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    • September 20, 2014 5:29:19 PM PDT
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      Introverted sensation and its oppositions

      This is the section on the inferior functions ("oppositions") of dominant introverted sensation from the book "Jung's Compass of Psychological Types" by James Graham Johnston.

      “[dominant] Introverted Sensation vs. [inferior] Extraverted Thinking or Feeling
      A person oriented to introverted sensation is often an artist or musician for she has a finely honed sense of the drama and beauty of perceptions. Her opposing shadow type [inferior function] could be extraverted intuition but more likely will be one of the extraverted rational functions. If extraverted thinking is the repressed type, than she will resist attention to practical problem-solving, much like the shadow type of introverted feeling. If extraverted feeling is the shadow type, then she will struggle with relating to others, much like the shadow type to introverted thinking.

      Georgia O’Keeffe, the quiet, aloof, intensive and mysterious artist, interpreting the lively impressions of nature in bold and engaging art, plays the role of aesthethic sensation – reinterpreting accurate perceptions as enigmatic images. Normally, the shadow is opposite on the compass, but Georgia represents a crossover type. Oriented in two directions, it is often too flexible to be adequately opposed by the other crossover receptive [‘perception’: N or S] type, extraverted intuition, played by Andrew Carnegie. The two have much in common.

      Because introverted sensation and extraverted intuition sometimes appear together as lead and auxiliary pairs (Steve Jobs and Cocoa Channel are possible examples) and because they do not form the stark contrast of opposites that occur for other types, we will use the extraverted rational types represented by Darwin [extraverted thinking] and Queen Elizabeth I [extraverted feeling] for the shadow’s opposition.^Ft.41

      Ft.41 (Footnote 41): Empirical experience with the Gifts Compass Inventory (CGI) [author’s own personality type test like the MBTI or Gray-Wheelwright-Winer Type Indicator] has confirmed that the shadow types for introverted sensation very often are either extraverted thinking or extraverted feeling.

      Table 7-7 Si Opposed by Te or Fe
      Orientations of
      Si: Intensive Innervations ; Te or Fe: Extensive Order or Norms
      Comments on Orientation: The lead [dominant function] is intensively observant of special perceptions that ignite the archetypal embers; the shadow type wants her to be more oriented to the outward order of things.

      Attitudes of
      Si: Apprehend Innvervations ; Te or Fe: Perceive Order or Norms
      Comments on Attitudes: The lead inwardly moves from one intensive innervation to the next, seeking to more fully grasp it; the shadow type urges her to come back to the real outer world and to grasp the order of the things there.

      Functional Roles of
      Si: Aesthetic Sensation ; Te or Fe: Constructive Thinking or Social Feeling
      Comments on Functional Role: The lead is content to apprehend the innervations, to break in their aesthetic thrill; the shadow type beckons her to construct some order or affirm some standard out of her perceptions.

      Substances of
      Si: Inner Perceptions ; Te or Fe: Outer Thoughts or Valuations
      Comments on Substance: The lead is forever at work with her inner perceptions - it is the stuff that is most real to her; the shadow type wants her to work more with the stuff of outer thought or valuations.

      Focuses of
      Si: Holistic Innverations; Te or Fe: Particular Order or Norms
      Comments on Focus: The lead enjoys seeing her innervations holistically - she is caught up in whole enticing image derived from particular perceptions; the shadow type wants her to focus more practically on some particular order or norm derived from those perceptions.

      Extreme Introverted Sensation
      The case of introverted sensation is unusual because it is oriented simultaneously to the inner and outer object. Functionally, it orients to the outer object of the world at large, but the introverted attitude overrides that orientation, sweeping libido to the inner object of archetypal images.

      Thus the penchant of an extreme introverted sensation attitude, like introverted intuition, is to identify too much with the contents of the collective unconscious. The composite substance - the primary material - consists of perceptions of the outer object as they are transformed by the enlivened patina of images from the unconscious. In the extreme, the individual loses the ability to differentiate the perceived object form the object in her imagination.

      '. . . the subject [individual] has an illusory conception of reality, which in pathological cases goes so far that he is no longer able to distinguish between the real object and subjective perception (CW 6, paragraph 651).'

      The individual becomes increasingly isolated and alienated from the world at large as the ego identity aligns with the inner object. The suppression of rational functions enable free reign in the inner life of fantastic innervations. Perceptions of the world at large can be transformed into a divine comedy.

      'Actually he lives in a mythological world, where men, animals, locomotives, houses, rivers, and mountains appear either as benevolent deities or as malevolent demons . . . if he remains faithful to his irrationality, and is ready to grant his sensations reality value, the objective world will appear a mere make-believe and a comedy (CW 6, paragraph 653).'

      The shadow types that often arise to oppose this extreme attitude are the extraverted rational types, engendering symptoms of neurosis similar to those for other extreme attitudes. If extraverted thinking plays the role of shadow type, it engages a weakly developed thinking that deprecates everything that the introverted sensation values: 'These paintings are nothing but foolishness; no one will ever like your work.' If extraverted feeling is suppressed, the weakly developed feeling manifests as a repelling irritability - grumpy, picky, and faultfinding. 'I am fed up with the hordes of people admiring my work; they are obtuse and without refined tastes.'

      Jung assumed that extraverted intuition would be the most suppressed type. If extraverted intuition plays the role of the shadow type, it engenders '. . . shadowy, sordid, dangerous possibilities lurking in the background' (CW 6, paragraph 654). They would generate a compulsion neurosis, producing compulsive and perverse ideas. 'The snakes may get me if I go out to the canyon tomorrow to paint.'"

    • November 14, 2017 11:01:51 PM PST
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