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  1. Mike Grundy

    Boris Johnson is a good example of a Meyers-Briggs ENTP Type with an underdeveloped auxiliary (secondary) function

    If BoJo were a well-balanced ENTP, his Auxiliary (or Secondary i.e. second most powerful) function, his Introverted Thinking, would round out his personality and temper the “eat, drink and be merry” dominant function. It would be a reality check. There would be a ‘(ship’s) captain and chief mate’ relationship between dominant and secondary – the dominant captain leading, dominant but not Domineering, the chief mate contributing, with very much something to contribute.

    But BoJo isn’t a well-balanced MBTI Type. He has an underdeveloped Secondary function. The syndrome of the Underdeveloped Secondary is IMO one of the aspects of MBTI most overlooked yet potentially most fruitful.

    Why? Because people with an underdeveloped Secondary enter a vicious circle – a spiral of (yes,) decline, into a situation where everything becomes subservient to the Dominant function. They become sterotypes.

    From personalitypage.com:

    … the ENTP usually has such an endearing and capable “way” about them that others tend to follow their lead …

    Yep, he won the last General Election convincingly!

    … even in the most trying of situations. The problems the ENTP generates in life are those associated with their constant need for individuality, excellence and new experiences …

    [and if their auxiliary function is underdeveloped…]

    … being so fascinated with their Extroverted Intuitions that they fail to develop a careful thinking process sufficient to balance it

    … Without a well developed thinking function, the ENTP is always in danger of leaping over social, financial and personal constraints for the sake of following a new vision … the one sided vision of Extroverted Intuition does not recognize or count the … small but important details which need to be right before such ideas can be realized.

    … simply ignorant of the effects which can flow from their often compulsive need for change or need to show how clever or individual they are.

    … [b[discount or fail to notice … essential ethics … often considering themselves “above” or untouched by such limiting values and often discounting the possibility that their actions might be or hurtful or seen as unethical by others.[/b]

    … [they] can separate themselves from the ground of their life, from the constancy of their friends and family

    and colleagues!

    [and] [b]without even realizing it, they can easily find themselves in untenable positions where, without support, they wonder why they are suddenly alone and lost.[/b]

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