The Journey from One-Sidedness to Wholeness: A Deeper Dive into the Eight Cognitive Processes

Aug 18, 2023

The journey towards personal growth is a transformative voyage that transverses the consciousness of the mind from a state of one-sidedness to the pursuit of wholeness. This transformation process is intricately woven into the fabric of the eight cognitive processes. Understanding these processes not only helps us recognize our one-sided tendencies but also provides a roadmap for personal growth. Eventually, we achieve a level of mastery over the mind only to later transcend it. 


Moving from One-sidedness to Wholeness

The concept of one-sidedness and its journey towards wholeness is a foundational piece in the vast puzzle of human psyche, as presented by Carl Jung. But what do these terms truly mean, and why are they of such profound importance in our quest for self-awareness and inner harmony?

Understanding One-sidedness
One-sidedness refers to an imbalanced state where an individual is overly reliant on specific cognitive functions or attitudes, while neglecting others. Imagine trying to see the world through one eye, hearing with one ear, or walking with one leg. You might still function, but it's far from optimal. Similarly, one-sidedness in our cognitive processes can leave us feeling imbalanced, unsatisfied, or even lead us into conflicts with others who view the world differently.


Why Does One-sidedness Occur?

Several factors contribute to one-sidedness:

  • Societal and cultural pressures: Sometimes, certain cognitive functions are more valued in specific cultures or societies, pushing individuals to suppress or neglect other aspects of themselves.
  • Personal experiences: Past traumas, significant emotional events, or strong positive reinforcements can lead us to heavily rely on particular functions.
  • Natural predispositions: While everyone has innate preferences, an over-reliance can lead to one-sidedness.


The Path to Wholeness

Wholeness doesn't mean becoming a master of all cognitive functions or attitudes. Instead, it implies a balanced and conscious engagement with all aspects of oneself. Achieving wholeness is about understanding, integrating, and harmonizing the various parts of our psyche.

Steps to Achieve Wholeness:

  1. Self-awareness: Recognize your dominant functions and the ones you tend to neglect.
  2. Exploration: Consciously engage with your less dominant cognitive processes. This might feel uncomfortable initially, but it's a crucial step.
  3. Acceptance: Embrace all parts of yourself, understanding that every cognitive function has its value and purpose.
  4. Integration: Actively work towards integrating your diverse cognitive processes in daily life, striving for balance and harmony.
  5. Continuous Reflection: Regular introspection ensures that you remain on the path of wholeness, checking for any emerging one-sided tendencies.

Moving from one-sidedness to wholeness is a transformative journey that enhances our understanding of ourselves and the world. It allows us to lead richer, more balanced lives, ensuring that we engage with the world in a harmonious way, utilizing all the cognitive tools at our disposal. Embrace the journey and revel in the profound growth it promises.


One-Sidedness and the Eight Cognitive Processes:

  1. Active Adapting (Extraverted Sensing - Se) - One-sidedness in this process could mean being overly reactive or impulsive, always acting on the spur of the moment without thinking about long-term consequences. The journey to wholeness involves learning to balance action with reflection.

  2. Keen Foreseeing (Introverted Intuiting - Ni) - Being one-sided here may manifest as excessive daydreaming or getting too caught up in one's visions, losing touch with reality. Achieving balance might require consciously staying grounded and acknowledging present realities.

  3. Excited Brainstorming (Extraverted Intuiting - Ne) - Over-reliance on this process may lead to a constant chase of new ideas while never committing to actualizing any of them. The road to wholeness calls for learning to discriminate among possibilities and taking steps towards realization.

  4. Cautious Protector (Introverted Sensing - Si) - A one-sided Si might resist change and new experiences, becoming overly reliant on past experiences. Embracing change and novelty, while still valuing past learnings, is a step towards balance.

  5. Timely Building (Extraverted Thinking - Te) - Over-emphasis on efficiency, measurable outcomes, and control might lead to neglect of emotional aspects. The journey to wholeness requires acknowledging and incorporating emotions and values in decision-making.

  6. Quiet Crusading (Introverted Feeling - Fi) - One-sidedness in Fi might manifest as being overly idealistic, uncompromising, or disconnected from external realities. Growth involves balancing personal values with practical realities and social dynamics.

  7. Friendly Hosting (Extraverted Feeling - Fe) - Being overly focused on group harmony or external validation could lead to suppression of individuality. The path to wholeness encourages balancing group needs with personal authenticity.

  8. Skillful Sleuthing (Introverted Thinking - Ti) - Overly analytical or detached perspectives might neglect the emotional, human aspect of situations. Growth involves balancing rationality with empathy and connection.

As we continue on this journey, it's important to remember that one-sidedness isn't a flaw, but a part of our growth. Recognizing and accepting this is the first step towards wholeness.

Join us for the continuation of our "Update Your Algorithm" Masterclass series, where we'll delve deeper into these processes. The aim is not only to become aware of our one-sided tendencies but also to foster a harmonious relationship between all eight cognitive processes.

Agape and Stay L.I.T.

Harry "The Nocturnal Therapist" Turner



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