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In this episode, Joel and Antonia are joined by guest host Susan Storm for a conversation about identifying unhealthy perceiving functions in personality types.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- Guest host Susan Storm from Psychology Junkie joins Joel and Antonia to talk about the 4 perceiving functions.
- Unhealthy function experiences or expressions last for any time from minutes to years.
- It happens to all of us, but we can label other people without seeing the whole picture.
- Self-awareness and checking in is key.
- Perspectives (Ni) – what does it look like when it’s unhealthy?
- Living for the future at the cost of the present
- Always imagining, envisioning and only seeing how something will play out
- Visions become faulty when unbalanced with sensory data
- Ungrounded, unrealistic, impractical
- False certainty and stubbornness about how something will play out
- Susan’s personal experience with unhealthy Ni.
- We have more certainty about a function when it’s higher in our stack
- Sensation (Se) – what does it look like when it’s unhealthy?
- Can sacrifice the future for the present
- The “now” becomes everything
- Quick action at expense of planning and strategy
- Opportunistic, hedonistic, materialistic and impatient
- “Image management” at expense of integrating Ni
- Avoidance of thinking about patterns and consequences.
- Memory (Si) – what does it look like when it’s unhealthy?
- Unchecked hoarding – collecting objects that aren’t souvenirs
- Passively accepting negative experiences as comfort zones
- Getting stuck in a rut
- Doesn’t see the possibilities
- Forgets it can make change
- Narrow-minded and risk averse
- Exploration (Ne) – what does it look like when it’s unhealthy?
- Restless and bored – untethered from ability to “be still”
- No relationship to a “through line” or completing experiences
- Opens more loops to solve challenges
- Lack of acceptance – even with things it can’t change
- False confidence without follow through
- Impractical and unsympathetic
- Detached from “lived experience”
- Revisiting the definition of perceiving functions and how they can be unhealthy:
- Perceiving functions: our worldview, how we see reality
- Unhealthiness: one-sidedness, overdoing it, unrounded, doubling-down
- Some metaphors and examples from Susan, Joel and Antonia
- What causes unhealthy perceiving functions?
- How emotions play into this
- How can we create permission to “be in” our perceiving functions?
- Give time or context to allow the dominant function to express
- Integrate the other side of the polarity (our inferior)
- Doesn’t have to be from neglect or indulgence
- How to integrate the opposite side of the polarity:
- INxJs – integrating Sensation (Se):
- Gain respect for Se
- Allow time for Ni to think without Se interruptions
- Mindful sensory experiences
- Practice taking action and “making it happen”
- Presence with the body
- ESxPs – integrating Perspectives (Ni):
- Healthy Se experiences and engagement
- Try physical activities to find meaning
- Pause to think “where will this lead?”
- “Right action” versus just “action”
- Talk to people to find out how their mind works
- ISxJs – integrating Exploration / Ne:
- Healthy routines
- Do you need to keep the things you’ve collected?
- New experiences feed positive rumination
- Positive acceptance of change
- Possibilities become part of reality
- ENxPs – integrating Memory (Si):
- Grind something out once started
- Reap the rewards when you stick to something
- Learn to view change as based on hard work
- Achieve authentic self-esteem
- Gain more present and still energy
- Check out our follow up conversation about how to identify unhealthy judging functions in personality types here
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