ENTJs Auxiliary Function: Understanding the ENTJs Secondary Introverted Intuition (Ni)
When searching for a deeper understanding of the personality types, it is important to understand each one of their functions. While we often focus on the dominant and even inferior functions, knowing the auxiliary and tertiary ones are also vital. It is not just about knowing what functions each type possesses but rather how these functions behave within the stack. When a function is dominant it will present differently than when it is auxiliary, and so understanding this is truly important if you want to understand each personality type. Knowing each function on it’s own doesn’t really give you a true comprehension of how the personality type is going to utilize that function. Instead you need to learn more about the placement of each function and how it corresponds with each personality type.
ENTJs are outgoing and often larger than life personalities, always fighting to get things done and be as efficient as possible. Their dominant function is the one which stands out the most to the outside world, since it is their extraverted function and the one which is presented to the outside world. While their Te might be what shows, that doesn’t mean their other functions aren’t just as prominent and important for the ENTJ to be who they are. Without this combination of functions they would be a bit lost and have much more unhealthy habits. The balance is what makes each personality type capable of being the best version of themselves they can be. The ENTJ auxiliary function plays a major role in the choices they make and is part of what makes them naturally very strategic people. Their secondary Ni works hard to aid their dominant Te, and ensure that they can focus on a sense of efficiency and getting things done the way they prefer. This is why understanding the aux function is so important, especially understanding the specific role it plays in this placement in the ENTJs function stack.
How Ni Works
Ni can be a function which confuses many, since so much of what it does happens through the users subconscious. They cannot always explain where they get this information or their final conclusions, even though these predictions are so often eerily accurate. This can cause people to assume it has some sort of magical or mystical quality to it, seeing the Ni doms as being psychic. People label them as these types of things, simply because the users (INFJ/INTJ) can make predictions about the future and assess people and situations so naturally. There are perfectly logical explanations to why Ni works the way it does, it is simply hard for the users to outwardly explain this to others. Introverted intuition (Ni) is a function which catalogs information and facts over time, and filters this inwardly to help the user make predictions about the future. It is combined with their other functions in order to gather accurate information and process the details more accurately. The Ni dominant user will gather large amounts of information from the outside world, their inner minds constantly processing this in hopes of picking out the pieces which are most useful to them. Seeing how things have occured in the past and the present, helps them to internally analyze the most likely outcome in the future. Once their minds work through the problems and uncover a solution it will come to them like a sudden flash of genius. They might not be able to fully explain these predictions, since it is filtered in a subconscious way.
Auxiliary Ni in ENTJs
For the ENTJ their Ni plays an important role in their own internal thought process. This is what directs the way their inner minds work and how they analyze information. Their Ni is also a big part in the choices they make, since it gathers information and gives them intuitive conclusions about all of this information over time. It is a subconscious function which collects data over time and filters it in a way which confuses most people. This introverted intuition works in the background, and so most people view it as a “psychic” function or something supernatural. ENTJs are very practical people in a lot of ways, and so they are often fully aware that the knowledge they gain is not something psychic but instead has a more logical explanation. The more they trust in this intuition the more capable they are of achieving their goals and getting things done the way they prefer. ENTJs enjoy relying on this part of themselves, since their Te is still what takes charge and helps them to get things done based on this information they gather. ENTJs are often amazing at strategizing, and this is in large part because of their Ni. Of course their dominant Te plays a big role as well, but their Ni helps the ENTJ to come up with the most likely future predictions that each path will create for them. They can see further ahead, rather than just seeing the past or present in a situation. This causes the ENTJ to be much more future-oriented, capable of seeing the path before them and planning a way to achieve the things they want from that future. This is why ENTJs are often more focused on the bigger picture, their Ni gives them that sense of direction and allows them to see things on a much larger scale. This function is far more important to the way the ENTJ thinks and behaves, connecting deeply with their dominant function and making the ENTJ the driven and capable person they are.
The ENTJs Ni is also what helps them gain a better understanding of people, as they aren’t as focused on emotions. ENTJs Ni will collect data over time and help them to understand the motivations and goals of those around them. It might not be based on their feelings or emotional needs, but the ENTJ can see what people want and can also find useful ways to help them achieve their goals. This makes them skilled at working in a team, or even at being the leader of a team.