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    • September 1, 2014 11:26:49 AM PDT
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      Dominant Extraverted Sensing and its oppositions

      I enjoyed and was impressed enough with the sections on the inferior functions in this book I'm reading on the psychological types that I decided to share them with you all. The book is "Jung's Compass of Psychological Types" by James Graham Johnston. I recommend it for several reasons, some being the author's competent, wholesome, and effective treatment of the subject. The writer of the book, throughout his work, relates famous historical figures to a particular function to help the reader better conceptually understand the material; he doesn't argue that the people in his examples had the said dominant function per se but rather the qualities they exhibited and that are discussed can be related/representative of the dominant function in question. A metaphor of a theatrical stage is used to help the reader grasp the dynamics of the functions and postulated constituents of the psyche.

      Feel free to express what stood out to you in the passages and if you can relate to them with your comments replying to this thread.

      FYI. "CW 6" = Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Psychological Types (book)


      "[dominant] Extraverted Sensation vs. [inferior] Introverted Intuition
      While extraverted sensation is oriented to the concrete, perceivable reality of particular objects, its opposite, introverted intuition, has the largest window to the big adn long-distance picture of life as a whole. A person oriented to extraverted sensation has a very keenly developed sense of outer reality. Naturally the individual will look suspiciously on intuitive hunches. While intuition readily sees three dots and connects twenty four, sensation will not connect one dot before it's time - before it is fully perceived. If is not perceived, it does not exist. Apprehending intuitively is a strange and dark art for this orientation. Apprehending the panoramic images of the inner object is a fearful proposition, for the inner object possesses none of the attributes perceivable by extraverted sensation; the inner object is strange and suspect. The more that introverted intuition is suppressed as worrisome by the dominant type, the more troublesome it becomes.

      Julia child, as extraverted sensation, who would 'rather eat one tablespoon of chocolate russe cake than three bowls of Jell-O!' is opposed by the introverted intuition shadow played by Ghandi, who ate only the simplest foods and found fasting delicious. This could be a yeasty recipe of oppositions. A review of the five comparative categories for each type will help to illustrate this dynamic tension of opposites.


      Table 7-3 Se Opposed by Ni
      Orientations of
      Se: Extensive Facts ; Ni: Intensive Images
      Comments on Orientation: The lead attends to the many individual, enjoyable, sensuous facts found in the world at large; the shadow type wants her to look inward to the delicious images that could also captivate her attention.

      Attitudes of
      Se: Perceive Facts ; Ni: Apprehend Images
      Comments on Attitude: The lead is determined to get her facts just right, to accurately record every detail; the shadow type whispers that God is not in the details after all, but rather found in the inner life where the enthralling images that arise there are more real than real.

      Functional Roles of
      Se: Realistic Sensation ; Ni: Visionary Intuition
      Comments on Functional Role: The lead plays her role by savoring all the sensual delights of the moment, by being grounded in the practical issues of life; the shadow type wants her to join him in envisioning grand possibilities for the future.

      Substances of
      Se: Outer Perceptions ; Ni: Inner Imagination
      Comments on Substance: The lead considers her factual and accurate perceptions, she kneads them like dough; the shadow type wants her to get her fingers out of the dough of life and let her imagination rise.

      Scopes of
      Se: Particular Facts ; Ni: Holistic Images
      Comments on Scope: The lead enjoys each and every particular fact for its own sake; the shadow type wants her to relax and also enjoy images of the whole - the whole cake yes, but the whole life or whole world, even better.


      Extraverted sensation, fully oriented and directed to the outer object, is more engaged in the pure act of accurate perception than any of the other types. This both an adaptive advantage and a potential pitfall. The risk of a one-sided attitude, directed to the outer objects, is that it may fall into its grip, this repressing compensatory attitudes oriented to the inner object. The inner life can be too readily devalued in an exclusive absorption with sensory experience. What comes from inside will seem morbid and mysteriously unfamiliar, and therefore will likely be repressed.

      Extreme Extraverted Sensation
      When taken to an extreme, extraverted sensation conflates that ego identity with the outer object. Normally a highly sensitive type that differentiates the qualities of many sensuous experiences, in an extreme mode, it is driven to pure pleasure seeking. Extraverted sensation normally carries its own discriminating morality about sensuous experience. When too one-sided, it loses that discernment, 'squeezing dry' sensuous experience, exploiting the outer object merely to further stimulate sensation.

      All of life experience is blindly reduced to sensual perception; everything must have a concrete casual connection. '[S]he will unhesitatingly connect a psychogenic symptom with a drop in the barometer . . . (CW 6, paragraph 607).'

      Grandly imaginative introverted intuition asserts itself to actively oppose the conscious position, but in a primitive and disruptive form. It arrives as imagined anxieties, phobias, and magical superstitions. Extraverted sensation, the most practical, realistic, concrete form of ego consciousness, is besieged with preposterous suppositions. The most realistic and practical of all the types turns into a 'pathological parody' of imagined troubles. As jealous suspicions and fantasies arise, the individual becomes increasingly petty and sanctimonious.

      'A pettifogging captiousness follows, or a grotesquely punctilious morality combined with primitive, 'magical' superstitions that fall back on abstruse rights . . . reason turns into hair-splitting pedantry, morality into dreary moralizing and blatant Pharisaism, religion into the ridiculous superstition, and intuition, the noblest gift of man, into meddlesome officiousness, poking into every corner; instead of gazing into the far distance, it descends to the lowest level of human meanness (CW 6, paragraph 608).'

      The individual is simultaneously in the grip of an obsessive tie to the outer object and overwhelmed by magical forces from within." - pages 228-231

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      Dominant Extraverted Sensing and its oppositions

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