The functions within the EGO are a person's strongest and most conscious functions. Together, they form the foundation for a person's positive self-perceptions, success, self-worth, achievements, goals, and a personís conscious activity. Not only is this block aware of what can be done, it knows well what cannot be done and often makes constant and reasonable compromises in the manifestations of the wills of the ID, Super-ID, and Super-EGO blocks. If one were to say one thing to represent all these functions do within the EGO block, it would be that they keep a person sane and working efficiently in a society full of others. While this block tends to do more good than it could ever do harm to an individual, a person under a strong determined influence of this block may display cold, rational, or manipulative tendencies.
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1ST function - the first function is a person's strongest function. It the function by which a person feels the most confident and forms his or hers sense of self-worth. Out of all the functions, this is the lone function that indefinitely shapes and supports a person's personhood and encompasses everything that they are and ever will become. Criticism of this function from others is either readily ignored or staunchly and easily defended against; a person may even seek to become an authority and easily succeed in usages related to this function. However, this may be seen as a threat to some. Consistent attacks on the first function often erodes one self-confidence and poor self-esteem may ensure, often by those whose weakest 4th function coincides with ones strongest 1st function. In every way, a person should care for this function and not expose it to unnecessary or dangerous environments, since any weakening of it means more influencal manifestations from less productive blocks and functions. In this regards, use discernment when choosing friends and companions.
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2nd function - The second function is the means by which the goals and the realizations of the first function are gathered and processed. It is the vehicle by which a person changes and distorts reality to suit their own needs, wants, wishes or desires. In a way, this function could be likened to a spice or flavoring intended to make whatever the 1st function perceives from its surroundings as more engaging and interesting to a person and others. Whatever good a person can do with this function, he or she does it. However, criticism may be felt slightly more in this function than the first, but not so much so that it would necessarily have an enduring effect on a person.
The Super-EGO block is one of moral obligation, what you must do and what you should not do. Not only do functions within this block faithfully remember their restrictions, they remember the consequences of their own disobedience in behavior. In this regards, oppression and irritability reigns rampant. Where one function seeks praise in presentation, the other avoids confrontation. Societal expectations, morals, norms, mores, rules, guidelines, and beliefs can be found to manifest themselves through these functions. A person under strong influence from this block may appear overly self-conscious, harbor guilt, shame, contempt, passive and aggressive tendencies, or display meek and saintly behaviors.
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3rd function - The third function is one of personal prestige. Because of the yearning of this function for acceptance, it never seeks to stand out or to distinguish itself; it wants to be good, just, and obedient. It seeks to be normal and accepted in manifestation. Because of this, a person may never really be totally sure how to implement usage of this function and could model and mimic the behaviors of others in a effort to the become more self-assured and independent. However, it takes much time, practice, and energy for one to effectively master the usage of this function in habit, and still may not be totally sure of his or her confidence in it. A person may even feel that someone else is an authority in activities related to this function, while he or she is not. Despite, this function really seeks to be rewarded in its effort. A person under the strong influence of this function may appear as though they are attempting to impress or appease some sort
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4th function - The fourth function is the weakest of all the functions, and is the source of a personís self-consciousness. Since expressing this function could mean the realization of a person's fears, it practices sheer avoidance, and any expression and acknowledgement of the function beyond the efforts on an individual expressing it may be seen as an intimate attack upon one's person. To many, manifesting this function means chastisement, punishment, or even rejection. A person may have difficulty managing themselves around those who notice and display strong functions that remind them of the weakness of this function, and may respond with irritation and hostility. On the other hand, this function feels safe and at ease within a person when it is found to be weak or suppressed in another, and may express itself shyly. Those found under strong influence of this function may feel as though they are being watched or judged by an unseen and invisible party, manifest odd self-conscious behaviors, endure strong stress and anxiety, or feel mentally and emotionally abused.
The Super-ID block is one of doubt and uncertainty. A person may never really totally be sure how to realize these functions and may never know or care why. Since the activity of the block remains subconscious and concealed to conscious perception, a person does not typically realize the effects of their behavior towards others and may remain unaware to their usage of it. However, the functions remain under a large and dutiful degree of influence from outside sources and may become more efficient, energetic, and confident in usage under the presence of others in good command of the same functions. While the functions within the Super-ID block remain in a state of stagnant weakness, some may habitually feint enough usage of them to consider them strong and resourceful. However, this is false; beyond outside influence, they may never become strength. When left to its own devices, the Super-ID block stands in opposition to the EGO and may fight for dominance. A person under the influence of this block may appear childish, fake, immature, or in need of guidance.
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5th function - The 5th function is one of extreme gullibility; it has no voice of its own, but to follow the course of its surroundings. It is always obedient, and does not question what it is told. Because of its weakness, a person willfully seeks guidance from those confident in the function and criticism is accepted as concern. If aroused often enough, it may think itself to be strong. A person under extreme influence of this function may appear lost, childish, or dependent.
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6th function - The 6th function is a function of doubt and uncertainty, as a person may never really know where they stand with it beyond the unconscious and instinctual drive towards its realization. However, a person cannot truly manifest this function alone. Without support from others, a person may secretly place no or little hope in a true manifestation of this function within themselves. Because of its aggressiveness, some may become convinced it is a strong and resourceful function. In the presence of another in good command of the function, it becomes feisty and energetic, but only temporary. A person under consistent influence of this function may display odd, annoying, or specific behavioral patterns that seem noticeably out of place or out of character and could appear shady, slick, or sly to the casual observer.
The ID block primarily controls instinctual impulses. As a child, a person remains under the primary influence of the ID. However, Because of their nature, the functions within the ID Block cannot compete against the functions within the EGO block. Though they are typically very strong, the influence of the functions within the EGO Block may cause a person to disregard them and in result, feel that they are exceptionally weak and useless. An adult person may never really know that they have them as strength; some may even deny their very existence. However, a person is more likely to disregard the 8th function than they are to disregard the 7th function. Theoretically, This may result in that a person could have a conscious idea of the effects of their 1st function, and can discern the introverted and extroverted aspects of the function and their strengths with little effort. Yet the 2nd requires some effort, and may cloak the strengths of the 8th; it may never fully function in result. A person under strong influence of this block may appear irresponsible, uncaring, selfish, conceited, and arrogant.
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7th function - the seventh function manifests itself as an instrument of instinctual aggression, intended to serve and protect the basic interest of an individual. A person wants, and wants immediately. In result, a person under the influence of this function may subconsciously reproduce and model behaviors that appear arrogant, haughty, conceited, selfish, or inconsiderate in relation to the function involved.
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8th function - Without the suppression of the second function, this function needs guidance, as it must use a concrete means to manage itself. When unrestrained, a person may realize this function chaotically and without self-control, appearing indulgent and uncanny. People under the influence of the 8th function may have no direction and no productive aims or goals besides the self-gratification of the manifested function involved.