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Musing About Type Instruments

Jan 22nd, 2014

In Psychological Types paragraph 581 Jung states, "Each type of thinking senses the other as an encroachment on its province, and hence a sort of shadow effect is produced, each revealing to the other its least favourable aspect… Thus the two orientations are incessantly at war.” In paragraph 638 he states, "Introverted Feeling is determined principally by the subjective factor.  It differs quite as essentially from extraverted feeling as introverted from extraverted thinking.” In paragraph 650 he states, "Whereas the extraverted sensation type is guided by the intensity of the objective influences, the introverted type is guided by the intensity of the subjective sensation excited by the objective stimulus.” And in paragraph 656 he states "Like sensation, intuition has its subjective factor, which is suppressed as much as possible in the extraverted attitude but is the decisive factor in the intuition of the introvert.”

Not only did Jung make these statements highlighting how different the extraverted attitude of a function is from the introverted attitude of the function, he grouped the functions together by either extraverted or introverted when he wrote about them.  This causes me to believe that the attitudes of the functions are extremely important when trying to understand one’s typology and one’s interactions with others. 

I find that the instruments designed to help us identify our typology fail to report one’s type in terms of function-attitudes.  Why is it that function-attitudes that are so different Jung referred to them as "being incessantly at war” would be lumped together on our most respected instruments?

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