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Second (Flexible)













Processional • Unprincipled • High


The best way to describe the second function is that it is the most normal, there are no inherent faults or hyperactive forces toiling beneath the waters of the second that drive it this way or that. This function flows freely and easily because of its unprincipled nature, but its position as a high and processional function means it loves expansion into the environment, covering an incredibly broad range of tastes or interests, and loves dialoguing with others over this aspect. While the first function is our gift to ourselves, the second function is the gift we give to other people.

If the First Function is best compared to a hammer, then the Second is a river. She is just as strong. But besides strength, it has qualities unknown to the First: breadth, wealth, naturalness and flexibility. The source of all these virtues lies in the fact that in the Second, strength is conjugated with processionality, i.e. it is a force charged for constant dialogue, constant interaction. [...] Therefore, it is the Second function that is the best side of a person

Processionality is not a monopoly of the Second. A real monopoly, or its main sign, is an action that is irreproachably adequate to the situation, without excess and without scarcity, the standard of behavior. This is due to the public nature of the second function which can only operate in it's completeness within the presence of a partner or audience, it is the function that drives sociability.

However, despite the passive and amiable qualities of the second function, it possesses the unusual quality of pity,

The combination of strength and processionality of the Second Function endows it with such an unusually valuable quality as pity. In fact, pity is not a monopoly of the Second, but one of the aspects of processionality. The specificity of the pity of the Second lies precisely in the fact that she regrets from a position of strength, confidence and experience of the richly gifted side of human nature. Say, there is nothing better for the sick, the disabled, the elderly than to be under the care of the 2nd Physics. The indefatigability of her compassion, constant care, precision, speed and caution of movements are able to provide maximum comfort to any infirm person.

The second function, unlike the first function, is not brittle or rigid to any degree, so shocks taken in the position have no effect- there would be no shock- making the second a fearless type. The second one is not only strong, but also plastic, so blows to it do not hurt, but only give direction to work on its further improvement. This only feeds into the explorative nature of this function as when combining fearlessness and breadth you will find that this is the function we are most prone to throwing into uncertain situations, often with pleasure.

one of my classmates, being the owner of the 2nd Physics, was not too lazy to go to the other end of the city with the sole purpose of fighting. He often traveled without knowing whether he would beat him or not. The case, of course, was not without bruises and bumps, but the benefits became obvious over time: he eventually became a dashing pilot, an Air Force colonel


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Attitudinal Psyche


Certain • Sufficient • Strong


Passive • Objective • Fearless


Wordy • Conditional • Universal

When we combine the self-positive, and others-positive dispositions this position holds, we see that an orientation towards desiring to process comes into play. This process focus is what gives the second position a wordy, conditional, and universal feel to it. The Flexible Position wants to engage in the journeys they desire while processing the information surrounding it. They tend to be completely open to all opinions of the aspect, and rarely ever feel vulnerable or as if they should protect themselves. If someone needs help, or walked through a process, this position will gladly do so.

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AP Subtypes


The 2-1 subtype is the most leaderlike of the flexible subtypes. They are prone to stating their opinions flat out regarding the aspect held within. There is little holding back with this subtype as they are attempting to use their fearless aspect to lead by example. They seem to want to create higher levels of standards that others can observe and adopt for themselves. The 2-1 subtype is still a process-oriented attitude at its core, so they are not trying to conclude the aspect like a true confident attitude would. However, they genuinely want others to follow their lead and overcome fears and obstacles by being as fearless as they present themselves to be. The follow-me subtype is looking for opportunities to express itself and become a bastion of hope for those who are less confident. This subtype is not as argumentative as the 2-3 subtype, but more unrelenting, blunt, and willing to impart its knowledge endlessly in a confident manner. This type reports a strong need to guide others to discover their best selves in the aspect, and this is their greatest gift.


The 2-2 subtype is the most obvious to identify out of all the flexible subtypes. They tend to have a huge range of information and opinions towards the aspect. There is a constant need to move forward with this subtype so they can explore every piece of information that is illuminated in their own mind. They focus on a balance of information between themselves and others. For this reason, they are always testing their opinions with others, desiring to have consistent dialogue. This subtype rarely ever gets tired of sharing information or expressing their opinion about the aspect. They may come off as overly talkative and unconcerned about getting a desired result as exploration is the focus. The 2-2 subtype can undergo the most intense pressure placed on it without budging. The reason for this, is because they continue to be curious about the “why” behind every construct, even if it means putting themselves in precarious situations. They have the most patience for others who are destructive and skeptical.


The 2-3 subtype is the most argumentative of the flexible subtypes. This type desires feedback no matter what the situation is and will purposely pry at people to get them to respond. They offer up many options to problems and will even explore the negatives. This subtype can get lost in feeling as if they must solve issues. They worry about how dead ends could cut them off from exploring things deeper, so to counter this they will dedicate themselves to uncovering hidden obstacles. They are not fearful of the aspect itself, but rather fearful of how outside influences (especially of their own insecure aspect) can limit them from imparting their greatest gift to others. They wish to deeply elaborate on the “why” behind every construct much like the 2-2 subtype, but there is a specific skepticism that is generally not present with the 2-2s. The 2-3 subtypes want to explore every closet, attic, basement, and crawl space of the aspect held within. They can come off as being insecure, but the defining difference between them and the insecure attitude is their positive reaction to obstacles.


The 2-4 subtype is all about hoarding information. This subtype is shy, hidden, supportive, and deceptively fearless. The 2-4 subtype recognizes the gift they have for others but holds closely to it to use it for when the situation calls for it. They see themselves as a secondhand source of information that can be explored by others when necessary. For this reason, they often downplay their power, choosing to be modest instead. This subtype seems to be the rarest subtype of all 16. There is an awareness of appropriateness that no other subtype has, or at least not to the same degree of the 2-4s. They wish to support people in the most ideal way and if that means they must hold onto information for another time, they will do so. They tend to have an awareness of time and how it affects the perception of the aspect held within the flexible attitude. The nature of this subtype to bury information can make them mistype as the 4th attitude, but like all flexible subtypes, they do not back down from fearlessly discussing the aspect if fully engaged in it. They are genuinely self-positive, though it does not appear this way at first.

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