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While walking along the pathway near the end of a long walk around the park, just as I was about to reach the Lost Lagoon, I heard a commotion in the brush alongside the path. For a moment I thought it was a cat fight. Then as I walked a bit closer, I saw these two critters. They were taking issue with a third raccoon that was hidden from view. Not long after taking this photo, the third raccoon decided to head out of the brush straight towards me. I got a good number of photos but felt that this one was the one that I thought would best fit today’s post that takes another look at psychological types, this time looking at the irrational aspects of intuition and sensation.
In my reaction to the photo image, I felt that the image “fits” the theme of “sensation.”
In the extraverted attitude, the subjective component of sensation, so far as its conscious application is concerned, is either inhibited or repressed. (Jung, CW vol. 6, par. 604)
No other human type can equal the extraverted sensation type in realism. His sense for the objective facts is extraordinarily developed. His life in an accumulation of actual experiences of concrete objects, and the more pronounced his type, the less use does he make of his experience. (Jung, CW vol. 6, par. 605)
Sensation is an irrational function as there is no “thinking” or “feeling” at work at a subjective level giving a rational understanding. The objects only hold an objective value, “the thing in itself” or “the experience.” This person collects experiences from the senses as markers of a life well lived. At its most extreme we can see this in drug addicts who are searching for the next sensate experience, a sex addict hunting for another sexual encounter forever pushing the experiences to extremes in order to savour the experiences.
On the positive side, this is what Jung has to say:
If normal, he is conspicuously well adjusted to reality. That is his ideal, and it even makes him considerate of others. As he has no ideals connected with ideas, he has no reason to act in any way contrary to the reality of things as they are. this manifests itself in all the externals of his life. He dresses well, as befits the occasion; he keeps a good table with plenty of drink for his friends, making them feel very grand … (Jung, CW vol. 6, par. 607)
I found this bird, a Spotted Towhee, while walking through Vancouver’s Stanley Park in late November. I also saw a number Spotted Towhee’s on Vancouver Island and found them to be quite sociable birds. Towhees are rather noisy birds as they scratch for food in the brush and as they find endless opportunities to strut their songs of defiance and mating. There’s nothing shy about these birds.
I would suggest that there is more of an extraverted feeling rather than an extraverted thinking symbolized by this bird. The extraverted feeling type is more into following the crowd and understanding the world through collective values.
Before going to today’s quote from C.G. Jung’s work, I want to remind you that these birds and animals that find their way into my blog don’t really have the psychological qualities I then comment about in these posts, They are simply images with which I become engaged as I try to understand a bit more about humans. Now, here are a few words from Jung on the etraverted feeling type:
This kind of feeling is very largely responsible for the fact that so many people flock to the theatre or to concerts, or go to church, and do so more with their feelings correctly adjusted. Fashions, too, owe their whole existence to it, and, what is far more valuable, the positive support of social, philanthropic, and other such cultural institutions. In these matters extraverted feeling proves itself a creative factor. Without it, a harmonious social life would be impossible. (Jung, CW vol. 6, par. 596)
I found this bird in Stanley Park and was entertained by her as well as the crows who were busy feasting on oysters and clams along the sea’s edge. The birds would drop the shells onto the stones then pick the carcasses from the wreckage of the shells. It almost appears as if the birds are “thinking” about what they are doing rather than simply acting out instinctual and unconscious patters of behaviour.
When thinking holds prior place among the psychological functions. i.e., when the life of an individual is mainly governed by reflective thinking so that every important action proceeds, or is intended to proceed, from intellectually considered motives, we may fairly call this a thinking type. Such a type may be either introverted or extraverted. (Jung, CW vol. 6, par. 584)
It may appear that I am a thinking type, but the truth is that I process objective data more through feeling than through logos or thinking. I trust my gut more than my head as facts and sense derived data often deceives. Of course, this is my feeling in regards to this point of view. In relation to my thinking function which is significantly developed, feeling enjoys a superior position in decoding data which makes thinking an inferior function in my particular case. And yourself? which rational function is superior, thinking or feeling?
The west coast photo series continues with this photo taken in Stanley Park in central Vancouver. With a lot of rain over the previous two weeks, Vancouver was soaked to the saturation point. A lack of sunshine meant that drying out when the rain had stopped was problematical. The stoppage of rain was welcome as it meant a long walk was possible.
That I made the decision to go for a walk because of a break in the rain, I demonstrated a moment of extraverted attitude. Though I am introverted to a significant level, I am also to some degree extroverted. I am drawn to objects as well as to ideas.
Now, when orientation by the object predominates in such a way that decisions and actions are determined not by subjective views but by objective conditions, we speak of an extraverted attitude. (Jung, CW vol. 6, par. 563)
This is the key, whether one’s actions are based more on objective conditions or on subjective views. Most of those around me are decidedly extraverted in attitude. And because of this, I am viewed as a curious puzzle as what I do is often out of sync with what the conditions suggest I should be doing. I lack a down to earth way of being, a collective common sense in their eyes. Of course, since they know me, this isn’t really a problem in relationship terms.
Still, that said, there are occasions of confusion and conflict based on the differing attitudes.
This is a Great Blue Heron, a common bird in the lower mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. This guy was sitting on the top of a tree near the entrance to Stanley Park in Vancouver as though he was some cynic standing disdainfully aside and above the common throng below. He definitely wasn’t a “people person,” an extrovert. In a way, he reminded me of myself – getting older and more watchful of the world at a somewhat safe distance.
Here I have used the masculine in describing this bird. But, the truth is, this introverted attitude or extraverted attitude is not something that is gender-related in the least. Nor, does this attitude have anything to do with social class or education or age. As C.G. Jung noted:
Such a widespread distribution could hardly have come about if it were merely a question of a conscious and deliberate choice of attitude. In that case, one would surely find one particular attitude in one particular class of people linked together by a common education and background and localized accordingly. But that is not so at all; on the contrary, the types seem to be distributed quite at random. In the same family one child is introverted, the other extraverted. Since the facts show that the attitude-type is a general phenomenon having an apparently random distribution, it cannot be a matter of conscious judgment or conscious intention, but must be due to some unconscious, instinctual cause. (Jung, CW vol. 6, par. 558.)
Thinking on this, I come to realize that I have often erred in being critical of others when it comes to attitude as others have too often erred in finding some deliberate negative intention because of my introverted attitude. I do not deliberately stand outside the crowd. It just happens naturally. It isn’t about intention, it is about avoiding extra anxiety that the crowd induces. It isn’t about a self-perceived superior attitude, it is about space so that I don’t get lost and become invisible even to myself.
I am beginning to see where this look at psychological types using C.G. Jung’s work is taking me. The intention was to re-investigate the topic here with conscious intention; unconsciously, it is again about re-self discovery.