The Near-Identical relation is the most similar out of any pairing besides Identicals.
Both types share the same confidence and positive outlook in their own attitudes towards their first and second functions. This may present itself in a number of ways: coinciding career interests, having similar personality dispositions, concerning themselves with related challenges, and communicating comparable topics. The difference comes in how they handle these attitudes with other people and the resulting differences in focus. One partner focuses on personal results, unconcerned about other’s opinion within that aspect, while the other partner has a positive and inquisitive attitude towards how the self and others process the aspect.
On top of having similar confidences in their own sufficient attitudes, these types share the same insecure and oblivious aspect. Both near-identical types deeply understand their insecurities and skepticism toward the same aspect, so they may find it extraordinarily easy to empathize with one another. The oblivious function is also a place where they may find mutual comfort in knowing that they both feel connected in trusting others to handle matters of this aspect.
At first glance, one may think that both types are quite different. But, as you dig deeper into each partner’s inner world, it becomes abundantly clear how similar they are. This relation is usually very long lasting and comfortable. Each person has no issue bringing their own perspective to the table, and the other generally respects the insight that the other offers. There may tend to be stale periods in relations between Near-Identicals, but generally these are easily overcome once new interesting information is shared.
Near-Identicals may go long periods of time without talking to one another as their lives can lead them very different directions since they have different first functions. However, they can always find common ground so long as the shared third and fourth function can be explored together.