Podcast – Episode 0361 – Markers Of Personality Type Development – Part 1 (with Dr. Dario Nardi)

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk with guest host Dr. Dario Nardi about how to know when a cognitive function is developed.


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • The questions so many are asking:
    • How do you know when you’ve developed a cognitive function enough?
    • When is it time to start working on your next cognitive function?
  • The ways to make cognitive function development a success.
  • Dr. Nardi’s 7 markers for tracking your development.
    • Carl Jung’s concept of ‘barbarism vs civilized’.
    • Why being one-sided is a blessing and a curse.
    • Seeing the full beauty and all the facets of each cognitive function.
    • What you gain when you bring your different cognitive functions closer together.
    • What are cognitive function loops and how do they happen?
    • Getting your cognitive functions to work together.
  • How your cognitive functions show up in an Analytic and Holistic way.
  • What makes pain points in your life so important.
  • Why growing discernment increases your development.
  • The true purposes of all this growth.

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  • Iamnotarobot

    I’m interested in the concept of having too much distance between the 1st and 2nd function and how you are differentiating that from the 2nd function operating predominantly in one of the 2 styles (analytic or holistic).

    The example you gave of an ENTP not having the mental models for sales etc in reference to having too much space between the top two functions could also be explained by not having developed the A or H style?
    Do you see a distinction between these two concepts? Or are they different ways of pointing at the same thing?

    • Dario Nardi

      Hi! Good question. I see “distance between functions” and “Analytic vs Holistic style” as two different ideas, though yes, as you suggest, they can sometimes point to the same thing.

      As an example, for INxJ, if say Ni-analytic offers a vision of running a business team but Te- analytic is not sufficiently developed (compared to Te-holistic) to do that, then there is too much distance between Ni and Te.

  • Sybil

    You guys are great. Is it possible that you could be an extrovert but because of past abuse you had no freaking idea that was the truth of your being? Five years ago I discovered narcissistic behavioral problems that blew the family apart weren’t the fault of us kids but the fault of our egg and sperm donor. I’m certain that they were/are screwed up and it’s cast a shadow over my entire life. If I could have embraced the real me all those years ago what could have occurred literally blows me away. I remember feeling like I was unwanted and it was truly awful but since I was, along with my siblings, trained to just shut up and be neglected (they wouldn’t have called it that, of course) I think it’s too late to make a difference. I’m 56 and man I feel like Dorothy who just found out that I’ve been wearing magical red shoes. They tried to shut us down like that witch by giving us the impression that we were lucky to even have food. It’s incredibly angering!

    • Danielle

      I think it’s definitely a possibility. Even though I’m an extrovert, I spent most of my adolescence closed in on myself due to bullying and rejection by peers and at least one relative. I thought I was an introvert.

      Abuse could very well also cause someone to appear in such a way. I’d say it might even be more likely.

      It’s very sad to hear what you and your siblings had to go through though. I also don’t think it’s too late for you to grow at all.

      • Dario Nardi

        This is maybe not directly related but … Generally, the Holistic style of each functions looks a more passive, humble, patient, or introverted than the Analytic style. For extroverted functions like Ne, the holistic style can spend a bit of time observing, reflecting, and being more low-key, which could easily be an adaptation to due home life as you describe. Then later in life, you might discover the Analytic style, which tends to come off as more active, confident, and extroverted… and boom, there’s a feeling of a big discovery, a feeling of discovering the other half of a picture.

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