INFP Shadow Functions

2 Apr

The shadow functions of an infp are extraverted feeling (Fe), introverted intuition (Ni), extraverted sensing (Se) and introverted thinking (Ti).

I did a cognitive process test that seemed to identify my usage of processes as Fi, Ne, Si, Ti, Ni, Fe, Te, Se. Between Ni, Te, Ti, Fe there isn’t much serious difference in usage and preference. Surprisingly I use Ti (a shadow function) to a good extent. I do need some serious work on expressing myself a little more though- My Te, Fe, Se are so quiet.

Have you ever come across a type of your shadow processes..? For an INFP, that would be an xSTP. I have found xSTPs to be deeply perplexing people- partially I have not understood any of their motivations.

While an INFP can grow into their tertiary (Si) and inferior (Te) functions from their 20s; and even understand and have empathy towards an ESTJ (Te, Si, Ne, Fi) who shares the same functions as us (albeit in a reversed way) ; it is a harder task to understand the ESTP (Se, Ti, Fe, Ni).

Empathy doesn’t even come into the picture. When I read the STP forum, I just feel so deeply confused. Mentally, I can’t tell how they arrive at their conclusions, though their thoughts can be quite interesting and wacky. And they are very fast at picking up things, perhaps due to (Ti) and (Se) working in tandem- body language and interior logic – to gauge the situation. This is rather admirable.

However, the combination of Se-Fe usually sets my teeth on edge. Sometimes it is like every thought: bad, evil or funny needs to be broadcast loudly. I think ESTPs make great salesmen or mavericks- just that being an introvert, I don’t particularly like salesmen. đŸ˜‰

Seems I still have a long way to go in understanding or even liking the shadow functions..


7 Responses to “INFP Shadow Functions”

  1. jockoala July 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    I was walking around today wondering how my tertiary and auxiliary functions were doing. Came to the conclusion that they were doing fine, as I am pretty aware of them and how they fleet up and show themselves on a daily basis. I’m reading up on the shadow functions now and this was a wonderful post.

    I’m curious to know how that test worked that out, I might give it a try, but my Si tells me that tests are usually no good and Fi just told me that I don’t feel like doing any tests right now anyways.

  2. sarabandt June 7, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    Hey, interesting post. I was curious what test you took that told you about your usage cognitive usage pattern? I’ve been for something similar myself. thanks!

  3. Minh December 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    This is right. I actually do not dislike ESTJs that much, considering the fact that they share the same function as INFP. Provided an ESTJ is considerate and tolerant towards my feelings, I can team with him/her. Then as you say the most confusing type to me is ESTP. I cannot understand their love for physical sensation, nor can I understand their thinking with little effort. Regarding shadow functions, if hooked on them, INFPs can act like an ENTJ, which is horrible if looking back later. It is interesting to understand the “other” dimension of us or any other types.

    • Minh December 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      Sorry like ENFJs

      • omgFractals August 25, 2016 at 7:31 am #

        Crazy! I just ended a 6 month relationship with an ESTP and I totally acted like an ENFJ. I always felt too guarded from him, so to compensate I tried to actively engage and explore his personality. This was partly due to wanting to find evidence proving my screaming intuition wrong (it was right of course) and partly as a way to express how I wanted him to engage me.

        I really miss him as an object of idealization. He had a lot of potential to play with lol. Too bad the reality of him was such a let down.


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