The Trickster Role – The 7th function referred to as the trickster, or deceiving role, is a reaction against being controlled or put upon. It mirrors the eternal child of the tertiary function and is triggered when the tertiary function is threatened or bullied by the 7th function either through other’s use of it or by direct experience. It is considered a blind spot within the psyche and regarded as the weakest function overall – even weaker than the inferior function. Engaging it is an “all or nothing” affair – it is active only to be troublesome and mischievous but when it is, it can also provide comic relief.
It’s perspective is like that of a bad child; either dealing with one, playing tricks and binding the ego, or then being one to get back at or rebel against the threat. Where the tertiary role tells us what we want to hear, the Trickster tells us what we don’t want to hear! We feel “bound”, and then, in a rebellious fashion, try to turn the tables by using it for deceiving, double-binding, trapping others.
What is trying to be brought into consciousness is the perspective orientation opposite the dominant one our “child” complex runs to. In severe trauma, the Self uses it to try to keep information out of consciousness, and bind a person from taking action that might expose the ego to more damaging content.
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