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Question #1233085283Tuesday, 27-Jan-2009
Category: j/p Brain Theory Socionics
One of the things I find most fascinating about Socionics is the J/P distinction. It seems to me that this is, by far, the most important thing to comprehend about Socionics. Just changing one letter is enough to completely change the functions that a person uses. For example, ENFP's use Extroverted Intuition, Introverted Feeling, Extroverted Thinking and Introverted Sensing. Change the P in ENFP to a J and you've got ENFJ which uses Extroverted Feeling, Introverted Intuition, Extroverted Sensing, and Introverted Thinking. Here's my question: What are we really dealing with when making the distinction between P and J? I've heard them described as "different brain rhythms", and was wondering if what that really means is "J is left-brained" and "P is right brained". Is this too simplistic an explanation? And here's a connected question...maybe a bit bizarre, but bear with me. What would it take to change a person's J to a P or vice versa? Could science conceivably 'shock' a person's brain into a different rhythm? What would that person's experience be, changing from a P to a J or a J to a P, if this were theoretically possible? -- Ayahuasca
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A1 J and P simply indicate which of a person's two ego functions is the primary one. For example, ENFp and INFj both have Ne and Fi as their ego functions. ENFp, being a Perceiving type, has the Perceiving function, Ne, as the primary one. ENFp is 'Extraverted' because his primary function, Ne, is Extraverted. INFj, being a Judging type, has the Judging function, Fi, as the primary one. INFj is 'Introverted' because his primary function, Fi, is Introverted. I don't think there's been any studies on how Socionics relates to neurology as of yet. I suspect that 'J vs. P' is not as simple as 'right-brain vs. left-brain'. -- Krig (INTj)
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A2 My Dad and I took a test to see if we were right or left brained, and both of us tested as 'right'... He an ESFj, and I'm an INFp... -- Simon the INFp
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