for my life, it's been a cycle of three different mentalities that lead in the same pattern.
1) more open to experience, but also naive/immature compared to the others cycles
2) the naivety/immaturity is replaced by a more cynical attitude; i feel that i'm much more aware of the world around me, specifically the social side; i have in the past found it much easier to climb "social ladders" while in this mindset and the climbing wasn't a conscious/"i want to do this" action, it was just something that precipitated naturally from this mindset.
3) the 2nd was followed by depression and a general closing off from the social side of things, seeing them as having no real depth, almost like being 11 years old and realizing that my life is mimicking that of a 40 year old man who has worked so hard for a make believe reality of social constructs. and from this, it's almost like all three phases integrate for a short period and i feel much more like myself, like i'm not being pulled in any other direction but that the sense of direction is starting within and leading out.
i see each as a general action needed in order to create a foundation for the next to work upon, in order so that the newest action can again create a foundation for the third, and at the end of the third, it's like all three perspectives have been formed into one. but at this point, i still have almost 0 life experience and so the cycle is needed again. at each stage, the mentality fits the over all schema, but this time there is more to work with since it's happened before--almost like going through stage 1 but at the advanced level of a 2nd degree. (what's interesting is that i've seen astrology stuff that indicated life cycles such as these; i'm not sure how much i buy into all of that, but then again, i can't say either way since i know so little about it).
within these cycles, i don't think anyone would say that i'm a different person, but there are differences that are apparent. if someone were to only know me by a certain time frame and were then asked to MBTI-type me, and then to do the same with another time frame, i don't think they'd necessarily match (although, most people type by behavior so i doubt they'd ever get a good, long term consensus on anyone, which kind of defeats the purpose of me saying all of this if the jungian functions are so far ingrained and are actually such smaller parts of us that it is possible to not change type with a change in behavior over the years).
so basically, what i see is the same pattern but just becoming more and more rich, more and more refined as i get older (rich and refined in regards to myself, not others). this is something that i try to pay attention to more so than anything else in the hopes of not repeating the same mistakes, or not letting myself get wrapped into a frame of mind that i've found non-helpful/detrimental in the past.
*side note for clarification/i'm going to repeat myself : the naive/open mindset is almost like information gathering, the more aware/productive self the side that ventures out and creates mistakes to learn, the withdrawn part is the self-reflection and reconciliation of those mistakes so that i can take the multi-step process and combine it into one mini-life-lesson.
... i think .