Have you already explored my sixteen cognitive functions approach? 16 Unique Cognitive Functions based on who you are in a positive state of flow. Find out your MBTI Cognitive Functions in today’s article.
The cognitive functions can be used to describe complex interactions between different personality traits inside your mind, for example how you balance outgoing tendencies with conscientiousness or how your openness influences your interactions with other people or yourself.
What are the cognitive functions?
The cognitive functions are sixteen different intelligences. Everyone has all these functions but tend to experience and use them differently.
The Sixteen Intelligences
Your cognitive functions can be directly traced to your personality type. ENFJs have EN, FJ, EF, and NJ as their four flow functions. ISTPs have IS, IT, TP and SP as their cognitive functions. Learn more about the MBTI types here:
Cognitive Functions In Practice
Te (Extroverted Thinking): Executing a task, or implementing a project. Fe (Extroverted Feeling): Coordinating the people involved in a task and making sure all processes interact well together. Fi (Introverted Feeling): Reflecting on why a task is done and for what purpose. Ti (Introverted Thinking: Reasoning on how a task can be executed.
Flow Cognitive Functions
Functions are experienced differently depending on if they are expressed in flow, stress, inspiration or in a. state of autopilot. A flow state combines both energy and balance, while inspiration is often described as a short burst of creative energy.
MBTI Cognitive Functions
Every personality type has different cognitive functions in flow as opposed to stress, inspiration, or if they are in autopilot. INFJs tend to experience high focus during flow, while ESTPs tend to have many balls in the air at the same time during flow.
ESTPs tend to become more focused if there is a deadline or stressor to motivate them to do so. INFJs may become more flexible and adaptable if there is a sudden increase of expectations or tasks on their to-do list. Trace your cognitive functions to your personality type using the chart below:
When I talk about flow functions, I talk about the functions that we use with relative ease, and functions that we value and find intrinsically important. The flow function gives us our conscious sense of identity and ‘who we are’.
The flow function can be contrasted against the inspirational functions and the autopilot functions. While the inspirational functions serve as difficult goals or challenges to strive towards, the autopilot serves as the tool or methods and resources we see ourselves as using to fulfil our goals. Finally, the stress functions represent our unconscious, hidden self.
Dominant, Auxiliary, Tertiary and Inferior
Whether a cognitive function is “dominant” or not depends on how often you use it. Different INFPs may use different cognitive functions to a different extent, and if an INFP is not in flow, they may have a more dominant Introverted Sensing or Thinking.
This is an example of an INTP with an Introverted Thinking subtype. Their Introverted Thinking might be dominant, but their Thinking Perceiving is relatively weak and less visible in their behaviour. Every individual has a very unique development and your preferences are truly unique to you alone in the whole world.
What are your cognitive functions and how do you see the cognitive functions in yourself? Take the Personality Test here: