Cognitive Functions On The Road To Maturity
cognosce te ipsum vs futue te ipsum
The aim of self-development, aka maturity is “self-actualization”. It is a state of a self become more or less sufficient and individualized to consciously choose to transcend themselves for the benefit of the world at will. Cognitive functions are a great utility for describing how this works in the psyche. The road to self-actualization, and thus to achieving the freedom to fully fulfill one’s usefulness(self-sacrifice at will), is it in finally and fully coming to awareness and acceptance of one’s auxiliary cognitive function? And Does the the road to maturity follow a more or less familiar pattern for all psyche’s?
The Road to Maturity(aka. “The Hero’s Journey”)
Conscious self-awareness begins’ with the Dominant Function being most preferred, which is defined as an opposing stance against the Inferior. This sets the first premise for how one orients itself in relationship to the world - becoming fully aware of who one is by knowing what one is not.
The tertiary function is is the 1st preferred focus of personal growth, in defense of the ego against the threat of the self becoming disintegrated(and “useless”) from the inferior. The tertiary function takes the most conscious effort to develop, and is the most supportive of the ego’s dominance)
The self fails to be saved by the tertiary and chooses to abandon the dominant and tries to solve the problem by surrendering to the inferior - this also what is called exploring your alter-ego(akin to “losing-one’s-‘soul’”), you disown who you are to forcefully identify with what you are not.
The self fails to fully embrace the alter-ego, and becomes “lost” - which opens the way to come face to face with the awareness of one’s “shadow”(the unconscious self). This what I believe is what leads to what in many stories and archetypes is called “the dark night of the soul”
If fortunate to make it back to conscious awareness of one’s dominant function(the ego, which sets the 'purpose" for how a self can be most useful), the self can re-integrate itself by courageously challenging the imposing threats of the Inferior by embracing their Auxiliary, which was originally dismissed because it puts the ego’s supremacy and strength to the test against the Inferior.
Full self-actualization is achieved when the self finds the best way to achieve successful balance between the Dominant(ego) and the Inferior. The method of this achievement is to trust directing the egos attention towards the auxiliary(as opposed to on itself). The best way to do this is to grow aware of the Super-Ego(the 7th function) direct it towards supporting the auxiliary(as opposed of it’s natural shadow position of belittling it). Why awareness of the Super-ego instead of just directly forcing your attention on the Auxilary? (because the Auxiliary function isn’t “conscious” it is a ‘mask’, and works best when not “forced”. But the Super-ego(which is the shadow of the tertiary function) can be consciously made aware of, in a reactionary gesture against the tendency to stagnate ego awareness by focusing on the tertiary. The auxiliary balances the ego’s defense of false supremacy over the self and the Inferiors threat to dissolve it. The auxiliary makes the self useful and courageous in the fight for self-actualization in the face of inevitable death of the self.
What do you think?