Friday, November 1, 2013

Interaction between the Suggestive and Mobilizing Functions

It is said that the functions of the Super-Id block, the Suggestive and Mobilizing Functions, are an individuals weakest developed functions, while at the same time being the functions the individual is most in need of. So what purpose do they serve? How do they interact with each other and other functions?

The first thing we can say about it, is that the Mobilizing function serves to realize the agenda of the Base Function. However, this does not happen automatically, even though the individual will often try to make it happen. in such cases, the individual will use their Mobilizing Function in an ineffective way.

For the Mobilizing Function to be effective, one important condition must be met: the needs of the Suggestive Function need to be fulfilled. Only when this happens, the individual will be able to successfully apply the Mobilizing Function in order to achieve the goals set by the Base Function.

How does this work in real life? As usual, I will elaborate this using examples. To also explain about subtle differences I will use the example of two mirror types, the IEE and EII.

The ultimate life goal of the IEE, their source of a sense of self-esteem, is to feel competent towards the challenges presented by life. They do this by realizing the opportunities that they perceive through their base function, which is Ne. Such realization needs action. Not just any action, which could be achieved by sheer will power and jumping into action (Se), it needs a procedural approach (Te). When not dualized in one way or another, IEEs will often overdo using Te: they will collect too much knowledge in preparation of creating a procedure, get too perfectionistic, and as such create a barrier that interferes with the realization of the goal. How is this dilemma overcome? By more Te? More knowlegde and preparation, as is the typical response for an IEE? Of course not, it only leads to a biger barrier in the form of fear. What needs to happen, is that the IEE needs to become physically balanced first, or as we say in Dutch, "to be good in your skin". What helps an IEE to become productive, is to take a step back, relax for a while, to do -how paradoxically- nothing at all! After a while the IEE starts to feel physically balanced, and then, acting from an almost automatic intrinsic motivation, starts doing the things that need be be done, often with amazing efficiency and high quality results. However, to become relaxed by their own actions, takes a huge investment by the IEE; it takes a lot of time to arrive at the relaxed state. This is where the dual comes in: the SLI speeds up the relaxation process, eliminates stress for the IEE. This is actually more important than providing help in the form of Te.

Si and Te are also important to EIIs in the realization of their goals, but in a different way: the ultimate existential goal of EIIs is to arrive at a state of harmony with the physical environment. They are unconscious of the fact that they are trying to do this by implementing the agenda of their base function (Fi) by means of the Mobilizing Function (Si). Contrary to IEEs, Si is the ultimate goal, not a means to that goal. The means to that goal is being productive, which, of course, also requires good procedural knowledge. When not dualized, EIIs will often focus too much on attaining a physically healthy and balanced state: lots of yoga, vitamin pills, overall healthy living, and like the Te in IEEs, they tend to overdo it and miss the target. What is needed, of course, is an LSE that provides the knowledge for successfully and efficiently carrying out procedures, as well as an incentive for the EII to act, which ultimately allows the EII to arrive in a state of flow, where everything runs smooth and they arrive at a state of harmony with themselves and the environment.

One more important thing needs to be mentioned. I in effect said that satisfaction of the Suggestive Function allows the individual to realize the agenda of their Base Function through their Mobilizing Function. It is a little bit more complicated than that: often fulfillment of the Suggestive Function leads to changes in the agenda of the Base function, in that it now sets more realistic, less grandiose goals. Ultimately this is less demanding of the Mobilizing Function.

Also read: Suggestive and Mobilizing Function: a follow up

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