Podcast – Episode 0349 – Developing All 8 Cognitive Functions For Growth

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about diving deeper into all 8 cognitive functions and posit a growth path for personal growth using your shadow functions.


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Upward trends of MBTI and typology as means for personal growth and development.
  • How much growth do people do beyond the first two cognitive functions
  • The ideal relationship you can have with your cognitive function stack.
  • Recent coaching course with Dr. Dario Nardi and his new book, The Magic Diamond: creating a map of development for all 8 cognitive functions.
  • Is growth through the Shadow functions possible?
  • Does our Dominant function ever trip us up?
  • Benefits of building flow for your Dominant (Driver) function. 
  • How growing your Auxiliary (Co-pilot) function turns it into a gift.
  • Why Dr. Nardi’s sequence for growth appears nonlinear.
  • How your Tertiary (10 yr old) and Inferior (3 yr old) functions grow through the tension of the function polarities.
  • The difficult remodeling work of growing your 6th function:
    • Introverted Thinking (Ti) vs Extraverted Thinking (Te)
    • Introverted Sensing (Si) vs Extraverted Sensing (Se)
    • Introverted Feeling (Fi) vs Extraverted Feeling (Fe)
    • Introverted Intuition (Ni) vs Extraverted Intuition (Ne)
  • How can your 5th function have natural, complementary growth?
  • The power of making space for your lower functions.
  • Making the unconscious, conscious.
  • Surrendering to your 7th and 8th functions’ existence.


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  • Heather Belts

    I am really excited that you guys are finally diving into the shadow functions!! As a huge meters Briggs nerd, I’ve been trying to get a better understanding of how shadow functions show up for different types and if there’s a way to “grow” them….there seems to be almost no information I can find. I actually thought about emailing you guys and asking!

  • TNic

    It’s interesting that Antonia says we have an antagonistic attitude towards our sixth function. I don’t experience mine this way. As an ENTP, I am drawn to Extroverted Thinking, and in fact, quite envious of those who use it well to set and accomplish goals without getting tripped up by “interior” issues. (I’m actually the same about extroverted feeling in a way, but I am generally envious of E__J types!) My problem with it is that I don’t think my colleagues or even family/friends who use Extroverted Thinking higher (first or second) respect me. I feel like I seem flaky to them. But I’m also a six on the enneagram and could be projecting!!

  • Debby

    In contrast to what was stated, I actually find that I tap into my 7th and 8th functions, while my 5th function is hard to grapple with. As an ISFJ, even while using my dominant Si, I weave in bits of Ni (my 8th function) – while reflecting on the past, I contemplate deeply and have “aha!” moments, which are associated with Si. Meanwhile, my 5th function, Se, is practically unused.

    • Antonia Dodge

      While you could be using Ni, it’s more likely to be a combination of the Si/Ne polarity. That is, while you are reviewing and reflecting on the past, you are making Ne connections as if you were experiencing the situation for the first time.

      We talk a bit about how Si/Ne works here (and in other podcasts, I just can’t remember which ones): https://personalityhacker.com/podcast-episode-0266-myers-briggs-perceiving-function-idealism/


      • Debby

        It does seem that I use the Si/Ne polarity, after listening to those podcasts.

        Aside from that, however, I still use Ni (my 8th function) more than Se (my 5th function), to the extent that people who try to guess my type often mistake me for an Intuitive!

  • Brock

    What has been really interesting for me is being married to an INTJ as an ENTP. I am seeing a lot of this happening naturally for the both of us after being married for 13+ years.

    Ti growth for her and Te growth for me has definitely occurred just by us moving through life together. I am using more task management apps that make a game out of setting goals and steps to accomplishing projects because I have seen the benefit of my wife setting these long range personal goals that get her out of bed and make her passionate in researching and planning. She actually brings things to the world that people enjoy.

    I have had INTJ moments in my life more often just as she is having more ENTP moments in hers.

    We ordered Dario’s book and are really curious to see what he has updated since his last tome of knowledge in this field. Neuroscience of Personality.

    Thank you for another thought provoking and informative podcast.

  • Lisa

    As an INFP, I can see that my 5th function (Fe) is pretty easily integrated. It’s not my preferred way of using F, but I can do it when it serves the situation and I don’t have a strong aversion to it.

    But as for having an aversion to my 6th function (Ni), what does that even look like? Obviously as an introverted feeler dominant, I’m used to and skilled at going inside myself to contemplate…so how are some ways that resisting introverted intuition could show up?

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