Si: Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology

This page is dedicated to describing Si the information metabolism process. We’ll be discussing how, by consequence of its cognitive operation, vultological and behavioral effects necessarily manifest as well as a psychological myth that often permeates one’s life.

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General Attitudes: Introverted, Sensing, Perception

Metabolism

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Vultology

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Behaviorism

Alongside the aforementioned visual signals, this information metabolism process produces certain personality traits. Not all Si users have all of Si’s traits, but more of them will be present in proportion to how prioritized and conscious the function is in the psyche. The following traits represent the core behaviors that emerge from Si when fully conscious:

Si: Temperance

The Si user will be risk-averse, preferring not to engage in dangerous but promising ventures – often knowing better than to be tempted by the glitter and flair of things untested. The world is filled with false promises and uncertainty at every turn, and the Si user addresses this eternal uncertainty by building a foundation for themselves one life lesson at a time. Every time there is a difficult encounter, and a hard-learned solution to boot, the answer is stored and referenced next time any similar situation arises. Over time the Si user grows familiar with the general range of situations that constitute life, and from this they map out a subconscious rhythm they live by. This will cause the Si user to be a very stable and dependable person. The Si function encourages living a modest, measured and relaxed existence; one which avoids the chaos of spontaneity. They will scarcely be distracted by fringe ideas and generally remain dubious of the unknown. Their skepticism is more visceral than technical, often being expressed in statements like “I just don’t trust it.” When something doesn’t appear to add up, the Si user will feel there is a misalignment between the situation at hand and how they have come to understand the world to work. They will use this visceral sense to steer clear of suspicious paths and tread paths with the least probability of peril. This can cause them to be rather unchanging over time, and they may come to represent a constant home or resting place for others to return to. Their temperance and hesitation will act as a shield against the ever-changing winds of the world, allowing them to plant a seed that may slowly grow with effort and time.

Si: Narrativism

The Si user lives and views life through narratives; understanding how things are connected through a chain of past events, and how the present is but the most recent moment in a long link of events that are intrinsically interdependent. Because of this orientation towards the roots of things, all the more value is added to something by knowing its background. A great richness is felt by learning how it is that a city came to be what it is, or how the shops in town came to be famous. Through these anecdotes, the Si user’s comprehension of life multiplies and there is great joy felt in learning how the “here and now” fits into a much wider context. This will lead Si users to be avid readers as well as storytellers. They may sit at the feet of their grandparents and listen to old tales and later come to tell their own. They may particularly enjoy “based on a true story” films and appreciate learning about history. This can also lead the Si user into subjects such as world events, geography and anthropology. In an effort to understand “what is this place, really?” they may be driven into an academic direction and become bookworms or librarians. More than a few Si users are also paleontologists; a domain driven heavily by the quest to discover what the links are between the earth as it was before and how it is today. The more complete a picture can be formed, the more grounded the Si user will feel in their paradigm and place in the world.

Si: Encyclopedia

Without meaning to, the Si user will be passively accumulating mountains of information from everyday occurrences which, over time, come to form a vast mental archive of details. A few Si users may find themselves able to mention what they were doing four weeks ago on a Tuesday afternoon. Others may not have their talent fixed in chronological time, but be able to recite the names of all the past presidents, all the states or the actresses in old films. They may like to watch “Who wants to be a millionaire” and may enjoy trivia games such as Jeopardy. Some Si users are generalists; knowing a little about a whole lot of things. Others are specialists, and know everything about one field of study. If they’re into camping or hiking, they may have memorized all the herbs and flora of their specific corner of the world. On a backpacking trip they may call out: “See that? that’s poison oak, don’t touch that. And this one over there, you see the white stripes? That means it’s ok to eat.” Little factoids of this nature will follow them around at all times, and those who live with an heavy Si user will note their voluminous body of knowledge. This can at times be exhausting to others, as they may overshare with an enthusiasm for the particulars of a thing that is not mutually appreciated to the same degree. The Si user may be prone to ramble and get lost in a flux of information as they reiterate all that’s known about a topic without gauging the level of interest of their audience.

Si: Collections

Given the aforementioned narrativism, the Si user will have a soft side for the preservation of antiquity. A fascination will exist for the ancient which is not to say they are attracted to “old” things for the sake of it, but because through them they are able to trace the lineage of the world. An old lamp is not just an old lamp but a symbol of an object that permeated hundreds of houses back in the 1920s. It’s a token of a time period, but more specifically it is “the very lamp” that so-and-so touched and used. Via this literal object, there’s a direct contact with a specific narrative now gone, acting as a sort of time traveling experience. The totem gives them vicarious access to the perspective of someone who once saw this very same thing and held it in just the same manner. Collecting coins, vintage records, bugs and the like may be favorite hobbies of an Si user. Having “the full collection” of a thing brings a special level of satisfaction. However, this collecting habit can also lead to certain real world disarrays. They may be prone to packrat behavior; storing mountains of childhood trinkets filling up garages with unused boxes of things. Their house may be decorated with knickknacks, often hung up on walls; each a keepsake or symbol of a certain time/place or experience.

Si: Ancestry & Genealogy

It’s not too uncommon for the Si user to suddenly take out months of their life to chase or track down their family lineage. At a certain age, they may wonder about their own personal roots; asking about their great grandmother and great great grandmother and going as far back as possible in order to uncover where they came from. In some cases they may try to meet old relatives, visit previously owned homes and establish relationships with a global surname family. They may be elated to learn that their great great grandfather was a duke or king. A sense of identity is ultimately what is being sought here, and and answer to “who am I?” that is rooted in a concrete context. And if they have no way to reconnect with their past, they may create their own customs and conventions to pass down, starting with their own family. They may establish small rituals in their home every Sunday and come to be known around the neighborhood for a certain trade. They will be prone to pass on heirlooms, such as old wedding rings and photos. And while we all have deep affection for the notion of “family”, for the Si user this takes on a twofold meaning. Family is not just those we love and cherish, but those we are eternally bonded to through blood and destiny.

Si: Nostalgia

The Si user will grow very personally attached to events, people and places they encounter in life. Even though a better, newer replacement for a broken bicycle is available, they may reject it and keep the one they’ve known and experienced life through. Fond memories are deeply cherished and preserved both mentally and physically. If the memories pertain to specific people, they may never disconnect from those old friends; often attending alumni reunions or arranging periodic meetings. However, this nostalgia can cause problems with new relationships, as they may always viscerally feel like their best times and moments are behind them. They may not admit it aloud, but one might feel that nothing can match the feeling tone of those special events now epitomized in their subconscious. This can leave new friends or potential lovers injured and neglected; their affections always second place to an impossible ideal. It may feel as if they were interfacing with a human stuck in a previous era and not truly “present” with them here and now. The Si user’s tendency to look to the past can cause them to struggle with moving forward both emotionally and spiritually. This can lead to decade-long grudges, bitterness or emotional hangups. And surely Si makes unrequited love all the more prolonged and difficult to forget. In the extreme form, the Si user may feel that they can never replace what has been lost; that what is past is gone forever not only as a tangible reality but as a potentiality in themselves. They may refuse to remarry, or never again own a dog after their special companion passes away.

Behaviors Under Stress:

Aside from the aforementioned behaviors, functions also display compensatory behaviors when the individual is under stress. The following behaviors manifest in the Si user when distressed or when accompanied by high levels of neuroticism.

Under Stress: Paranoia

The Si user’s initially natural risk-aversion can grow to an excessive degree, causing them to anticipate the worst outcomes to situations and irrationally avoid things for some unfounded but looming fear. If a family member suggests a vacation at Malibu their response may be “What if we get stuck in a weather storm?” A request to buy a used item at a flea market may be met with “What if you get aids from that..?!” These objections may be only vaguely possible or entirely impossible. The vacation spot may never experience storms, and a given disease may not spread through the avenue they’re avoiding. In this sense, Si’s paranoia will differ from Ni’s more thematic and karmic fatalism. Si’s fear will be tied down to Ne’s intuition which is real-time and situational. On the fly, the Si user will fabricate objections in a scatter-short format as their unconscious Ne speculates wildly into the unknown. If they are politically inclined, they may suspect the forces of the world are orchestrating devastation, loosely associating facts together to construct narratives that align with their felt sense. A heavy anxiety will seep over them where almost nothing is felt as certain anymore. This paranoia will lead the Si user to stick firmly to the narrow band of what they know and not leave its perimeter at any cost. This can lead to a stagnation of personal or professional progress as the Si user refuses to take necessary risks in order to guide their life on a more fruitful path. Business opportunities may be declined, friendships may be kept at a distance and the doors of their house may be shut with double locks.

Under Stress: Dogmatism

Amidst the chaos before them, the distressed Si user will want to feel that there is something solid they can depend on. This will lead them inevitably to external explanations that cohesively make sense of the conditions of our world. The distressed Si user does not have the most confidence in their own assessments and judgments. And having lost the stability of their paradigm, they are seeking refuge in something more consistent than the wild speculations that plague them. It therefore becomes important for them that any given explanation be entirely comprehensive, and if after an initial round of questioning they can come to see the sense in the explanation, they will have no trouble fashioning their whole life paradigm around it. Suddenly stability is regained through this anchor and their anxieties are abated in coming to understand the conditions of life. Whether it’s for a simple philosophy, an ideology or for a religion – the distressed Si user will be among the most loyal and faithful in the group. Having latched their sense of identity to this community or paradigm, they nurture and protect it with the same care they would for themselves. However, over time this investment in their belief system can cause them to feel defensive and resistant towards any criticisms. Once they have establish a belief as trustworthy, they do not easily question it and may even refuse to engage in conversations with others about it’s reasons. In the Si user’s mind, the topic has been settled; the facts have been evaluated and they have passed through their phase of inquisition. It becomes important to the Si user that the questioning process does not drag on forever, causing them to have a cut-off point after which they have fixed their mind on the issue and little may be done to change it.

Mythology

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