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How To Remember The Cognitive Functions

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Even experts who have studied the MBTI for years get confused on this from time to time. But I have a trick that will help you remember which type has which cognitive function. Use these tables and become an expert at recognising the cognitive functions in no time. Tip: Print these tables and put them up at home so you can check them whenever you are in doubt!

Getting started with the cognitive functions

The role and purpose of each cognitive function

DominantGas pedal5th functionGas/Fuel
AuxiliaryGears6th functionGPS
TertiarySteering wheel7th functionSide mirrors
InferiorBrakes8th functionWarning system

The gas pedal increases your dopamine and energy and pushes you forward in life, but also increases adrenaline and risk of collision.
The steering wheel helps you proactively avoid obstacles and circumvent potential issues, a kind of instinctive moral compass
The gears help you adjust the level/difficulty/intensity so that your response/behaviour is adjusted to the situation
Brakes help you avoid collision or say no or stop yourself from doing bad things.
Fuel is inspiration, you need to constantly add this function into your life to maintain momentum and energy
GPS helps you know where to go and how to get where you need to be. You need to plug and consult this function in others to ensure your actions stay on course.
Side mirrors help you anticipate potential problems and also represents your sense of judgement and risk perception
Warning system, or your airbag, usually triggered by neuroticism or anxiety, your "check engine light", lets you know when something is wrong with the system.

Abbreviations

NiIntroverted iNtuition
Existential Intelligence
SiIntroverted Sensing
Information Intelligence
NeExtroverted iNtuition
Interpretative Intelligence
SeExtroverted Sensing
Nature Intelligence
FeExtroverted Feeling
Interpersonal Intelligence
TeExtroverted Thinking
System Intelligence
FiIntroverted Feeling
Intropersonal Intelligence
TiIntroverted Thinking
Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

The functions IN CAPS

NiTO ENVISION THE UNKNOWN OR THE FUTURESiTO BE INFORMED/PREPARED
NeTO DISCOVER NEW OPPORTUNITIES!!! SeTO DO THE THINGS!
FeTO MAKE MORE FRIENDS, DEEPEN RELATIONSHIPSTeTO PRODUCE/CONTROL THINGS
FiTO FIND AND EXPRESS MY TRUE SELFTiTO EXPLAIN/MASTER THINGS 

Which type has which function?

INFJNiFe
TiSe
INTJ
NiTe
NiTe
FiSe
ISTJSiTe
FiNe
ISFJSiFe
TiNe
ENFJFeNi
SeTi
ENTJ
TeNi
TeNi
SeFi
ESTJTeSi
NeFi
ESFJFeSi
NeTi
ENTJTeNi
SeFi
ENTP
NeTi
NeTi
FeSi
ESTPSeTi
FeNi
ESFPSeFi
TeNi
INFPFiNe
SiTe
INTP
TiNe
TiNe
SiFe
ISTPTiSe
NiFe
ISFPFiSe
NiTe

From Dichotomies To Functions

This table explains which letters connect to which functions

EJFeTeNFNF
EPSeNeNTNT
IPFiTiSTST
IJNiSiSFSF

Dom & Aux

NJNiTJTe
SJSiFJFe
SPSeFPFi
NPNeTPTi

Ter & Inf

Notice the functions always reverse, so Ni becomes Se for NJs.

NJSeTJFi
SJNeFJTi
SPNiFPTe
NPSiTPFe

Level 2

Dominant

INJNiETJTe
ISJSiEFJFe
ESPSeIFPFi
ENPNeITPTi

Inferior

INJSeETJFi
ISJNeEFJTi
ESPNiIFPTe
ENPSiITPFe

Aux

ENJNiITJTe
ESJSiIFJFe
ISPSeEFPFi
INPNeETPTi

Ter

ENJSeITJFi
ESJNeIFJTi
ISPNiEFPTe
INPSiETPFe

Which Personality Types Have Which Functions?

INFJ

Introverted iNtuition (Ni)Gas pedalExtroverted iNtuition (Ne)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted Feeling (Fe)GearsIntroverted Feeling (Fi)GPS
Introverted Thinking (Ti)Steering wheelExtroverted Thinking (Te)Side mirrors
Extroverted Sensing (Se)BrakesIntroverted Sensing (Si)Warning system

INTJ

Introverted iNtuition (Ni)Gas pedalExtroverted iNtuition (Ne)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted Thinking (Te)GearsIntroverted Thinking (Ti)GPS
Introverted Feeling (Fi)Steering wheelExtroverted Feeling (Fe)Side mirrors
Extroverted Sensing (Se)BrakesIntroverted Sensing (Si)Warning system

ISTJ

Introverted Sensing (Si)Gas pedalExtroverted Sensing (Se)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted Thinking (Te)Steering wheelIntroverted Thinking (Ti)GPS
Introverted Feeling (Fi)GearsExtroverted Feeling (Fe)Side mirrors
Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)BrakesIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)Warning system

ISFJ

Introverted Sensing (Si)Gas pedalExtroverted Sensing (Se)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted Feeling (Fe)GearsIntroverted Feeling (Fi)GPS
Introverted Thinking (Ti)Steering wheelExtroverted Thinking (Te)Side mirrors
Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)BrakesIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)Warning system

ESFP

Extroverted Sensing (Se)Gas pedalIntroverted Sensing (Si)Gas/Fuel
Introverted Feeling (Fi)GearsExtroverted Feeling (Fe)GPS
Extroverted Thinking (Te)Steering wheelIntroverted Thinking (Ti)Side mirrors
Introverted iNtuition (Ni)BrakesExtroverted iNtuition (Ne)Warning system

ESTP

Extroverted Sensing (Se)Gas pedalIntroverted Sensing (Si)Gas/Fuel
Introverted Thinking (Ti)GearsExtroverted Thinking (Te)GPS
Extroverted Feeling (Fe)Steering wheelIntroverted Feeling (Fi)Side mirrors
Introverted iNtuition (Ni)BrakesExtroverted iNtuition (Ne)Warning system

ENTP

Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)Gas pedalIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)Gas/Fuel
Introverted Thinking (Ti)GearsExtroverted Thinking (Te)GPS
Extroverted Feeling (Fe)Steering wheelIntroverted Feeling (Fi)Side mirrors
Introverted Sensing (Si)BrakesExtroverted Sensing (Se)Warning system

ENFP

Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)Gas pedalIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)Gas/Fuel
Introverted Feeling (Fi)GearsExtroverted Feeling (Fe)GPS
Extroverted Thinking (Te)Steering wheelIntroverted Thinking (Ti)Side mirrors
Introverted Sensing (Si)BrakesExtroverted Sensing (Se)Warning system

INFP

Introverted Feeling (Fi)Gas pedalExtroverted Feeling (Fe)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)GearsIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)GPS
Introverted Sensing (Si)Steering wheelExtroverted Sensing (Se)Side mirrors
Extroverted Thinking (Te)BrakesIntroverted Thinking (Ti)Warning system

ISFP

Introverted Feeling (Fi)Gas pedalExtroverted Feeling (Fe)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted Sensing (Se)GearsIntroverted Sensing (Si)GPS
Introverted iNtuition (Ni)Steering wheelExtroverted iNtuition (Ne)Side mirrors
Extroverted Thinking (Te)BrakesIntroverted Thinking (Ti)Warning system

ISTP

Introverted Thinking (Ti)Gas pedalExtroverted Thinking (Te)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted Sensing (Se)GearsIntroverted Sensing (Si)GPS
Introverted iNtuition (Ni)Steering wheelExtroverted iNtuition (Ne)Side mirrors
Extroverted Feeling (Fe)BrakesIntroverted Feeling (Fi)Warning system

INTP

Introverted Thinking (Ti)Gas pedalExtroverted Thinking (Te)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)GearsIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)GPS
Introverted Sensing (Si)Steering wheelExtroverted Sensing (Se)Side mirrors
Extroverted Feeling (Fe)BrakesIntroverted Feeling (Fi)Warning system

ENTJ

Extroverted Thinking (Te)Gas pedalIntroverted Thinking (Ti)Gas/Fuel
Introverted iNtuition (Ni)GearsExtroverted iNtuition (Ne)GPS
Extroverted Sensing (Se)Steering wheelIntroverted Sensing (Si)Side mirrors
Introverted Feeling (Fi)BrakesExtroverted Feeling (Fe)Warning system

ESTJ

Extroverted Thinking (Te)Gas pedalIntroverted Thinking (Ti)Gas/Fuel
Introverted Sensing (Si)GearsExtroverted Sensing (Se)GPS
Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)Steering wheelIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)Side mirrors
Introverted Feeling (Fi)BrakesExtroverted Feeling (Fe)Warning system

ESFJ

Extroverted Feeling (Fe)Gas pedalIntroverted Feeling (Fi)Gas/Fuel
Introverted Sensing (Si)GearsExtroverted Sensing (Se)GPS
Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)Steering wheelIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)Side mirrors
Introverted Thinking (Ti)BrakesExtroverted Thinking (Te)Warning system

ENFJ

Introverted Feeling (Fi)Gas pedalExtroverted Feeling (Fe)Gas/Fuel
Extroverted iNtuition (Ne)GearsIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)GPS
Introverted Sensing (Si)Steering wheelExtroverted Sensing (Se)Side mirrors
Extroverted Thinking (Te)BrakesIntroverted Thinking (Ti)Warning system

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