Cognitive Functions: Night Owl

NOTE: I’ve got a few of the cognitive function posts written, so keep your eyes out for them in the near future. =D I’m just a little nervous because I’m not positive I’m describing them all completely accurately . . . but hopefully they can help explain functions at least a little bit. Until then, enjoy this:

INFP is working on things and looks at the clock to see, much to her surprise, that it’s already 11:45.

Fi: Oh no. It’s late. Our parents don’t like us being up this late, and it’s important that we respect their wishes.

Ne: But look at all the stuff we’re getting done! After we finish this collage we could jot down a poem and still be in bed before midnight.

Si: I don’t know, guys. Last time we stayed up this late we were really tired in the morning. We should go to sleep.

Ne: Aw Si you’re no fun. If we don’t write the poem now, we never will.

Si: That’s true. Based on past experiences, we have a hard time picking up ideas again if we don’t address them immediately.

Ne: See? Let’s write this!

Fi: And I do want to express my emotions on its topic…

Ne: You know you want to, Fi.

Fi: But still, we shouldn’t be up.

Te: You’re wasting time arguing. You could have finished the poem by now.

Ne: Te’s right. Or we could make another collage. Or write a story. Or––

Fi: Poem. That’s all. Then we’re going to bed.

Ne: *grouches*

INFP finishes the poem and is now lying in bed.

Fi: We’re still in bed before midnight, and before our brother. We’re fine.

Si: Unless we wake up tomorrow and are exhausted.

Ne: Guys I have another story idea.

Si: We stayed up too late three nights ago and regretted it. It’s going to happen again.

Ne: Guys we need to write it.

Si: And then we’re going to feel bad because we knew we should have gone to bed anyway.

Ne: Guysguysguys it’s a really cool story idea.

Fi: But at least we wrote the poem. We didn’t squander the time we were up.

Ne: GUYS––


Conversations: J vs. P

Note: Only three people in the group (of about seven or so) knew about MBTI, and only ISFJ and your resident INFP knew about the cognitive functions.
INFP: *sitting on counter swinging legs while deep in thought*
ISTJ: Are you silently judging us all?
INFP: What? No, I’m a perceiver.
INFP: ISFJ’s a judger though! *points finger*
ISFJ: Bah, perceivers. My introverted sensing collects all the memories you forget about.
INFP: But my extroverted intuition collects ALL THE POSSIBILITIES. *sticks out tongue*
ISFJ2: Did you just stick your tongue out at her?
INFP: Uh, yes? This is a rather frequent occurrence when we get in arguments.
ISFJ: *nods*
ISFJ2: Good to know.

Shopping With The Cognitive Functions

{Life Experiences of an INFP}

INFP walks into a craft store.

Fi: Oooh which supplies are my favorite?


Si: What colors have we used frequently before? We should get the most of those types since we’ll probably use them the most.

Te: Just choose something already.

Conversations: Going Out

ESFP: INFJ! Can we go out?
INFJ: Go out to do . . . ?
ESFP: I don’t know. Just go out. We could go to Target and drive around and everything!
INFJ: I need to clean the fridge and do the laundry. I don’t think so.
ESFP: Buuuut . . .
INFJ: Maybe Thursday. I can’t promise, in case I fall ill and die, but we’ll see. Plus, didn’t we just go out?
ESFP: What? No . . .
INFJ: Yeah, on Saturday.
ESFP: But that’s like three days ago!
INFJ: I need some time inside, ESFP.
ESFP: *sighs* Okay.

Conversations: Wrapping

Family members packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
INFP: Let’s make this box look as pretty as possible. I can use two kinds of wrapping paper, right?
INFJ: I love the challenge of trying to fit in as many toys as possible! No, don’t give up, here let me help you.
ESFP: *randomly cutting wrapping paper in hopes it will fit*
ESTJ: *to ESFP* No, we have to measure it. Make sure you’re cutting straight.
INTP: *takes apart entire box and has fun using glue instead of tape because why not*