Within our mind there is certain part which is unconscious and instinctive. Acting upon the influence of this instinctive mind mostly happens automatically. We act upon it with very little conscious awareness. This instinctive mind resembles an advanced form of psychological reflex. It is not as simple as a knee jerk but highly cortical and is complex and sophisticated. When it is active we tend to be in autopilot mode. Let’s call it a reflex mode. Under the influence of this reflex mode much of our unconscious activity happens. It is commonly known as “Unconscious mind “as popularized by the Austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.
Subjected to various demand of the environment there is constant change in the working of this unconscious mind. Its interaction with the environment also differs in different person.
In one group E of the so called fortunate ones the actions of this unconscious mind perfectly match with the demand of environment. What the person does out of reflex will fit his surroundings. This make him successful as far as his interaction with the environment and society is concerned.
In the next group I are less fortunate when the actions of their unconscious mind and the demand of the environment is concerned. What they do out of reflex or unconsciously does not perfectly fit with what the environment or society needs.
The first group “E” where the reflex actions match the demand of society become victim of their own success. Since there is no constant need to modify or think over their inner programs they become much attached and severely depend on the autopilot mode. The ability to see within themselves and their thoughts will slowly decline. They become highly interactive with the society and environment but with very less ability to feel their inner emotions. The classical EXTROVERTS as described by the psychologist Carl Jung.
The second group “I” where the reflex mental programs do not match the demand of society so they are forced to think over these programs. They think over these programs in order to match their instincts with the demand of society. They should consciously act which could have been the action of the unconsciousness. It in some way takes more energy and kind of frustrates them. They develop an ability to think more and learn to derive energy from feeling their own emotion. More in tune with their inner condition they in some way are more detached from the surrounding. They are the classical INTROVERTS as described by the psychologist Carl Jung.
Extroverted people depend upon their instinctive reflex so much that later on it becomes harder for them to control it. It is these reflexes which control them. The same instincts and reflexes which made them successful in their early phase of their life kind of frustrates them later on. It kind of becomes who they are.
Introverted people on the other hand have some mismatch as far as their relationship with the society is concerned. Not being able to cope with their surrounding takes its toll on them and in some way kind of frustrates them too. They view themselves as not actually belonging to their environment. But they derive their share of happiness from being in tune with their inner environment and its artistic expression.
Both the extroverts and the introverts are lucky and miserable but for different reasons. But when misery of people of both group looked has a common denominator. The common factor is the attachment with the instinctive reflexes or attachment with the Freudian unconscious mind. The extroverted are positively attached with their ability and instincts while the introverted are negatively attached.
When the people of both group can let go of their attachment with the instincts and reflexes with the help of mindfulness and awareness then there is immense happiness waiting for either of us.
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