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The following is a description of the mythology of Je.
Je Mythical Elements
Historically, the moral character of the Je type was best encapsulated by Humorism as the Choleric temperament. This temperament was described as a determined, strong-willed, productive, opinionated and sometimes domineering person. And while this does not capture the essence of Je’s metabolism, it certainly describes the emotional state evoked by it when it is felt in excess. The choleric temperament was thought to originate from yellow bile which, if we exercise some imagination to account for the medical ignorance of the age, represents a kind of awakening of the appetite corresponding to Je sense of ambition. Symbolically, bile here represents craving for more, an insatiable hunger that drives a person towards achievement and the procurement of resources. Yet the darker side of this temperament is described as a person who is as bold as they are quick tempered, irritable and rash. The craving for more can lead to the activation of aggressive instincts as one seeks to dominate the competition. The choleric temperament is also characterized by pride, by arrogance and a judgmental attitude. The Je function can become convinced of the rightness of their view, and simplify reality down to a “bottom line” in order to properly mobilize their postulated solutions to problems.
Archetypally, the articulator type is represented as a king or queen residing over the kingdom. Symbols that may accompany this archetype are the throne, the crown and the sword. The throne is especially symbolic, as it’s the seat of power and from where judgments are made at the global level. The crown represents royalty, legacy, legitimacy and the divine right to rule. The sword represents power over life and death, as well as defense over those that threaten the greater order. The king/queen archetype is, on the whole, not pacifist. It is always prepared to establish “justice”, or order, by whatever means necessary. But because of this, it also requires a counterbalance from its opposite side — the idealistic heart of the prince/princess. The king/queen archetype, if left to itself, can fall into a state of tyranny where the same power originally used to safeguard the city from harm eventually becomes the greatest harm to the city. Due to the natural passage of time, the king’s commands eventually become outdated and dysfunctional as the world around him changes. If they are not revisited, via a return to the pure ideal that they were aiming to uphold, the king’s reign will collapse. The role of the prince/princess, as a compass, is to check the king/queen’s values and character to ensure fitness to rule and to redirect them to their northern star.