Healthy Cognitive Functions?


When is your cognitive function an asset and when is it a weakness? At certain points of time, your dominant functions will fall in the grip of the shadow or the inferior function. The inferior function drives a feeling of being understimulated. The shadow function drives an insight into uncomfortable truths and the need for self-transformation.

Introverted Intuition (IN) - The Philosopher Function

Understimulated

We want to think about something, but we don't have time. We're distracted and there are too many things going on around us. We feel frustrated with the situation but trapped in it. 

Balanced

We are able to take the time to think about life and why we are where we are. We gain an understanding about complex events in our life and we make peace with our awareness. 

Overstimulated

We begin to feel upset and angry about what we see in the world. The awareness we reach makes us angry or furious with a situation or a missed opportunity. We understand but we can't make peace with what we see, making us want to change things.

Extroverted Intuition (EN) - The Detective Function

Understimulated

We feel bored with repetitive scenarios in our life. We feel frustrated and stuck in a rut. Things feel as if they are never going to change, and we feel restless and pessimistic about our outlooks for the future. 

Balanced

We're able to stay on top of new opportunities and change and to sail forward in life. We embrace change and things that happen and make peace with new possibilities.

Overstimulated

At this point of time, we are starting to gain insight about why we are here and why things are the way they are, and this is an upsetting realisation for a Detective. The Detective feels a need to change their destiny or their perspective on life. 

Extroverted Feeling (EF) - The Promoter Function

Understimulated

The promoter, under the influence of the inferior function, becomes overly critical of their appearance and who they are. They become more aware of their flaws and at the same time feel resigned to being this way.

Balanced

The Promoter begins to feel satisfied with how they look and appear and with who they are. They are perfect just the way they are. They feel ethically upright, of good character, well dressed, beautiful and of high moral calibre. 

Overstimulated

Under the influence of the shadow, the Promoter starts to realise why they are the way they are and why they act the way they do. This realisation is often brought up by confronting anxiety within you and reflecting on your issues.

Introverted Feeling (IF) - The Counsellor Function

Understimulated

Under the influence of the inferior function, the Counsellor begins to feel like they have to put on a tough front to survive. There's no point in trying to understand others, at this point, you may feel that all you can do is hang on.

Balanced

We are able to understand people's motivations and we gain a higher sense of purpose and insight into why we act the way we do. We feel satisfied as we move towards this purpose. 

Overstimulated

As the shadow gets a hold of the Counsellor (IF) the person begins to feel anxious about themselves, and aware of all the flaws of their character and their identity. Hyperfocused on what they do wrong, they judge themselves harshly, but do not empathise with themselves like they would with others.