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Personal growth Introverted Intuition

When a person uses the introverted intuitive function, he or she "moves from image to
image, chasing every possibility" (Jung, 1971, p. 400). This individual perceives the possibilities,
the options, and the visions of the future, but because of the introverted attitude, the perceptions are
subjective and inner. The person has hunches and images that seem to come from nowhere, though
they can be triggered by an external stimulus.
In developing introverted intuition, you will have two goals: to become centered on your
inner self, and to open yourself to receiving perceptions from your unconscious self. If you tend to
be logical or to see things as they are in reality, this may be a difficult process for you. We suggest
some exercises that may be helpful.
Take a period of time each day where you will have no distractions, pressures, or
interruptions. First, clear your mind of any worries, concerns, or other thoughts. If music soothes
or clears your mind, you might have low-volume music in the background, but it should not distract
you. When your mind is free and clear and you feel completely relaxed, let your mind wander and
explore itself. Be physically still. You might want to see your mind as a series of rooms or caverns
or hallways. Try to walk through your mind and see what is there. See some doors as closed,
others as partially open by not fully opened for many years. Just perceive what is there, do not
initially try to open doors. Let any images come and go. Repeat this exercise daily. If the exercise
becomes comfortable and you wish to experiment with "opening doors," do so.
Start a dream journal. Many dreams are images from the unconscious. Keep a notebook
beside your bed. When you wake from a dream, in the night or in the morning, write it down in any
form you like. Do not try to analyze it right away or look for meaning, but rather just record each
dream as you remember it. You will probably find that as you record dreams, you will remember
more details, and remember more dreams. Keep writing them down. Periodically reread your
dreams and look for recurring images, patterns, themes, or repeated symbols. What do they mean to
you? Let your imagination go free when you read your dreams.What most stimulates your imagination? This could be reading poetry, listening to music,
walking in the woods, or looking at paintings. Consider when it is that your mind is most likely to
wander off into unusual paths. Choose a time when you will not be interrupted then immerse
yourself in the stimuli that excite your imagination. Temporarily suspend judgment. Try to let go
of the concrete objects you are sensing. You may want to keep a notebook nearby to record images,
or you may just want to let them float into and out of your mind. Let yourself go into the music, the
poetry, the woods, the paintings. If you imagine elves in the woods or hear a summer evening in the
music, follow that image and let it be with you. Leave it when another image comes through your
mind. Float with your images, but do not act on them. Just let them be.
Select a situation in your professional or personal life that seems to be in a muddle. This
could be a committee or work group that is going around in circles, or a conflict in your family that
cannot be resolved. Find a quiet time where you will not be distracted or interrupted. Temporarily
suspend your judgments of the situation. Immerse yourself in the situation. Let your mind be free.
Let all aspects of the situation go into and out of your mind without judgment. Now let all possible
alternatives and possibilities come to you, no matter how bizarre or outrageous. Do not judge. You
will not share these images with anyone, so it does not matter if they would be unacceptable to
others--if they involve firing people or eliminating others from the situation in some way, let that
be. Let your mind go free.
Developing introverted intuition is a process of opening yourself up to hunches, images, and
messages from the unconscious. It means exploring your mind in ways that may seem unusual.
This can be a highly rewarding and creative experience, giving you a new way of seeing the world
around you.

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This is almost identical to "active imagination", a technique that Jung and later depth psychologists used to tap into the unconscious without having to induce a dream-scape. I'd say from personal experience when I'm stuck with a difficult math or engineering problem, I'd use a similar technique as prescribed (tune out /minimize sensory information and body movement, stop "thinking" or turning off the internal dialogue, and just imagine the visual process / dynamics of the problem). i.e. By asking how a problem can be visualized (doesn't matter what the problem is), you're taking the problem out of its original context and into subjectively created ones from past experiences.

e.g. I ask a nonsensical question such as "what did the potato chicken have for breakfast?"

What I see after a while:
The potato and the chicken are actually mashed potatoes and chicken mixed together on a plate, and they had some person for breakfast.
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