Wednesday, 18 May 2022
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Hi Glorian,

Lately I have been getting interested in MBTI but one point where I seem to be at odds with the institutional orthodoxy is the idea that one should not make an effort to develop the shadow functions (i.e. functions of the personality that are weak or latent). Such efforts are seen as Sisyphean at best and dangerous at worse.

However, I am of the view that "playing to one's strengths" only fortifies the ego-personality and that the spiritual work of integral transformation of which VMSAW writes requires that the practitioner devote their energies to developing the parts that are weakest.

This would be especially true of me as one of my main weaknesses is Fi (introverted feeling), a function which I feel lends itself perfectly to deep meditative experiences, intuition, as well as connecting to the heart chakra. Conversely, my dominant orientation, Ti (introverted thinking), seems very much connected to an overly intellectual approach that is at odds with spirituality and especially with boddhichita or tender feeling towards mankind.

Any thoughts you might have on this would be appreciated.
1 month ago
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#27561
Accepted Answer
Real strength arrives when the personality and mind are passive and the consciousness is active.

Introversion is dual. It can be egoistical, whereby one experiences discord in social situations because of desires. Or it can be conscious, whereby in the midst of dialogue and relationships, one is hermetically sealed and awake.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

1 month ago
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#27561
Accepted Answer
Real strength arrives when the personality and mind are passive and the consciousness is active.

Introversion is dual. It can be egoistical, whereby one experiences discord in social situations because of desires. Or it can be conscious, whereby in the midst of dialogue and relationships, one is hermetically sealed and awake.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

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