Unhealthy Cognitive Functions
Being unhealthy in MBTI means that you use your functions in a way that’s detrimental to yourself or others. This unhealthy state occurs when the function is not working together healthfully with the other functions in your stack (particularly with its functional opposite, e.g. Ne/Si, Te/Fi etc).
Here are some negative patterns and behaviors that may manifest through unhealthy use of each function:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne): flakiness, complete rejection of traditional methods, fear of commitment, detachment from reality, extreme indecisiveness, avoidance of mundane tasks
Introverted Intuition (Ni): single-mindedness, refusal to back up conclusions with evidence, lack of spontaneity, dismissal of other opinions, “all or nothing” goal mentality, obsessive visualization, self perception as “all knowing”
Extroverted Sensing (Se): overindulgence, flightiness, recklessness, physical aggression, complete rejection of the theoretical, refusal to plan ahead, acting without considering the consequences
Introverted Sensing (Si): rejection of novelty, fixation on the past, obsession with detail, stagnancy, complete disregard of contradictory information, always “play it safe”
Extroverted Thinking (Te): aggressiveness, need for control, need for dominance, ruthlessness, lack of consideration of others feelings, black and white thinking
Introverted Thinking (Ti): overanalyzing, obsessive search for truth, extreme skepticism, harsh criticism, outright rejection of group institutions or norms
Extroverted Feeling (Fe): manipulation, obsession with social standing, spinelessness, desperation for approval, emotional volatility, self-neglect, rejection of logical reasoning
Introverted Feeling (Fi): excessive stubbornness, self-richeousness, special snowflake syndrome, selfishness, hypersensitivity, rejection of objective decision-making
Also, aside from unhealthy individual functions, there are also unhealthy states, which occur when you overuse your lower (tertiary and inferior) functions. There are two kinds of unhealthy states:
- loop: pattern of overusing the the tertiary function in replacement of the auxiliary function (click here for a previous post on loops). Basically it makes you either an unhealthily extroverted extrovert or an unhealthily introverted introvert.
- grip: overuse of the inferior function in replacement of the dominant function. This is no good, as your dominant function is your strongest asset and ally if used in a healthy way, and your inferior function is generally your most underdeveloped.
That’s it! Hope this helps