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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about the binary nature of your inferior (3-year-old) cognitive function.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- Each function in the 3-Yr-Old (inferior) position has a black and white, binary type of thinking or viewpoint.
- The lower the function in the car model (stack), the less territory it takes in.
- What does it look like when a function is in the 3-Yr-Old position?
- Limiting or overreaching beliefs
- How can this come up in relationships?
- We are all responsible for integrating our own 3-Yr-Old function.
- How does each function appear binary in the 3-Yr Old position?
- Memory – Si (ENxPs):
- Black and white with procedures, real memories or nostalgic items.
- Does this have to be exactly the same as the past or should I completely reinvent it?
- Real-life examples from Joel and Antonia.
- Exploration – Ne (ISxJs):
- All the possibilities versus no possibilities – it’s set.
- Either nothing in my life changes or everything changes!
- Polarities: a quick reminder – you can learn more about them in our previous podcast here
- Perspectives – Ni (ESxPs):
- Zero thinking about the future/implications versus obsession.
- It either takes its own perspective – or grabs somebody else’s.
- TV show example (Hoarders)
- Sensation – Se (INxJs):
- Jumping out an airplane versus using the body as just a carrier for the mind.
- Presence versus “not present” – overwhelmed by sensory experience.
- Immediate action or no action at all.
- Example: the INFJ “door slam”.
- Perceiving functions as a 3-Yr-Old (summary):
- No “should” statements attached – focused on timelines and perception of reality only.
- A limited viewpoint of how big or small something is.
- Judging functions as a 3-Yr-Old (summary):
- Decision making – how the world should be set up.
- Extraverted judging functions – assertive about the outside world.
- Introverted judging functions – more about self-judgement.
- Authenticity – Fi (ExTJs):
- Crude oversimplification of emotions.
- Binary experience of feelings.
- Making inner terrain and emotions really simple.
- Intent – doesn’t see nuance.
- Effectiveness – Te (IxFPs):
- Being very productive versus doing nothing.
- Obsessive (fear of letting go and causing chaos).
- Systems – being over-elaborate versus destroying systems.
- Oversimplification – “the system should solve everything”.
- Back to ExTJs – how they can flip a switch to control emotions.
- The dominant function – nuance and expression, knowing the rules; when to follow/break them.
- The inferior function – “Why don’t I know the rules!?” – how this affects our experiences and control of it.
- Harmony – Fe (IxTPs):
- Overdoing it to make/maintain a connection versus divorcing from society/connection.
- Deference to others versus demanding behavior.
- Example: Antonia’s flatmate.
- Accuracy – Ti (ExFJs):
- On/off switch – “truth” versus not “truth”.
- Need to articulate their truth versus never calling anybody out.
- Thinking of themselves and/or others as “smart” or “not smart”.
- How can you use this information as access points for growth?
- Benefits of self-awareness with your 3-Yr-Old function.
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