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In this article I would like to share ideas on how socionics' dichotomies/aspects can be expressed through music and how it relates to the types of psychic energy in my model.
The socionics’ dychotomies of music can be examined from the different prospects. First of all from the prospect of temperaments. Temperament is the innate form of existence of psyche and therefore one should expect that man will prefer music, which reflects on his temperament. Music as art reflects the internal world of man, his/her soul, the psychic energy, which speaks to the heart and mind and is an instrument of self-expression. Each work bears the imprint of uniqueness, subjective perception of an author, thanks to which we do not cease to obtain pleasure from the variety of the works of skill. The forms of the manifestation of energies are infinite and continue to vary. Nevertheless I attempt to find general tendencies and patterns. I believe somehow that the patterns do exist, as are archetypes in the collective unconscious according to C. Young. It may be just a different form of expression of an archetypal image, connected rather to the feeling and emotion. When we listen to the music we can easily imagine things, as if they are originate in music. For example, some creative people who work with stone or some other material may feel that the objects already posses the patterns and the stories within them. This is what I would call associative processing of information and energy, where one image, one thought and one emotion give birth to another, where everything is connected, structured and predisposed one way or another. The links which we cannot grasp with our mind today may be partly if not fully understood and explained tomorrow.
I attend to find criteria and formulate principals of “typing” the music, which may make sense to me at the moment and hopefully will make sense to a wider audience at some point. It is a relatively new area in socionics’ theory and the more interest it will spark the more progress it will make in the future. Therefore I would appreciate every little effort and attention each of you to pay the project. It is not meant to be just mine project but for all who is interested in how socionics could be linked to music.
Ego-music. TPE Ego. Ego-types (rational extraverted types) :
The internal dynamics of the rational extraverts is very easily transformed into to the external world (external dynamics). Ego is expressed in the music itself and in the texts as a demand for a powerful change, strong will, emotional eruption of energy (Fe). The essence of this type of energy is in the exertion of powerful personal influence on the environment , in the subordination of circumstances to the will of a man. The Ego –types rely on themselves and their ability to change the circumstances the way they want them to be. They make things happen rather then allow things happen to them. This type of energy is particularly in demand in the time of crisis, when we have to take responsibility for own action, when we have to control the situation.
The Ego- music reflects the qualities of a strong Ego and in particular of strong emotions, self-confidence, the desire for self- control and for dramatic change. It is about the resistance to the external forces and the will for victory. It is well known that strong emotions activate physiological processes, raise adrenaline. When we are physically active we like to listen to the music which keeps us going. That is why when we are exercising or working we like to listen to music which stimulates our activity, gives us that extra energy we need. Ego- energy has clear rhythms so that the music would make an impact on the person. However it would be difficult to accept the long-lasting state of powerful emotions and that is why the Ego music is compensated by the quiet Superid –music, which symbolises a voluntary isolation from the outside world, the retreat into a deeper self. The unexpected change from the calm rhythm to the explosive one characterizes dynamics in the music.