Extraverted Thinking (Te) serves as either the dominant or auxiliary function for INTJs, ENTJs, ISTJs, and ESTJs. TJs strive to rationally structure, order, and control the outside world. They are systematic, methodical, deliberate, and strategic in their approach. They proceed carefully and slowly, looking ahead to avoid potential obstacles and to prepare for contingencies.
Extraverted Thinking (Te) involves Thinking-based judgments that incorporate facts, data, or other objective considerations. Through the impersonal and objectifying lens of Te, the world becomes a giant machine, a system of interrelated parts that predictably functions according to the laws of cause and effect.
Te rivals Introverted Sensing (Si) with regard to its ability to store and recall objective information. Te packages and preserves data and information in its original form, allowing INTJs, ENTJs, and STJs to recall facts, dates, names, numbers, and procedures with striking accuracy. INTPs, by contrast, rely on Introverted Thinking (Ti), which is more fluid in nature and less adept with regard to fact retention.
INTJs’ & ENTJs’ Extraverted Thinking (Te): Measured & Methodical
An Extraverted Thinking-based, objective approach generally entails measurements and quantitative standards. Never vague or ambiguous, it employs clear definitions, policies, plans, and procedures. It carefully spells out how to get from here to there, using as many maps, directions, and labels as appropriate. The modern world, characterized by a sprawling system of laws and bureaucracy, might be viewed as the offspring of an unchecked Te.
Inspired by their Extraverted Thinking, INTJs and ENTJs are champions of the development and utilization of clear and measurable goals. After receiving the big-picture vision from their Ni, they use their Te to convert it into a set of measurable objectives and to delineate the steps and strategies for its actualization.
To learn more about Te and the other personality functions, I encourage you to explore my recent book, My True Type: Clarifying Your Personality Type, Preferences & Functions: