Dec 6, 2007

Examples of Vulnerable Function Fixations

(continuation of previous post)

As you can see, fixations can be self-justifying or self-destructive. Every fixation in real life is quite specific; those listed below just indicate general areas where fixations can form.

ILE: "I will prove to them that I am nice to everyone" or "I will prove that I am a blundering ass"
SEI: "I will prove to them that I can be highly productive" or "I will prove that I am useless"
ESE: "I will prove to them that I can foresee events" (??) or "I will prove that I have no foresight"
LII: "I will prove to them that I can be nasty and aggressive" or "I will prove that I am defenseless"
EIE: "I will prove to them that I am healthy" or "I will prove that I am sick"
LSI: "I will prove to them that I see the whole picture" or "I will prove that I am narrow-minded"
SLE: "I will prove to them that I am nice" or "I will prove that I am heartless"
IEI: "I will prove to them that I can make money" or "I will prove that I am destitute"
SEE: "I will prove to them that I can follow rules" or "I will prove that I am unable to follow rules"
ILI: "I will prove to them that I have emotions" or "I will prove that I don't feel anything"
LIE: "I will prove to them that I am healthy and fit" or "I will prove that I am can't maintain my health"
ESI: "I will prove to them that I have potential" or "I will prove that I have no talents"
LSE: "I will prove to them that I know what's going to happen" or "I will prove that I have no thought for the future"
EII: "I will prove to them that I am disciplined" or "I will prove that I am hopelessly scattered"
IEE: "I will prove to them that I am logical" or "I will prove that I am illogical"
SLI: "I will prove to them that I am happy" or "I will prove that I am depressed"

A healthy vulnerable function isn't out to prove anything, but serves primarily as an area for personal reflection.

7 comments:

Olga said...

Thanks Rick, that sounds very true and insightful.

Dancing Butterfly Mama said...

The two statements that struck a chord for me are the IEE and EII...hmmm... :)

Expat said...

I think that "I will prove to myself" may be as important as "I will prove to them". Otherwise, brilliant.

icefusion said...

The vulnerable function sounds very extreme. Great insight.

Gulanzon said...

Actually, ice, I think the idea is that the vulnerable function, when unhealthy, is binary.

Hence the "absolutely good/absolutely bad" phrasing.

reality check said...

IEE: "I will prove to them that I am logical" or "I will prove that I am illogical"

A healthy vulnerable function isn't out to prove anything, but serves primarily as an area for personal reflection.

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Why is your entire website centered around logical conclusions and personal observations in the logical sphere?

P.S. Your mantra of "have proof for everything/believe nothing that other people tell you/take nothing on faith/believe nothing you can't prove" is ridiculous; you're overcompensating for your weak functions. If you haven't figured this out already, you shouldn't work so hard to develop your inert functions.

Rick said...

Reality Check,

>> Why is your entire website centered around logical conclusions and personal observations in the logical sphere?

My website is about psychology more than anything, I would say. I do use logical constructions, but the topic of study is the human sphere, not impersonal phenomena.

>> Your mantra of "have proof for everything/believe nothing that other people tell you/take nothing on faith/believe nothing you can't prove" is ridiculous; you're overcompensating for your weak functions.

Mine is simply the posture of the skeptic. I see it as the basis of all science, and I think many scientists would agree. This posture arose as a result of rejecting the faith-based worldview I grew up in. Perhaps there is some overcompensation or overreaction in my attitudes, but they are fairly typical of careful thinkers, philosophers, scientists, etc.