Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Spock is known for his detachment, logical solutions, and adherence to the “code” of conduct within the confines of his position and authority. He is often the first to volunteer for dangerous missions, trusting himself to choose the most rational path and carry it out. When his equipment breaks inside a volcano, Spock tells them to leave him there to die – to avoid violating the Prime Directive and revealing themselves to primitive cultures. His honest mission reports get Kirk into trouble with Pike, for violating the rules. He comes up with rapid logical fixes to most problems (“Perhaps you should send with me someone with knowledge not only of the ship, but also my medical history”.). Once he hears of Ambassador Spock’s death, Spock considers taking over his role on New Vulcan as a leader. Spock is so efficient, he has trouble respecting other people’s feelings. His emotions are uncontrolled and erratic; once “compromised,” Spock becomes unusually emotional, inclined to attack Kirk for perceived insults. He struggles to be able to tell Uhura that he loves her, though feelings for others often emerge under intense stress (in the midst of a firefight, he tells Uhura the truth; he becomes enraged and emotional after Kirk’s death; he is nice and tells Bones how much he likes him, after being seriously injured). Spock is so curious about others’ feelings, that he uses the Vulcan Mind Meld on Pike, to know what fearing death is like. He is somewhat dismissive and ashamed of his own feelings.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
He has such intense respect for the Vulcan culture, he nearly gives up his position on the Enterprise and his relationship with Uhura, to go back home and “make Vulcan babies,” to help his race repopulate. He is methodical in his work, detailed in his mission reports, and stable. His own culture, the beliefs of his people, and his past weigh heavily on his decisions. Spock forms impressions of others based on long-term interaction with them. He also trusts, to some extent, the advice of the “other” Spock, because of their shared approaches and histories. Even though he is pulled toward the traditional, Spock is the first Vulcan to have joined Starfleet. He considers leaving it, to return to his culture, but ultimately, his enjoyment of new situations, engaging new cultures, and exploring new possibilities enable him to decide to stay. When presented with problems, Spock can offer alternate solutions (he suggests Bones accompany him on the enemy ship). He dates a fellow Starfleet officer, and he leaves behind his life and heritage on Vulcan in order to do something no one has ever done before.
Spock is very much rule-oriented and by the book; Khan asks if he can’t even break a single rule, how is he supposed to break a bone? He’s all about controlling his anger, but that rage is apparent to those around him. He’s angry about being a half breed and not respected by his fellow Vulcans, so he tries to become the perfect, logical Vulcan. He has no qualms in walking away from the Vulcan Academy when they insult his parentage, and choosing a profession that allows him to be rational, detached, and rule-abiding. He does not like to cheat the system or use cheap tricks, but learns from Kirk sometimes it’s “necessary” to beat an adversary. Spock tends to shove aside his feelings to focus on the task at hand, refusing to deal with his mother’s death and only admitting he is “emotionally compromised” after Kirk brings out his rage. His 9 wing attempts to bring in a measure of calm to his decisions, and helps him remain detached. Under intense situations, Spock falls into unhealthy 4 disintegration behaviors — he becomes highly emotional, erratic, and self-destructive.