"We were all some party, but we failed," Jules Renard said with a longing, saying without realizing that he intuitively groped the Third Function in himself.
By its principles, the Third function is almost the same as the Second, it is also process. Even, so to speak, superprocession. However, in its external manifestations, the Third function is very different from the Second. The difference is due to the fact that the Third is not a force, but a weakness, our ulcer, a sore place of the human psyche.
In my opinion, the term "complex" introduced into the use of the School of Psychiatrists, which was used by the School of Psychiatrists, which made attempts to describe the Third Function, was not very successful. Much more precisely the term "dynamic trauma" used by the wonderful psychiatrist Charcot, one of the first to feel that the human psyche is characterized by some innate flaw.
Criticism of the term "complex", however, does not negate the important circumstance that there are a lot of exact features in the characterization of the Third function, which under the name of "complexes" gave Carl Gustav Jung....... experience shows that complexes always contain something like a conflict or at least are either the cause or the consequence. These are the so-called "sick dots" in French "betes noires", the British in this connection mention about "skeletons in the cupbord" (skeletons in the cupbord), which do not want to remember and even less want to be reminded of them by others, but which, often in the most unpleasant way, remind themselves. They always contain memories, desires, fears, responsibilities, necessity or thoughts from which it is impossible to get rid of, and therefore they constantly interfere and harm interfering in our conscious life.
Obviously, complexes are a kind of inferiority in the broadest sense, and I should immediately note that complex or possession of a complex does not necessarily mean inferiority. It only means that there is something incompatible, unsymmilated, perhaps even some obstacle, but it is also an incentive to great aspirations and therefore, it is likely, even a new opportunity for success. Consequently, complexes are in this sense a direct center or a hub point of mental life, without them it is impossible to do without, because otherwise mental activity would come to a fraught situation of stagnation. But they also mean the unfulfilled in the individual, an area where something cannot be overcome or overpowered; i.e. without a doubt, this is a weak point in any sense of the word.
This nature of the complex largely highlights the causes of its occurrence. Obviously, it manifests itself as a result of a collision of the requirement for adaptation and a special, unsuitable for this requirement of the property of the individual. So. complex becomes a diagnostically valuable symptom of individual disposition for us."
If we compress what Jung said and add a little from ourselves, we can say that the essence of the Third Function is this: it is a function that we consider to be vulnerable, flawed, underdeveloped, in need of constant strengthening, self-development and protection. Hence all the specific features of the Third Function.
The third is a doppelganger. As the entire order of functions is divided into Upper and Niz (as mentioned), so divided and split one Third function. The feeling of weakness is combined with a feeling of huge, but not realized potential. The third - chained Prometheus - titanium, which psychological chains make weak, defenseless, vulnerable.
Vulnerability, heightened sensitivity - the main signs of the Third function. Strikes on the Third are extremely painful, and the scars from them remain almost for life
As a rule, the period of complete defenselessness of the Third function and especially frequent blows on it falls on childhood. It is children who are often beaten, humiliated, insulted, scolded. And if in childhood the Third is not fenced, but, on the contrary, constantly hurt, then this circumstance to the extreme refines the already refined Third.
Fortunately, strikes on the Third Feature are extremely rare, as it has a heightened sense of danger to prevent an attack, and it is difficult to catch it by surprise. For example, a person with 3rd Physics is extremely dangerously perceives the outside world, and therefore he has injuries only in exceptional cases (of course the words "peace", "trauma" have purely physical meaning).
Waiting for a blow to the Third Function - the main nightmare: the 3rd Logic is afraid of accusations of incompetence, 3rd Physics - beating, 3rd Will - humiliation, 3rd Emotion - hysterics. However, this nightmare is rarely embodied, as the Third is prone to hyperbolization and usually greatly exaggerates the real danger. Returning to the comparison of the Third with the chained Prometheus, I will add that the defenselessness and vulnerability it is forced to see in each passing crow zevs eagle, sent to peck your liver.
However, life is life, and sometimes (continue the metaphor) the eagle really arrives. Here willy-nilly have to do something. There are three way out of a situation in which the threat of a strike on the Third is real: either the most thorough preparation in the run-up to the conflict, or the transfer of the fight to another level and function, or flight. As an illustration of this thesis, let's give the story of the strained relations between President Reagan and the press. With the 3rd Logic, Reagan reduced the number of press conferences to a minimum; when he could not turn away from them, he agreed to talk to journalists only after lengthy rehearsals. This is the first way out. Despite the preparation, the president still felt at the press conference not very comfortable and therefore often separated from questions with jokes, anecdotes, jokes and instructive stories, i.e. tried to translate communication from the frightening of his logical sphere into a painless emotional. This is the second way out. Finally, the escape: Being taken by surprise by journalists, Reagan simply pretended to be deaf.
The third, like no other function, is given to experience someone else's pain. To feel it even more acutely than it feels the object of empathy. Tolstoy, let's say, did not put the work of a scientist or a musician in a penny, but through the prism of his 3rd Physics could not look at every man working in the field without tears. Although the man himself did not necessarily experience the torments that Tolstoy attributed to him, and, in turn, he could look with compassion 3rd Logic at every reading person, etc., etc.
Pity, compassion - those properties that are related to the Third function with the Second. However, there is a feeling unknown to the Second, but constantly concomitant with the Third, is envy. It is identical to the feeling of the sick in relation to the healthy. It combines the desire to rise to the object of envy and at the same time humiliate it. Here I will continue to illustrate the story of the Third Feature with examples from the life of Tolstoy (3rd Physics). Here's how the director Lev Sulerzhitsky described a joint walk with Tolstoy in Moscow: "Tolstoy from a distance noticed two kirasir. Shining in the sun with the copper armor, ringing spurs, they went toe, as if both fused, their faces also shone with complacency of strength and youth.
Tolstoy began to denounce them: "What a majestic stupidity! Absolutely animals, which were trained with a stick..."
But when the Kirasirs approached him, he stopped and, seeing them off with an affectionate look, said with admiration, "What are beautiful! The Romans are ancient, well, Levushka? Silish, beauty, oh, my God. How good it is when a person is beautiful as well..."
I hope the reader drew attention to the polarity of the Fatov assessments, when it came to the layer of life, which Tolstoy himself with his 3rd Physics was vulnerable and which clearly in abundance (1st Physics) were endowed with counter kirasirs. It is typical of the Third Function.
"Fig leaf reaction" - so you can call the first reaction in a situation where the Third function collides with the same function, standing above.
Free, open, strong manifestation of what is hurt, annoying person, makes to look for some justification of his infirmity, actively deny the importance and effectiveness of this layer of life and behind this denial, as behind the shield, to hide a sense of own inferiority. This is how a fig leaf is born, with which a person usually goes all his life. The number of fig leaves corresponds to the number of Third functions: it is irony for the 3rd Emotion, skepticism for the 3rd Logic, bigotry for the 3rd Physics, ugliness and hypocrisy for the 3rd Will.
However, the concealment of its sram under a fig leaf is far from a guarantee of peace. Vice versa. The more active the denial, the more indiscoverable the secret desire to realize oneself in this vulnerable sphere of life. Here it is enough to remember that monk Kiev-Pechersky laurel (3rd Physics), who, escaping from prodigal passion, buried himself in the ground. Thus, the struggle with the procession of his own Third brings almost to self-exhaustion.
In this regard, it becomes clear why the Third Feature is not only rejected, but also passionately loved. It can be said that the Third Function is the main generator of love and the choice in marriage is more often determined by it. No wonder the great preacher of asceticism Tolstoy married a girl gifted with flesh in excess (1st Physics). And for the rest of her life she could not understand how the combination of monstrous sanctimonious "Kreutzer Sonata" with the mighty and relentless love fervor of her husband was explained. And that's what explains it: 3rd Physics - and that's it.
Marriage is not the only means by which a person tries to unwind and realize his third function. There are chemicals for this, say alcohol. It is for the sake of the Third we drink alcohol in companies. I would like to emphasize - it is in companies, because the origins of drunkenness are diverse. Alcohol, drunk in the company, has that miraculous property that allows you to forget about its flaw, freely and easily implement the Third function.
Hence the amazing metamorphosis that usually happens to drunks, metamorphoses similar to those that happened to a millionaire from the famous film Charlie Chaplin. Dry, low-key person (3rd Emotion) is made sensitive; Silent (3rd Logic) - chattering, misogynist (3rd Physics) - red tape, modest (3rd Will) - proud.
Scissors in the behavior of the Third function under the influence of alcohol acquire sometimes curious, if not tragicomic coloring. Here is a characteristic quote from the letter to the newspaper: "Yura was tall, strong, handsome, he constantly carried me in his arms. And everything would be fine. if it weren't for his weirdness. He. seemed afraid to fall in love, afraid of love. However, once he had a drink, as he began to say gentle words, violently kissed (I had no intimacy with anyone before marriage) and in these moments I just went crazy. I loved him so much that I was looking for an excuse to drink, as long as it was mine, only mine. In a sober state Jura was different, I did not know how to dissolve him, to make him loose." The next day the problem comes back with the addition of a headache.
Like the Second Function, the Third likes to put himself to the test. However, there are significant differences between the self-test of these two functions. First, the Third Function prefers to test itself in conditions that exclude direct combat. And secondly, it goes to the limit in these trials. For example, Tolstoy's sister told how he ran five miles behind the carriage at the age of 15, and when the carriage stopped, the young Tolstoy was breathing so much that his sister burst into tears. So only the Third, and in particular, the 3rd Physics can examine itself. Other Physicists would have behaved differently: the effective Physicists simply would not subject themselves to the tests (First by virtue of self-confidence, the Fourth in indifference), the 2nd Physics would run after the coach, but would run only until this competition is a pleasure.
The test described above is typical of the Third Function, and makes it so unaware of the Third Natural Limit of its capabilities. Our internal picture of the state of the Third Function is purely subjective. And to find out whether there is an "ulcer" on the Third or it only seems to us, and if there is, what is its true size - it is necessary to examination the Third and examine at the limit of possibilities.
If the third test is successfully passed, then comes the highest, unknown in other cases satisfaction. In general, successes, praise, awards for the Third Function are valued like no other and are the subject of inexhaustible pride of their owner. Thus, Napoleon, having the 3rd Logic, was most proud of his membership in the National Institute (Academy of Sciences) and even signed his orders on the army "Bonaparte, a member of the National Institute" and only after this title put all the others, for others, perhaps much more weighty.
For the same reason, the Third, like no other function, is sensitive to flattery. It is impossible to move here; no matter how monstrous flattery on the Third, deep down a man absolutely does not believe it, after all shows a full willingness to drink and drink this poison, never getting fed up and not experiencing heartburn.