The lifepath function contains the most self-confident part of the ego. The block pair contained within is what one believes they excel in and must have control over regardless of circumstances. The mechanism at play is the ego, and what one must maintain to make sure that they are in control of their lives. The two blocks below work together to envision a secure future and sense of control within the individual that supports a healthy sense of ego and strength.
Automating Force: This block is what drives the individual to control, manage, and take power over the part of their lives they believe offers complete protection. The ego block is the driving force in one’s life and is what gives the individual a feeling of passion, meaning, security, strength, and desire to move forward. This concept is what others will notice first about a person from a shallow or outside perspective. (Example: VLFEs will appear to be experts [VL Ego] and knowledgeable in their chosen interests.)
Restrained Force: This block contains the idea that the individual uses to support their own ego when necessary. It is often used to seek out new information or strategies from outside sources to bolster a sense of protection and safety surrounding the ego block. When the ego block is fully in control and satisfied with the current state of its power, the maintenance block can go back to dormant and truly be unseen to outside observers.
The “trap” of the lifepath function is activated when the ego block becomes disconnected from the maintenance block either through excessive focus on ego itself, or isolating the first or second attitudes. The main theme that surrounds an individual who has fallen into the trap is a sense of arrogance, narcissism, pride, or callousness. The individual will often overlook the ways they lack a full understanding of a concept and refuse to update their opinions or ideas. They may overwork themselves and believe that they can ignore others and continue chasing their own desires regardless of the consequences. This will look different according to each block that is present in the function, but overall there is a sense of rigid ignorance when one falls into the trap which can turn into indifferent aggression and intimidation if challenged.
The “gift” of the lifepath function is activated when both blocks in the function work together to act as a self-managing system of error correction for the ego. Without the ability to self-reflect, one may never update their opinions or beliefs directly related to the ego. However, when an individual does remember to take care of the most vulnerable parts of the self, they tend to reach an existential sense of personal meaning that emanates from accepting the truth regardless of the form it has taken. The gift of personal meaning in this function is what one achieves when they understand that to maintain their sense of safety through their strengths, passions and desires they must also open themselves up to criticism, betterment, and improvement.
VLFE & VLEF
Maintenance: Action Planning
The lifepath function of the 1V+2L types revolves around a robust sense of one’s own desired future, expertise, and ability to turn facts into force as a way to protect the ego. These types desire to promote themselves as the experts who understand how the future must go to get what one wants. The underlying mechanism that pushes their expert nature is the ability to plan for multiple options or possibilities that may crop up. If these types do not focus on the details of their desires and plans as well as how others play into it, they can fall into the arrogance trap of the function. This disconnect creates a narcissistic insistence that they are the expert in any endeavor they pursue. The gift of these types emerges through personal meaning when they recognize the pitfalls in their expertise and how they could improve or enhance what they already do know through mutual planning of the logical details while listening to the decisions that others may desire.
VFLE & VFEL
The lifepath function of the 1V+2F types revolves around a strong sense of one’s own desired future, control over the environment, and ability to turn energy into a force of change as a way to protect the ego. The types desire to feel as though they have the sole right to determine how they can organize their life to get what they want. The hidden mechanism that enables this type to take command over their decisions and willpower is the ability to recognize the multiple uses of objects, money and the body itself. If these types do not focus on the physical consequences of their desires and plans as well as how others play into it, they can fall into the arrogance trap of the function. This disconnect creates an egotistical insistence that nothing matters except for their own physical desires and willpower. The gift of these types emerges through personal meaning when they recognize that they must consider how their decisions affects the wellbeing of others. If these types can see their own weaknesses and contemplate how others could offer improvements via their own authority, the essence of who they are becomes clear and a sense of personal significance and meaning will replace the arrogance.