What are Jungian Cognitive Functions and How Do They Work?
Chase: Hey guys. I'm CS Joseph with csjoseph.life. That's my website, it's a pretty bad one but, it'll get better as we go. So, yesterday we talked about how type is basically a way of life, and how we need to stop thinking about it in terms of like, putting people in a box. It's actually their way of life, their lifestyle, how they approach everything, and that's basically to be respected and understood, for the sake of human relationships, as we know it, and how the complexities of those different types are, well, extremely complex, that just simply saying, "Oh, you're putting me into a box," well, doesn't cover it all, so anyway.
Chase: So, today's video is going to be basically about cognitive functions, also known as cognitive senses. Cognitive functions are the entire basic foundation of Type F. If someone starts talking Meyers-Briggs, or disc system, strength finders, or any Jungian based personality type system, and they don't talk about cognitive functions, that's when you can basically stop listening to them and have nothing to do with what they say.
Chase: Pretty windy. So, I recommend just avoiding all that and focusing on cognitive functions. This hill's a little steep here so, I apologize. Trying to make sure I don't fall on my face while on camera. So, there are eight cognitive functions, and what they do is that they allow the human mind to basically treat. Well, it allows the human mind to interface with the world, and how it interfaces with the world is in two different ways. The first is through decision-making and through gathering information. And the cognitive functions, half of them are for gathering information, the other half is for decision-making, also known as judgments and making decisions.
Chase: So, those decisions based functions, they're like little spectrum that your mind can tune into, which basically means, same for perceiving by the way, basically means that your mind is like a big antenna. Sperm joins in with the egg. What does the sperm provide? It provides the skull and the spine and the central nervous system basically, the entire mental or mind based schematic for the human being. And that's all provided by the sperm.
Chase: So, it's like our central nervous system or our brains are basically big radio transceivers for sending and receiving data. Our minds do this by tuning into eight different spectrums, and those eight spectrum are the cognitive functions with which we can look at the eight spectrum.
Chase: Why is this relevant? It's relevant because not everybody is aware of the same radio station, or they have less awareness or they have more awareness. Too much, too little, not enough. Everyone's kind of different in that way, but only different to a point. It's up to 16 different variations of the cognitive functions exist within the human mind and they're all hierarchical.
Chase: So, you have the four functions per side of your mind. If you remember in our last video, we talked about the four sides in your mind. The ego, the sub-conscious, the unconscious, and the super ego. And each of those has four cognitive functions attached to them. That basically means each one can really only peer into half of the available radio bandwidth that our minds can peer into.
Chase: Not a bad thing. That's just how it works. Although, we can access all eight through our ego or our shadow, right. But, sometimes we can go into our sub-conscious, and access those functions in a different way while simultaneously drawing from our unconscious. So, that's pretty confusing but, I'll chart it out here in a few videos where it will make a lot more sense.
Chase: But anyway, back to the radio model. We don't exactly know how the mind is able to tune into these various spectrum, these various frequencies quite yet. We'll explore that with models. For example, one of the eight cognitive functions is extraverted intuition, and my mind, the apex of my mind, as an ENTP has extraverted intuition. It's the first function, it's the highest function in my mind.
Chase: Let's say it's receiving data at 100 frames a second of extraverted intuition, which is basically future awareness, precognition, the ability to predict things. But, it's limited based on how much experience that I have with my introverted sensing. But, we'll talk about that relationship later.
Chase: So, beyond that, let's just say it's 100 frames a second for the first function. The next function is the parent function, 75 frames a second. After that, the third one, is the child that's 50 frames. The fourth one is introverted sensing, for me, which would be my inferior function, that's 25 frames a second. The fifth function is the nemesis or the antagonist or the confrontational function. That is the 20 frames a second.
Chase: The one after that, the sixth slot. Basically, now were getting on our unconscious side of our mind. It's the critic, or senix, or old woman, or old man. There's so many different titles for these. That's why I just stick with critic, because it's very critical in its behavior. Then we have the trickster. And finally the demon, also known as the parasite.
Chase: So, these are the four slots that any of the eight cognitive functions could be in. For example, an ISTJ has introverted sensing hero, but they have introverted thinking critic. But, I'm an ENTP of introverted thinking parent, which is second slot and extroverted fearing child, that's third slot. But, in my critic slot, I have extroverted thinking, whereas the ISTJ has extroverted thinking in its parent slot.
Chase: So, it's all in balance. No one is better than the other. No type can do everything. We're all just missing that one thing. But, that's okay because that's why we have human relationships, because we can augment each other's cognition to handle more complex tasks. And that's how we've basically been designed to do.
Chase: We have to have relationships in order to survive. Without relationships, nothing can really be accomplished even by just one person. Sure, most things in our lives we think we can handle it on our own, but the sad truth is or more like the happy truth, to be honest, is that we have to form relationships in order to succeed. And cognitive functions is no different basically.
Chase: So, functionally speaking, we have eight of them. Four in our ego, four in our unconscious, the bottom side of our mind. We'll just say that for now. Beyond that, the functions are the foundation of type. You can tell somebody's type based on what functions they have. Now, Carl Jung did it. All he had to do was just do the first two. And that's true.
Chase: If you can identify the first two functions of any type, you instantly know the rest. Because, they have a logical layout and pattern that they follow. So, I'm an ENTP right. How do we know that I am an expert intuitive hero, which is the first slot, and introverted thinking parent, which is the second slot? How do we even know that?
Chase: Well, it's very simple. I'm a perceiver type so, an extroverted intuitive thinking perceiver. So, being that perceiving would be my mind type of role as an extrovert, that would mean that expert intuition would have to be my hero. But, you take something like an ENTJ instead or an ENFJ, that's not true. Why? Well, because they're a judging type, which means a decision making function will have to be in the top slot, and not a perception based function.
Chase: So, that's an ENFJ, instead of relying on the second letter to determine the hero, you rely on the third letter. So, that would be extroverted feeling for the ENFJ, and extroverted thinking for the ENTJ. So, boom, we've just identified the first slot. Now, once we identify the second slot for an ENTP because, again, it's an extroverted perceiver, the T is actually a secondary function to the primary hero function. So, that's parent, right.
Chase: So, the T would mean it would be introverted, because the first slot would have to be extroverted so, the second slot is automatically introverted. And then boom, we have TI parent for ENTP. And then because we have extroverted intuition, it's automatically linked to introverted sensing because it's polar opposite. The polar opposite of it exists on the bottom of the ego, so the fourth function.
Chase: So, that's very important when looking at cognitive functions and identifying them in yourself or others. Every cognitive function that you identify, the hero is always linked to the inferior function, the fourth slot. The parent is always linked to the child, because it's trying to take care of the child. Well, they're always the polar opposite.
Chase: So, if I'm extroverted intuition hero, that means automatically my fourth slot has to introverted sensing because it's the opposite, right. If I have introverted thinking parent, that would mean extroverted feeling was my inner child, because it is the opposite. And that is basically what we have to remember when we're trying to identify our cognitive functions. There's always little rules that you have to be aware of. But, don't worry, it gets a lot easier as we go. How are you doing?
Speaker 2: Pretty good. How are you?
Chase: So, let's do another example. Let's pick ESFJ, right. So, it's extroverted, it's judging type but because it's got feeling in the third slot, extroverted feeling judge, that means, extroverted feeling would be a hero. Okay. So, that's the first slot, and then the opposite of that would be introverted thinking. So, that's the fourth slot. We've already got half the ego identified right there, boom. Done.
Chase: And then, second slot. Because we know it's an ES, ESJ, ESFJ. So, the S part the sensing. So, which kind of sensing is it? Extroverted or introverted? Well, because the first slot is extroverted, the second slot has to introverted. So, introverted sensing. Because, we know introverted sensing is in the second slot, we automatically know its opposite is in the child slot, which would mean extroverted intuition. And there you have it. We have the ego of the ESFJ, also known as the supporter type.
Chase: Now that we know the ego, we automatically know the unconscious. And the unconscious is, or the shadow as some people call it, I say those words interchangeably, so be aware of that. The shadow is basically the same functions as the ego, but in reverse. Extroverted feeling would be introverted feeling this time. And then, introverted sensing would be extroverted sensing, right.
Chase: Then there's extroverted intuition becomes introverted intuition. Introverted thinking becomes extroverted thinking. And that makes up the bottom shadow side of the ESFJ. On the top, we have the supporter, which is FESINETI and then their unconscious side just happens to be an artist. Which is FISENITE, also known as introverted feeling, extroverted sensing, introverted intuition, extroverted thinking. So boom, now we know all eight cognitive functions of the ESFJ.
Chase: And this same pattern, this same logic is the same with any of the types. You can do this exercise with any of the types and you instantly know their cognitive functions, and you know how those functions are ordered, and how much awareness that person has into that cognitive spectrum. So, let's talk about the cognitive functions themselves and what they actually do. Which, I'll be doing videos in the future on specific functions to provide more of an actual definition of what they are, and what kind of awareness.
Chase: We'll just do one for right now. Extroverted thinking is like someone's awareness of how other people feel. Also known as ethics, right. Well, if they have really high extroverted feeling, meaning they have high frames per second. Which means the higher up that it is in that list of eight, that means the more awareness they have, right. That means the more caring they are. The more they feel the feelings of others, and they absorb the feelings of other people into them. They are a more caring individual with that extroverted feeling.
Chase: That's not to say introverted feeling is very caring because it can be. But, it's usually caring towards inward things, and not as much to outward things. It's like a source of caring, whereas extroverted feeling's trying to feed on the introverted feeling. It doesn't need to do that, per se, on its own. Introverted feeling, that is. But, extroverted feeling usually needs an additional source of introverted feeling for it to mirror or utilize for its own behavior.
Chase: Anyway, again, the higher the functions are in the list of eight, and the higher towards the apex the ego at the top, the more awareness they have in that spectrum. So, what you could do is, once you identify someone's type, you identify their cognitive functions, and that tells you how much awareness they have in these areas. So, let's look at the hero.
Chase: The hero is what they do best. It's their default, it's what they're most comfortable with. The parent usually is trying to tell the hero to, "I see you're saving the world, but you're going to hurt the children, you need to slow down." That's why the parent's usually more critical. The child is very innocent. It's the most innocent part of the human mind. With that it becomes ... I mean, people that attack the child side of people's minds that's a kind to child abuse, quite frankly.
Chase: The fourth function, the fourth slot also known as the inferior function, is where a person's insecurity exists. So, people that are attacking the conversation or it's what they do with their actions to harm that function, it hits a person's insecurity. Every single person has this problem. Everyone is insecure in some way. It's very easy to find once you know their cognitive function that's attached to it.
Chase: Like, for me, my insecurity is introverted sensing, so, I have a hard time doing new things, right. But, after doing the same thing over and over, eventually I can aspire, with my fourth slot, and it's no longer an insecurity anymore. And people have that same type of outlook. The fifth function is the nemesis. It usually is where a person's worry exists, the fifth function.
Chase: The sixth function is where a person's criticism exists. Imagine an introverted feeling, which is the sense of one's self worth was in the critic slot. That means their very critical of their self worth, at all times. And, never believe they're a good person so long as they live. And force themselves to do good things, so that they can feel good about themselves. And sometimes people don't give them the recognition they deserve. And it just turns into a huge mess for their whole life. So, there's little intricacies like that.
Chase: Also, there's the trickster function, which is second to last. That's the unaware function. Most people are not really aware of that. Mine is introverted feeling, which is morals. So, I would lack morals basically, moral awareness. Which is true. I do. I have ethics to make up for it. But, lack of morals is a difficult thing. And the final slot is the demon parasite. That's basically the source of the human condition. The source of corruption within our souls, that I last spoke about on the last video.
Chase: So, anyway that's basically cognitive functions 101. You can determine their functions by, once you identify their types, you know their letters, you could basically reverse engineer their letters into cognitive functions, and then you know what their awareness's are, their level of awareness. You know where their strengths or weaknesses lie, and you can make decisions about how you approach them, and how you communicate with them, and how you engage with them based on that knowledge, which will allow you to basically really engage this person in such a way that you've never been able to before, just because you know their cognitive functions, and you know your own, and you know how they work together.
Chase: But, more on that on a future video. So, anyway, if you found this video to be helpful or informative, please like and subscribe, and support my extremely new channel. I'm hoping to be making at least one video a day, where I'll be talking about the subject more in depth. Thank you all for your support so far, and I hope to be on Instagram in the near future as well. Anyway, have a good day. Later.