If the Sensing vs Intuition scale is our input scale, how we take in information, the ‘T-F’ is our output scale, ie how we make decisions. Now, accepted wisdom is that thinking types tend to make their decisions based on data, evidence and rational thought, they are not swayed by antipathies or emotions but prefer empirical data. And the view is that feeling types make their decisions based on values, emotions and impact on people. I understand this, but I think the ‘head vs heart’ argument is overly simplistic. So, in answer to our question: no, it doesn’t but sometimes it’s hard to fathom the thought processes of a Feeler. Jung himself struggled with this, saying: “…I freely admit that this problem of feeling has been one that has caused me much brain racking.” Of course, Jung was a ‘T.’
The most misunderstood element of personality is the Thinking vs Feeling scale. The traditional view is that Thinkers are logical and Feelers are emotional. OK this may be true, but it does not begin to even scratch the surface of the real differences.
Even Jung, who coined the term conceded:
…I freely admit that this problem of feeling has been one that has caused me much brain racking.
So if Jung struggled what chance do the rest of us have? Well we think that Feeling types often get a bad press, as they are more tactful, more in tune and more concerned about the impact on people than their Thinking opposites. So the view is often expressed that Feelers are ‘soft.’ One HR Director I know well always fakes his assessments so that he records as ENTP because he truly believes that being seen as an ENFP may well be career limiting!
The Thinking vs Feeling scale is about how we make decisions: Thinking types tend to make their decisions based on logic, evidence and rational argument while Feeling types tend to make their decisions based on emotion, impact on people and subjective argument. I once knew an HR Director (and ENFP) who used to fake the assessment so he recorded ENTP as he felt that it could work against him to be known as a Feeling type. Yet he so was a Feeling type and this is what made him so good at his job. Even Jung, who coined the terms struggled: “…I freely admit that this problem of feeling has been one that has caused me much brain racking.”
The ‘Thinking vs. Feeling’ (T vs. F) dichotomy is an interesting one, as it’s all about how we make decisions. Thinking types (Ts) make decisions with their head: logical, factual, and more direct. Feeling types (Fs) make decisions with their heart: based on their values, feelings of people (including themselves) and emotion. This does however lead to a few very common misconceptions: