I proposed this idea in BlackCat's topic, but I realize now that that probably was not the best place to do so.
Since then, I realized that my presentation of this idea was prone to misinterpretation. I will present a couple possible interpretations.Originally Posted by laughingebony
1. A continuum is already implied by the current theory, if you include functions 5-8, by taking the average of the amount of time each version of the function is used over any interval of time. I know, that probably sounds as clear as mud. I'll use intuition as an example again.
Let's say that over two days, a person uses Ne for a total of two hours, and Ni for a total of one hour. Naturally, if you take the average (mean) of Ne vs. Ni used, it will lie between Ne and Ni. This is not the idea to which I am referring.
I am referring to the following possibilities:
2. In "Gifts Differing," Myers has a chapter in which she lists the characteristics of the extroverted versions of the functions in contrast with the introverted versions. However, a person's use of a particular function may be characteristic of the extroverted version in one respect, but characteristic of the introverted in another. Again, if we could take the average (mean) of the characteristics in common with the extroverted version versus the characteristics in common with the introverted version, it would likely fall in between for most people. Using intuition again...
In "Gifts Differing," Myers lays out seven characteristics of extroverted intuition and seven contrasting characteristics of introverted intuition. If a person's use of intuition had five of those characteristics in common with introverted intuition and two of those characteristics in common with extroverted intuition, taking the average (mean) would produce a result between Ne and Ni .
3. At any given moment (instantaneous), a person's use of a function could lie anywhere on the e-i continuum.
For instance, I could say that the intuition I am using right now (at this exact instant!) is somewhere between Ne and Ni.
Thoughts? Experiences? Rude comments?