Remembering Order of Functions of an MBTI Type
Okay so someone might have already figured this out, or it may have been common knowledge, but I figured out a way to memorize the order of the cognitive functions for every type. Like for example ENTP is Ne - Ti - Fe - Si and INFJ is Ni - Fe - Ti - Se
It’s hard to memorize because there is 16 types and a distinct order of 4 functions for each type. So I came up with this formula thingy that I use to remember them.
Okay so this is the formula, I am going to try to explain it the best I can. There are four cognitive functions that each type uses. They come in sets of four.
Let’s start with the dominant function. There is 8 dominant functions you can choose from, which is basically all the functions that exist. So: Ne, Te, Se, Fe, Ni, Ti, Si, Fi For this purpose, let’s choose Ne as an example.
So far we have Ne - _ - _ - _
This is where we will organize the 8 functions into 4 categories (already known categories, I didn’t come up with these)
Extroverted Perceiving Functions: Ne, Se
Extroverted Judging Functions: Te, Fe
Introverted Perceiving Functions: Ni, Si
Introverted Judging Functions: Ti, Fi
In our example here, we chose for our first, or dominant, function to be Ne which is a Extroverted Perceiving Function. Since the first is an Extroverted Perceiving Function, the second is a Introverted Judging Function.
(so if the first function was an Introverted Perceiving Function, the second would be a Extroverted Judging Function)
We have two to chose from in this case. The two Introverted Judging Functions are: Ti and Fi
If we chose Ti, then our example would be: Ne - Ti - _ - _ This is an ENTP.
If we chose Fi, then our example would be: Ne - Fi - _ - _ This is an ENFP.
Our first two functions describe what type we are. Here is a list of all of them.
Ne - Ti -> ENTP
Ne - FI -> ENFP
Se - Ti -> ESTP
Se - Fi -> ESFP
Te - Si -> ESTJ
Te - Ni -> ENTJ
Fe - Si -> ESFJ
Fe - Ni -> ENFJ
Ni - Te -> INTJ
Ni - Fe -> INFJ
Si - Te -> ISTJ
Si - Fe -> ISFJ
Ti - Se -> ISTP
Ti - Ne -> INTP
Fi - Se -> ISFP
Fi - Ne -> INFP
As you can see in all of these types, the second function follows the pattern. If the first is an Introverted Judging Function, the second is an Extroverted Sensing Function. If the first function is an Extroverted Judging Function, the second is an Introverted Sensing Function.
Okay the next two functions are pretty easy to find. Let us go back to the example here: Ne - Ti - _ - _
Ti, the second (auxiliary) function, is an Introverted Judging Function, the third (tertiary) function has to be an Extroverted Judging Function. There are two possibilities for the tertiary function then (Te, Fe), but one of them is extraneous. You cannot have Ne - Ti - Te - _ because you can’t have two thinking in one MBTI type so it has to be Ne - Ti - Fe - _
The last (inferior) function has to do the same, but it corresponds to the first (dominant) function. In this case we have Ne, an Extroverted Sensing Function. Therefore the last (inferior) function has to be an Introverted Sensing Function. You cannot have Ni, so it is Si.
There you have it. The complete function stack is: Ne - Ti - Fe - Si
Another way to think about this is like this:
Extroverted Perceiving Function - Introverted Judging Function - Extroverted Judging Function - Introverted Perceiving Function
Extroverted Judging Function - Introverted Perceiving Function - Extroverted Perceiving Function - Introverted Judging Function
Introverted Perceiving Function - Extroverted Judging Function - Introverted Judging Function - Extroverted Perceiving Function
Introverted Judging Function - Extroverted Perceiving Function - Introverted Perceiving Function - Extroverted Judging Function
The first and last functions are both judging functions or perceiving functions. The middle two functions are both the opposite. So if the first and last function were judging functions, then the middle two are perceiving functions and vice versa. Also they switch from introverted and extroverted. If the first function is extroverted, the second is introverted, the third is extroverted, and the last is introverted.
So let’s apply this formula to something you might want to do. Let’s say you’re making a post and can’t remember the functional stack for INFJ, how would you go about it?
First you would think of what the dominant function is. It is Ni.
Since you know that Ni is an Introverted Perceiving Function, you know that the second function is an Extroverted Judging Function. You have two options for the second function: Te and Fe. You know that since it is an INFJ it has to be Fe. If it were an INTJ, then the second function would have been Te.
So far you have Ni - Fe - _ - _
Since Fe is an Extroverted Judging Function, the next (tertiary) function has to be an Introverted Judging Function or in this case Ti, because Fi can’t work.
The last function depends on the first, which is Ni. Since Ni is an Introverted Sensing Function, the last function is an Extroverted Sensing Function or in this case Se, because you can’t have Ne.
I hope this makes sense, and if someone already came up with this whole thing, then I’m stating right here and now that I don’t know about it at all. Also, if it is confusing, shoot me a message to my inbox and I’ll answer it. :)
Thank you so much for reading this ultra long post and I hope it helps.