Once again I pay attention that each person has all four functions and functions normally. The difference between the types is that one of the functions turns out to be more convenient for a person to adapt to the world around him – he trains and hones it throughout his life, leaving all others without special attention. In a sense, it is disharmony, and in a certain norm it depends on the point of view.
Hypothetically, all functions can be balanced, but it is not known whether there is any big sense in this. At least, at the initial stage, it is enough to understand the properties and limitations of your own type so as not to create problems for yourself with your excessive one-sidedness. And now, actually, about the laws.
Mental functions exist in antagonistic couples: thinking – feeling and intuition – feeling. This means that if a person has developed thinking, then a feeling is automatically suppressed. Thinking destroys feeling, just like feeling destroys thinking. The same thing happens with another pair of functions – re-read their description, taking into account that one is opposite to the other.
The depressed function – the one that is opposite to the primary one – does not disappear anywhere either, but since it is she who receives the least attention, she atrophies, becomes weak, coarse, and primitive. So, for example, the thinking type practically doesn’t understand anything in feelings and doesn’t control them at all – they control it. Cold and prudent, he hopelessly succumbs to the surges of his own feelings and at the same time does not understand at all what is happening to him.
In the same way, a pronounced feeling type is deprived of any opportunity to think freely and flexibly. Its logical apparatus is capable of performing only the most elementary one-pass operations. The probability of a meteorite falling on their head – 50/50 – will either fall or not. Without any jokes and irony. But on the other hand, his feelings are as mobile, flexible and manageable as the thinking of his opposite. In fact, he himself chooses what to love and what to hate, and can change positions from one to another literally the next minute. But any obsessive thought can drive him into complete prostration.
The suppressed intuition leads to the fact that the sensing type even more blindly begins to rely on the facts – “As long as I don’t touch it with my own hands, I don’t believe it”. For him there is no faith, no vocation, no meaning of life, he lives day after day, more and more losing the taste for life. A primitive primitive intuition is expressed in his obsessive superstition.
And the intuitive type with depressed sensation function falls into the opposite trap. In pursuit of his intuitive insights, he loses touch with actual reality and can easily break wood where any other person would have noticed the mistake being made. And at the same time, any well-known fact that has penetrated into the consciousness, has a bewitching effect on him – for him this is every time, like the discovery of America.
And one more thing, before moving on to the question in the title. It has already been said above that a person has a primary mental function and is a secondary one. Secondary – not in the sense of “depressed”, but in the sense of “auxiliary”. It plays the role of an additional tool of adaptation and gives the person the corresponding features, but in a somewhat less pronounced form.
Moreover, the secondary function in a person is always from another pair of opposites. That is, for example, types of thinking-intuitive or intuitive-feeling are possible, but there can be no feeling-thinking or intuitive-feeling.
And that’s what of all this interesting. Although it is assumed that the distribution of types among the population should be uniform, in practice there is still some differentiation.
For example, most men distribute between themselves the thinking, intuitive and sensory types, and the sensing type is almost exclusively administered by women. Moreover, the sensory type in men is extremely rarely even secondary function. But for most women, feeling is a primary and often hypertrophied function. And men for the most part are somehow tied to thinking – it takes at least a secondary position and is almost never repressed.
Of course, there are all sorts of exceptions. I knew at least a few women who might be suspected of well-developed “male” thinking, but women were not typical. About such women they say “your boyfriend” and men value friendship with them for the opportunity to speak the same language. In the same way you can imagine a man of the feeling type, but it will be atypical and exclusive.
What does all this lead us to? To our usual expression that all men are bastards, and all women are fools. Women’s logic, over which men so much like to make fun, is nothing more than a manifestation of repressed mental function.