Feeling types make their decisions based on values, emotion, impact on people and factors that are far more subtle and difficult to read. It is important to emphasise that we are not speaking about ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ people. It is more about how we make decisions and if you are a Feeling type you will make these decisions based on more emotional and non-logical precepts. As Jung describes:
[Feeling types] are guided in everything entirely by feeling. They merely ask themselves whether a thing is pleasant or unpleasant, and orient themselves by their feeling impressions…The material presented by a feeling type will be of a different kind, that is, feelings and emotional content of all sorts, thoughts, reflections and perceptions dependent on emotional premises.
We often find Feelers who are crusading, so strong and important is their value system, their beliefs and sense of what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and they will often courageously stand up for the oppressed or less fortunate. So it is not about a dislike of conflict per se, more around objectivity versus subjectivity and if a Feeler’s values are transgressed, or someone needs protecting, the Feeler can move from being a harmoniser and consensus driven to a crusader who stands up and takes charge. This subtle difference is often missed when comparing Thinkers to Feelers.