The inferior function. Not really a good name for it. I call it the transcendent function. Now, that has a nice ring to it! And words are important, especially titles.
I’ve had a few people asking me about the inferior function lately. Is the inferior function weak? Can the inferior function be used?
I think the best way to understand the inferior function is as the natural and exact opposite to the dominant function. I call the dominant function the ego function, which, again, more accurately reflects what the dominant function is about. It’s about the ego and the ego’s primary way of orienting itself. To call it a dominant function is misleading. In many ways, the ego is a slave to the desires of the id and the mandates of the superego. So, I think calling it dominant misses the point. If we are talking true dominance we might wish to call the superego function the dominant function.
Also, in Myers-Briggs speak there is much emphasis placed on how strong a function is rather than the qualitative aspects of it.
So, is the inferior function weak?
Yes and no…
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