Decades ago I began to use the term "4-Function to indicate a diagram that seemed to encompass Jungian-derived cognitive functions and their combination expression arenas. And currently I sort of remember their places in the chart which is formed in the above 9-table so neatly, when picking the associations with the nuclear, central, word for the table matrix made to stimulate the writing of the vignette on the central word. I miss the pattern format of Ricco's ellipses around words and phrases connected by lines to the central stimulation word or phrase.Yet, the 3 X 3 table like above, is something this software can do fairly easily, and it seems to be able to stimulate the writing of a vignette. Although, I don't yet know the relative efficiency of the two forms of uniting graphic as per quality of resulting vignette. The 9-table format does, however, suggest some new forms of uses that only dimly float in my mind, although the general overall idea has been in my mind for maybe decades, seeking computer interface that would enable it. So perhaps some steps can be made in that general direction in this software, although a long way to go. Maybe not so far away, if I learn to use some of the scripting abilities. The 8 peripheral positions around the central word or phrase, relates to the knowledge that a person can only grasp a limited number of items at any one instant; back when I read that, when in high school, the number ranged from 5 to 9 items and most normally 7. So, 8 seems applicable, pushing the average a bit; and after all, one can use fewer of the positions than all 8. Use of the 9-table format does not require plug-in of something related to each of the items in the above table, of course; and in fact the set shown in the 4-function table above would encompass all of experience and that is way too much for any one vignette's writing. Supposedly the VPad software is capable of creating a template page which can be loaded as a starting point, such as containing a header or footer, and so maybe such a template page could consist of the above 4-function matrix as a header for stimulation, then followed by a pre-formatted empty 9-table below it, for the subject being processed at the time, and the file saved with a different filename than the template page's. And -- now I have looked at VPad help index and indeed have created a template that is auto-started in this document. Next time I do a 9-table stimulated vignette, it ought to load as default, and then I will get to see if the presence of the 4-function pattern at the top of the page is helpful or not. Long ago, in 1976 perhaps, I encountered a book titled "Psychetypes" which became a favorite book as I attempted to make sense of the world of people around me, and myself too, back then in the post-trauma years after loss of my wife when she left me. Another book with similar fascination for me was titled "Awareness" by John O. Stevens, which had quite a different sort of knowledge for me, including exercises I could learn to do and were helpful in my struggles to cope with life's needs in the 1970's, like Psychetypes was. Why has this come to mind now? Perhaps there is some creative way to utilize something taught in Awareness in some usage of the 9-table matrix stimulated vignette writing seeded by the 4-function diagram. So very hard to remember things, learn things, ever since 1972 when wife left me; so strange an experience for me, having at least through high school been a sponge for knowledge way past that of what was taught in the classes, and even sci fi novels could not be re-read for enjoyment as I always knew what was coming up next. Ever since about 1972, however, a time when I could read just one line in a book and not be able to remember what I had just read, I have steadily improved; yet far from what I had been accustomed to expect of myself when learning or doing something new. The Jungian function diagram seemed to me to be a something that could help me reconnect to parts of me that seemed lost, if I would but keep trying; now after some 3 decades of trying, this page is a step in that direction.
By J E D Cline on 20080302, 1420 hrs
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