The "hero" [the archetype of the dominant function] degrades into an "opposing personality" interpreting situations through the dominant function in its suppressed opposite orientation. (This is one that Beebe named himself. In Jung's conception, it was just a "negative hero"). Since we're now tapping [further] into what has been rejected from the consciousness by the ego, this, (along with the next three) will often come out in a negative fashion. Yet this one does also back up and fill in the blind spots of the hero. (It is also said to often be the opposite gender, like the anima).
The "parent" [the archetype of the auxiliary] splits off a "critical" version of itself interpreting situations through the auxiliary function in the opposite orientation. Beebe matched this to Jung's "witch" and "senex" (old man) archetypes (for females and males, respectively). Its good side is that it can provide profound wisdom. (A more accurate female archetype might be "The Crone", which carries the intended "formerly respected, now negated" sense like the Senex, but without the "magical" connotation of the "Witch", which is not really what the archetype is about).
The Opposing Personality
is a reaction towards the ego and especially its heroic dominant perspective and persona being opposed or obstructed. Obstruction might also be when ego's connection with the anima is obstructed.
is the reaction against negation and vulnerability. Negation would seem to be a challenge to the parental authority of the auxiliary perspective, and vulnerability would be from threats to the child. Hence, intimidating the child said to trigger both the witch and trickster (We can notice so far, the "mirroring" dynamic that has been mentioned).
OPPOSING PERSONALITY COMPLEX
What it is about, and which functional perspective it encases:
We feel negative emotions of our dominant perspective being obstructed by things in the opposite orientation. Then, we become stubborn about them. The complex then defends the dominant perspective in that opposite orientation.
ISxJ's Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about tangible reality.
INxJ's Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about emergent meanings and possibilities
IxTP's Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about the way things are organized
IxFP's Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about group standards
ESxP's Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about their perceptions of how things once were
ENxP's Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about their perceptions of how the future will be
ExTJ's Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about models and principles and robotically following them
ExFJ's Feel obstructed in or become stubborn about personal values
How we project it onto others:
The subconscious attitude generally is: "you're obstructing me, so I'll oppose you". [I'm so immersed into my dominant orientation and oppose the opposite one, and project the opposition onto you]
ISxJ's Think that living in the moment is irresponsible. (However, some who do it are sexy).
INxJ's Probably think that multiple possibilities are absurd. The patterns point to one right conclusion.
IxTP's Think that agreed upon logical rules are stupid and a waste of time. Spunky Te types might be sexy
IxFP's Think that agreed upon ethics do not get to the real needs of people; affect them negatively, etc.
ESxP's Memorized rules and such are stupid and limiting of freedom.
ENxP's Taking only one possibility is stupid and limiting.
ExTJ's Breaking things down into trivial detail is stupid, inefficient and a waste of time
ExFJ's Tailoring everything to individual personal needs is too much trouble
How to own it:
We're making others into "opposing personalities" ("negative heroes" or "villains"), but we're really our own villain.
What is trying to be brought into consciousness: the need for the rejected orientation.
Ji/Pe types have chosen P and suppressed J. And Je/Pi types have chosen J and suppressed P. Hence, P's might not really make many decisions externally, but instead just try to get by under other people's order, with which we can easily find fault, but not offer much of a better solution ourselves.
If we were to exercise (own) more of a J attitude (as represented by our dominant function's opposite orientation), we would be more proactive in the outer world and thus able to attain better positions of control and not feel so at the mercy of others. We would then be able to withdraw some of the vilification or criticism we direct at those in power.
Likewise, if J's would likewise take on more of a [suppressed] P attitude, they would withdraw a lot of their blame on others for not being organized enough.
This complex is also usually contrasexual, like the anima/animus. It seems to be what we "lust" after in the opposite sex. While the anima is "madonna" or the "nice guy" we "love" in the opposite sex, this complex is the "whore" or "bad boy". (My own observation). This will especially be prominent in men who have not developed their anima to the stage where they dissociate it from their mother.
WITCH/SENEX ("critical parent")
What it is about, and which functional perspective it encases:
We feel negative emotions connected to extreme crankiness, as like an authoritarian figure whose position is negated, and then become "critical and disgruntled" (Berens) about the associated perception or judgment perspective. "Parent" others negatively in a limiting, authoritarian fashion.
ISxP's Feel negated in or become disgruntled about rememberance of facts.
INxP's Feel negated in or become disgruntled about patterns and perceived significance of events (and what they appear to lead to).
IxTJ's Feel negated in or become disgruntled about variable logical principles
IxFJ's Feel negated in or become disgruntled about personal ethics
ESxJ's Feel negated in or become disgruntled about current sensory experience (what things look like, etc).
ENxJ's Feel negated in or become disgruntled about alternative possibilities.
ExFP's Feel negated in or become disgruntled about group values
ExTP's Feel negated in or become disgruntled about set logical order
How we project it onto others; how it might play in their subconscious mind:
ISxP's Avoid past rememberances, except to blame, and will make them critical if others dwell too much
•I'M the authority on factual data, and you have dwelled too much on the past and should move on [I feel bad about the past, and project it onto you]
INxP's Interpret everything in terms of a "big picture" in which the worst will happen, and blame those around them:
•I'M the authority on concepts and inferences. What you're doing fits (implies, infers, etc.) a negative pattern I see, and I'm going to stand against it. [I feel the patterns are against me, and project it onto you].
IxTJ's Will often angrily hit others with logical "truth" or principles:
•I'M the authority on logical order. You are being totally illogical! [I subconsciously know my logic is not very deep with my external focus, and I project this onto you]
IxFJ's Can angrily hit others with personal or universal ethical "truth":
•I'M the authority on ethics! Your behavior shows a lack of personal integrity. [I feel I'm not living up to the personal (internal) side of ethics with my external focus, and I project it onto you].
ESxJ's Very critical about the way things look, which they easily spot to find fault with (I call them "hawks")
•I'M the authority on tangible reality (e.g. how things look). What you're making is ugly. [I feel deficient in this area, and project it onto you].
ENxJ's Might attack people for bombarding them with alternative possibilities and meanings, especially if they do not have any "authority" to do so:
•I'M the authority on conceptual ideas. Your ideas are totally ridiculous! [I cannot handle multiple emergent possibilities and project this onto you]
ExTP's Will fight, compete and one-up others over the way things are ordered.
•I'M the authority on logical sense. You are being totally illogical! [I subconsciously know my logic is not readily practical to others with my internal focus, and I project this onto you]
ExFP's will authoritatively chastize those perceived as disrupting social harmony (and end up disrupting it themselves), and will reference standards imposed upon themselves:
•I'M the authority on ethics. You're displaying bad social behavior [I go against external values when they conflict my internal standard, yet my conscience bothers me about this, and I project it at you].
How to own it:
We see others as shaming, blaming "critical parents", setting limits on us in an authoritarian (Hunziker) fashion (and then react in kind), but we're really our own critical parent, and blaming others for this.
What is trying to be brought into consciousness through this is wisdom neglected in our preferred Parental complex.