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The following is a description of the metabolism of the energetic functions.
|Energetic Functions||Emergent Aim||Emergent Method|
|Je||proactive, object-oriented differentiation||Utility||Execution|
|Ji||reactive, subject-oriented differentiation||Alignment||Diagnosis|
|Pe||proactive, object-oriented synthesis||Novelties||Exploration|
|Pi||reactive, subject-oriented synthesis||Predictability||Narrative|
A cognitive process that constructs our awareness at a millisecond level. A metabolic process is algorithmic, and handles how we compute reality. Thus a metabolic function carries no necessary opinion; it is that which handles the construction of opinions. Metabolic functions carry no “content”, but do carry a functionality which generates certain types of content more commonly than others.
Content refers to the manifested opinions, beliefs, values, worldviews and paradigms that are generated by the accumulation of thousands of mental computations over time. At the fundamental level, content is irrelevant to type. What processing modality you function from cannot be absolutely determined by whether any particular idea or belief is held. Content is the “what”, while the metabolic function is the “how.” Type is a question of how we process information, not what content we have a current affiliation with.
An object refers to any dataset that can be entertained conceptually as a standalone entity. There are literal objects (car, house, wallet) as well as abstract objects (anger, love, liberalism, government). The psyche makes no differentiation between tangible or figurative objects since any information that the psyche handles is transformed into a mental object. Even the most literal substances are experienced –phenomenologically– as mental objects by the brain. Thus, the fact that you are holding an orange in your hand registers in the mind as the mental object “orange” with all its components attached. The mind must build a concept (proxy/simulation) of the orange for you to handle it properly, and this concept-formation happens for all other things that don’t have a physical analog too, placing them all in the same category of being a (mental) “object.”
J – Differentiation
The conceptual splitting of one thing from another. This can be in telling apart one color from another, right from wrong, or in drawing boundaries and categories of any sort. To say “that is a German Shepherd” is a differentiation and classification of an object by a list of properties. Differentiation compartmentalizes reality into further and further detail with the aim of achieving accuracy and (mental) order. This can encompass linguistic clarity, bureaucracy, ethics as well as the difference between self and other.
P – Synthesis
The accumulation of information and its integration with existing data, with no necessary excommunication of any part. Synthesis sees everything as a whole, and does not draw barriers. One thing leads into the next, and is perhaps dependent on it. Nothing can be viewed by itself outside of context, since context means everything to the proper comprehension of anything. Synthesis is relativistic in thinking, rather than absolute. It sees spectrums, gradients and fuzzy boundaries (or no boundaries at all).
E – Proactive
Proactivity refers to an energetic vector which moves mentally away from the subject and towards the object. It is a type of libido where there’s a seeking out. The psyche is attuned to what is out there, and animates in the direction of that thing. This can take the literal form of movement (action) but can also be a mental pull to absorb more and more things. For example, sitting alone on a computer while gaming and watching video series is considered “proactive” because energy and libido is going away from you towards something found out there, and seeking to bring that in or interface with it.
I – Reactive
Reactivity refers to an energetic vector which moves mentally away from the object and towards the subject. A reactive libinal vector preserves and withholds itself from the influence of objects, and focuses on the pre-existing content matter from within. No new data is sought, and no outer action is taken. Attention is turned towards the static analysis of perhaps one mental object at a time; evaluated for its ontological properties. The world is understood from the place of what has already been collected or understood, or from what might be understood by evaluating that content more carefully, rather than taking in more data.
Je is an energetic function created by the properties: proactive, object-oriented differentiation. It is a proactive libidinal vector geared towards the differentiation of objects into order. This can be physical or mental objects; the result is the same. Je’s aim is to take the synthetic reality we live in (P) and to structure it in such a way as to create agency. The emergent property (or aim) of Je is attaining utility, and it’s method is execution. The purpose of the external organization of objects is to move (proactive) reality from one arrangement to another. It is causality-oriented reasoning. Examples of content that may emerge from this are economic theory, physics theories, social dynamic theories, politics, business as well as logistics and engineering. As objects can be mental or physical, and Je handles the ordering of objects all the same, sitting alone in a room drawing engineering schematics or simulating a social/phone conversation in your head are also examples of Je’s causality-oriented processing and metabolism.
Ji is an energetic function created by the properties: reactive, subject-oriented differentiation. It is a reactive libidinal vector geared towards differentiating the qualities of a single subject. The subject can be the person themselves, or any one thing/concept that is evaluated for its own static properties. Rather than comparing things to other things in a causal fashion (Je), Ji evaluates how a thing compares to itself — whether it is self-aligned or not. The emergent property (or aim) of Ji is alignment, and it’s method is diagnosis. It gives an output value that informs the individual of how askew a thing is with itself, according to the parameters that are being used. Examples of it’s function include the identification of: self-contradictions, impurities of character, hypocrisies and asymmetries. If the individual is used as the central reference frame, then all things will be compared against themselves for alignment or misalignment in beliefs, ethics, reason, aesthetic, motives — giving a particular output value of how resonant the thing is to them.
Pe is an energetic function created by the properties of: proactive, object-oriented synthesis. It is a proactive libidinal vector geared towards absorbing and navigating information in real-time. This information can come from the physical world or from the conceptual world of books and ideas. The emergent property (or aim) of Pe is attaining novelties, and it’s method is exploration. Thus, information is especially sought after if it can refresh our understanding of something, allowing it to be viewed like never before. The absorption of information is done with a bias towards intrigue, and through surprise or excitement. Secondly, this real-time registration of environmental context allows for flow, or the seamless movement from one situation to the next by an understanding of the mental or physical setting. This can be in the form of idea-hopping, brainstorming, or gracefully riffing through a kinesthetic reality.
Pi is an energetic function created by the properties of: reactive, subject-oriented synthesis. It is a reactive libidinal vector geared to preserve a comprehensive information tapestry and map. It does not seek it out new objects, but is preoccupied with synthesizing all known information into a single/unified predictive schema that is superimposed onto reality. The emergent property (or aim) of Pi is attaining predictability, and it’s method is narrative. Reality is comprehended proverbially as a chronology with themes and sub-themes interwoven together through adjacent relationships. But this entire eyesight is held in the individual subject, while the objects are anticipated to conform to the projection. And in this way the subject retains dominion over the object. The contents that may emerge from this operation include an affinity for storytelling, history, anthropology, literature and all manner of knowledge structures that can nurture a more comprehensive internal schema of the world.
|Pe||proactive, object-oriented synthesis||Novelties||Exploration||Short||Real-time||Environment||Flow||Amusement||Boredom|
|Pi||reactive, subject-oriented synthesis||Predictability||Narrative||Long||Episodic||Precedent||Anticipate||Stability||Instability|
|Je||proactive, object-oriented differentiation||Utility||Execution||Causal||Economy||Dynamic||Order||Success||Failure|
|Ji||reactive, subject-oriented differentiation||Alignment||Diagnosis||Axiomatic||Principles||Static||Critique||Perfection||Imperfection|