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To understand ENTJ development, we have to understand the hierarchy of mental functions for the ENTJ. The hierarchy of mental functions for the ENTJ is about which mental function (Sensing, Intuiting, Thinking or Feeling) the ENTJ is most comfortable with using and which they are least comfortable in using.
Without going too much into Type dynamics, let’s look at the ENTJ’s hierarchy of mental functions:
The ENTJ is most comfortable with using their Dominant Function Extraverted Thinking and least comfortable with using their Inferior Function Introverted Feeling.
DEVELOPMENT OF EXTRAVERTED THINKING
As a child, the ENTJ will develop the Extraverted Thinking function. They will want to know reasoning and explanations behind the actions of their parents.
They will not accept “It is true because Mom says so”. They will also generally be less expressive than their Feeling counterparts, not showing emotion as readily and hence not crying or laughing as much.
If they have not properly developed this function in their youth, they may not know how to evaluate their thoughts and therefore constantly change their stands or decision.
DEVELOPMENT OF INTROVERTED INTUITION
At puberty, the ENTJ will start developing the auxiliary function, Introverted Intuition. They will develop a strategic mind and enjoy games and activities that require them to stretch their thinking and imagination.
They will display quickness of understanding and often do very well in their studies. They will enjoy subjects that deal with an abstract theory like Mathematics (depending on how it is taught).
If they have not properly developed this function, they may grow up to be extremely overbearing and stubborn, not willing to listen to the viewpoints of others and to come to conclusions prematurely.
Assuming an environment supportive of their development, most ENTJs would have developed Extraverted Thinking and Introverted Intuition by 20 years or so.
Their areas of improvement will most likely come from the underdeveloped sides of Extraverted Sensing and Introverted Feeling.
Here are some suggestions for improvement:
DEVELOPMENT OF EXTRAVERTED SENSING
At the age of 30, the ENTJ will feel the tension to continue growing and start developing the tertiary function, Extraverted Sensing. The ENTJ may start taking notice of details like colour, shape, size that they have not noticed before. They may also start making observations or insights about people that they have never noticed before.
The ENTJ can further develop the Extraverted Sensing function through these simple exercises:
DEVELOPMENT OF INTROVERTED FEELING
At midlife onward, the ENTJ's focus turns toward the inferior function, Introverted Feeling. The underdeveloped Introverted Feeling of ENTJs comes out in a childish and undeveloped way when under stress, so the ENTJ becomes extremely emotional or feel uncontrollable depression.
But in midlife, there is an unconscious shift and desire to develop that inferior function to achieve wholeness and continual growth. It is an uncomfortable but necessary transition.
Here are some simple exercises to consciously develop the Introverted Feeling function: