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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an INTJ

By Michael Pierce Highly composed, courteous, and genuinely nice. There is a sense that there are always very weighty matters on their mind despite their calm and unassuming façade. It appears sometimes as though their thoughts are distracting them from society. They are distinctly ill at ease around crowds, and seem to fumble a little bit with holding things together or presenting themselves in a public setting. Not always, but often have a distinct literary or artistic bent — a need to express things that are extremely difficult to express, rather like the ISFP. You can see deep feelings, passions,…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an ISFP

By Michael Pierce Remarkably similar in demeanor to the INTJ; they too seem to harbor very private, weighty ideas which distract them from the outside world. Gentle, serene, and graceful in their presentation. Generally so uneasy around people as they are simply mild and shy; like the INFP they have an overflow of warmth that waters those around them and ornaments whatever unease they do have. They often seem amiably unsure what to do socially — there is often a quirky degree of detachment when it comes to ‘unwritten rules’ of conduct, because they are very independent when it comes…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an INFP

By Michael Pierce INFPs – a general outline: Gentle, kind, and unobtrusive. Often seem a bit maladjusted to the world around them; something seems ever so slightly ‘off”: odd, eccentric, which traits clearly arise from a reclusive tendency in thought or even habitation. They are a bit like a faerie or fey, embodying a contradiction of otherworldly fragility and otherworldly resolution. Fascinated by individuals’ inner values and way of working, love to watch and understand them. This is why they are so aware of and adamant about individuality; they don’t like the idea of Te repressing Fi. They are terrified…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an ISTJ

By Michael Pierce ISTJs – an outline: They are formidably responsible and upstanding. They are usually ahead of the game in taking care of business; very much on top of things. They have a great sense of humor. They aren’t usually uptight, but seem rather confidently relaxed, like a sea captain used to dangerous storms: their approach to the future is one of ‘this is bad but nothing I haven’t seen before’. They are naturally thorough, taking in a ton of information before forming a conclusion or conjecture. They are very realistic about things — they might even appear a…

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Introduction to Function Axes

Watch this article as two videos here and here.  By Michael Pierce The Judgement Axes In general, the nature of the judging axes can be described in this way: Fe/Ti asks ‘what do you think, and how can we communicate that?’ Te/Fi asks ‘what do you want, and how can we get it?’ These two attitudes can be summed up as ‘translating’ and ‘operationalizing’ respectively. The one axis seeks to understand the logical form or structure (Ti) underlying various sentimental appearances (Fe); thinking along this axis is a bit like trying to construct an android, a structure of programming and framework…

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On the Kantian Subject/Object Divide in Relation to Jung

By Michael Pierce Recent research on my part, mostly of Immanuel Kant and his considerable influence on psychology and Jung in particular, as well as a discussion with Boye Akinwande, has lent me a number of insights I would like to share in this article (and video). All of the functions are ultimately ‘subjective’ in the more traditional sense of being rooted in the subject. Extroverted functions, while striving to be ‘objective’ and therefore taking a different approach to interpreting stimuli, are not necessarily more ‘hooked into’ the true, outside world — the noumenal realm — than introverted functions. As Jung…

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Exposition of Jung’s Categories of Judgement and Perception

By Michael Pierce In past videos and articles, I have mentioned briefly such terms as ‘introverted perceiving’ and ‘extroverted judging’. In this article (and video) I would like to expand on these concepts, because I have found them extremely useful for understanding the nature of the functions and how they tend to manifest in consciousness. Let me first review some of the terms: I am working with the approach to E/I which focuses on the subjective abstraction of introversion and the objective affirmation of extroversion, as discussed in my previous article (and video). I am also working with my usual conception…

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Extroversion and Introversion: The Many and the One

By Michael Pierce In this article (and video), I will be discussing in greater detail and refinement the ideas I originally presented in a letter to a friend: an approach to introversion and extroversion which I’ve found to be enlightening and fruitful. There’s a saying: “There are two kinds of people – those who think there are two kinds of people and those who don’t.” This is the new approach in a nutshell. One group emphasizes the existence of discrete categories while the other emphasizes the existence of the group in and of itself. This is my current view of…

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