Dominant Function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)
INFJs are driven by an inner vision of how things will play out in the future. They are compelled to look “behind the scenes” at the reasons why things happen and the abstract connections between all things. They enjoy complexity and solving unusual problems; in fact, this desire for complexity tends to lead them down unusual, untraveled paths. Anything that’s already been done holds very little interest to them. They are much more concerned with discovering new things or finding a deeper insight that has been missed by others. They are highly attuned to patterns, symbols, and theoretical possibilities.
Auxiliary Function: Extraverted Feeling (Fe)
This is the function that helps INFJs to find an outward expression of their Ni insights. It connects them with the world around them and gives them a “social network” for support. INFJs who repress Fe can be extremely guarded, afraid of intimacy, and unaware of the intricate differences between people. INFJs who develop Fe are known for being caring, compassionate, generous, and expressive. They are often empathic and able to understand even the smallest emotional variations in their environment. They understand easily where other people are coming from and they strive towards peacemaking and the maintenance of harmony.
Tertiary Function: Introverted Thinking (Ti)
This is the function that helps INFJs to evaluate their insights and feelings impersonally and critically. When INFJs repress Ti they can struggle to set appropriate emotional boundaries with others, or they can fail to achieve their goals because they haven’t critically analyzed their plans. INFJs with healthy tertiary Ti are independent, highly analytical, and inwardly analyze their beliefs and insights to check for inaccuracies, biases, and any data that isn’t “clean”.
Loop Warning: It’s important for INFJs not to bypass their auxiliary function (Fe) and get into a “Ni-Ti loop”. When this happens they can get stuck in endless over-analysis that leads to no productive output. INFJs are at their best when their functions all work together in harmony. Fe-Ti should work in tandem with Ti serving Fe. Ni/Se should work in tandem with Se giving objectivity to Ni insights.
Inferior Function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)
It’s important for INFJs to accept Se as part of their psyche. When they do this they balance their insights with objective reality and can be more productive and realistic. Healthy inferior Se functioning gives INFJs a sense of practicality and realism. They are able to enjoy the moment, notice the beauty of the world around them, and find tangible ways to express their thoughts. If Se is repressed or triggered for a very long period, or if the INFJ is experiencing chronic stress, they may experience a “Se-uprising”. When this happens they tend to become reactive, rushed, impulsive, or self-destructive. Sometimes this manifests as excessive eating, drinking, or exercising. Other times it shows up as trying to control the environment through obsessive cleaning, organizing, or ridding their environment of “germs”. When this is happening INFJs tend to feel as though their direction in life is lost, that they are “trapped” without escape, and their thinking feels murky and convoluted.
With time and development, Se can become an asset to the INFJ. When they explore insights, they can look at the practical realities in tandem with their vision. They can take moments to enjoy what’s happening around them rather than getting lost in endless thoughts. They can be more realistic about their expectations.