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    • September 4, 2014 9:45:04 AM PDT
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      Dominant Extraverted Intuition 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 Volume 6, Psychological Types (book)

      "[dominant] Extraverted Intuition vs. [inferior] Introverted Feeling or [inferior] Introverted Thinking
      A person oriented to extraverted intuition will tend to repress any aspect of consciousness that might obstruct his affection for possibilities in the making. He is loathe to consider practical detail that might impede his vision; nor does he want to hear the arguments about why his ideas are not feasible. The theoretical opposite of extraverted intuition is introverted sensing, yet introverted sensation, viewing sensory experience through the magical lens of the inner object [i.e. the focus of introversion], may not be a sufficient counterbalance. It is too similar to extraverted intuition; they share a common orientation to the inner object and they each value imagination. [The dominant focus of extraverted intuition is towards the object because of extraversion but intuition itself is argued by the author to focus on the inner world/object because it is perception via the unconscious which is postulated to be within people/mind, inside. While sensing is argued to be perception via physical senses thus taking in one's surroundings and focusing on the outer world/object. So he's saying while Ne is predominantly extraverted the fact that it has some introversion in it makes it not completely foreign to Si which is predominantly introversion focused with only a taste of extraversion from sensation.]

      'Thinking and feeling, the indispensable components for conviction, are his inferior functions, carrying no weight and hence incapable of effectively withstanding the power of intuition. And yet these functions are the only ones that could compensate its supremacy by supplying judgment which the intuitive type totally lacks (CW 6, paragraph 613).'

      Because intuition is extraverted, the opposing shadow type(s) [inferior functions] would be expected to be introverted. For our purposes, we will assume they are, but extraverted rational functions could also serve as effective inhibitors of extraverted intuition, with their extraverted orientation to traditions, norms, and standards.

      Andrew Carnegie, the exuberant entrepreneur seeing and seizing possibilties to create wealth or make the world a better place, plays the role of extraverted intuition. The shadow role [inferior function] is often played by a rational function. Since Andy's role is extraverted, we would look to Anne Frank or Immanuel Kant for the shadow's introverted rational opposition.

      Table 7-4 Ne Opposed by Fi or Ti
      Orientations of
      Ne: Extensive Possibilities ; Fi or Ti: Intensive Ideals or Insights
      Comments on Orientation: The lead is open to new tangible possibilities in the world at large; the shadow type wants him to also consider intangible high ideals or eternally valid insights.

      Attitudes of
      Ne: Perceive Possibilities ; Fi or Ti: Apprehend Ideals or Insights
      Comments on Attitude: The lead moves from one possibility to another, the most exciting of them all being the next one, always the next one; the shadow type urges him to step off the treadmill of chasing possibilities and look to the images within that affirm enduring value and meaning beyond the treadmill of life.

      Functional Roles of
      Ne: Catalytic Intuition ; Fi or Ti: Idealistic Feeling or Conceptual Thinking
      Comments on Functional Role: The lead is a catalyst for change - current circumstances never satisfy him; he always wants something better; the shadow type whispers that his ideals and philosophy will bring him peace of mind.

      Substances of
      Ne: Outer Imagination ; Fi or Ti: Inner Valuations or Thoughts
      Comments on Substance: The lead is forever using his imagination to see how the outer world might change; the shadow type wants to direct his imagination to inner valuations and thoughts.

      Scopes of
      Ne: Particular Possibilities ; Fi or Ti: Holistic Ideals or Insights
      Comments on Scope: The lead enjoys making particular possibilities real; the shadow type wants him to also see how those possibilities relate to the larger meaning of life.

      Extreme Extraverted Intuition
      With an extreme disposition to extraverted intuition, the ego becomes too identified with unborn possibilities related to the outer object. It is in the grip of the vision of possibilities apprehended there. The ego identity merges with the perceived possibilities. The inflated ego can run roughshod over other compensating types; it becomes as grand, bold, and important as the possibilities themselves. Less imaginative people are secretly deprecated as contemptible, banal, or timid - only half alive; they are projections of his repressed shadow.

      Not prone to patience with the status quo, extraverted intuition thrusts the individual into a pursuit of the next enthralling possibility, each new one seemingly more important and alluring than the one before. He fancies a position of exalted superiority over the outer object. The individual ascends an uplifting spiral of self-importance with the ego conjoined to imagined possibilities. As those possibilities become grander, the ego inflates with them. Never mind that the last possibility was left incomplete and in shambles for lack of attention to practical detail. Life is not lived backward, but always thrust forward into the next imagined project or accomplishment. Like Napoleon abandoning his troops in Egypt, the individual figuratively sails away to pursue more exalted possibilities on the horizon.

      If extraverted intuition becomes the exclusive sovereign of consciousness, the shadow type turns hostile and conspires to bring the inflated ego back to earth. The rational functions invade consciousness with infantile, archaic thoughts and feelings. The individual is rattled by hypochondriacal ideas, phobias, and bodily sensations. He falls victim to '. . . neurotic compulsions in the form of over-subtle ratiocinations, hair-splitting dialectics, and a compulsive tie to the sensation aroused by objects' (CW 6, paragraph 615)" - pages 231-234

      This post was edited by CunningLinguist at September 5, 2014 9:44:41 AM PDT
    • April 30, 2015 6:20:18 PM PDT
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      Dominant Extraverted Intuition and its oppositions

      Nice! Thanks for the brain candy!

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