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Using Type Theory without Type Jargon

Feb 15th, 2012

I’ve often found that introducing people to type theory using type jargon language has people spending the majority of their time trying to understand the type jargon instead of focusing on understanding Jung’s rich theory of psychological type. 

Since I want them to understand type theory, I need to express the theory using words that are already familiar to those with whom I’m speaking instead of introducing them to new terms that now must be defined.  What are the words that might be considered type jargon that should be replaced with more everyday terms? 

To me these words are all of the preferences, the function-attitudes, the abbreviations (Se, Si, etc.) and the archetypes because each of them requires defining to be understood.  Instead of saying Extraversion I might say, "Enjoy engaging the world around me.”  For Introversion why not say, "Reflecting on what is, might be or has been.”  I might refer to Extraverted Thinking as, "Planning and putting a plan into action,” while Introverted Thinking might be, "Precisely defining within a system or to create a system.”  The Puer/puella could be referred to as the "eternal child” or "having child-like energy.” 

These are just some examples of how I think we can remove the jargon from our conversations about type theory when we are talking with those who have not studied Jung’s theory of type before. In doing so, we make it easier for our intended audience to grasp  and start applying the concepts instead of struggling with the new language we’ve just introduced to them.

Well, those are my thoughts, at least for now on this topic, what are yours? Post your thoughts here

Bob McAlpine is the President of Type Resources and has trained hundreds of people to use type theory effectively. Read his full bio. 

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