8 function archetypes are fascinating to me. To start, your dominant function is your Hero function and the one you most identify with within yourself. For a general explanation: http://www.typeinsights.com/FreeArticles/TypeArchetypePartOneTheSpine.pdf One interesting note from there: “The differentiation of the Hero / Heroine is usually the work of childhood, and the more the original family recognises and values the superior function, the more the child is seen (at least in this area) as remarkable, competent, and gifted.” In my own childhood my creativity was always encouraged. Though I find it hard to understand and be understood by my mom, she’s an artist and always encouraged my own creativity. Art was a place to find meaning within form. Patterns and connections everywhere, always. I don’t recall being that strongly aware of how I view the world differently from others.
Here for a list of types/function/positions: http://www.apt-nc.org/type-theories/eight-function-model/