Dr. Jung's book Psychological Types was first published in 1921.
Instruments have been developed to help individuals find where they fit within his theory.
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) is one.
If you have already used it and know your personality type code, then the following information will refresh and add to your knowledge.
If you have yet to be exposed to psychological type theory, then use the information that follows to find how you express and experience life using this theory.
Match your energy pattern, as you know it, with what is presented.
Qualified professionals in psychological type have an ethic to give more weight to a person's self-assessment than to what the MBTI reports. So pay attention and honor your self-assessment.
Jung's theory proposes that human behavior is not random but patterned according to how we access information and make decisions. We engage in both of these cognitive processes in one of two orientations. One is experienced when introverting; the other, when extraverting.
When introverting, we reflect, consider, think, and mentally review. All of us engage in introverting activities some of the time. When we introvert, we often personalize the events in our environment. The world comes to meet us. And sometimes our awareness is universal.
We introvert primarily in four ways:
Using the extraverting orientation, we interact with others and things in our environment. Here we engage with the world outside of ourselves. All of us use these processes some of the time. We use extraverted energy to go out to meet the world.
When we use the extraverting processes, we do so primarily in four ways:
Notice that in each of the four processes the focus is external, in our immediate and particular environment.
Two people extraverting may be quite similar in that they actively engage in conversation to initiate some action. However, what they talk about and their specific actions may be quite different depending on which of the extraverting processes they are using.
We use cognitive processes in both the extraverting and introverting orientations. When we extravert, we talk and participate with people and things in an active way. When we introvert, we are quiet and reflective and internally active. We do both naturally.
*Adapted from Marci Segal, Creativity and Personality Type: Tools for Understanding and Inspiring The Many Voices of Creativity (Telos Publications, 2001) *Used with permission.
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