Cognitive Functions: Fi vs. Fe

One of the most important functions pairs to be able to discern between is Fi (Introverted Feeling) and Fe (Extraverted Feeling). They may seem, extremely similar, since they both revolve around emotions, but the types of emotions they focus on are entirely different. So, in my third cognitive functions post, let’s delve into the Feeling functions of the MBTI.

Extraverted Feeling:

People who use this function well are more in-tune with the feelings of others, more so than their own. They can easily reflect the feelings of others, but may have a harder time knowing exactly how they feel or what they want. By being so influenced by others’ emotions, they can adapt in different situations as well. They often strive for harmony in their “outer world” (hence, being an extraverted function), working to adapt for the good of others, but in the process may forget their own needs. They are also very concerned with being polite and keeping etiquette–and they expect others to do the same.

Introverted Feeling:

People with this function are more independent as to what their own feelings are. And, these emotions are more based off of their own past experiences and morals shaped around them. If they can’t identify with others’ emotions, they may even seem insensitive, because of how focused they are on their own inner workings. Fi doesn’t want to adapt like Fe; instead, their feelings come from within themselves. They want to be authentic as their own individual, staying true to themselves. They are much more sure of their own feelings, since they have been building up a moral structure for some time.

Fe vs. Fi (bullet format)

  • Fe works best with the emotions of others, while Fi is best with their own emotions.
  • Fe tries to adapt and reflect what others feel. Fi has their own shared personal experiences, which are naturally more sincere.
  • Voice Patterns: Fe users have round, warm tones, which allows them to crate a better connection between them and the listener. Fi users have round tones which are more faded, making them seem involved and genuine.
  • Fe strives to help create balance between others, Fi wants to share similar emotional experiences
  • Fe notices how they make others feel, and Fi notices how others make them feel
  • Fe asks how they feel things should be, Fi asks themselves how they feel.

Okay, finally, the third functions post! I hope anyone who read learned a little more about these functions. As I’ve said before, this is a learning experience for myself as well. Until the next post!


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