What would it feel like to have equal access to every function and it’s orientation?
When I first discovered my type, I enjoyed analyzing its “archetype” in extreme form, i.e. theoretically 100% on each function. It helped me assemble an idea of what a cohesive personality would consist of – like a set of responses that other people would know how to predict and respond to – like an “authentic” version of me. It enabled me to identify which of my behaviors were inconsistent with my presentation as that type.
“Ah,” I thought. “These are my preferred functions. I shall nurture them.” Then I looked into the shadow functions, and… Lo!, I saw that they were good. And I could benefit from using them, too.
Now, I have a different goal. I’m thinking, what if a person worked to achieve a perfectly balance personality? Right down the middle, 50/50 on every trait, such that every pair of functions would be equally strong, and every orientation would be equally operational when needed.
How would that present? At first, I thought, “That would be the most boring person ever.” Then I thought, “That would be a frighteningly, random person.” At last, I concluded, “That person would have access to the highest level of satisfaction and adaptability in life. I think I would like to try that.”
Granted, it would require constant self-monitoring. I realize such awareness would be difficult but not impossible. Foremost, and always, a moment of deliberation would be necessary before selecting a function to employ – whichever function would produce the most positive effect.
No, it wouldn’t be foolproof. Certainly many situations would arise when a thought would provoke a feeling, which would lead to the selection of a particular function. We are human, after all, not AI programs.
But wouldn’t it be interesting to feel that kind of 50/50 freedom? I think I could dig that. What do you think?
(Ironically, if I weren’t so INFJ, I wouldn’t be writing this terribly verbal theoretical post. So, I think I’ll go outside and take a bike ride and think about NOTHING in order to counteract all of this. Haha.)