“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to
"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new
landscapes but in having new eyes."
One of the first things I realized after my “insight” was that peering eye
movement corresponds positionaly to the location of the cognitive functions.
That is when someone consciously retrieves a stored memory they may for
different lengths of time change their eye position in an attempt to “peer” into
Here would be the positions of the eyes if you were watching someone. Try it
while watching TV. I noticed a lot of television interviewers are ENFP because
they are naturals at asking others future oriented personal questions without
being too intimate.
I think a lot of people have a difficult time disconnecting their own
perspective and looking at things from the other person’s perspective. The
confusion is similar to what occurs when looking in a mirror or when a person
has something on their clothes and another person points it out by pointing to
themselves. There is typically some confusion as to which side of their body
they are pointing at.
A good friend of mine is ISFJ and while she was talking about going back to
Japan I noticed her look down to her left which would correspond with her
dominant function of introverted sensing. I stopped her and asked her what she
was looking at and she said a mental image of her house. Oh, spooky. I told her
with enough practice it was like reading someone’s mind. I think I read that
Carl Jung after years of counseling people became capable of finishing people’s
sentences for them.
Most people for some reason find this difficult to believe, but it can actually be proven
very simply. Try the following, comfortably look up and diagonally to your right
and try to describe a place that is very familiar to you like your work office
or your bedroom, somewhere where you are not at the present time (sensing
details i.e. just physical facts and preferably a place from your past). You will
probably not be able to mention more than one or two features comfortably. Now
move your eyes lower left and do the same thing. You should find the thoughts
flow easily. Now do the opposite, look lower left and describe your future plans
for your career or a relationship. You should find it rather difficult. Now
look upper right and try again. (Keep in mind this is a subjective test so
there will be variation among individuals' ability to perceive the resistance.)
If you are familiar with the
functions try developing a similar test for the judging functions.
Do you think it’s something learned? No, I've observed even blind people do it. When I
mentioned eye position and cognitive function to people at a conference on
personality type they kept referring me to
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). I
bought a book on it but haven’t had time to read it. It’s obvious that cognitive
function and field of view (external as well as internal) correspond with one another
(see, Feng Shui).
In my research notes I have
translated several colloquialisms such as, “seeing eye to eye”, “eyes wide
open”, “shifty eyed” and “eyes are a window to the soul”. After studying
neurophysiology and human behavior from a Jungian perspective I trust you can
find additional meaning in such phrases.