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More Profound Meaning of Extroversion and Introversion


I have already explained the relationship between “superior/inferior function” and “conscious/unconscious.

This time, I would like to explain another important factor, “extrovert/introvert.”


Some of you may be thinking, “I already know what an extrovert and an introvert are.

But when considering superior and inferior functions, we need another perspective on “extrovert/introvert.”


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If One Is Extroverted, the Other Is Introverted


I have already made two important points.

Superior functions are active in the realm of consciousness.

The inferior function is repressed in the realm of unconsciousness.


And in this article, I will explain another essential point.

It is the following law.

If one of the superior and inferior functions is extroverted, the other will always be introverted.


For example, if the superior function is extroverted thinking, the inferior function is always introverted feeling.

If the superior function is an introverted sensation, the inferior function is always extroverted intuition.


Extroversion and introversion also switch


I will discuss this in more detail later.

Before that, I will explain the meaning of the terms “extrovert” and “introvert” again.


Note that I have already explained the basic concepts of these two words in the following article.

You can read that one first.



Extroverts Base Their Decisions on “The World”


Extroverts are always interested in “what is happening in the outside world.”

And when making a decision, they base their judgment on “what others think” rather than “what they think.”


For example, when you read a book and think,

“This is a good book!”

And you might write a review on the Amazon site to share your satisfaction with others.

(Whether or not you purchased the book on Amazon.)


Then you open the Amazon site and think,

“Well, I’ll give it five stars!”


But then you look at the number of Stars other people have given the book, and to your surprise, the book has a low rating!


If you are an extrovert, you might read other people’s reviews and suddenly change your opinion and give the book two or three stars, saying the following thing,

“Yes, that’s right, the content was somewhat run-of-the-mill.”


That is to say, the opinions of others easily influence extroverts.


Extroverts try to match their evaluation standard to the majority opinion


Indeed extroverts do not have firm opinions of their own.

But you could also say they are “cooperative,” “socially aware,” and “can read the room.”


Their personalities are open, and they are good at making friends.



When extroverts get into a fight or confrontation with someone, they often say to that person something like the following,

“Everyone else is complaining about you.”

“Everyone else agrees with me.”


In this way, the extrovert’s evaluation is not based on “what they think of you” but on “what everyone else thinks of you.”


These extroverts believe that “if everyone else thinks that way, then it must be right.”

Their logic is the following:

“I am right in conforming to everyone’s opinion.”


Put another way, the extrovert type tries to follow the facts that already have a certain societal reputation.



These tendencies also appear in love.

The following opinion may be rude to extroverted types, especially extroverted feeling types.

Extroverted feeling types tend to focus on worldly criteria such as appearance, educational background, income, or height when choosing a marriage partner.

In other words, they tend to choose a partner who looks perfect in everyone’s eyes.


Incidentally, introverts may choose a marriage partner based on their unique perspective because they don’t mind how others think.


In the “Beauty and the Beast” couple, the beast might be the extrovert type, and the beauty the introvert type



The extrovert type has an advantage that the introvert type does not.

That is that they do not feel timid or awkward toward others.


To begin with, being “timid,” “awkward,” “shy,” or “embarrassed” is a kind of rejection of the outside world, which is a characteristic of introverts.


However, extroverts do not have such negative reactions at all.

On the contrary, they are itching to blend in with the outside world.


Thus, for example, there is no such thing as

“I can usually sing well, but when I am on stage in front of an audience, I get nervous and can’t sing.”

Extroverts always seem to stand tall.



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Introverts Base Their Decisions on Their Minds


Introverts are always interested in the various thoughts that appear in their minds.

And they base their decisions on “what they think” rather than “what others think.”


Consider this in the example of Amazon reviews mentioned earlier.

The introverted type would give a book that satisfied them five stars without hesitation, even if all the other readers gave a low rating.



Introverts are not interested in what others think.

They are not influenced by the opinions of others, either in a good or bad way.


However, you can’t necessarily assume that introverts have solid ideas.

That is what is difficult to understand about introverts.


By the way, this world is made of matter.

Houses, clothes, food, and even the human body are material.

In other words, if the human mind is the content, everything outside of it is matter.

Money, in particular, is the king of the material world.


It is said the mind of extroverts attaches to the material world; on the other hand, the mind of introverts floats unstably in the space within the material world.


This world is impossible for introverts to resist, which confronts them with overwhelming facts.


Therefore, introverts always have a certain fear of this material world.

So, they always try to keep their distance from others.


Because of this wariness, introverts cannot be as open-minded as extroverts.



Extroverted types can not understand this kind of wariness of introverted types.

Because it is evident from their attitude that they are also being cautious, which makes  extroverts uncomfortable.


Many extroverted types feel “somewhat unsociable” or “uninterested in others” about such introverted types.

Furthermore, extroverts sometimes have the impression that introverts seem as if they are ignoring others or are cold-hearted.


And finally, they may have the negative impression that “this person is self-centered” or “selfish.


Of course, introverts have no bad intentions at all


However, by nature, introverts are neither self-centered nor selfish.

Instead, they keep their distance from the material world and see everything impartially.

That is why they will give five stars without hesitation to a book they think is a “good book” on Amazon review.



Extroverted and Introverted Natures Can Be Distorted


I stated the following law at the beginning of this article.

If one of the superior and inferior functions is extroverted, the other will always be introverted.


The following table shows the combinations of superior and inferior functions according to the above rule.

Note that “extrovert” and “introvert” are switched between the left and right sides.


Superior Function Inferior Function
Consciousness Unconsciousness
Extroverted thinking Introverted feeling
Extroverted feeling Introverted thinking
Extroverted sensation Introverted intuition
Extroverted intuition Introverted sensation
Introverted thinking Extroverted feeling
Introverted feeling Extroverted thinking
Introverted sensation Extroverted intuition
Introverted intuition Extroverted sensation



I will mention another important thing.

The extroverted or introverted nature described in this article is the nature of when they are superior functions.

But when they are inferior functions, repression is getting more, which will distort the extroverted or introverted nature.


Therefore, the nature of extroverted thinking as a superior function on the left side of the table above is slightly different from the one on the right side.

That means a certain distortion occurs in the latter type of extroverted thinking.


This “distortion” will be explained in detail in the next article.



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