This section is not yet complete but here are a few notes regarding Ji’s Qualities:
The question of identity becomes a very important concern for Ji, as it is the creator of one’s etho-logical core. While all people have a sense of identity, “the question of identity” is more a matter of revisiting and reinventing/rediscovering what we decide the self is constituted of. To Ji, this is almost the most important activity.
There is a situational independence in Ji. That is to say, because it revisits the question – especially from an informationally minimalist place – it has the capacity to generate a sense of identity from first principles and divorce itself from the specificity of its birthplace. In this sense, it is idealistic in its operation and sees no limits to what one can decide to conceive oneself as.
Due to the aforementioned, the operation of Ji is more concerned with what – in principle – is the best position or perspective, void of consideration for the necessities of the present. I use the world “idealistic” not in the dreamy or fantastical sense, but in the purely rational sense. Many a Ji type will be stubbornly idealistic and feel “no compromise is a good compromise”. For others, the entire collaboration of the energetic quadrants, tones down the absolutist edge of this process and allows for some flexibility and accommodation.
But, notwithstanding the challenges that come with this tendency, without this inner exploration for the most ideal order, we would have a far weaker grasp of what the ultimate (utopian) aim is. This is why I feel “compass” is an excellent word to describe this function. It is the compass of the psyche, and while we may never arrive at the absolute north, the compass will always strive to point the psyche in that direction. It offers no understanding of the terrain, or what is needed to navigate it, but it does understand one thing — where the right course is.
Since we are speaking here of phenomenology, we find the heaviest use of Ji producing, perhaps inadvertently, a general aspiration toward nobility and dignity. Of course, each observer may consider a Ji user to be very close or very far from noble/dignified, according to how his own framework judges them. Yet, we may still say that the final aspiration of the Ji process is to seek inner – and eventually also outer – alignment to some etho-logical code, causing a private air of dignity to sometimes surround them.
It’s certainly easy to see this in strong Fi types, as the degree of Fi that’s visually present is often directly proportional to their level of involvement in moralistic topics. But what of Ti? What I have continually seen is that, despite being a logical process, Ti has a similar sensation of “rightness” to that of Fi. While it may not be phrased in the ethical sense, Ti, when rightly developed, values virtues of authenticity, honesty, clarity and neutrality. Lack of neutrality, lack of honesty or lack of clarity will be sensed by Ti>Fe as a type of transgression; one which it seeks to actively avoid in its own behavior, and which it may also depreciate in others (via Fe’s collaboration).
The above mentioned trait can cause others’ experience of Ji types to be equally wonderful or terrible. A heavy Ji user can be either beautifully judicious or obstinate and self-righteous. Introverted judgment is, after all, a process that will resist dissimilar views and hold itself as more right.
This section is not yet complete but here are a few notes regarding Pi’s Qualities:
As a natural consequence of this information rich direction, Pi lends an advisor ability to a person. While they may not themselves be very “a posteriori” about their knowledge, they can anticipate (whether by Ni anticipation or Si referencing of the past) where certain trails will lead and can offer meaningful suggestions and precautions. Because of it’s reactive nature, Pi has an element of caution embedded into it. Pi’s quality of counsel will more often revolve around themes of avoidance of pitfalls/dangers and highlight the usefulness of what is most understood or fleshed out.
Because of this, Pi’s sense of counsel can cause an air of wisdom and expertise to arise. The ability of the worldview to know (at least in general) more than what their own specific life experience has directly encountered, allows for this sense of maturity to further ebb across the psyche.
An adjacent quality Pi births in the user is a bird’s eye view, or a sense of the big-picture. This is a trait/term which other systems reserve solely for Ni, but in fact Si also provides a type of global perspective on how the world is formed and what ground rules are at play. The primary difference is that the way Si sees the world is more contingent on what exists (in the more “historian” sense), while Ni infers a sometimes non-visible state of affairs by the implications of what exists. (But there is ample crossover between the two)
Sometimes having a rough map of everything is better than having a detailed map of 10% of the playing field. This is how Pi often views things. This quality doesn’t necessarily birth specialization, but gives contextualization. An attempt is made to see everything “in proportion”, and thus alleviate any tunnel-focus or over-emphasis on certain things. It also helps avoid over-estimating something’s relevance or effect in the overall landscape.
And that leads into the next quality, which is stability. Pi is a very grounding function in that it paints a picture which – while continually evolving – is never too different from one day to the next. It matures steadily and doesn’t discard progress; it’s conservative, in the normal sense of the word, and is in it for the long haul. The Pi function is durable and can be difficult to rattle when it has grown a sufficient understanding of all the main factors involved in a situation. Others will often experience Pi types as pillars in their lives, which usually carry a steady atmosphere about them and a comforting familiarity.
This section is not yet complete but here are a few notes regarding Je’s Qualities:
An element of Je that has scarcely been discussed is its ability to challenge oneself. Je puts in front of the person the dilemma of the discrepancy between one’s perceived better organization (of life, of themselves, of others) and the state of affairs in the world. And while Ji has the luxury of having unanimous control over what their inner landscape looks like — and can execute judgment on itself with little friction — Je has its ultimate satisfaction in bringing the world into its own alignment.
In this middle-place, between the present state of affairs and the vision, there is personal challenge. Je initiates a journey of trials and tests one’s level of skill in a given area, tests one’s ideas for feasibility, and tests one’s resolve/conviction in those ideas in a similar way to Ji’s battle of integrity.
Sometimes intentionally and sometimes incidentally, Je may stumble into positions of authority due to its own native operation. Given an assorted group of individuals, if there is a strong Je among them who naturally manifests confidence in their will/trajectory, this confidence can become magnetic. And while Je alone doesn’t give a person all the various dimensions and insights needed to be an effective leader, it is a critical element which often provides a point of convergence wherein others contribute their talents and capabilities.
Je will also realize that certain aims necessitate this collaboration, and so a large aspect of Je’s manifestation deals with coordination of people. While Fe is certainly more tied to the coordination of people, Te also does this by nurturing advantageous business partnerships, securing resources and avenues of mutual benefit. We only need to go as far as the political world to see how Te also plays strongly into the role of leadership.
This quality is present in the two above, but I feel it deserves separate mention. The word power is often given a negative connotation, but when viewed dispassionately it can be described simply as the ability to act and cause change or influence – whether to events, objects or people. Power is thus an adequate description of the full manifestation of Je, and like all power it can be directed in beneficial or detrimental ways. As Je has the audacity to bend the objective to their subjectivity, it gains a certain level of control over it.
Je therefore comes with a certain level of responsibility to wisely channel this energy. It’s not uncommon to find Je types who have become elated by this quality and abuse its ability to give them a greater presence over those around them. The intelligent calibration of Je with Ji will lend the user an etho-logical core that can be sensitive to humanitarian concerns while attending to practical concerns as well.
This section is not yet complete but here are a few notes regarding Pe’s Qualities:
There is, in it, an eagerness toward experiences. We’re all familiar with the restlessness caused by hyperactive Pe, but I’d like to explore some of the nuances of even just regular Pe usage. We receive from the explorer process the elation of new perception; of sunset watching, cave explorations, ocean sailing, travel and all sorts of fluid and rich happenings.
The explorer process wants to rediscover everything on its own. It may not be enough to view something in a book; the greatest fulfillment comes in real-time happenings. While more attention has been paid to Se’s tendency to be connected to the real-time moment, Ne is equally dependent on what the present brings in terms of potentialities and avenues for thought-surfing. A stagnant and textureless “present” will yield no properties from which it can branch. The explorer process is animated and seeks animation.
Too old for new tricks? Never; Pe will make room for them. Due in part to Pe’s refresh factor, learning a new task/language/exercise is always plausible. In the worst case scenario, older abilities are simply forgotten with time. In this sense, Pe can be quite unlimited/uninhibited, as it gives the person an ability to update and upgrade themselves endlessly.
Along with this plasticity, there is also a vulnerability in Pe (when well cared for) that allows for one to surrender to transience and learn to evolve as you go. Even for some Pe types, their own ability to lose grounding can be unsettling. But it can also be a gift if it’s honed properly, and Pe can give all types a capacity to recover from hardships, maintain hope for life and “just keep swimming.”
Sense of Humor
Humor’s a vast and complicated phenomenon, and isn’t fully the result of Pe’s operation. But Pe itself certainly adds to one’s ability to recognize the humor in things. This is in part because of the novelty involved in humor and the way Pe also plays into (and seeks) novelty. In a similar vein as a thirst for life, Pe also seeks for an amplification of the present experience. If the waves can be surfed at a higher amplitude, then Pe will aim to go there. This means Pe can provide a great deal of energy toward raising the euphoria/laughter of the present, and we often see Pe types as comedians. For all types, Pe can give an added ability to appreciate fun/play and to gain the benefits of enjoying life as it comes.