Ti-Ne Dom: The First Two Functions of the INTP
Each personality type has an order in which their functions operate and are used most. It is important to understand that the combination and placement of these functions greatly affects how that person perceives and responds to information. This is how they take in the world around them, as well as their own inner world and thoughts. This is also how each person responds to the outside world, and how they problem solve and come up with the answers. The entire stack plays an important role, but the first two definitely bounce off on another to make someone behave in certain ways and respond to other people and situations. Knowing those first two functions better and how they work together can help to understand a person a bit better.
The INTPs dominant function is their introverted thinking (Ti), while their second or auxiliary function is their extraverted intuition (Ne). These functions are strong on their own and serve an important purpose, but they also work together to make the INTP uniquely who they are. Each function will behave differently when associated with a different function, often playing off each other and working together to create a different result. For the INTP there are different ways in which their functions present themselves, all of them often working to help support their dominant Ti. Without this combination they wouldn’t be capable of seeing things in the right ways, or of responding to their environment in the ways they do.
What is Ti
For the INTP their introverted thinking (Ti) is a very strong part of how they respond to information and absorb certain details. This is what makes the INTP so focused on accuracy and always being as precise as possible. They are hungry for knowledge, wanting to learn and continue absorbing as much information as they possibly can. The INTP rarely feels like they have learned enough, always wanting more and always wanting to feel like they are improving the depth of their minds. This is how the INTP takes in information and what it is filtered through in order for them to manage a firm grasp on what is going on. They spend a lot of time inside of their own thoughts because of this, not needing much time outside of themselves. This can cause the INTP to go into deep analysis and spend a lot of time running this in circles for a while. INTPs want everything they see or learn to fit into a logical explanation, even things which might be hard to rationalize. This is why they struggle with certain feelings or emotions, because the INTPs Ti wants to put these things into some sort of logical meaning. This makes them speak out when they see inconsistencies, and they are not afraid of challenging authority or information. They have a knack for challenging just about anything they learn- INTPs do this so that they can figure out if the information is true or not, without blindly following. This is something which sends the INTP into long periods of being on their own, since they can struggle to ever calm their mind and their active inner thoughts.
What it Ne
For the INTP their extraverted intuition (Ne) is how they uncover information, it is how they dig up details and filter them through their Ti. Their Ne is what helps the INTP to understand and recognize patterns around them, taking information and piecing it together through this web of ideas. This intuition helps the INTP to see so much potential in the world around them, and gives them an idea how different things could be. They don’t just see what is on the surface or what everyone else can readily see, they see what is going on underneath and what has the potential to occur. Their Ne can see patterns and possibilities, coming up with so many new theories and ideas all at once. This Ne can get rather intense, spanning all over the place and making the INTP seem scattered to some people. When others do not recognize just how well this function helps the INTP to craft ideas, it can seem like things came out of nowhere. In reality the INTP has a pattern and a path in which their Ne is taking them, it just doesn’t go in one straight and simple line. This helps the INTP to be incredibly creative, capable of coming up with new theories which most would not imagine at all. They can think outside of the box, using this Ne in order to see things from so many different potential angles.
The INTP Ti-Ne Drive
The INTP TiNe drive is what makes them so inventive and constantly hungry for knowledge. The INTP wants to be able to expand their minds, and can seem bored rather easily with things that don’t challenge or excite them. They thrive on ideas, constantly chasing after new theories which they can analyze and figure out. The combination of Ti and Ne is what helps the INTP keep moving onto the next idea, always wanting to grasp things and feel like they can uncover the truth where others might fail to do so. They are excited by learning and want to be able to continue working through problems and ideas until they figure out the solutions in the end. They thrive in environments which give them room to do things on their own, since INTPs don’t handle being micromanaged and this is in large part because of their TiNe sense of the world. They need space to be themselves, since the INTP explores things from different angles and experiences than what other people might expect or even comprehend. This gives them a unique sense of independence, and makes it easy for the INTP to spend a lot of time on their own without much social interaction. Their rich inner minds are so filled with new ideas and theories, that they seme capable of remaining locked in there for a while.