The Effect of Subtype on Functional Strengths & Weaknesses

The idea is, that a strong (2-3) subtype (Inert or Contact) “boosts” the Dimensionality of specific functions, while it “diminishes” the D of others.
For this overview, it is assumed that the D is being “boosted” by +0.5, and “diminished” by -0.5 respectively. (In the case of a weaker subtype, like 1, the change may rather revolve around 0.3 at most.)

This has an impact on the functional strengths in the following manner (from strongest to weakest):

Inert subtype:
Lead (4.5 D)
Ignoring (3.5 D) / Demonstrative (3.5 D)
Creative (2.5 D) / HA (2.5 D)
Role (1.5 D) / PoLR (1.5 D)
DS (0.5 D)

Contact subtype:
Demonstrative (4.5 D)
Lead (3.5 D) / Creative (3.5 D)
Role (2.5 D) / Ignoring (2.5 D)
HA (1.5 D) / DS (1.5 D)
PoLR (0.5 D)

It can be said that the Dimensionality of the functions expresses itself in this manner in the individual (who doesn’t know about the functional strengths of their type):

(Greater than) 4 D: “I know my sh*t.”
(Greater than) 3 D: “I am rather good at this.”
Greater than 2 D: ”I can handle this.”
Less than 2 D: “I think I need help.”
(Less than) 1D: “I don’t know I need (a lot of) help.”

Let’s take ESI as an example:

Fi subtype:
1. Fi
2. Fe / Si
3. Se / Ni
4. Ti / Ne
5. Te

Se subtype:
1. Si
2. Fi / Se
3. Ti / Fe
4. Ni / Te
5. Ne

As can be seen above, the subtype can have quite a significant effect on the Dimensionality of the functions, and how the individual both expresses and experiences them. In this light, mistypings can be understood and analyzed more easily, for instance how ESI-Fi can be mistyped as IEI, given they experience/express both Se and Ni around the same strength – and if the ESI is focusing on their Ni HA, it might more easily appear as if they are Ni lead, or at least not merely 2D Ni as it is usually said to be the case for ESI.

Furthermore, attraction to one’s Dual (or not) can also be more varied, based on subtype. The (strong) Inert subtype will always have “a thing” for their Dual-Seeking function primarily, though the Contact subtype might develop a “secondary” Dual-seeking function in the form of their Mobilizing function. In real life, the common scenario of this playing out, is IEI-Fe people usually marrying Alpha NTs, or SEE-Fi people often marrying Delta STs, who provide them (at least) with their “secondary” Dual-seeking function.


Functional strengths of each of the types,
from the strongest (4.5 D) to the weakest (0.5 D):

Alpha / Gamma:

SEI-Fe / ESI-Fi
1. Fi
2. Fe / Si
3. Se / Ni
4. Ti / Ne
5. Te

SEI-Si / ESI-Se
1. Si
2. Fi / Se
3. Ti / Fe
4. Ni / Te
5. Ne

ESE-Si / SEE-Se
1. Se
2. Si / Fe
3. Fi / Te
4. Ne / Ti
5. Ni

ESE-Fe / SEE-Fi
1. Fe
2. Se / Fi
3. Ne / Si
4. Te / Ni
5. Ti

LII-Ti / ILI-Te
1. Ti
2. Te / Ni
3. Ne / Si
4. Fi / Se
5. Fe

LII-Ne / ILI-Ni
1. Ni
2. Ti / Ne
3. Fi / Te
4. Si / Fe
5. Se

ILE-Ne / LIE-Ni
1. Ne
2. Ni / Te
3. Ti / Fe
4. Se / Fi
5. Si

ILE-Ti / LIE-Te
1. Te
2. Ne / Ti
3. Se / Ni
4. Fe / Si
5. Fi

Beta / Delta:

IEI-Ni / EII-Ne
1. Ni
2. Ne / Fi
3. Fe / Ti
4. Si / Te
5. Se

IEI-Fe / EII-Fi
1. Fi
2. Ni / Fe
3. Si / Ne
4. Ti / Se
5. Te

LSI-Ti / SLI-Te
1. Ti
2. Te / Si
3. Se / Ni
4. Fi / Ne
5. Fe

LSI-Se / SLI-Si
1. Si
2. Ti / Se
3. Fi / Te
4. Ni / Fe
5. Ne

EIE-Fe / IEE-Fi
1. Fe
2. Ne / Fi
3. Se / Ni
4. Te / Si
5. Ti

EIE-Ni / IEE-Ne
1. Ne
2. Fe / Ni
3. Te / Fi
4. Se / Ti
5. Si

SLE-Se / LSE-Si
1. Se
2. Si / Te
3. Ti / Fe
4. Ne / Fi
5. Ni

SLE-Ti / LSE-Te
1. Te
2. Ti / Se
3. Si / Ne
4. Fe / Ni
5. Fi

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