Unveiling Your Superpowers with Jung’s Eight Cognitive Processes

Aug 15, 2023
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Embarking on the journey of self-discovery and personal development requires a deep understanding of the various cognitive processes that shape our everyday decisions and interactions. Carl Jung's theory of personality, often referred to as analytical psychology, offers invaluable insights into these processes.

Understanding the Eight Cognitive Processes:

Here is a glimpse into the eight cognitive processes derived from Jung’s work as elaborated by Dr. Dario Nardi:

  1. Active Adapting (Extraverted Sensing - Se)  - This process is about immersing oneself in the present moment and responding to it based on current realities. Those using this process adeptly often have an acute awareness of their surroundings and a knack for quick, action-oriented responses.

  2. Keen Foreseeing (Introverted Intuiting - Ni)  - People who lean into this process are often forward-looking, able to anticipate future outcomes based on patterns and abstract ideas. They are excellent at seeing the 'big picture' and often have profound insights about the direction things might take.

  3. Excited Brainstorming (Extraverted Intuiting - Ne)  - This cognitive process revels in exploring possibilities, fostering creativity, and brainstorming new ideas. It's all about seeing potential opportunities and alternative ways of interpreting situations.

  4. Cautious Protector (Introverted Sensing - Si)  - Those favoring this process are often meticulous and detail-oriented, drawing heavily on past experiences and learned information. They tend to value stability and prefer routines, using past patterns to predict and plan for the future.

  5. Timely Building (Extraverted Thinking - Te)  - This process is goal-oriented, practical, and efficient. It thrives on organizing resources, following procedures, and striving for measurable outcomes.

  6. Quiet Crusading (Introverted Feeling - Fi)  - This process is anchored in personal values and convictions. Those with a preference for Fi tend to make decisions based on what feels right to them at a deeply personal level.

  7. Friendly Hosting (Extraverted Feeling - Fe)  - People who lean heavily into Fe are often considerate and socially aware. They are good at building connections and making decisions that maintain harmony within a group.

  8. Skillful Sleuthing (Introverted Thinking - Ti)  - This cognitive process is characterized by analytical thinking and a pursuit of accuracy. Those preferring Ti enjoy problem-solving, often breaking complex issues down into manageable parts for more straightforward resolution.


As we continue our journey through the "Update Your Algorithm" Masterclass series, I invite you to join us for Part II, where we'll delve deeper into these processes. Understanding these processes helps us make sense of how we interact with the world, thus empowering us to live more authentically and productively.

Please join us for "Update Your Algorithm: Unearthing Your Superpowers with The Eight Mental Processes" on Friday, August 25th at 7pm (CT). Register for the livestream here. Let's continue this fascinating journey together.

Agape and Stay L.I.T.

Harry "The Nocturnal Therapist" Turner



  1. Nardi, D. (2020). The Magic Diamond: Jung's 8 Paths for Self-Coaching. Radiance House Publishers.