So I’m reading up some more on Jung which led me back to Alan Watts The Way of Zen. It’s a great book but I prefer (here’s a PDF version) The Book: The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. Here’s a snippet of what The Book is like:
If you haven’t read these and are interested in healing and finding your way than these are the books for you. I’ve been a long-time fan of Watts and now my self-study to occupy my days is Jung. One part I wanted to share with you is Jung’s Psychological Types (a brief intro). There are 8 psychological types according to Jung: out of the two ATTITUDE types and the four FUNCTIONAL types it becomes theoretically possible to describe eight psychological types:
- extraverted sensation type
- introverted sensation type
- extraverted thinking type
- introverted thinking type
- extraverted feeling type
- intraverted feeling type
- extraverted intuition type
- intraverted intuition type
I’m the Intraverted Intuitive type (to read what these are check out in brief JUNG: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION):
“Introverted Intuition does not concern itself with external possibilities but with what the external objects has released within.’ People of this type are inclined to make use of the mechanism of reification (i.e. they treat ideas, images, or insights as if they were real objects). ‘For intuition, therefore, unconscious images acquire the dignity of things.’ Like Jung himself, who was primarily an introverted intuitive type (with thinking as his auxiliary function), they have difficulty in communicating ideas simply and in an organized way, for they pursue image after image, idea after idea, ‘chasing after every possibility in the womb of the unconscious,’ as Jung says, while usually overlooking what personal implications these possibilities may have. ‘Had his type not existed, there would have been no prophets in Israel.’ They may have brilliant insights, which, if they can be bothered or sufficiently organized to communicate them, others proceed to build on.
Shadow: extraverted sensation. Because this is mostly unconscious, they are constantly in danger of losing touch with outer reality, and if they break down they become schizophrenic (oh so true). Many have schizoid personalities, as did Jung himself as a boy. Vague about practical details and poorly oriented in space and time, they tend to forget appointments, are seldom punctual, and easily get lost in strange places. Their poor relationship to reality, combined with the depth of their insights, causes some to experience themselves as belonging to the ‘misunderstood genius’ category. Their attitude to sexuality can be crude and inappropriate, and they tend to make poor lovers since they are unaware of what is happening in their own or their partner’s body.
Examples: seers, poets, prophets, psychologists (not experimental or academic ones), artists, shamans, mystics, and Continue reading