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In this episode Joel and Antonia continue talking about personality type “loops.” This week they ask the question “What About The Auxiliary-Inferior Personality Loop?”

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Car Model
  • Growing your copilot is the highest leverage thing you can do.
  • Looping can occur when two cognitive functions are of the same attitude (introvert/extravert).
  • Driver and Tertiary functions share the same attitude.
  • Copilot and Inferior functions share the same attitude.
  • Dominant/Tertiary loop serves a specific function – defensiveness and maintaining cognitive dissonance.
  • People stay where they are comfortable and dominant/tertiary loops are comfortable because they share our preferred attitude.
  • We aren’t sure if there is a loop between copilot and inferior because it isn’t comfortable like the dom/tertiary.
  • If it is a thing, it may explain why some people avoid using their copilot.
  • The inferior function is our blind spot. We aren’t comfortable there.
  • If our copilot puts us in the inferior space, it is an interesting idea to explore.
  • We make up for the deficiencies in our inferior process by mastering our dominant and auxiliary processes.
  • Like INFPs who use their copilot to find creative solutions for systematizing their lives.
  • ENTJs who use Ni to offset their Fi blindspot.
  • ESFPs can use Extraverted Sensing to make up for their Ni blind spot by reading people’s body language.
  • We may need to build sophistication around our auxiliary function to help us overcome the blind spots in the inferior.
  • It isn’t a loop; it’s a frustration.
  • It’s not codependency; it’s a puzzle that still needs to be solved.
  • Certain types may feel like they are looping with their aux/inf.
  • The inferior may feel stuck.
  • If an INFJ has really good Fe, they recognize the difference between needs and wants.
  • If you feel like you are in an auxiliary/inferior loop, is it because you’ve ignored your inferior for too long?
  • The Personality Hacker Owners Manuals have some handy hacks for giving the inferior process attention.
  • Si inferiors can revisit old shows, music, video games, or amusement park rides.
  • Our trauma can live in the least sophisticated part of ourselves.
  • When we are stuck in our inferior, the auxiliary can be the tool we use to cut out whatever has us trapped.

In this episode Joel and Antonia continue talking about personality type “loops.” This week they ask the question “What About The Auxiliary-Inferior Personality Loop?” #MBTI #myersbriggs

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  • Simao
    • Simao
    • July 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    As an Exploration driver and a Memory in the 3year old, I catch myself using the Memory process in the wrong way: I catch myself using my Intuition to figure possible meanings in things from my past instead of simply recalling the past and accept that “it was what it was”. Like Antonia said. I am trying to catch myself when I do this and simply look at the past event that keeps coming into my head and extract the obvious information it gives me instead of trying to understand meanings.

  • Julie
    • Julie
    • August 28, 2017 at 9:58 pm


    It’s funny, because I was wandering, as an ENFJ (8w9), if I was always doing a soul-searching when II have to write for work and thus be in an introspective state. And – ta da – here is your podcast. Great!

    I just want to say that for me, each time I have to write (I am an historian) a book or a big work, I must first deal with my past and my fears, and so and create something from it. This is how I wrote a short story, a personal interpretation of movies and a political manifesto agains exploitation in Academia. It is like, I cannot properly think without my own consciousness and inner child participating. So, if something needs healing, yes, it will come just in front of my eyes. No other possibility. No other topic or words will come to my mind. I will just devour internet and write my ideas down, make systematic drawings, take notes of my personal clues and stories, etc.

    Of course, I looks unhealthy at those moments and sometimes I am, but I finally manage to create solutions and it generally involves expression of my emotions to other people about important issues (personally or through writing,painting, etc.).

    I cry, I write poems, and I grow. Thank you (I am not an English native speaker :)
  • Devin
    • Devin
    • July 12, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Joel and Antonia -

    I have reflected on the questions you both brought in this podcast, and greatly appreciated the invitation to engage.

    Recently – as an ENFP & enneagram-6 – I wonder more and more if the defensive loop (first/third) which for me is Ne / Te, is not defending so much against my Fi, but rather the deep and visceral connection my Fi has with Si.

    As a counseling psych student, I am doing a lot of personal growth work. As I connect with my body via yoga, running, and mindfulness, my authenticity comes on line and I feel far more connected to my authenticity (MBTI) and growing inner authority (6 movement toward 9).

    I am noticing that my awareness of emotions in my body has been tethered to an emergence of shameful memories and experiences that I dismissed when I was younger. This has been hugely painful, as you might imagine, and I am learning that my avoidance of my emotions is hugely connected to my historical experiences of feeling trapped in pain, shame, and discomfort. Such an Fi / Si, connection, and I wonder if I do not avoid my inner world because for me, it houses my most physical (Fi) and young (Si) self.

  • Ingela
    • Ingela
    • June 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I just wanted to say that I’m the one Rush fan that went “wohoo!”. :)

  • Stacey
    • Stacey
    • June 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm


    This is a really interesting comment. My (now ex) husband is an INTJ (from my own observation, as he is not interested in using the functions for understanding at this point), and he had similar experiences as your husband. He strongly values effectiveness (Te) and when he uses this function, he brings extraordinary value to the table (particularly in the work/professional environment), but I believe he is so locked into his Ni, that he holds onto erroneous and irrational beliefs about others and the world. His inability to trust and “give the benefit of the doubt” has made him incredibly cynical. Knowing that cynicism can be a turn-off to many, he does filter it some, but having lived with him, I know that his cynicism runs very deep. I am an INTP, and have plenty of my own issues. I have tried to be open to his feedback about my weaknesses, but at some point the cynicism became too much for me. His Ni and my Ne (which he would probably consider to be “head-in-the-clouds” optimism) just cannot seem to come together. I care for him deeply, and highly respect him for his strengths, by the way.

    Concerning my inferior Fe, I have always vascillated between a desire to be accepted and an attitude of “I don’t care what other people think of me.” I grew up with a single mom who is an ENFJ (self-admittedly with an unhealthy Fe for much of her life) and I always thought I was supposed to be like her (yet I am completely different in many ways) so I feel as though I have spent much of my life living in Fe-Si mode (which of course are my 10 year-old and 3 year-old functions), and have not lived up to my potential. My only way out of this has been using Ne to expand my world-view and learning that it’s okay to utilize and “celebrate” my dominant Ti, which I have all but ignored for most of my life (though it was of course working unconsciously in the background all along). Understand, I will be 49 this year, and I have made most of these discoveries in the last 6 months. I am now working to re-build my authentic self, and to discover how I can become the “best version of myself.”

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