The Psychological Type ProblemNov 25th, 2013
Over the last several months I've focused my studies on the coupling of function-attitudes within the psyche. I�m far from completing my studies, but I�ve learned enough to recognize the incompleteness in my understanding of function-attitude interactions. In fact, I feel as if I�m starting on an extended voyage to an unknown destination as I seek to synthesize the two powerful models for understanding typology put forth by John Beebe and John Giannini. Through Beebe�s model, I�ve learned to recognize when each function-attitude has the superior position in consciousness regardless of how natural it is for me to be consciously aware of that function-attitude. With Giannini�s model, I�ve learned that no function-attitude works alone. As I work to synthesize the models, I�m confronted with the awareness that I have the capacity to use every function-attitude coupled with every other function-attitude. This awareness far exceeds my previous understanding of coupling Si with Te as dominant and auxiliary working together or Si and Ne coupled to prevent my dominant Si from only allowing me to consider what has been instead of what has been and what might be.
Wrestling with this new awareness over the past several weeks has consumed much of my waking thought as I�ve tried to comprehend all of the couplings and their associated archetypal energies based on each function-attitude dynamic position. This morning I read in Memories, Dreams and Reflections (p340) where Jung said, "We do not know how far the process of coming to consciousness can extend or where it will lead. It is a new element in the story of creation, and there are no parallels we can look to. We therefore cannot know what potentialities are inherent in it.� I now recognize the vastness of what is to yet be discovered in the area of psychological types. The example of the iceberg still holds true - the more we learn, the more we realize there is to learn. As we approach this Thanksgiving period, may we be thankful for a theory that continues to provide opportunities for continued greater understanding while being meaningful for use at our current levels of understanding. >>Share your comments>>