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How to Type People – Part 3 – Energy and Element

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This post is about energy. It’s based on the temperaments from the OG himself, Hippocrates. /clap

These temperaments are also represented by elements. The elements are earth, fire, wind (air), water, and heart. Just kidding. No heart. It’s ether, but we won’t talk about that.

*don’t watch around impressionable little kids and grandmothers*

Before we start, the main purpose for these is to get you to a point where you can understand someone’s cognitive functions. MBTI is the same thing – it’s a tool to access the more important information.

This is also my understanding of it and how I use it to figure out my target so I can build rapport.

A lot of this post uses a slightly different way of looking at the functions. J is judging, P is perceiving, e is extroverted, i is introverted. That’s not too different, but when you look at the MBTI code, introverts have a different code than extroverts.

ENFP – Ne, Fi, Te, Si or Pe, Ji, Je, Pi

INFP – Fi, Ne, Si, Te or Ji, Pe, Pi, Je

You can thank the MBTI for that. IxxP is actually a Judger! IxxJ is actually a perceiver.

Introverted Irrational IxxJ – PiJe

People in this category are earth. They’re more serious and cautious and a lot of the other categories. They’re focused on understanding the world around them through their own impressions of it. What I mean by this is that they don’t observe the actual world around them, but rather they look at things through a lens of personal experiences.

Since they’re always trying to view there’s surroundings through their past, they’re slower. A lot of their energy is devoted to that going back into their head and making sense of the world.

A lot of people in this category preferred to do things by themselves. There are two main reasons why this happens, one is that they have high standards. Their high standards come from always looking for the ideal representation of what something is. The next reason is that they are introverted and sometimes it can be difficult to collaborate with other people.

They might come off as lacking motivation and avoiding the real world. And to be honest, their natural compulsion is to only let in the important details. Lacking motivation, I think comes from them always taking time to look into the past. Because they look into their passive much and they want the ideal situation, they don’t act quickly in the moment. Also, perceiving functions don’t make the decisions. So if you lead with a perceiving function, you naturally want to take in more information before acting.

They’re naturally observant and slow, but their auxiliary function is an extroverted judging function. So they visualize and analyze until it’s time to act. This is when they reach out of themselves more. It’s kind of like striking when the time is right. They get a boost of energy and make things happen.

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They want to hold on to their understanding of the world based on past observations. When they get overwhelmed in the current, real world, they can also lose their cool and switch to their inferior function. Because their dominant function is always introverted, their inferior is extroverted. It’s style is to take action in the outer world.

Extroverted Rational ExxJ – JePi

People in this category are fire. Put it under someone and they get motivated to start running. Start it on a cold winter day and people huddle around it to stay warm.

Geomancers (Te) and clerics (Fe) are both energetic and proactive. They’re excitable and passionate about their causes. They’re focused on the outer world, so naturally they try to impress those ideas on others. They rally them for the same cause.

Geomancers will be more structurally task oriented (in the stereotypical sense) than clerics. Yet they both use the things or people in the environment to get a result. Geomancers lean more towards data, empirical evidence, and external achievements. Clerics look at group harmony and want to meet everyone’s needs.

They’re both balanced by an Introverted Perceiving function – vision (Ni) or experience (Si). This calms them down and brings them back to their subjective worlds.

Put Extroverted Judging with Introverted Perceiving and you get a fluctuating flow of energy. In this case, Je is first. So they have higher energy that dips low after they reach their ambitious goal. They perceive something from Pi and make a goal. Then they arrange the world and push themselves and others to reach that goal. When they reach it, they can finally relax. Well, they can relax until they make a new goal. If they have no bigger and better goals, then they’ll lose ambition and fail in the eyes of the world.

Both Dwarf casters (Extroverted Judging dominants) like external achievement, challenges, and recognition. Achievements show that they’re having an impact on the world. It doesn’t have to be a badge or trinket, just a way to track progress. Challenges keep them motivated so they can get better rewards. Recognition fuels them to keep going because their appreciated by other people. And recognition is basically another form of achievement.

Extroverted Irrational ExxP – PeJi

People in this category are air. Air freely roams, coasting on one current to the next. They have high energy that pretty much stays the same. “High” can vary from person to person, but compare it to a stereotypical introvert if that helps.

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In BOSS mod, these are the Dwarf scouts – gunslinger and berserker. They’re active, carefree, and adapt to battle. They don’t think about what they should do for too long. It’s just “go.” If they take too long to decide, they might miss out on an opportunity.

I like to think of berserkers as building rage. To stay in the battle and use their abilities, they have to keep fighting. When they stop, they lose their rage and can’t fight their target. They have to stay connected by interacting with the world.

Gunslingers have the same thing going for them. They need more and more challenges. Big game doesn’t hunt itself. Well… it might… I don’t know. Either way, they want to be the big game hunters. Broad exploration of everything around them keeps them on their toes and ready to go where adventure is.

This gives both Dwarf scouts an impulsive and unpredictable nature. People might see this as flighty, but it’s not intentional. It’s just their wiring. They’re built to constantly scan for movement around them first as a compulsion.

Slowing down and introspecting in the same way as the water type pokemon below is hard to do. They have the same functions working within them, though. PeJi (air) vs JiPe (water), but the positioning is so important.

My understanding is this: Ji tries to maintain a stable world through their perceptions. Pe looks around for things to fit into that. The order is reversed for air and water, but they’re after the same thing.

The energy level just comes from which is preferred. And when the energy level is switched, the method of building a stable world view is different. Pe first says, “the more I can see in the outer world, the better my understanding.” Ji first says, “the more reliable my personal actions are, the better my understanding about the world is.”

It seems like this is why Pe likes to make and embrace change – they want to test their understanding of the world. So they don’t make plans ahead of time. They keep things open so they can adapt themselves to their surroundings.

Introverted Rational IxxP – JiPe

People in this category are water.

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” – Bruce Lee

Both Introverted Judging styles (Fi and Ti) have a private, subjective understanding of how the world works. They build a structure of rules based on personal ethics or logic. They hold the rulebook closely and refer to it to make all their decisions.

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I’m not an arcanist (Ti), but they have the same issues as priests (Fi) from my understanding. They have a technical model of the world and they struggle when if doesn’t hold up. I’m a priest of exploration (FiNe). When I can’t hold up my ideals, when people don’t live by the same values as me, it can cause problems. After 30 years I don’t want something, or someone, to come in and start causing chaos by changing my values.

This type is usually calm and patient. They have confidence in themselves because of their world view. Building an accurate understanding takes a lot of introspection and mental energy. But as I said, we can sometimes go on the offensive to protect ourselves. If someone from this type explodes randomly, you can assume that there inner world is in chaos.

One last thing, this style often has a slow and thoughtful way of speaking. Dwarves (extroverts) speak first and adjust a lot more often. Getting things out in the open helps with that, but Elves (introverts) need a bit more time to think about their idea before sending it out into the world.

Your Quest

So this is the end of my use of energy and temperament for typing. The key points to remember are…

…that Dwarves (extroverts) appear to have high-energy

…that Elves (introverts) appear to have low energy

…Elf casters (Ji) and Dwarf scouts (Pe) try to maintain a constant level of energy

…Dwarf casters (Je) and Elf scouts (Pi) have a flowing energy that fluctuates

It’s not that they actually have more or less energy than other types,  it’s just wear the energy is being spent. Extroverts spend and get their energy in the outer world. Introverts spend and get their energy by organizing the inner world.

Try using this as a supporting tool to figure out your target’s dominant function. You’ll hopefully be able to find out whether they’re an Elf or a Dwarf and a scout or a caster.

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to do my best to answer. heart


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