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Can you tell me more about how an ISFJ can develop his/her inferior functions?


Find a creative personality and spend time with them, if you can — that will get your Ne working. (Rory Gilmore is an ISFJ with Ne, because her mother uses it all the time!) Open yourself up to new ideas, possibilities, and experiences sometimes, and be willing to step outside routine and be spontaneous once in awhile.

To develop Ti, take an interest in knowing WHY you like the things you do. Spend some time thinking about that, and analyzing it. Ask how things work and take a genuine interest in them. :)

Great advice. 

Also, as an ISFJ myself, I have found it to be the case that I can further develop my Ne by doing Sudoku puzzles! It provides a safe environment in which to entertain multiple possibilities all at once. 

things about Hufflepuffs #393


Hufflepuffs tend to be quite mannerly and polite. Things like holding the door open for the next person and trying to leave a restaurant table clean come naturally to them.

Having trouble understanding fingerspelling?


I was recently asked a great question about fingerspelling. It’s one thing to do it yourself, and a whole different challenge to understand what other people are signing TO YOU. Especially with fluent signers, who can sign at the speed of lightening (jealous!). 

1) Do not be afraid to ask someone to repeat themselves or slow down. It’s all part of the process of learning.

2) Surround yourself with people who sign. Practice practice practice! Reach out to the deaf community in your area. Keep going!

3) I found a nice online quiz— 


This one allows you to adjust how many words it spells, and the speed in which they are spelled. 


Acts 20:24


However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.


 The Four Perception Functions Are:
Si: - This process is primarily obsessed with The Familiar. Introverted Sensing internalizes experiences in their concrete form and  uses them as anchors for future reference. That which is not familiar  is observed and absorbed and added to it’s internal database. These  stored sensations act as a type of map the Si user follows when in new  situations. If the experiences stored into Si are pleasant, Si will also  seek to recreate those experiences in the present. Hence, Si is deeply  associated with Nostalgia.
Ni: - This process is primarily obsessed with The Unknown. When Ni perceives it is looking to identify “what is missing from this picture” by referencing the patterns-based-worldview it knows. Ni goes about reality trying to identify the underlying themes/patterns that define how it all ticks together. Unlike Si, who bases “how reality ticks” on it’s own personal exposures, Ni bases “how reality ticks” on the themes of the experience it undergoes — which are not specific to them as much as a universal thing.
Ne: - This process is primarily obsessed with Possibility. Ne perceives the environment wanting to find stimulation, energy, and most importantly: Innovation. It thrives on finding alternatives, and is  a catalyst for Change. Note that the things Ne comes up with aren’t necessarily logical - they’re actually quite wacky.  Essentially, Ne has little embarrassment, and no idea is a bad idea — some ideas are just better than others. It enjoys being silly, expressive and playful without shame.
Se: - This process is primarily obsessed with The Sensual. Se vividly perceives it’s surroundings and takes them in as they are. Unlike Ne who glances once at it’s surroundings, then begins to hop around to different places in it’s head - Se stays on the tangible moment and lingers in it. It is also motivated toward stimulation and enjoys thrills, excitement, aesthete, aroma, taste, sex, etc.

The Four Judging Functions:

Te: - This process is primarily obsessed with Efficiency. It weighs things by their practical use in achieving whatever the present Goal might be. It is a logic based judgment that is keen to discern what would and wouldn’t work most optimally given the variables. It enjoys coming up with systems that can organize the world effectively — and is notoriously competitive, as it thrives on the satisfaction from accomplishment (winning).
Fe: - This process is primarily obsessed with Relationship Dynamics - typically of people but can also apply to plants/animals or other personified objects. It focuses on the morality of actions, what is and isn’t “right” and what people ought and ought not to do. Often it reinforces the standard social protocol - such as courtesy, obedience to rules, elders - because it has a desire to move the environment in the direction it sees as correct. It is similar to Te in that it seeks to move situations toward the desired Goal, but it’s goal is defined by the  most optimal social arrangements.
Fi: - This process is primarily obsessed with Inner Harmony. This is a very inward-turned process which assesses character, both of others and of themselves. However, although it is a judge of character it is not motivated to move it’s environment in any particular direction. In contrast to Fe, it does not base it’s judgments on what is social protocol. The conclusions Fi arrives at are it’s own and can sometimes be very different from and violate social norms.
Ti: - This process is primarily concerned with Accuracy. Ti doms feel an almost moral obligation to Truth, that is akin to Fi’s obligation to Nobility. Ti seeks to analyze all present data and arrive  at the most synchronized conclusion it can. It does this by discerning  and dividing/splitting in a black-and-white manner. It is a linear and  meticulous process of reasoning that works systematically to arrive at  the more perfect understanding it can. Unlike Te, it seeks not to push  it’s system into the world, and is not an external-organizer. It is  satisfied with simply arriving at the answer.



Two people denied Jesus the night before His death: Judas & Peter. Both wept for their mistake.

What was the difference between the two?

Judas turned away from God & judged himself. Peter repented, went back to God, & let Him forgive & restore him.

Never underestimate the power of Jesus to forgive & restore.

God never changes his mind about the people he calls. He never decides to take back the blessings he has given them.
— Romans 11:29


It’s good to talk: Extroverted feeling (Fe)

“I’ve noticed that a lot people without an Fe preference tend to see Fe as having a lot to do with appearances, getting along/fitting in at the expense of yourself, people-pleasing, inability to say things as they are, etc… Certainly it can manifest like that but that’s not at all what Fe is based on. And I think a lot of the confusion about Fe - which seems like it should be easy to understand because it’s so visible, but believe me it can be just as complex as any other function - comes from making too many comparisons between Fe and Fi. I tend to believe that Fe and Te have more in common with each other than Fe and Fi. What Fe and Te have in common is that they’re based on organization of the environment. But while Te focuses on organizing tasks and objectives, Fe is about organizing relationships and social/emotional dynamics. The fact is, sometimes what is best for the group is also best for the individuals in that group. Fe tends to ask the question, “What is the purpose of us coming together like this, and how is what everyone is saying/doing affecting that purpose?” Kind of like how Te considers the goal of a project and how elements of that project fit together to achieve that goal. 

Apart from that, Fe is also about helping people grow beyond their problems, kind of like how Te is about breaking through obstacles to improve your situation. Fi is about growth as well, but in a different way… Fe leads to growth by taking what someone thinks or feels in context with their environment, seeing how the two affect each other, and then either changing the environment or changing how the person interacts with their environment, hopefully in a way that’s empowering. Fe growth happens in the context of the environment, whereas Fi growth seems to happen more in spite of the environment. This gives you guys a very strong and consistent inner “anchor”, but it can also put you at odds with people and things unnecessarily, without much benefit coming from it. In that sense, Fi is very cause-oriented whereas Fe is much more effect-oriented. And this isn’t a bad thing - sometimes I am amazed at how much of an advantage being Fe-dominant gives me compared to people who don’t focus on that kind of thing as much. On the other hand, balancing the benefits of this advantage with staying true to my core is more of a challenge for me (being pulled to the needs of others can be a storm sometimes). 

That doesn’t mean conformity though - fitting in and conforming are two very different things, and it has a lot more to do with the individual than with what their function preference is. One of the best things about being Fe-dominant is that I never really have to “conform” in order to fit in pretty much anywhere I go. I feel at home with everyone because Fe always lets me find common ground. It’s genuine common ground because it comes from something that’s true about me, and also true about the other person. Sometimes this common ground is minor, and basically just leads to small talk… other times it’s more significant and leads to a friendship. It feels just as natural for me to fit in with a group of artists as it does to fit in with a group of scientists, because in both cases the fitting in is based on something real. The artists and the scientists each see different aspects of me (because that’s what I show them more of in order to relate), but they’re still both seeing the real me. I hate not being true to myself as much as any other type, I just approach it in a different way.”

Souce: http://www.enfpforum.com/Home/tabid/55/aff/8/aft/1661/afv/topic/Default.aspx

That’s a super cool take on Fe and Fi!

ISFJ and work stress


The Protector is the most likely to become excessively worried. Their highest skills come from preventing problems, and to do that one must think about what might go wrong and prevent it. But too great an overload can trigger excessive worry. Being forced to face too many new experiences can be daunting to the Protector and cause them to talk about potential catastrophes. They may experience a loss of control and even become impulsive while trying to fix all that they see going wrong. When others see them in this state, it is important to give them help and to lower their expectations about always being able to prevent every problem. Until they release some of their need for control, they will experience high stress. Rest, good nutrition, and treating themselves to peace and quiet will go a long way towards healing their stress.