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PHQ | QUESTIONS FROM COMMUNITY: In this episode Joel and Antonia answer a question from a listener about using all the cognitive functions equally in our personalities.

 

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  • Jouni Sakari
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    Thank you for an interesting podcast , makes sense to me .

    I’ve been studying the Personality Theory for about 20 years now , starting as an INTP , but turning out to become an INFP ( have used many tests over the years ) . I have studied psychology ( and some philosophy ) , and for me the mind is extremely interesting because I am a programmer , and a system designer ( retired now ) . So I have developed a ‘model’ to describe the ‘functions of mind’ , that we all have , and the basic definition comes from Ludwig Wittgenstein . Perhaps my model is that of an INTP/INFP ( how I see personality ) , and the process I’ve developed to develop the integrity of all these functions of mind may not suit all . But I do see the fundamentals universally applicable , as is the Personality Theory . Yours truly , lovingly and sincerely , Jouni Sakari K.

    • Steve
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      Hi Jouni.
      I’ve only been into personality theory for 1 year and finding it very interesting. I’m also INTP (at least that’s it right now). I also like investigating different ideas and takes on things, so I’d be interested in finding out more about the model you mention. Especially as coming from an INTP/INFP.
      Can you give any reference or something to read more about it?

  • Foday
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    I think Joel should have his own show from time to time about men being authentic & dealing with their own personal emotions. (I am not saying exclude Antonia of course.)

    I hate when people think of emotions they think it is a feminine thing, like men are robots and don’t have a version of their own.
    Describing, defining or giving an idea of a model about it might help men out their get a subjective view of their own emotions or humanity…after all we are all humans because we feel.

    Talking about the culture around men and their emotions may get political so I will understand if you want to avoid that part.

    A lot of boys out their are lost, men are killing themselves and others are confusing feminine with emotions why not just use everything you have learned about your authentic function and use it to at least give men an “idea” or “model” of what’s it like to be REAL or AUTHENTIC.

    Just an idea….

    • Matt
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      I’d also be really interested in this as a male INFP. We have such a cultural expectation for men to be analytical, action-oriented people, and emotion, compassion, empathy, etc. seem to be completely overlooked parts of decision-making. I know Joel has touched on masculinity and feeler types a bit, but it’d be awesome to hear you guys explore that topic.

  • Steven
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    I work in a field which has been highly demanding of my introverted thinking process. Even though I have INFJ preferences I tend to use introverted thinking quite often. I feel as though I’m fairly good with my “accuracy” process: like it is a 17-year-old rather than 10-year-old; fairly knowledgeable; somewhat experienced; but with occasional rebellious fits of ‘know-it-all-ism’ —which I am still working on fixing.

    I work as a software developer, and although the field doesn’t _seem_ like a good fit for Fe (at a glance), I’ve found ways to use it, such as:
    * Ensuring that code is well-documented with usage examples for future developers.
    * Semantically readable code. My wife can read my code and have a gist of what it does without having any knowledge of programming.
    * Sneaking in the little fixes that annoy users, but got tossed into the “ToDo list graveyard”. It gets me into trouble sometimes, but I feel like it is worth it. They don’t get priority because they aren’t “revenue generating” changes, and they don’t ruffle peoples feathers enough for them to be overly vocal about it. I really think that management underestimates how valuable ironing out even the little things can be though. Even though people may not be overly vocal, little things add up, and something major that happens in the future might throw their patience over the edge whereas if this were an uncommon experience (no little issues popping up places), they might be more understanding of our mistakes.
    * When I hear my co-workers cursing at their code (happens _quite_ often o.O), I usually ask them what is wrong, and either offer my ear to their frustrations or help look it over with them if it sounds like something I can help with.
    * I value my co-workers greatly, and comment on the unique gifts that that some of them bring to our team. A lot of the other guys dislike our lead developer (an ISTJ). He gets very picky about quality of code: not taking short-cuts by just hacking things in. He also has a very set in stone way of doing things (that whole SJ stability thing is extremely important for protocols). I make sure to tell him how much I value his experience and insight (I don’t think he hears that often enough, a lot of my co-workers just get mad at him or dread having to run things past him).

    I really love our lead developer though. I run my code and ideas by him all the time because I love his perspective on things. I’m _very_ concerned about producing quality code, and he helps make me better at doing that. It’s not like he is saying these things just to be a stickler, he is truly concerned about stability and consistency (very valid concerns!). He has very vast, very detailed knowledge which I love to pick out of his brain – and I think he enjoys sharing it too, so it is a win-win.

    I guess what I am trying to get at is to reinforce your guys’ point that the co-pilot can always be used (even in unlikely situations) by relating it to my own personal experiences and observations. Though, I am not a professional, and I know my observations are prone to misunderstanding, so I might not be relating these things accurately.

    Thank you again for the podcast. I think I’ll probably cave-in and get iTunes so that I can leave you guys good reviews… I have/had reservations about using it for personal reasons. Might be time to set those aside though. -.-

  • Jo
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    This may not be the best place to ask, but as I don’t have Twitter or Facebook I thought I’d try. Whilst not signed up I do read your Facebook page, and in every weekly update it says you have PHQ ‘which has been coming out each Thursday’. This was the last one though – 6 months ago! Please could you give us a hint about when they are actually coming back?!

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