An inferior function is often the least preferred function for an individual. They tend to avoid using it when possible and have few skills associated with it. It can be a source of great stress or a seed of great development.
Below are listed how each of the functions work in the fourth place of someone’s function stack.
Inferior Ne: When in the grip, an Si-dom will experience a loss of control over facts and details. Will become impulsive in the search for novelty, such as suddenly running off to Norway to pursue a career as a viking. Also approaches the future in a fearful way, seeing every possible undesired outcome rather than those desired. Less willing to try the unknown or unfamiliar. Will sometimes feel like there is something more that they want out of life, but aren’t quite sure what that thing is and how to get it.
Inferior Ni: Typically leads Se-doms to radical self doubt or extreme delusions of some destiny that transcends all rationality or needing to figure things out by putting them to the test. Also manifests in paying little to no attention to the consequences of an action (often not until after said action has been preformed). Generally knows what they want in the future but not exactly sure how to get there.
Inferior Se: Ni-doms with weak Se will often experience a lot of anxiety as a result of so much focus on the future to the point where they cannot focus enough on the present to take action. In times of stress, they may turn to physical things as a distraction, indulging themselves in copious amounts of food or alcohol or sex, etc. Se in INxJs often manifests in a taste for aesthetics and beauty, and they will often derive meaning from it. Weak Se also leads to some disorganization.
Inferior Si: General dislike of authority and will often disobey the rules as a giant “screw you”. Unhealthy Si can make an Ne-dom see the past as something that holds them back rather than a motivator, and they will typically avoid looking back. Will make an ENxP feel restricted by routine so they’ll avoid it as much as they can. Ne-doms don’t have a great memory, and they’ll often skip over details in favor of the bigger picture. They’re often seen as really having their “head in the clouds”.
Inferior Te: IxFPs often have trouble with organization and efficiency although they like the idea of it and wish that they could be more organized and efficient. Dislike schedules although they often work quite well for them. They feel good when they have control over what is happening to them and their lives. Try to use their time wisely although this doesn’t necessarily work out well for them. Healthy Te in an IxFP helps them become more emotionally stable.
Inferior Ti: Those with inferior Ti tend to have trouble staying objective even when they try to be. An ExFJ doesn’t like viewing a person, situation they’re emotionally involved in, etc. as something to be taken apart and solved. Dislikes detachment. However, an Fe-dom typically does enjoy learning as much as they can about a particular subject they’re interested in (to understand it) and then going on to share this knowledge with others. Is generally able to recognize when something is a problem and needs work.
Inferior Fe: Wants to express emotions but feels uncomfortable doing so and cannot. IxTPs are likely to ignore their feelings or just not express them at all. Has trouble understanding other people and views them as a puzzle. Not really okay with large-scale interaction and will often feel more like an outsider than a part of the group. Dislikes emotional decisions. Weak Fe can make an IxTP inconsiderate of other people’s emotions.
Inferior Fi: ExTJs will repress their emotions on purpose, leading to occasional emotional outbursts. They’re uncomfortable with dwelling on their emotions. Beliefs are usually somewhat tied to how they feel about things but doesn’t really spend a lot of time thinking about them. Has a pretty simple moral code that they stick to. Feels strongly about what they believe in, are loyal to, etc. Has trouble with people whom they disagree with on a moral level.
Unhealthy Fi spends time wallowing in negative emotions and will ignore positive ones; however, healthy Fi gives a Te-dom a better ability to tolerate and deal with emotions.