INFP Auxiliary Function: Understanding the INFPs Secondary Extraverted Intuition (Ne)

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.

The INFP auxiliary or secondary function is their extraverted intuition or Ne. This is a function which is very focused on patterns and ideas and is part of what makes the INFP so creative. While this is not their dominant function, it is still very important to how they see and respond to the world around them. Being that this is their extraverted function it can also be the one which presents itself in a more obvious way to other people. Understanding how this function is utilized in the auxiliary position, is important if you want to understand the INFP better and how they are likely to take in and process information and what they experience in the world. Getting to see this function and how it aids the INFP in so many ways, also helps to gain a deeper understanding of how they view the world and how they experience things.

How Ne Works

Extraverted intuition or Ne is very much focused on patterns and making connections from information they gather. It is very focused on collecting and processing information from the outside world. Ne dominant users enjoy being able to explore things in a much more open manner, not wanting to feel closed off to the possibilities around them. It drives them to explore their options and see how things work from so many different angles. Where some people might be focused on things they know and understand, the Ne dom wants to explore different ideas and imagine the possibility. They don’t want to just view things from a narrow scope, they actually thrive when it comes to seeing things from so many different angles. This helps them to problem solve in areas where others might struggle to really find new ways to get things done. Where the same problem is being faced with similar solutions, the Ne dom knows how to approach it from so many different angles. This helps them to see where they can fix things and go above and beyond what is expected. 

Their creativity definitely helps the Ne user to problem solve, but they possess other skills from this as well. They are also highly imaginative people, who enjoy being able to come up with unique hobbies and experiences. They don’t just want their lives to be stagnant and ordinary, instead they need to imagine and explore possibilities. Being able to see different patterns and potential around them makes the Ne dom a truly open-minded and curious person. Their creativity is something which is hard to match, as they don’t have a very limited mind or view of things. They are not afraid of imagining things which seem almost impossible to others, and are willing to really explore the path less travelled. 

Auxiliary Ne in INFPs

For the INFP their Ne is what helps them discover patterns in the information they collect and analyze. This is why ENFPs are willing to explore new things, rather than allowing themselves to remain focused on what they know and are comfortable with. It opens up their minds and makes them more aware of the options and choices they can explore. Since it is not their dominant function the INFPs Ne doesn’t always present itself in the most obvious ways. For the person who uses this as their dominant function they are often seen bouncing from one idea to the next rather quickly, whereas the INFP can be better at focusing this energy. Instead this part of themselves often plays into their deep imagination and love of being inside of their own minds. INFPs are often known as dreamers, cherishing the time they spend inside of their rich thoughts and inner worlds. This is both from their introverted feeling and their extraverted intuition, these functions working together to create this incredible inner world for the INFP. They have strong inner beliefs and morals which come from inside, but their Ne is what creates this detailed and incredible thoughts process which keeps them busy for long periods of time. While their Ne creates this rich world for them, it also helps the INFP remain connected to the world around them from the information they view and collect. INFPs are highly imaginative and often creative people, which also helps them to problem solve better. Their Ne is a useful tool when it comes to figuring out ways to fix something which isn’t working right, since it gives the INFP a new and creative approach to their problems.

Their Ne also helps the INFP when it comes to developing a stronger internal framework of morals. Their introverted feeling is what causes them to focus on these strong morals, but their Ne is what gathers information for them. They will take in things from the outside world and use their dominant Fi to decide which choices they want to make. These functions work well together in order to help the INFP follow their own moral beliefs and ideals. For them it is important to always focus on what is right, and not allow themselves to become pulled away from that. Their Ne might cause them to bounce around to new ideas, but this is filtered through their Fi which helps them be sure they are still grounded in their sense of morals.