Function Attitude-Auxillary Pairs

If this question is outside of the framework of the course then let me know but if it isn't then I would like to ask about the Superior and Auxiliary Pairs?

I know we spoke of INFJ and ENFP having opposite "FA" and are not similar just because of the "NF" in the type code.  

But in the last section on the Description of the Types in CW6, Jung talks about the Auxiliary Functions and gives the nature of these pairs.

NF-Intuitive Feeling or Artistic Intuition

NT-Speculative or Philosophical Thinking

ST-Empirical or Scientific Thinking

SF-Sensual or Concrete Feeling

What are we to make of the Superior and Auxiliary pairs in the Whole Type?


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  • I heartily agree with Dorene. Also, I prefer to stay away from labels and stick with mining the essence and working of the functions and the function-attitudes. Artistic Intuition, Philosophical Thinking,etc. don't capture the fullness of the superior-auxiliary pairs. I am reminded of several versions of temperament theory applied to Jungian psychological theory. The various temperaments have value for our understanding of whole type, but for me they are not as rich as the 8 function-attitudes and their interplay with one another.

    Another thing to think about is the place of extraversion and introversion. For example NT - Ne&Ti is vastly different from Ni&Te.

  • I suspect that Shyrl will want to weigh in on whether NF always squares with artistic intuition, etc. However, I would say this: Jung wrote his treatise on psychological type very early on, and he didn't have the benefit of the 4th letter (P or J), which determined which mental function was extraverted. So, he would have spoken more generally about NF (Artistic Intuition), for example. Whole Type ala Briggs and Myers gives us finer distinctions than Jung made. These finer distinctions emerged out of their findings from years of administering their MBTI instrument to tens of thousands of people. Jung also didn't really build out the concept of the dominant and auxiliary functions in the way that Briggs/Myers did.

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