Having established what CT measures and its root methodology in the previous three articles (please read beforehand parts 1,2,3), we are finally ready to dive into the theory itself. This article is a website index or Table of Contents of all the core theoretical elements of CT as they presently stand. They are arranged here in the proper learning progression.
- J vs P Dominance (1)
- The Je-Ji and Pe-Pi Oscillations (1, 2)
- The N-S axis and T-F axis (1, 2, 3)
- Fe – Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology (1) *
- Te – Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology (1)
- Fi – Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology (1) *
- Ti – Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology (1)
- Ne – Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology (1)
- Se – Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology (1)
- Ni – Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology (1) *
- Si – Metabolism, Vultology, Behaviorism, Mythology (1)
- Hierarchy (1)
- Function Quadrants
- Developmental Journey (1, 2, 3)
- Fetishization & Ego-Fixation
- Eight Development Levels (1)
- Attitudes of the Heart
- Submersion & Flat Affect
- The 4096 Possible Developments
1. The first and most fundamental division between people in the CT theory is that of Judgment and Perception. Unlike other theorists who place Introversion/Extroversion as the primary division, CT begins with J/P-lead. This is more comparable to Socionic’s J/P division and is not to be confused with the MBTI’s J/P. This division corresponds to Iain McGilchrist’s concept of left and right hemisphere differences. These create vultological effects in the body’s rigidity (J) or fluidity (P).
2. From here, the next bifurcation is into two axes: Je-Ji and Pe-Pi. Judgment (the impulse towards order) is directed either externally or internally, and Perception (the impulse towards information gathering) is directed either externally or internally. This creates four primary libidinal vectors: External Order (Je), Internal Order (Ji), External Information Exploration (Pe), Internal Information Synthesis (Pi). Each of these four energetic vectors creates vultological effects. These four energetic categories are more fundamental than the eight functions, with two Je-lead types having more in common with each other than others.
3. Next we see the bifurcation of these four into 2 attitudes each. External Order (Je) can either be ethically oriented (Fe) or logistically oriented (Te). Internal Order (Ji) can either be ethically oriented (Fi) or logically oriented (Ti). Information Gathering (Pe) can either be surreal (Ne) or realistic (Se), and Information Synthesis (Pi) can either be metaphysical (Ni) or historical (Si). This division into eight happens as a result of the conjunction of the 4 energetics with the 4 attitudes. Judgment can relate to either the drama of life (F) or to the inorganic (T). Perception can relate to either the imaginary realm (N) or the actual (S).
4. Each person has all four energetic functions –or two pairs (Je-Ji, Pe-Pi)– and all are necessary in order to generate consciousness. But one pair will have a dominant cognitive attention. And of that pair, one energetic side of it (E/I) will be the primary function. The second pair of functions will be subordinate to the primary oscillation and embedded within its poles. This causes hierarchy to arrange itself like so:
In CT hierarchy is not necessarily a scaling progression of strength, but a specific relationship. The polar (“4th”) function is the other side of the primary (“1st”) and thus has a certain powerful control in the psyche despite it’s recessive relationship to the primary. The secondary oscillation (“2nd”, “3rd”) plays a supportive role to the drama created by the eternal battle between the primary and polar functions.
5. The attitude of a person’s four energetic functions (Je, Ji, Pe, Pi) will always be one of two attitudes but never both. A person’s Je will either be Fe or Te but not both, and the opposite attitude (T/F) is allotted to the polar function. This mutual exclusion between the eight functions creates four necessary type families: Alpha (Ti+Fe+Si+Ne), Beta (Ti+Fe+Ni+Se), Gamma (Te+Fi+Ni+Se), Delta (Te+Fi+Si+Ne). These families are the four function quadrants. All members in these families share the same functions and many of the same dramas and lifepaths. In many ways they are closer to each other in kinship than they may be to all other types.
6. And the growth that a type can have within their function quadrant can be profound. Any of the person’s four functions may be valued and associated to the person’s ego. Additionally, all four functions can be brought fully into consciousness to a level comparable to the primary function. These different develop levels create different subtypes, where a given function is given more cognitive attention despite it not being the primary.
In addition to the possible variability in a person’s development levels, their ethical function (Fe, Fi) may carry either a light or dark orientation. A light orientation corresponds to the Big Five agreeableness trait, and a dark orientation corresponds to disagreeableness in the Big Five.
Lastly, any individual may be affected by mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, mania, bipolar, and other conditions. These conditions can drastically alter the expression of type. And while an exhaustive understanding of mental illness falls out of the scope of the CT model, it is possible to identify –in a general sense– the presence of mental illness via the flat affect signal. And because the eight functions manifest differently when the subject is submerged in mental illness, the measured presence or absence of the flat affect signal can be used to predict how their primary function will manifest; as either healthy or unhealthy.
7. These compounding variables create a total of 4096 possible unique developments which CT theory can track. This high level of resolution helps capture the unique spiritual storyline of each individual and crosses over into psychoanalysis. This resolution is able to track the relationship the subject may have to the four archetypes (King, Senex, Puer, Prince) which are known as the quaternity.
* – these sections are not yet finished