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In this episode, Joel and Antonia finalize a two-part series about integrating your cognitive functions. In this episode they cover the judging functions and how to integrate the weak side of each in your personality.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • What does it mean to integrate the weaker side of a cognitive function polarity? A recap from our last podcast where we introduced this concept.
  • Check out our article on the Car Model to learn about your functions and their polarity opposites.
  • How to integrate your weaker judging functions – and the difference in how they show up when they are integrated and unintegrated:
    • Remember – there will always be some insecurity surrounding your weaker functions, even if you’ve developed some skill there.
  • xxFJs – integrating Accuracy (Ti) to support Harmony (Fe):
    • What are the signs an xxFJ might be overcompensating for insecurities about their intelligence?
    • How does healthy integration of Ti actually help you get needs met?
    • Using Ti to redefine your relationship with your thoughts
    • Moving from a place of “intellectual insecurity” to “intellectual humility” – and the rewards this brings
  • xxTPs – integrating Harmony (Fe) to support Accuracy (Ti):
    • Looking at the root cause of xxTPs’ tendency to “collect rules” and how this can show up
    • The pitfalls of “value signaling”
    • Antonia’s personal experience with another xxTP
    • Appreciating the value of non-data based information in interactions
  • xxTJs – integrating Authenticity (Fi) to support Effectiveness (Te):
    • What does it mean to truly know yourself at an identity level? Looking beyond your personal values and set identity
    • The “role-person merger” phenomenon
    • Why you should check your relationship to personality type models as an xxTJ
    • Exploring your identity to overcome “inner demons” – and what can happen if you avoid doing this
  • xxFPs – integrating Effectiveness (Te) to support Authenticity (Fi):
    • What does it look like when an xxFP exploits their Te?
    • Value transfer – the xxFPs blindspot
    • The importance of integrating Te to gain skill development
    • Using Te to gain a healthy sense of control in your life
  • How one-sidedness can show up differently when the weaker side of the polarity is in the 10 Year Old versus the 3-Year-Old position

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  • Vani
    • Vani
    • September 21, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Ah! This is where comments can be added! I was just commenting on YouTube till now ?. New Personality Hacker fan!

  • William (ISFJ)
    • William (ISFJ)
    • July 23, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Hello Lana,

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having a rough time with this. I’ll try to give the best advice I can, but I don’t usually use the Fi-Te polarity nor am I a professional, so I may not be the most qualified. I’ll try my best, though :)

    I think that there is one important thing to remember, and that is that your inferior or “3-yr-old” process is not one you will have much energy to stay in for a long time. As important as just pushing through and working are, your average IxFP is going to naturally have a much tougher time of it. I believe there shouldn’t be any judgement against that, but strategies are always helpful.

    I have two of these strategies that I hope will be helpful.

    1. Figure out how much work you do on most weeks that you feel burnout, and aim for a weekly goal that requires you to work 2-9 (depending on the severity) hours less than that. Keep on calibrating like this until you hit a point at which you feel like you’re getting as much necessary work as you can get done without regular feelings of burnout and stress. That’s not to say you should avoid a full, stressful work week at all costs, because sometimes life just chucks a boulder at you that you need to break through to be in a better place. What that is to say is that kind of stress shouldn’t be a regular thing that you’re constantly finding yourself coming too week after week, month after month.

    2. Find what motivates you. As an Fi-user, I would imagine that true passion pushes your motivation through the roof at times. But few people can find true passion in more mundane tasks, however necessary. As you’re working through these tougher tasks, try surrounding yourself with things that will remind you of the “why” of your end goal. As an Fe-user, what first comes to my mind is people who support you, although you may easily find that surrounding yourself with something else provides even lower-hanging fruit. I guess it’s just a matter of finding not what “should” motivate you, but what ACTUALLY motivates you the most.

    Of course, you as an individual are way too complex for me to understand what advice is best suited for you, especially merely over a comment system like this. I hope that I was helpful, but please feel no pressure to go, “Yeah, that doesn’t look like it’ll help,” or, “I already tried that, and it sucked.”

    Best of luck with whatever goal it is that you’re trying to accomplish. Hoping you’ll find what you need to keep going strong!


  • William (ISFJ)
    • William (ISFJ)
    • July 22, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Aw, thank you for the kind words! I really appreciate you taking the time to clear that for me.

    YES lol, I totally remember that meme ;)


  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • July 15, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    My comment was absolutely not a reference to you. I love your comments, enjoy reading them, and reply when I can.

    It was in reference to someone on YouTube directly stating that if I don’t engage with them in an online debate then I’ve proven I’m “no ENTP.” And, in the words of an old meme, ain’t nobody got time for that.


  • Lana
    • Lana
    • July 8, 2021 at 3:27 am

    I’m an INFP and integrating Te isn’t so much a “People should automatically know my worth” type-of-problem. I understand that ick work and systems are necessary to get from point A to Z sometimes—and worth it in the end when something is important. And I don’t resent hard things that make sense to me, but things that I just cant find the silver lining of what I’m learning (example: taking a language or art course in college when I’m going into counseling. For fun, sure. But paying so much money, I want the most effective way to get to where I’m going).

    My main problem with Te is that I have no energy for it. It takes too much from me. It leads to burn-out, health issues, and a lot mental health issues. And I forget the purpose, the Fi reason why I started in the first place. I become more focused on the end goal of graduating or getting this or that. I have trouble keeping schedules, am constantly trying new systems but nothing sticks. It feels chaotic. I know where I want to go, but I have quit and think about quitting often…until I remember WHY I’m doing it then the cycle starts over again. So…what does an XXFP do when they have these realizations, but struggle with a healthy integration of Te when it comes to real world application?

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