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Explorer as the Lead Process
As previously mentioned, the activity of the perception processes has a strong influence over not only the gaze of an individual, but the manner in which that gaze directs the head and body. For a type that leads their psyche with proactive perception (Pe), this entails a proactive exploration of the environment through environmental tracking.
A Pe lead type will be in a constant state of alertness, as their eyes are consistently engaged with some aspect of the environment and being lead in its direction in order to absorb its information. This will show itself in the contracting of the center of the orbicularis oculi to better expose the eyes. While other types may hold a more casual demeanor to their eyes, Pe types will appear to have a level of excitement always about them.
There will be a quickness in their observation, as they promptly notice changes and visually respond to them. Now, having alert eyes does not necessarily mean that Pe types have strong focus, if we take focus to mean an unbroken attention span. Pe types will have strong focus and alertness towards what they’re observing at any specific moment, but they are also equally prone to divert their focus to something else which catches their attention anew. Because of this, ironically, Pe types may even be seen as unfocused, inattentive, and non-perceptive.
Along with giving the user an alert look to their eyes, Pe is responsible for making the eyes dart in a couple different ways. The first is as a response to physical changes in the environment; the diversion of attention to other stimuli.
However, the second is an automatic effect that is entirely independent of external environmental stimuli. We’ve often seen how the eyes of another person fly around in seemingly random directions, or toggle from one place to another very quickly, while they are clearly not gathering information from their physical surroundings; instead their environment is wholly ignored.
Yet if we look closely, this seemingly random activity happens most often when a person is seeking to find a way to say something, envision/imagine something, or recall an idea. It is as though their eyes are mimicking the physical activity of searching, in the external environment, when they are doing a similar investigation internally.
This is because, to the cognitive process of Pe, there is fundamentally no difference between darting eyes for tracking aspects of the physical environment and for internally exploring the tapestry of Pi.
I must also make a distinction between this form of exploration and the echo of the worldview process. Data recall is fundamentally an activity of the worldview process, and the explorer process does not receive the information of the worldview’s tapestry without collaboration with the worldview process. The explorer process pings and an echo is received. Visually and cognitively there is a striking difference between data recall when it is initiated by the explorer process and when it is initiated by the worldview process.
When the explorer process initiates, the eyes will retain their alert focus as well as toggling eye motions while their upper eyelids and brow will be marginally affected by the Pi processes to integrate the signals of Pi. These signals will be additional but not central to their expression, which is altogether more animated and prone to transitions according to the person’s thoughts. Inversely, when Pi recalls of its own accord there is far less animation and the eyes will not intermix the signals this heavily.
Now as a proactive process, similar to the articulator process, Pe generates movement and excitation; it carries an impulse towards initiation. However, all of this energy is not restricted by a rigidity of a judgment type’s body. The articulator process clamps down a proactive movement after its initial expressing, essentially resetting its movement to zero, but because the explorer process does not clamp its own expressions, new energy is amplified by previously generated energy – giving rise to momentum.
This momentum is amplified according to how much stimulation the environment offers (not forgetting that memories and abstractions can also provide stimulation). For a Pe type, their energetic movements will emerge from a place of intrigue. Their body will have a fluid energy, often causing their posture to sway playfully and perk up when there is a spike of stimulation in the environment.
In extreme cases, Pe can manifest as restlessness and an inability to sit still. However, not all Pe types will be so restless or continually mobile, nor should this be used as a definite criteria for Pe. Many Pe types may live quite externally uneventful lives, yet they will nonetheless be continually finding some source of stimulation in their lives. There are entire worlds to explore inside books, games and fantasy.
The mind of an explorer type can easily be captivated by these forms of stimulation – absorbing mountains of data from them – and yet externally appear to be a reactive type. However, there will exist always a bubbling current of energy running underneath the being of a Pe type, independent of which lifestyle they’ve chosen. Even when we find them in a sedentary posture, it will appear as though their body is suspended, ready to move at any moment and move quickly should it be prompted.
Other types, such as Ji leads, will seem entirely static in their energy and be continually deflating into inaction. Instances of movement quickly die down without savoring their opportunity. For the explorer process, instances of movement are reveled in by the body, and slow down very gradually as momentum is naturally lost.