Our primary function is the function that we prefer to use most. It is genetically predetermined and from a very young age we naturally witness a child’s natural preference by observing the way their first and second functions act together. This does not alter with time.
Our personality type, and our functional order is determined genetically just as the color of our eyes and hair.
The majority of your neural paths will reside in this dominant quadrant of the brain and for this reason it is the least taxing on your body to operate and it will naturally supply it with the most amount of blood.
The evolution of neural paths is much like the evolution of a curvy and ill kept gravel road compared to planned an interstate highway. The gravel road is used sparingly at first so you must tread with caution. Every move and turn is calculated as you consciously attempt to manage not only getting to where you need to go but keep your car from rolling into the ditch or at least the paint from getting chipped. As you’ve driven on the road a few times, you’re more comfortable with it and it feels familiar. You notice yourself relaxing more as you drive on the road. As you are using this road often, it evolves to a paved street where you comfortably glide along making turns and adjustments as needed, but still stopping and starting quite often. Then as time progresses your comfortable road becomes an effortless highway… where you can relax and just sit behind the wheel on cruise control.
The more you experience using a certain function the more neural paths you will build and as time progresses these paths will thicken and become easier for the electrical impulses to glide through. It is natural for the neurons to take the path of least resistance. The path of least resistance almost always resides in the primary and secondary quadrants of the brain. These areas of the brain are rather automated by the time a child matures to an adult.
The second function is also extremely important as it works hand in hand with the first function. The second function does play a large role in both our personality and behavior, but as the highest percentage of the mental resources are allocated to the first function. This first function is pivotal to our relationship with reality.
Human beings possess the ability to synthesis experiences internally in a very real way. This process takes place in the brain but has a very real effect on the body. We are able to use this ability to foresee potential danger.
As these imagined experiences must hold emotional weight in order to retain importance – we are very real witnesses to our minds contrived experiences. Our brains are very complicated and parts of it are very reactionary. Real or contrived — activities and experiences prompt our mind to elicit a suitable chemical reaction.
The chemical reaction experienced is directly related to the personality type of the person experiencing the imaginative process.
The order and type of our personality functions will determine which functions we use to experience and create hypothetical and recalled experiences. We do not use all of our functions for this process nor is the preference necessarily the same as our natural functional order.
For most, this system is dictated externally. The internal imaginative process is for the most part consisting of experiences related to school, work, family and friends.
In the past, we evolved to possess this ability this to save and enrich our lives. If you wandered into hostile community and witnessed one of your people killed – you obviously are going to avoid doing so in the future. From that moment on you would take evasive action by rearranging your interaction with the world. Anything you look at even remotely related to this trauma would remind you of your first experiences where you barely escaped with your life.
This very system, while is still needed to help humans avoid physical, social and emotional danger is the very system being manipulated and exploited by the government, cults, in politics and religious institutions.
Today it is still in place and we witness both subtle and extreme examples. We observe the softer side of this phenomenon when we see a child go to their mother for sympathy when they fall and scratch their knee. The child remembering a time where their pain was soothed by the affectionate action of their mother then takes action. They go to their mother based on past experience that they have dictated as a rewarding preventive measure to avoid experiencing more uncomfortable emotion or pain.
We see the unfortunate end of this as we observe those in our community who now exhibit modified hyper vigilant, paranoid or over cautious behavior in order to keep themselves out of dangerous or traumatic situations.
Think about how much rehabilitation is required to rewrite neural paths to offer rape victims and traumatized individuals a somewhat normal life? After years they main be declared rehabilitated but are they ever the person that they once were?
Humans are VERY much a product of their environment. A person IS as much their genetics and functions as they are their neural paths and experiences. The human experience is not something to be toyed with. When a person starts personally manipulating their own realities or those of others they are treading on very dangerous territory.
Trauma and mental disorders manifest differently in each type. Many of these disorders are self imposed, externally imposed, or more commonly a mixture between the two.
I will be discussing the relationship between type and mental disorder. While each type is predisposed to certain neurosis. The experiences of disassociation that can lead to schizophrenia are not something that most would be able to easily induce.
As most do not hold the ability to experience the disassociation that is required to allow them to evade reality – even temporarily. Which is why today, I will be focusing on the functions of the ISTP and the manifestation of schizophrenia and it’s relationship with said functions.
The functional order of the ISTP is as follows:
Introverted Thinking – Primary, most used (Ti)
Extroverted Sensing – Secondary, used very often (Se)
Introverted Intuition – Assistant, assists the first two functions (Ni)
Extroverted Feeling – Inferior, completely all or none undeveloped function (Fe)
The secondary function of the ISTP is Extroverted Sensing. Extroverted Sensing is a very simple function. This function is responsible for nothing more than accepting and taking in very large amounts of information from the environment.
The human eye is limited and it can only receive so much data at any given time, as the eye must focus on one point at a time in order for the mind to build a bigger picture from all of the smaller parts.
While all people have this ability, to the Extroverted Sensor the world around them is a much more detailed and lively place. A primary or secondary function of Extroverted Sensing means that the brain is doing an extremely intensive job of rendering all the information received visually and sensually.
It then relentlessly assembles an immediate detailed and elaborate whole picture. This process is prompted in a reactionary fashion through experience – in the moment.
Since this function is nothing more than the act of observing, receiving and experiencing…. It is easy to see how someone who is forced to bear witness to reality directly could easily grow bored of it if they are not experiencing something stimulating or exciting. It is not hard for the Extroverted Sensor to get caught up in repetitive action or in activities that provide them with excitement but may be damaging in the long run.
The primary function of the ISTP is mostly responsible for decoding, understanding and quantifying the information received from the experience Extroverted Sensation. Living fully in the moment is dangerous and the ISTPs first function is a very rational one that ensures their safety in the exciting situations they often seek.
As an insurance policy to our race the human system requires a personality types that are able to objectively synthesis information from experience and thought in a manner that isn’t highly influenced by the views of the community.
This is vital to our survival as a species as the majority of personality types are programmed as such to react to their community and society in a reactive manner.
When the values are routed through feeling or thought are adapted externally, there is no guarantee that these values, behaviors, and paradigms will be best for the human race. If everyone does what everyone else has always done we would still be living in grass huts and caves.
We see the failure of community in many societies where suicide is encouraged to retain honor when a family has been shamed by a persons actions. Objectively this is completely irrational but if you were to live your entire life with this not only as a norm but an expectation it would be something that you may even enforce yourself.
To understand the needed disassociation that allows for objectivity only Introverted Thinking can provide you would first have to understand the importance of functional order. The brain most often uses it’s primary function. For most this is a function that is grounded in reality. The main function attributes the majority of the ego and often is an exponential link to society, community as well the personal sense of self that is looked at as a vital part of the human experience.
While eight of the personality types have introverted thinking somewhere in their functional order. It is not their primary function; so it does not behave in a manner that is completely separate from the sense of self. The Introverted Thinking is overpowered by the other more powerful functions that ensure the maintenance of a strong ego in the individual.
For the primary Introverted Thinker, there is no sense of concrete sense self to be provided by a first function that exists within the ego, hard wired to reality.
The second function of Extroverted Sensing offers little help for a solid consistent understanding of whom one is. As the ISTP’s first, second, and fourth functions are reactionary, while the third is merely connective… neither first nor second function of the ISTP provides them with the neural nets that most build over a lifetime, responsible for retaining a very solid consistent worldview constructed through repetitive and intense emotional experience.
The data rendered from the environment, is brought to the ISTP by the secondary function of Extroverted Sensing as pure experience. When involved in stimulating situations the ISTP takes in large amounts of data from the big picture. The lightning fast introverted thinking function then unconsciously assists by helping the ISTP understand their surroundings and react in real time by making sense of their environment.
The Introverted Thinking function also supplies the ISTP with internal dialog, while other times the introverted thinking function will completely override the conscious act of questioning. Operating silently beyond their control.
The ISTP in a natural healthy state will use Ti & Ni to understand and manipulate their surroundings in a healthy and logical way. This happens externally, in the moment, where unlike many introverts the majority of the ISTPs experiences take place.
Learning to turn off the function of Introverted Thinking is all that is required for disassociation. A key factor in losing touch with reality and developing schizophrenic experiences.
Each type of disassociation can be used in conjunction with each other and is most often consciously elicited and trained directly to behave in a certain manner.
Introverted Thinking can be pushed aside in two ways. The first way is to turn it off entirely. This can be done by training it to operate in it’s assistant mode, where it naturally resides during Extroverted Sensation. The ISTP trains himself to turn it off, by forcing it into mental silence.
The second manner of attaining detachment is to allow the Ti to run wild. In this mode it will be operating at full blast in a somewhat nonsensical looping and erratic manner.
In this state the ISTP is giving the function zero attention. This takes no conscious effort and can happen effortlessly. You would imagine the incessant chattering would be a distraction yet that is not the case. They fade in and out of consciousness as they try and gather more data for Ti to play with.
If this goes on for any extended period of time the Ti can become extremely nonsensical. Often by this time the Ti process, which used to be direct and concise… has lost direction and is looking for anything to hypothesis about.
At this time the ISTP can come to very bizarre conclusions. They begin to use their introverted intuition to come up with more data for the Thinking process. This function scrambles to behave in an unnatural fashion as it relates things in a very literal fashion that are, in reality, not at all related. This, as you can imagine progresses mental illness exponentially.
Once Introverted Thinking has been self conditioned to disassociate. The ISTP loses their logical ground to reality. As the Second function of Extroverted Sensation is nothing more than data received from Extroverted Sensing, and the Introverted Thinking function has been pushed out of any conscious view. It is no longer capable to make sense of the reality presented.
This leaves understanding and decoding Extroverted Sensation to the Tertiary function of Introverted Intuition. With practice the function of introverted intuition can manipulate the reality received by Extroverted Sensation in a very guided fashion.
This method can even be used to push the boundaries of the human mind to create actual physical sensation by exploiting the disassociation of the first function and using the third function of Introverted Intuition to guide it on a very colorful, imaginative and symbolic journey. This would be the process involved for the ISTP to experience what new agers call “Astral Projection”. Introverted intuition is a key factor in many religious fanatics and eccentric visionaries or shaman.
The fourth function of Extroverted Feeling offers no help and is often more of a hindrance — offering extreme and often inappropriate emotion in relation to the delusion. This in turn can create strong impressions on the fragile mind. Operating without the ground of introverted thinking, (the backbone responsible for the judgment of the ISTP) they have nothing to ensure both their safety and sanity.
During the second type of disassociation the ISTP can spend large amounts of time reinforcing their delusional beliefs. When this is accomplished through excessive rote force. The Ti will accept the new reality as truth and adjust itself accordingly. The Ti, which is separate from the ego, begins to operate using a new system of logic based upon the beliefs and perceptions that were hardwired through very emotional and profound experiences that are not natural for the ISTP.
The ISTP has inflicted on themselves throughout much self-inflicted brainwashing and functional manipulation. When the Ti becomes corrupt it is able to twist and turn nearly anything askew to mean something else. This will only further attribute to the mental decent of the individual.
Eventually imagination will become reality as the Ti accepts the Introverted Intuitions synthesis of the data received from Extroverted Sensing. At this point the Ti and Ni work in a loop to completely evade reality and warp the signals that are received as raw data from extroverted sensation before they reach the conscious mind. At this point the ISTP has succeeded in installing a schizophrenic perception within them.