MBTI Sidharth Vardhan

My understanding of functional theory – some starting premises – Part 1

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I doubt there is much originality in these posts but since I have a mind to write about this stuff, I may as well try to be a bit organized.  So, here are some assumptions I start with:

Part 1

1. To begin with, there are two kinds of energies – extroversion and introversion. Carl Jung says no one can be absolutely introverts or extroverts without going mad and I agree. There are both these forms of energies in each one of us.

2. We have a capacity for each of these energies. We will call this capacity ‘energy tanks’. Each one of us thus has two tanks – an introverted energy tank and an extroverted energy tank. The sizes of these tanks vary. And we are introvert or extrovert according to their sizes. So, in some people, introverted energy tank is bigger and they are introverted and in other extroverted energy, the tank is bigger making them extroverts. The two energy tanks are perfectly capable of equal or nearly equal making one what is called ambivert but this rarely happens.

3. We are always consuming energies from one of these tanks while adding energy to the other depending on our environment. For example, when alone we tend to increase or replenish our extroverted energy tanks while depleting our introverted energies and vice versa in the case when we are in extroverted surroundings. Thus a person can’t live alone all the time or with people all the time without it affecting his or her psychological health. The impact of loneliness is visible in a number of cases. That of excessive extroversion rarely gets discussed but one sees it displayed in ‘No Exit’ by Sartre and often in so-called reality shows where contests are made to spend months in the presence of each other.

4. Note that there is nothing to claim two tanks will drain at the same rate. And, in fact, our being introvert or extrovert might depend more on relative rates at which these tanks will exhaust themselves rather than their relative size.

5. Also, the rate of a particular tank exhausts itself need not stay the same over time. It will depend upon our energies (extroversion will be more quickly exhausted by loud noises for example).

6. We feel energetic according to how well filled the smaller tank is filled. Introvert spending much time alone will thus have well filled extroverted (the smaller) tank and feel energetic.

Part 2

7. Each energy has four traits attached to it – sensing, intuition, feeling and thinking. The energy contained in each of the two tanks tends to have mixtures of these traits. Each tank will have all four traits at least in some quantity. These traits are very different from each other

8. Sensing is related to the collection of raw data. Its sources are senses, body’s physical functions, etc.

9. Intuition tends to find information connections between data collected by sensing. The actual interest might arise from seeing patterns or perspectives.

10. Sensing and Intuition are both information gathering functions. They are also irrational functions – in that, they do not have values through which to use the information. The information gather might mean nothing by itself.

11. Feeling and thinking, on the other hand, are information arranging functions. The feeling function does so considering emotional aspects while thinking function does so considering what is called the practical aspects of the problem.

The theory will go in part 2.

Copyright – Sidharth Vardhan


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