- Being cognizant of the informational starts and ends of objects
- Treating a concept or idea as a self-contained whole
- Modeling mental objects as discrete with finite ranges, particle-like
- Having a sharp and focused description of a concept or idea, without ambiguity
- Handling variables as static, definite amounts or quantities
S is an attribute that is attached to either Pe or Pi, but does not exist as a standalone process. The term S (or “U” Literal) refers to the cognitive operation that allows an object to with definite start and end points. For S, there is an honoring of that informational perimeter, rather than an extension of that perimeter outward beyond what the information itself suggests. This leads to clarity and precision in what is being discussed, since the discussion revolves around a known variable. However, this clarity is not equivalent to concrete thinking — as the matter at hand may be highly abstract. It only means that the concept being handled, however conceptual, is understood as what it is, in a direct way with definite lines around its circumference.
The S operation can conceptualize anything from a pebble to a philosophy of God, but it always treats information discretely and singularly. If we’re talking about God, then we’re talking about God. Things don’t bleed into other things indiscriminately– and this is what allows for a fixed mental grasp of the topic. Thus, the S attribute is particle-like, rather than wave-like the way N organizes information. The N information structure is non-discrete and allows an object to have an indefinite perimeter.
Please note that this definition of S is not describing “S-lead” types, but the S attribute in the abstract sense, as it may appear in any type’s hierarchy. Relating strongly to this S section doesn’t mean your psyche leads with S, as cognitive typology does not assign a hierarchy based on F, T, N, S “preference.” Instead, this article is only mean to introduce you to what CT means by the S component, which never exists independently but is always tied to either Pe or Pi. Thus, to know whether you are a certain type, we must examine whether your discontinuous object processing is conjoined to Pe or Pi metabolism — to produce either Se or Si. Both of these have different implicit assumptions about the nature of discontinuous objects.