Cognitive Functions: Se vs Si

Another post on the cognitive functions, and the final one comparing two opposites, an extrovert vs an introvert. This post will look at the functions Se and Si–Extraverted Sensing and Introverted Sensing. Both are functions that are focused on facts and the outside world, but in entirely different ways. I present to you, the fourth cognitive functions post–Se vs Si.

Extraverted Sensing

This function is one that is acutely aware of the world around them. It is in tune with the five senses primary senses, focused on “living in the moment”. People with this dominant function often don’t want to waste a second, taking risks and jumping to an opportunity. For this reason, they can leap right into things, and can likely do things they’ll regret–they’re thinking about the here and now, not the aftermath. By taking action, this type of function can make their user chase a thrill, even if the consequences end up to be negative.

Introverted Sensing

This function is more in-tune with their “inner body sensations”, such as pain, tension, feeling uncomfortable, or hunger. They are very aware of the present moment, but by doing so, they’re also comparing the current situation to one of the past, or taking note of what is happening for the future. People who use this function dominantly can be traditional, and slower to take action, as they are more careful. They can also have a strong, nostalgic connection to their pasts and people who mean a lot to them.

Se vs Si (bullet format)

  • Se-users take immediate action; Si-users first process the information
  • Se is focused on the here and now, while Si is focused on both the past and present
  • Se takes opportunities without a second thought; Si compares the situation to ones of the past
  • Voice Patterns: Se users have a strong, steady tone, with a smooth convention of their speech. Si users have a rhythmic, quality voice, that can be interpreted as predictable–it can make the listener feel calm and at ease, trusting the speaker.
  • Se takes risks, and Si is more cautious
  • Se can easily remember recent things; Si can easily remember memories of the past

There you have it–the last two cognitive functions of the MBTI, compared and contrasted. Hopefully, this article was helpful to anyone who wished to distinguish between the two. As always, thanks for reading–and until next time!


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!

Cognitive Functions: Te vs. Ti

Another post on the cognitive functions–yay! Now, the Thinking functions are my weak spot in explaining. But I made this post in the hopes that it would teach me something more about them as well. So, this will be focusing on Te (Extraverted Thinking) and Ti (Introverted Thinking) from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Extraverted Thinking:

This function helps with organizing the environment and making sure every action is as efficient as possible. People who use this function are primarily good at organizing people and things to work in a way they see as the most effective. They easily follow logic,sequence, and organization, and they also rely on the facts in front of them, or from experience.

Introverted Thinking:

This function can take things or ideas apart to understand how they work. This takes place when they are trying to reason through something. It can also be seen in their problem solving and analysis. For someone who uses Ti well, all of this is done according to their principles. People who use Introverted thinking also like finding the perfect word to classify or express something, like an idea or concept.

Te vs Ti (bullet format)

  •  Te is more associated with control over their environment, while Ti is more associated with “self control”
  • Te-dominant is best at organizing, and Ti-dominant has a very strong problem-solving ability
  • Voice Patterns: Te users have dry, hard tones, that are steady. This shows the listener that they are reliable and secure; sounds very certain. As for Ti users, they are clear and concise. This comes across as critical or analytical.
  • Te is more efficient in their reasoning; Ti is more careful
  • Te is more of a “doer”, taking action; Ti is more of an “investigator”, and analyzes information
  • Te-dominant is extremely driven to accomplish goals, and Ti-dominant is wanting to get as much information as possible
  • Te is more quantity, and Ti is more quality

Yes, this taught me a lot about the functions. I hope you’ll gain some more in-depth knowledge on them as well. If you want a really good resource on all eight functions, I recommend here:

It’s my go-to site whenever I want to explain any one of the functions to someone. Until next time!

Cognitive Functions: Ne vs. Ni

Okay, an actual post about cognitive functions–let’s do this.

This first one of many to come focuses on the difference between Ne (extraverted iNtuition) and Ni (introverted iNtuition).  Keep in mind I’m still an amateur, so bear with me.

Extraverted Intuition:

These are people that have minds constantly switching from one topic to the next, thinking up new possibilities. They often don’t focus intensely on one thing–instead, it’s more of the big picture. Extraverted intuition users find joy in brainstorming multiple theories. They have trouble settling on only one of their ideas, however, since they always develop so many more they have to focus on. Everything has to be explored; everything is connected.

Introverted Intuition:

They usually seek for one single answer from a myriad of sources. Unlike extraverted intuition, one topic or idea is usually focused on before moving to an entirely different one. They use the ones that match up with their “data”, and get rid of the ones which are irrelevant or don’t fit in with the final answer. They’re also better at getting multiple ideas into their final conclusion, even though it may take more time. They refer to each idea as separate, but are good at bringing them together into one final conclusion.

Ne vs Ni (in very efficient bullets)

  • Ne comes to conclusions faster, but Ni can actually support their conclusions with evidence.
    • Ne conclusions may be made, but they have trouble making them firm. Ni conclusions take more time, but are much more confident.
  • Ne-dominant users love to take things apart, while Ni-dominant users are best at constructing possibilities and reliable conclusions.
  • Voice Patterns linked to Functions: Ne users has a quicker, shifting voice tone which is more excited. Ni has a slowly fading, drifting voice on a clear path to a certain point, and then it starts fading again.
  • Ne-dominants are more expansive in their activities, like taking up more and more hobbies. Ni-dominants may “experiment” with different hobbies and interests, but there will always be one or two definite ones.
  • Ne users may read more extensively, while Ni users may feel less compelled to do so.
  • Ne sees the possibilities, Ni notices the patterns
  • BOTH are able to see the “big picture” regarding their ideas and information.

Again, I’m not an expert. If you want a really, really good source, I recommend this site: (Links directly to the page on the Eight Functions)

He knows what he’s talking about. The MBTI is amazing, and I personally think more people should know about it. Until next time!