Compass (Ji) as the Lead Process
As we observe judgment types more closely, we begin to see that their rigid expressions will oscillate continually between the exertion of an exacting motion, and intermittent moments where the body will halt in a suspended or frozen state until the next exertion is delivered. Of the judgment signals previously outlined, the Je processes are responsible for these outward motions while Ji is primarily seen by these abrupt halts in motion. When the Ji process is engaged the body remains rigid, tense, and calculating, but also withdrawn, recessive and motionless. This is because no reactive process ever seeks substances away from the self, and for judgment that is introverted, this is no different. The result is a conservation of that rigidity but with no exertion of energy forward; instead the energy goes away from the world and into the self. It would appear as though all energies, resources and focus were being directed, by some emergency, into a very intense internal dilemma. When the body is actively engaging the compass process, at that very moment the body will seem to freeze, halting the momentum of the extroverted processes. And in the same way that the signals of judgment and perception will mirror the psychic state of the individual, when this freezing occurs the quality of a person’s thoughts will follow from that place of internal conviction. Suddenly the psyche is turned to assessing whether the situation at hand has some internal inconsistency with one’s own ethics or values.
Eyes Disengage Down
Furthermore, the process of Ji, being both judgmental and introverted, has a twofold resistance against the perception of the outer world. While judgment itself is pivoted against perception in such a way that the eyes take a secondary role, the compass process retracts its energies so completely from the external world that the eyes will disengage from the environment. In these moments, it is of no relevance to the psyche what the environment appears like – as its entire focus is being channeled toward the elimination of internal contradiction, the refinement of conviction, and often the pinging of the mind or heart for a previously formulated opinion. Here, the eyes will drop downward, accompanied by the top eyelids, often nearing a complete closing. In Figures 11.a and 11.b we see examples of this disengagement. It will often be the case that in these moments the fingers will stretch and freeze in a particular posture for the duration of the disengagement. A secondary form of disengagement that occurs is excessive blinking, being yet another way to disconnect from perception and withdraw energies internally. Disengaging downward and excessive blinking will often appear together with the activation of the compass process, although disengaging downward will be a more persistent signal in types that lead their psyche with Ji. Blinking in excess is an altogether more brief disengagement, as the psyche quickly pings the compass process before resuming its composure without needing to halt the momentum of the entire body.
When a Ji lead type tries to articulate and project an idea, there will be a very notable struggle in the body, as if their entire posture were battling to give birth to their idea. The body’s tension will grow strongly as it starts to make the transition from introversion to extroversion, pushing out their articulation with effort. This is because the energetic transfer of an internal conviction to an extroverted form (Je) is initially very strenuous and unnatural. A type that leads their psyche with Ji will experience this constant battle to express their ideas via Je, while their body continually hides under a rigid and self-kept posture. Additionally, immediately following each one of these pushes, the body will deflate and withdraw. The voice and appendages will fade, like a tide returning to the ocean, with a level of softness and passivity. This signal is a result of the effect that Ji has upon Je, and not the result of Ji alone, but it is nonetheless a signal that identifies the process of Ji even though the push itself is ultimately caused by Je.
This snippet has been imported from the 2016 Cognitive Type book, with the author’s permission. We hope you enjoy!