Nature vs nurture

A nature is a hard-wired disposition to feel or to behave in a certain way. Our nature always remains, while we can use different cognitive functions. A sensitive type can use extraverted thinking, but will in doing so struggle with feeling weak or burdened. A tough type can use introverted feeling, but will often feel upset or frustrated by the opinions and questions it can bring up. 

Reviewer Mode

Sensitive (IF)

Tough (ET)

Passionate (EF)

Critical (IT)

Actor Mode

Driven (NJ)

Playful (NP)

Active (SP)

Controlled (SJ)

Writer Mode

Theoretical (IN)

Investigative (EN)

Participating (ES)

Observant (IS)

Director Mode

Caring (FJ)

Understanding (FP)

Clever (TP)

Ambitious (TJ)

The Reviewer Mode

The reviewer mode is used to evaluate a situation. It regards what you think about yourself (I) and what you think about the world around you (E), and what we like (F), and why we like it (T). Introverted Feeling and Thinking, and Extraverted Feeling and Thinking have to do with what we value or think about our situation. What do we like about it? What do we dislike about it? 

The Sensitive Reviewer
(Introverted Feeling)

Sensitive types have strong inner feelings of liking or disliking something. A sensitive type will feel on the inside that they really want something, or that they really don’t want something. The sensitive type is very careful with how they talk to and influence other people, and the sensitive type will often make critical thoughts personal. The sensitive type will often struggle with feelings of weakness and inferiority. The sensitive type feels the best when engaging in introspection. 

The Affectionate Reviewer
(Extraverted Feeling)

Affectionate types are warm and have strong outwardly feelings of liking or disliking something. They often have strong opinions on how the world should or should not be. Affectionate types tend to feel a desire to harden themselves and to make themselves stronger and tougher. Affectionate types can have strong reactions to introspection. Extraverted feeling types often fear being stupid or thoughtless. 

The Tough Reviewer
(Extraverted Thinking)

Tough types tend to have a strong armour and can endure and deal with a lot of things without letting go of control. They are naturally thick-headed and able to keep an objective view on the situation. To tough types, criticism can feel nit-picky and cumbersome. A more affectionate response can feel like something that will make you stronger and more able to stand up to others. A sensitive response can feel like a chance to finally let go and to get temporary relief when you feel pressured by other people. 

The Critical Reviewer
(Introverted Thinking)

Critical types tend to maintain a logical and rational grasp on things. Focused on identifying reasons for things and how things work and should work, the critical nature wants to master. To the critical type, there can be a desire to develop strength through wit and intelligence: thinking will make you stronger. A more sensitive response can serve to protect your ego from feelings of failure or inferiority. An affectionate response can be a temporary lash out, a way to let your environment know that something is wrong. 

The actor mode

The acting part of your mind responds to instincts, reflexes, urges and playful whims. With the acting mode, we deal with what is happening (S), and what could happen (N) and how it could happen (J) and if something happens (P) Acting functions like intuitive perceiving and sensing judging have to do with what we do in the moment, what we are pulled towards, our interests in a situation and how we participate in life. 

The Driven Actor
(Intuitive Judging)

A driven type experiences life as if they are pulled towards an unknown possibility. If something would happen, how would it happen? If I were to make X happen, how would I go about doing it? Driven types can be playfully driven, but it takes vulnerability and an ability to resign yourself to the toss of the dice. Driven types can also be more controlled and self-disciplined, but generally only as a means to experiment with their own bodies and physical surroundings. Driven types generally struggle with long periods of inactivity and fear of taking action towards a possibility. 

The Playful Actor
(Intuitive Perceiving)

A playful type likes to try new and different things and to test out new ideas and possibilities. It has to do with what if something would happen, what if something would change, or if something new would come up? It has to do with imagining changes around you and anticipating possible ways things could go down in the moment. 

The Active Actor
(Sensing Perceiving)

An active type likes to always have something to do and to have things going on around them. It has to do with what we do if something happens, if something suddenly goes wrong, or if a new song comes on, or if we’re late to work and the bus doesn’t arrive. 

The Controlled Actor
(Sensing Judging)

When your nature is more controlled, you tend to practice self-control and restraint in how and when you do things and to what extent. It has to do with what is happening around us and how we want to take care of a situation and to manage it over time to ensure it keeps running smoothly. It is often used to establish a routine. 

The Writer Mode

We use the writer mode to think about what could happen (N) or what is happening around us. (S) This is done from the perspective of what is happening inside of us (I) or what is happening around us (E) The writing functions like introverted intuition, sensing, and extraverted sensing and iNtuition have to do with how we see and experience a situation. What is interesting or strange in a situation, what we notice in something.

The Theoretical Writer
(Introverted iNtuition)

When your nature is more philosophical, you are inclined to question your own perspectives and what you are thinking. When you engage in observation, it is mainly to test if the information adds up with your theories. If you engage in investigation, it is to get people around you thinking.

The Investigative Writer
(Extraverted iNtuition)

When your nature is more investigative, you are inclined to test out possibilities and to see what could happen over time. Where are things really going and what could an opportunity possibly lead to in the future? 

The Participating Writer
(Extraverted Sensing)

When your nature is more present, you’re more inclined to enjoy the moment and to go with the situation. Where are you now and what is happening around you? If you engage in observation, it is mainly to experience something more deeply, and if you engage in investigative behaviour, it is only to make sure that nothing fishy is going on behind the scenes. 

The Observant Writer
(Extraverted Sensing)

When your nature is more observant, you are more focused on mapping out details around you and on observing an event before you take part in it. If you part-take in an event, it is only to gain information about it and how it works. If you theorise about a situation, it is mainly to see if it lines up with what you already know. And if you engage in investigation, it is mainly to make sure nothing bad is about to happen.

The Director Mode 

We use the director mode to deal with arranging the world according to what you like and dislike, or according to reason or how you think something should work. We also use the director mode to adjust to changes in what we like and what we think. The directing functions have to do with how we want a situation to go over time. They can be used to manage our environment and people and events around us and to arrange the world in a way we find pleasant or agreeable. 

The Understanding Director
(Feeling Perceiving)

If you have an understanding nature, you’re inclined to reflect on what you like or dislike about a situation. 

The Caring Director
(Feeling Judging)

If you have a caring nature, you prefer to focus on what you care about or would like for to happen over time. 

The Clever Director
(Thinking Perceiving)

When your nature is more clever, you tend to focus on what you think about a situation in the moment. For example your first thoughts in analysing something.

The Ambitious Director
(Thinking Judging)

When your nature is ambitious, you primarily focus on what you think a situation should lead towards, or where you would like a situation to go over time.