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Advancing Cognitive Development Theory: Compound Modes within Contemporary Cognitive Architectures


Within the AXIS XII framework, Compound Modes are cognitive structures specifically designed to manage the tensions of opposites that emerge within the psyche, particularly during the transition from a dualistic to a trinitarian cognitive system. The following detailed breakdown provides a more nuanced interpretation of the elements that constitute a Compound Mode:


Compound Mode of Revision-Cognizance (RV-PP)

Facilitating Element: This element, serving as the dominant function within the psyche, is pivotal in mediating the exchange of information. It adeptly navigates the interplay between focused antithetical elements (Ji➞Pi Analysis), as well as between unfocused antithetical elements (Pe➞Je Interaction). In doing so, it effectively manages internal cognitive tensions and conflicts between dichotomies. This element plays an integral role in facilitating the integration of previously disparate cognitive elements.

Subsidiary Element: Representing the initial duality within the psyche, the subsidiary element acts as a counterbalance, effectively complementing the dominant function. Consistent with the framework's principles, the subsidiary element is always opposite in nature to the dominant function (Perceiving vs. Judging), reflecting the inherent need for balance and integration within the cognitive system.

Accentuated Element: As the third element introduced in this configuration, it bears the responsibility of creating a tension of opposites within the psyche. Depending on its nature, whether Judging or Perceiving, this element significantly adds complexity to the cognitive interplay. It plays a pivotal role in influencing the direction of cognitive development and the process of integration within the psyche.

Omitted Element: While not a primary recipient of psychic energy or libido, the omitted element plays a vital role in sustaining a potential counter-tension within the system. Its latent presence ensures the availability of alternative integrative pathways, should the primary focused elements encounter impediments in achieving a harmonious synthesis.


This arrangement within the Compound Mode architecture not only addresses the management of psychic tensions but also introduces a level of fluidity in the cognitive system. It opens avenues for multiple developmental trajectories, shaped by both personal and environmental factors, and facilitates a dynamic approach to cognitive processing and development.


Transitioning from the individual elements to their combined interactions, it becomes evident that the versatility of Compound Modes is further exemplified in the diversity of combinations these modes can form. The interplay among six core elements - Conducting, Revision, Cognizance, Alignment, Interaction, and Analysis - yields twelve distinct combinations, each reflecting a unique facet of cognitive processing. These combinations are:


  1. Conducting + Interaction

  2. Conducting + Analysis

  3. Conducting + Cognizance

  4. Conducting + Alignment

  5. Revision + Interaction

  6. Revision + Analysis

  7. Revision + Cognizance

  8. Revision + Alignment

  9. Interaction + Cognizance

  10. Analysis + Cognizance

  11. Interaction + Alignment

  12. Analysis + Alignment

Each combination represents a specific aspect of the dynamic and fluid nature of cognitive processes. This variety and the potential interactions between these elements, as supported by empirical data, underscore the complexity and adaptability inherent in cognitive architectures. This document represents a condensed and revised edition of the initial conceptual framework of Compound Modes, first introduced in 2022, and the subsequent research paper published on June 6, 2023. All content on this site, authored by Jason Fillion or guest contributors, is protected intellectual property. We kindly request that any external use or reproduction of our content be duly credited. Your cooperation and respect for our work is greatly appreciated.

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