In this article, we’ll go over one of the 8 cognitive functions of the Myers Briggs types: introverted feeling (Fi).
In order to understand how an introverted feeler uses this cognitive function and for you to identify yourself as one, we have to look at what is introverted feeling and what sets introverted feelers apart from other types.
According to Jungian Cognitive Function theory, introverted feeling (Fi) is one of the 4 ways humans use information. It’s a decision-making function alongside extroverted thinking (Te), introverted thinking (Ti), and extraverted feeling (Fe).
What Exactly is introverted Feeling (Fi)?
Introverted Fis use this cognitive function to make decisions based on values and feelings instead of facts.
They are often called “feelers” because they prioritize their personal values over logic in decision-making.
This can sometimes be problematic when the person has no logical reason for their choice but still chooses it anyway because it feels right to them (and not necessarily what society deems as acceptable).
Unlike Extroverted Feelers (Fe), Introverted Feelers (Fi) process the outside world using the subjective element of information.
Instead of using facts to describe reality, they use their personal values to form an opinion about the outside world.
Which Types Have Introverted Feelings?
- (Fi) is the dominant function of IFP personality types: INFP, ISFP
- (Fi) is also the auxiliary function of EFP personality types: ENFP, ESFP
7 Signs You Might Be An Introverted Feeler
Now that you know what introverted feeling (Fi) is, let’s go over 7 signs you’re an introverted feeler.
You Have A strong Survival Instinct
Your gut feeling is spot on most of the time. Whenever you have a bad feeling in your gut that something isn’t right or something bad is going to happen it’s usually proven true after some time.
You value authenticity
You have a strong moral compass and you can’t stand people who are not genuine and who appear to be show-offs.
You’re attracted to people who are real and those who don’t seek attention.
You recognize each feeling you experience.
You know what each emotion you experience inside means even if sometimes you don’t know what triggers it.
You can for example differentiate between feeling sad and disappointed. Happy and hopeful. afraid and dreadful.
What makes Feelers recognize their feeling with this clarity is that they’re aware of them for the most part of their lives.
Your Day Depends On Your Feelings
When you feel good, chances are that you’ll have a great day.
If your mood is bad or if someone has made you angry it’s most likely that your day will be ruined.
This is actually one of the negative aspects of being a feeler and it certainly can be tuned down by conscious practice if an Fi catches on to this pattern.
You’re an empath
You’re able to feel what other people are feeling even if they try to hide it. It’s a gift and a curse as they say. If An Fi is not too careful with how they deal with the way they perceive people’s feelings they can develop the habit of absorbing their feelings. This means that people’s feelings will become your feelings.
You’re a sensitive person
You are known to be emotional. You can’t help it, you get emotional easily and you feel things passionately. You’re definitely the first one to cry during a sad romantic movie!
You crave deep connections
Whether it’s your family, close friends, or especially your other half, you crave strong bonds with people
You sincerely value intimacy and you look for someone with whom you can share your feelings or at least be able to freely and deeply describe them.
How to Develop Your Introverted Feeling( Fi)?
As we mentioned before, introverted feeling (Fi) is taking in information and basing your decisions on the emotion of it.
So it’s important to develop an internal system that helps you process your feelings the right way for better judgment.
- Spare some time during the day to just sit down and think about how you feel about things. For example, whenever you have an argument with someone just take a break, sit down quietly at a place where you won’t be interrupted, and just think about how you felt and the way you responded based on those feelings.
- Being able to quiet the mind with meditation can greatly help with introverted feelings as well. If you’re not sure where to start, try a beginner’s course on meditation and learn how to focus on your breath and calm down.
- Start a feeling journal and write down your feelings as you experience them. Reading about your feeling on paper can give you a chance to look at your decision-making process objectively because you can’t do that with your feeling bottled inside.
- Pay attention to repeated patterns such as your reaction to feeling jealous by snapping at your partner and creating fights with them just because you deem them lousy. Next time you feel jealous, stop yourself from thinking about them that way and start assessing the situation and what makes you feel jealous in the first place. You’ll eventually break this negative pattern of biased judgments.
Did you fit in some of these signs? I hope this article gave you a glimpse of what being an Introverted Feeler means.
This is one of the most misunderstood cognitive functions. It is an Introverted function and one that manifests from within so it’s hard to notice for both the person how it works and others who interact with them.
Don’t forget to check my other articles about Introverted Intuition (Ni)and Sensing (Si) if you’re interested in having a clear idea of these introverted cognitive functions. Thank you for reading along!