A Note About The "Superfactory"

When someone asks us for feedback on something, such as a new outfit, typically we can respond in two broad possible ways:
  1. we can give our personal point of view such as “well, you know I don’t like polka dots especially blue polka dots” or
  2. we can give what we regard as a more “objective” point of view such as what other people whom we have never met might think.

While the first form of feedback stems from our own individual likes, dislikes, personal experience and values; the second form stems from what we estimate to be the wider values of the society.

Both forms of feedback have their merits and demerits, the first form – the feedback from personal experience is more reliable in one way, while the second form – our estimation of what people in general might think is more reliable in another. The second form of feedback is what we could call a social feedback, which we will call the “superfactory”.

Superfactory is just a play on the words supervisor and benefactor that MBTI uses to describe relations of social value between people, not personal value. At any point in time we are all capable of estimating what society thinks and feels about one thing or another while at the same time maintaining our own personal point of view about those things. But our supervisor and benefactor typically tell us in no uncertain terms “precisely” what works and what does not work – from their own point of view.

If that sounds confusing it is because, like everything in life, it comes with inherent contradictions. And people who write novels are almost always trying to highlight those contradictions in some form or other. Typically, most novels include a protagonist – an individual, in a struggle of one kind or other to be either accepted within the wider context of society’s norms and values – the superfactory. And as we will see, most novelists aim to clarify that struggle for the rest of us – often, but not always, from the point of view of the protagonist.

The novelists usually present situation to us in the form of a contradictory dilemma but at the heart of it we almost always find a protagonist who, in terms of MBTI, is more advanced, psychologically than the superfactory while the superfactory is less developed but in a psychologically superior position to the protagonist – always!