Psychological Functions: Their Highest Ideals


Psychological functions are common pop-psychology in modern times - used everywhere from marriage counselling to job interviews with a view to 'type' people all the while trying to draw a comparative analysis of the various skills that people have and can develop.

However these functions, on seeing them well differentiated in their purest form, in the absence of any other function seem to promulgate a world-view highly unique albeit incomplete in the grand chaos of life. Below is a tentative matching of functions with the values (and lifestyle) that they would seem to evoke in an individual. The subject of the statement is always the consciousness whereas the objects for the Extraverted functions lie in external reality while for the Introverted functions they are the internal models.

Extraverted Thinking (Te) - "Is everything in order and going according to plan?"
Introverted Thinking (Ti) - "How better can this be done without breaking too many rules?"
Extraverted Feeling (Fe) - "Is everybody happy? Is there harmony?"
Introverted Feeling (Fi) - "Is this really a thing of beauty and subjective worth?"

Extraverted Sensing (Se) - "The present moment is all there is. Life exists in the NOW"
Introverted Sensing (Si) - "Our culture and traditions define us. Change is not always a good thing"
Extraverted Intuition (Ne) - "There is always something more here. Everything is in a state of flux"
Introverted Intuition (Ni) - "There is a subjective meaning to everything which links up to everything else"

Any suggestions and/or corrections are welcome!

2 comments:

  1. Lol. Nice interpretations. Particularly Se, Ni and Ne. Difficult to define them.

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  2. Very true. I was taking the almost impossibly extreme case when the consciousness is completely pervaded by only 1 function for a certain period of time in a loopy way

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