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Old 15th-November-2012, 12:28 AM   Ink's time 15th-November-2012, 01:28 AM    #1
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While the specifics of this process varies among types (as well as, to some extent, among individuals of the same type), we can nonetheless discern a general pattern for successful integration. Namely, the move toward integration requires regular use and development of the dominant function. Ideally, this would involve the choice of work, lifestyle, and relationships that support and nourish its development. If this fails to occur in the first half of life, remedial work will be required in the second half of life, which for some, rightly or not, can feel like too little too late.
Any older INTPs willing to share their insights of this journey?
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Old 15th-November-2012, 12:43 AM   snafupants's time 14th-November-2012, 06:43 PM    #2
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Any older INTPs willing to share their insights of this journey? :
In fact, I believe one older member posted this same thing.
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Old 15th-November-2012, 02:46 AM   Architect's time 14th-November-2012, 06:46 PM    #3
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I was formulating a post on this article; you beat me to it.

OK I post PersonalityJunkie articles on here all the time but this one is the cherry on top. The timing is perfect for me personality in my 40's. Yes he's absolutely right, and I've come to this conclusion within the last year and so was amazed to find it 'in print'.

The first half of life for many INTP's is a matter of integrating with the world. This is true for all people actually as it's part of the social and sexual cycle. But surrounded by Sensors and other types the INTP journey - figuring out him/her self - is made harder by lack of role models and positive reinforcement. At any rate by midlife the issue comes to a head (it certainly did for me) and the dominant, well, asserts itself to become dominant. I've structured my life and work around my desire and propensity for Ti, luckily I'm working in a Ti dominant field and have an understanding INFJ/INTP family.

I'm still chewing over this article, amazing stuff.
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Old 15th-November-2012, 03:07 AM   SpaceYeti's time 14th-November-2012, 08:07 PM    #4
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I was fortunate, as I discovered I could better maintain my happiness through figuring out what made me happy fairly early in life. I used myself as a test subject whenever emotions were involved. Once I realized I had an emotional reaction, I would, well, firstly I'd deal with what needed dealt with, but then I would reflect on what happened, how I reacted, and etc. It was most useful in relationships, as you may read in my other thread about exactly that. It also helps me calm down when work stresses me out, too, and it keeps me entertained in my spare time. I'm a master of keeping myself entertained. I'm never truly bored, and one of my first realizations about life is that, for me, my particular psyche, life is pretty much an ongoing combat against boredom. Not only must you learn to entertain yourself, you have to learn when to surrender your entertainment to higher order necessity (showering, sleeping, etc), which will allow a better quality of enjoyment than if you drive on and wear yourself out.
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Old 15th-November-2012, 05:57 AM   EyeSeeCold's time 14th-November-2012, 09:57 PM    #5
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It already happens subconsciously, but only to serve the ego.

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In Jungian terms, the third function is the potential mediator with the inferior function; i.e., one approaches the inferior safely by going through the tertiary, not by apprehending it directly. In terms of individual growth (Jaccobi, 1963), one apprehends one's unconscious and the Self by a sequence going from the dominant to the auxiliary to the tertiary to the inferior. The danger of directly confronting the inferior function rather than using the mediating or tertiary function is that this is more likely to produce ego-inflation—i.e., when unconscious energy is brought into the conscious sphere but is controlled by the ego rather than by the Self. Further, one obtains strong transference reactions towards whoever is the change agent involved, and the inferior function will not be easily integrated [i.e., it will not “stick” (Jung, 1971)].

One application of this in the organizational world seems to have occurred with the human relations movement. This example may be completely wrong, but nevertheless serves as an explanatory vehicle for how the path through the tertiary would work. On the assumption that the dominant mode in this world is that of thinking supported by a sensing auxiliary, the drive in the human relations field to get people in touch with their feelings represented an attempt to go straight for the inferior function. This was usually attempted in order to balance out the overly task-driven dominant thinking mode.

However, one of the most common complaints of that era in organizational training was that the individual, once out of the fully supportive atmosphere and conditions set up for the individual to get in touch with his or her feelings, returned quickly to past patterns of attitude and behavior with others. They were unable to act out their new-found selves in the “real” world. This is precisely what one would expect if the inferior function had been tackled directly rather than going through the tertiary, although other explanations of this phenomenon would equally suffice. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note the trend in the last 5-10 years of encouraging intuition, representing the business world's tertiary function.
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The article can be summed as arguing that development and lasting growth comes not from directly focusing on the inferior(which would cause ego inflation, and only be a temporary change) but by integrating through the tertiary.
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Old 15th-November-2012, 02:26 PM   Jennywocky's time 15th-November-2012, 09:26 AM    #6
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The article seems pretty straightforward. A lot of my Ti goes toward trying to unravel the "human condition" and understand/explain concepts of psychology, community, and personal growth from a Ti bent rather than from an exhortative or hands-on perspective. It gives people comprehension and grounding, as well as helps them navigate through more complex scenarios.
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Old 13th-March-2013, 08:55 PM   Ink's time 13th-March-2013, 09:55 PM    #7
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I still have no idea if I'm fully integrated or not integrated at all. This concept just keep popping into my mind, haunting me...
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Old 14th-March-2013, 04:31 AM   WhatTheFunction's time 13th-March-2013, 08:31 PM    #8
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I used to really, really second-guess my personality type. For about 2 years I've doubted whether or not I was INTP until reading about them on this site just now. This really opened my eyes to my type.
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Old 14th-March-2013, 06:14 AM   Reluctantly's time 14th-March-2013, 01:14 AM    #9
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It already happens subconsciously, but only to serve the ego.

On achieving balance:
http://intpforum.com/showpost.php?p=320115&postcount=9
This is actually pretty funny because MBTI Loop theory suggests heavy tertiary usage is a bad pathological thing. Turns out it can be part of a healthy spiritual journey...
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Old 14th-March-2013, 09:51 PM   viche's time 14th-March-2013, 01:51 PM    #10
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Any older INTPs willing to share their insights of this journey?
Jung wrote about this referring to it as "3 become 4" i.e. that the inferior function become integrated into personality throughout the course of person's life.

Basically inferior function is repressed and thus unconscious, but periodically it wakes up and takes in some information from surroundings. The information that it integrates has strong potential to affect the dominant function, fine tune it. This is what the duality concept in socionics is about -- your dual is the person who has your inferior as their dominant and who can thus help you develop and integrate your inferior. So you don't integrate it through your own dominant but through other people's strong functions of same orientation.
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