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Saving Sheila, Part II

Saving Sheila, Part II

Sheila Newsom

November 13, 2022

I now better understand the odds against all of this: a male, Caucasian physician, living in the firm grasp of an ESTJ cultural weltanschauung awakens to the soul’s desperate pleading late in life. That the soul seeks to live forward something alien, foreign, and predictably destructive is now so comprehensible. Nothing heroic is here, merely a journey of survival.

The Voice Behind the Curtain

The Voice Behind the Curtain

Rebecca Kilicaslan

April 19, 2022

Suppression of my intuitive function has appeared symptomatically in the loss of my voice, both in dreams and while performing as a vocalist. On a broader level, my voicelessness has materialized in interpersonal difficulties, such as a hesitancy to advocate for my own perspective, impostor syndrome, and a distrust in my instincts and intuitions.

Saving Sheila, Part I

Saving Sheila, Part I

Sheila Newsom

April 19, 2022

The constant tension and accompanying fatigue in my waking life might be seen as the price I paid for the maintenance of a persona that had outlived its utility. The executioner lurking in the demonic position grew potent in the shadows, but the inferior function was rising. Energetically, a talisman was constellated, signifying a burning away of an inauthentic outer mask.

From the Archives

Anxiety and the Energy Attitude

Anxiety and the Energy Attitude

Sophia Dunn

September 5, 2012

I went back to the thing that seemed to make no sense. I asked Matt why he thought he became anxious coming home from work but did not experience this fear on his way into work? I had spent the hour prior to my session with Matt going through notes of other therapies with other ENTJs, but nothing in this other work had seemed particularly germane.

Do Parents Influence Type Development?

Do Parents Influence Type Development?

Mark & Carol The Editors

January 8, 2013

Both articles in this issue describe how parental roles can affect type development. Typologically, one indicator of a dysfunctional parental complex can be an under-developed auxiliary function, and this suggests that a positive parental complex could foster the development of the auxiliary function. … What parental influences on type development have you witnessed? What do you notice in your own typology?

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

Christine Drucker

September 8, 2016

The image of the ugly duckling growing into a beautiful swan is a powerful and transformative symbol of hope and fulfillment for INFJs. As a metaphor for differentiation and the individuation process, the Ugly Duckling tale illuminates the struggle to separate from the demands of others in order to recognize the value and beauty of one’s essential self.

Becoming Captain Kirk

Becoming Captain Kirk

Susan Viglione

April 1, 2015

Kirk develops depth and integrity as he learns to harness the power of his dominant function and come to terms with the shadow parts of his personality. Ultimately, he is also able to cultivate his ego-dystonic functions and realize a more integrated and mature self capable of fulfilling his potential for charismatic and visionary leadership.

Rilke’s The Dragon Slayer

Rilke’s The Dragon Slayer

Daniel Polikoff

October 16, 2019

There is a secret connection between the most Beautiful and the most Terrible things, just as there is between mountain peaks and abysses, between calm lakes and the rushing streams that feed them, between noble, laughing Life and the dark Death that lies near us all the time. … But one naturally could not let the maiden anywhere near the Dragon … .

Mixing Right and Left

Mixing Right and Left

Philippe De Sainte Maresville

November 15, 2010

Do you know people who tend to confuse left and right? –Not that they don’t know where their left and right is, but they mix up the words. Generally, if you ask them for directions you will notice that their hands point the correct way but their words don’t. The words right and left come out incorrectly, with no logic.

Red Book Ruminations I

Red Book Ruminations I

Mark Hunziker

November 15, 2010

“The black serpent seems to be stronger; the white serpent draws back. Great billows of dust rise from the place of struggle. But then I see: the black serpent pulls itself back again. The front part of its body has become white. Both serpents curl about themselves, one in light, the other in darkness.”

Extraverted Perceivers – Learning Disabled?

Extraverted Perceivers – Learning Disabled?

Mark & Carol The Editors

November 5, 2013

In the type table in the accompanying article on the type-diverse classroom, almost 60% of the ‘at risk’ and drop-out students are reported to have dominant extraverted perception, while almost half of the teachers are dominant introverted perceivers. Is extraverted perception misdiagnosed as a learning disability? Or, is that preference actually problematic …