Stack theory 101

The "other" ERE. Societal aspects of the ERE philosophy. Emergent change-making, scale-effects,...
User avatar
grundomatic
Posts: 395
Joined: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:04 am

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by grundomatic »

A very elementary observation I made recently, with no idea whether it has relevance:

In traditional MBTI theory, personalities are put into four temperament groups.
SJ - Guardians
SP - Artisans
NF - Idealists
NT - Rationals

Using stack theory, one can discover what ties these temperaments together. Guardians all use Si in their primary or auxiliary slots. Artisans all use Se. With Idealists and Rationals, however, either Ne or Ni can be found up front, meaning the common thread is the FxNx combo for Idealists or TxNx combo for Rationals.

User avatar
grundomatic
Posts: 395
Joined: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:04 am

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by grundomatic »

I just read about "loops" and thought I'd put something here about it. From what I understand, a loop is when a person is overusing their first and third functions, or another way to look at it is over-extraverting or over-introverting.

Take me for instance, ENFP. Makes my function stack Ne Fi Te Si, so my loop would be Ne-Te. I've experienced this before as enthusiastically overextending myself by joining all the clubs and trying to do all the things, with it having a negative impact on the rest of my life, like sleep, grades, work performance, etc. The standard solution is to use the second function to bring things back into balance, for me, Fi. Even before knowing about this stuff, this is what I did. I asked myself what I cared about the most, kept those things and cut the things I cared about least at the time. I'll go out on a limb with my own opinion here and say engaging the fourth function just a bit isn't a terrible idea, either. For me, this means using Si, which in my example meant getting and using a calendar/day planner, and also sticking to routines that keep me from spinning out of control.

Another example might be an ISFJ, whose stack is Si Fe Ti Ne. Their loop would be Si-Ti, which might lead to them feeling like their world is getting smaller if all they do is work from home, solve sudoku puzzles, read murder mysteries, and play along with Jeopardy. The Fe solution might be to reconnect with close friends and family. An Fe-Ne solution might be to meet some new people.

jacob
Site Admin
Posts: 15776
Joined: Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:38 pm
Location: USA, Zone 5b, Koppen Dfa, Elev. 620ft, Walkscore 77
Contact:

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by jacob »

grundomatic wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2023 11:09 am
I just read about "loops" and thought I'd put something here about it. From what I understand, a loop is when a person is overusing their first and third functions, or another way to look at it is over-extraverting or over-introverting.
Interesting, I've never heard of this concept. Where to find more? Link?

User avatar
grundomatic
Posts: 395
Joined: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:04 am

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by grundomatic »

Here's a couple:

https://www.psychologyjunkie.com/what-y ... lity-type/

https://www.personalitycafe.com/threads ... ers.25205/

@berrytwo wrote about a shadow loop, where the loop is the 6th and 8th function. I was able to find even less on that.

Bicycle7
Posts: 87
Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:37 pm

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by Bicycle7 »

@grundomatic:

As an INFJ with secondary Fe, just like the ISFJ, being able to express myself and genuinely connect with others helps me exit an Ni-Ti loop.

The Ni-Ti loop for me looks like, trying to develop a full-picture or framework that describes/predicts everything.

One example is with planning backpacking trips. I want to try to understand and predict everything that'll happen on the trip. Constantly checking the weather, staring at different map layers, reading past trip reports. I like to be prepared, but one can go overboard and you can't plan for every contingency and foot step of a backpacking trip. Talking my plans through with someone (Fe) can help me plan appropriately.

One way to generalize an Ni-Ti is creating patterns and connections of ideas (Ni) and trying to create an accurate/comprehensive framework (Ti). It sounds like a great idea, except that Ni keeps bringing in new perceptions and Ti keeps working to assimilate it into a precise structure. For the INFJ, getting the overall gist (Ni), describing it to someone (Fe) and making a cursory check of the accuracy (Ti) and then moving on, might be best.

berrytwo
Posts: 44
Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2022 11:45 pm

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by berrytwo »

Learning about loops has been one of the most helpful things about MBTI for me! It is one of those things you start to see everywhere after you learn about it. If you google your type and the loop, there will probably be some good info (some are more popsci-y than others). I have read through a lot of other type loops and they all seem to track well. I have thought of it as a short window of time (like a period of stress) but theoretically, you could be in a loop for years.
Do dig into shadow loops too, they have been eerily accurate for me (and others that I know.)
A MBTI expert I know recommended this book to me when I was talking about this. Haven't got my hands on it yet, but could be relevant.
https://www.amazon.com/Functions-Type-A ... al%20Types

7Wannabe5
Posts: 9280
Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:03 am

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by 7Wannabe5 »

Since I test basically neutral on introversion/extroversion, I think I actually might have a Ne-Fe dysfunctional loop AND a Ti-Si dysfunctional loop flipping on and off in low-level-bipolar wave form. The funny thing is that to the extent that I ever find myself "wasting resources", it is usually the result of trying to make myself be more practical/responsible/conscientious (SiFe) rather than just letting my Ne go nutz with Ti as Cat-in-the-Hat clean up crew. Like slightly manic me might blow $50 on firecrackers in one go, but "functional" depressive me will spend $5 every day on donuts to power myself through dull routine.

AnalyticalEngine
Posts: 937
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:57 am

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by AnalyticalEngine »

This is interesting because it explains a behavior I've noticed in myself, which is a tendency to project some negative emotion I feel onto the entire rest of the world, then come up with explanations/rationalizations for why it's always going to be that way. This is basically an Ni-Fi loop that goes: I feel bad (Fi) -> Here's a model of the world for why I feel bad (Ni) -> I'm not going to attempt to disprove or validate this model (skipping Te) -> ergo I continue to feel bad.

I've discovered using Te is a good way out of this loop, which basically amounts to what you do in cognitive behavioral therapy where you deconstruct whatever negative model you've built up that isn't actually representative of reality.

I'll have to look into shadow loops because I'm not as familiar with those. For INTJs, I do know there's that "flipped stack" model where you over rely on Se, which might look like giving into excessive hedonism or similar. The INTJ shadow stack is NeTiFeSi, so a negative loop there would either be NeFe or TiSi. I think I've been sucked into TiSi before, which usually looks like being very past-oriented/obsessed with nostalgia, but I'm not as sure what an NeFe loop would look like.

7Wannabe5
Posts: 9280
Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:03 am

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by 7Wannabe5 »

NeFe loop looks rounding up 20 library books, 20 packs of seeds, and 5 poly-partners, and then feeling terribly irresponsible if you don’t “take care” of them all in one weekend.

berrytwo
Posts: 44
Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2022 11:45 pm

Re: Stack theory 101

Post by berrytwo »

FYI Shadow loops are your 6th and 8th functions and should correspond to an introverted loop if you are introverted (although they could be both I suppose if you are on the edge (like 7w5). I am wondering how being strongly typed/ verses not would affect this loop equation. My first thought is that maybe people have more loops if they are less strongly typed, but deeper loops if they are stronger. I think it's probably more complicated than that though.

Post Reply