extraverted Thinking, alternately External Thinking.
  • Ti: Introverted Thinking, alternately Internal Thinking.

Extraverted Thinkers are often those people that think out loud. They may even be the people that can’t stop moving when they’re on the phone. They are by the book and in most cases, will trust books more than anything. For example, if someone shows their qualification they see that as enough proof that, that person knows what they’re doing. They are objective. They don’t like information that can be argued. They often don’t like far-out theories and will rarely have their heads in the clouds. They love learning to make use out of the information they are learning. Facts above all else.

Example: Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), has dominant Te.

Introverted Thinkers are the people that think internally - sometimes they even need to look down when they’re thinking. They need actual proof to believe someone actually knows that they’re doing. If someone has a qualification? It rarely doesn’t mean much - they want proof. They are subjective. They like information that you often just keep you asking, “but why?”. They feel the need to justify everything, especially themselves. They love learning to understand everything better. Often very analogical. 

Example: Jim Hawkins (Treasure Planet), has dominant Ti.

Te in the stacking order:

  • Dominant Te: Example: You have a goal, a plan to accomplish that goal and steps in that plan that must strictly be followed. If it fails, you have a backup plan. You want to be in control of your emotions and you’re going to read that book because it’s #1 on the Best Sellers List. You believe in tried and tested methods.
  • Auxiliary Te: Example: You believe in self control and that emotions must be pushed aside if necessary. You have goals and plans to accomplish them. Although, you may procrastinate from time to time - despite this, you also have no problems with deadlines or time limits. You organise your time very wisely.
  • Tertiary Te: Example: Your books are organised in alphabetical order but your DVD’s go wherever. You’ll talk about theories but only factually.You organise your time well but also only roughly, not as strict. You have plans but you are okay with negotiating the steps.
  • Inferior Te: Example: You want to be organised and efficient but have trouble doing so. You organise things sometimes. You dislike deadlines and time limits but also understand that they do help you greatly.

Ti in the stacking order:

  • Dominant Ti: Example: You control your emotions, you don’t need them if they’re only going to get in the way of what you’re trying to understand. You are often impartial/neutral. You aren’t very dramatic and you don’t overreact. You like taking things apart and putting them back together, it helps you understand how it works. You don’t need facts, you can solve almost any impossible problem. You love learning new theories and ideas but you will analyse them yourself to see how good they are. You don’t like long, wordy explanations - you prefer to get straight to the point.
  • Auxiliary Ti: Example: You can learn things often pretty easily. You analyse things from several different points of view to further your understanding and to allow you to feel more comfortable starting your own projects. You understand things quickly, meaning you also don’t like to waste time. Short and straight to point explanations are what you love.
  • Tertiary Ti: Example: You like clear, concise and straight to the point explanations. You need them to be clear to understand them factually. You’re interested in learning to understand things clearly and to help things improve. You love thinking about your ideas, theories, personal experience because they help you understand and can help you in the future. You may be very interested in something but may not always have the motivation to keep studying it/working on it.
  • Inferior Ti: Example: You have trouble not letting your emotions get in the way when trying to look at things objectively. You don’t like people being very detached. You study when you find something really important or want to understand a problem to fix it.