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Triadic Configurations and Cognitive Dynamics: The Role of Gateways in Cognitive Frameworks

The concept of a Gateway, pivotal in the cognitive framework, is central to the formation of triadic configurations. In this framework, a Gateway functions as a dynamic bridge, connecting various combinations of cognitive modes. This bridging is crucial in forming a triadic relationship, wherein the introduction of a third element inevitably creates a tension of opposites. Such a triadic configuration typically involves a Gateway and two other modes, leading to a complex interplay of cognitive functions.

Pe-Led Triadic Configuration with Energy Inversion: A Visualization
Figure A


  • Pe: Extroverted Perception

  • Ji: Introverted Judgment

  • Pi: Introverted Perception

  • Je: Extroverted Judgment


  • Dichotomous Zones within the Psyche: RV (Revision) and CN (Conducting): These are delineated as antipodal entities within the diagram to underscore their function as distinct and contrasting cognitive domains within the psyche.

  • Opposing States of Consciousness: Interaction (EE): Epitomizes the foundational, pre-reflective state of consciousness associated with extroverted interactions and environmental engagement. Analysis (II): Signifies a higher-order, reflective state of consciousness characterized by introspective and introverted engagement.

  • Polarized Cognitive Orientations within the Psyche: Alignment (JJ): This axis embodies the rational and judgment-oriented facets of cognitive activity. Cognizance (PP): Positioned on the converse axis, this represents the non-rational and perception-driven dimensions of cognition.

Color and Shading Explanation:
  • Blue Shaded Area: This represents the synthesis of Revision (RV), Cognizance (PP), and Analysis (II), which collectively manifest the psyche's integrated dimensions. This convergence epitomizes the harmonized interplay of cognitive processes and the convergence of libido within a specific psychic zone, signaling a transformative shift in the developmental trajectory. The transition depicted herein marks the progression from an initially irrational and objective standpoint to a sophisticated synthesis embodying both the non-rational (Cognizance) and the subjective (Analysis) facets of cognition.

  • Black Shaded Area: Conversely, the juxtaposition of Conducting (CN), Alignment (JJ), and Interaction (EE) forms a contrasting triad. This denotes the unconscious segments of the psyche, characterized by disintegration and persistent resistance among cognitive dichotomies. The severance of ties to the Je function epitomizes a regression into the unconscious realms, in stark contrast to the progressive, conscious orientation symbolized by the blue region.

Line Interpretation:

  • Green Lines: These signify the dynamic interconnections within the triadic configuration, illustrating the active exchange and interplay among the various cognitive modes.

  • White Dashed Lines: These lines symbolize the underlying resistances that exist in the background of the psyche, highlighting the aspects of the psyche not yet fully integrated or that continue to encounter opposition.

For instance, when Je leads, modes such as Conducting (CN) may form triads with Interaction (EE) or Alignment (JJ). In these triads, Conducting paired with Interaction tends to compound into Cognizance (PP), while Conducting combined with Alignment typically transitions into Analysis (II). This phenomenon reflects the dynamic interplay and the specific Gateway determined by the nature of the energy—whether it is inverted, oppositional, or standard. A Ji-led approach, in contrast, might result in Revision (RV) forming configurations with Analysis (II) and Alignment (JJ). From these interactions, a triad involving Revision and Analysis is likely to advance into Cognizance (PP), whereas Revision in concert with Alignment has a propensity to integrate into Interaction (EE). These configurations are also contingent on the dynamics of the energy involved. This kind of fluidity is equally evident in the cognitive processes led by Pe and Pi, which engage different modalities through these Gateways.

Notably, in this system, Revision (RV) and Conducting (CN) serve as zones where other modes partially intersect. When we talk about triadic relationships involving RV or CN, the first two elements are typically Pe+Ji and Pi+Je, respectively. The third element then emerges from the interaction with the second mode to compound with RV or CN. For example, in RV-JJ (Revision-Alignment), the components are PeJi+Je, with Je acting as the critical third element.

The concept of 'bridging' in this context is not about “quasi-states" but rather the inherent capacity of certain modes to connect, driven by the movement of libido across zones. Alignment (JJ), Analysis (II), Cognizance (PP), and Interaction (EE) all exemplify Gateways due to their inherent ability to cross zones. In contrast, RV and CN do not inherently cross zones but interact with modes that extend towards them. This interaction is metaphorically illustrated by two types of architectural bridges: the first, a drawbridge, where opposing ends meet at a midpoint—reflective of the collaborative convergence of Analysis and Cognizance at Revision. The second, reminiscent of an arch bridge, originates from the steadfast point of Revision and arcs to connect with Cognizance, culminating at the analytical terminus of Analysis.

These triadic configurations, alongside the role of Gateways, play a crucial part in facilitating cognitive transitions, adaptations, and the management of internal tensions. They foster a cohesive and balanced integration of cognitive modes, thereby enabling a multimodal approach to cognitive processing and adaptive responsiveness within various contexts. The integration of these elements serves to amplify the collective strengths inherent in individual cognitive modes. Consequently, this leads to the development of an enriched cognitive system, characterized by enhanced dynamics and a harmonious balance.

Within this context, there are twelve distinct cognitive modalities encompassed by Gateways:

  • Conducting-Alignment-Analysis

  • Revision-Alignment-Interaction

  • Interaction-Alignment-Revision

  • Analysis-Alignment-Conducting

  • Conducting-Cognizance-Interaction

  • Revision-Cognizance-Analysis

  • Interaction-Cognizance-Conducting

  • Analysis-Cognizance-Revision

  • Conducting-Interaction-Cognizance

  • Revision-Interaction-Alignment

  • Conducting-Analysis-Alignment

  • Revision-Analysis-Cognizance

These modalities represent the various ways in which Gateways can manifest and interact within the cognitive framework.

* In light of the complex interrelationships among cognitive modes and the significant influence of tension as posited in this theoretical framework, it is plausible to suggest that the actual assortment of viable triadic configurations could exceed the initial twelve that have been identified. To validate this supposition and to elucidate the full breadth of conceivable cognitive configurations within this schema, further methodical investigation is imperative.

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