One of my focuses with TypeandLife is to help readers see how we use type functions in everyday life and to find fun ways to develop the mental functions. Type theory indicates we have all eight mental functions, we have several natural preferences or gifts, have the potential to develop the unconscious or least natural functions and be able to call upon the least natural when the situation arises. Opportunities to devleop the least natural or unconscious functions can happen in every day – through personal life, professional life, spiritual life and yes, through fun and games. Consider our couple for today, Sarah and Allen.
Sarah has a type preference of ENFJ so Sensing and Thinking are not her natural strong suits. Her husband, Allen, has a preference for ISTJ. Susan loves to watch Allen observe, analyze and think through processes, problem-solve and make decisions and has been looking for ways to develop her least preferred functions. The couple enjoys an occasional beer and discovered that Lone Star beer has a new campaign using picture puzzles inside the bottle tops.
Allen is very quick in solving the puzzles. He is a natural. He reads the details of the pictures and uses his internal thoughts processes to solve the puzzle. Allen is using his gifts of Sensing and Thinking. Sarah, on the other hand, struggles a bit more but sees the puzzles as fun ways to develop her least preferred functions. She “sees” a picture – a design framed by a bottle cap. Sarah has to consciously make herself walk through every picture, letter or word out loud to solve the puzzle. The first one is difficult, but as she practices, it gets easier. Then, she comes to the conclusion that designing a picture puzzle is the Intuitive complement to solving the puzzle.
To practice more, she goes to the company’s website and continues to practice and then moves on to other online puzzle and brain teaser sites.
So next time you are working on your puzzles, word games, Sodoku, backgammon or the like, think about your type preference in relation to the activity.
- How is your type preference contributing to the activity?
- How is it being challenged and developed?
- As you progress with the game, does it become easier?
- How can you apply this game activities to daily life?
Answer: East of the Sun, West of the Moon