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- Dec 25, 2010
Career Choice, Myers-Briggs Type, & the Inferior Function
I pursued a career in music early on, only to eventually discover that as much as I loved music I wasn't an entertainer at my core. Luckily I was able to switch to a science career (difficult as the transition was) before it was too late.In prior posts, I have cautioned against career choices that seem better suited to the inferior than the dominant function. The reason, of course, is that the inferior function is far less skilled and developed than the dominant. However hard we may try to tap into or develop the inferior, it can never approach the level of skill and mastery that can be achieved through the dominant function ...
So what should we do? We cannot merely deny the inferior function, which ultimately worsens matters. The solution seems to entail a means of harnessing the energy of the inferior for use by the dominant; the inferior can provide the fuel and the general orientation, while the dominant must find a way of successfully navigating the specifics of moving toward the nebulous goal that is the inferior function. Unfortunately, in many situations, these roles get reversed. We use the inferior function to define a specific outcome and then, even if unwittingly, use the dominant to justify or bolster that endpoint.