Things are decidedly different in this part of the world. Though I am used to seeing deer outside of my window, this year they have become more brazen. Sensing that there is safety for them within the town, they have seemingly lost their fear. Yesterday, a four-point buck slowly walked down the sidewalk to visit a two does that have taken up residence in my neighbour’s yard. And, it just isn’t about deer or Pronghorn antelopes. We have had birds which I have never seen in this prairie town, stop for a chat in our backyard. The birds are far off their normal stomping grounds. This is a strange year. Most of us are sticking close to home and limiting our social interactions. We are using Zoom or other such video conferencing software for meetings, education and for at-distance social activities such as yoga. I have to admit that social distancing is much easier for introverts than it is for extroverts.
With that said, I want to return to my psychological discussion about personality types from a Jungian perspective. I have talked about Introverts and Extroverts, about Sensation and Intuition, as well as Thinking and Feeling. I haven’t talked about the Meyers-Briggs categories of Perception and Judgement. Why? Well, primarily because they aren’t functions which Jung discusses in his work. Just for the record, I am using Jung’s book, number six in a series of twenty books, called Psychological Types.
Now, I don’t discount the Meyers-Briggs test at all. I have taught it and have used it within my work world when I was younger. I also encourage others to take the test or one quite similar. Free tests are found at 16 Personalities and Human Metrics.
These tests show a person which of the functions are the strongest ones, and which are the weakest. For example, I test as INFP. That said, this information is not enough to know, in my opinion. The test show me which of the functions between N and F is the strongest. In my case, N has the highest percentage. Knowing that, I can deduce that its opposite S [sensation function] is the weakest. When I match my I-Introversion with my “strongest” function, I get a dominant pair – IN – an introverted intuitive base personality.
By contrast, I know that Emma [above in the image] is an Extrovert, a fact she has shared with me. And, I suspect that she is more oriented to understanding the world via the senses than via intuition. If that was the case, she would be – an extroverted sensation base personality. We are polar opposites. Of course, that is all hypothetical. But that is all irrelevant. What is important is that each of us has a dominant function.
Source: Exposed and Vulnerable
Original publication 5 December, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 20th December 2020
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