Neojungian Academy works with Neojungian Typology. Neojungian Typology has organized neuroscience research into six distinct networks based on Carl Jungs theories. Neuroscience is the ground we stand on, and as neuroscience finds out more about the types, we can learn more about personality psychology. Because our footing is neuroscience, we will always revise theories if we are proven wrong. We will always stay fresh.
Carl Jung is the walls of our academy: it narrows down and gives us focus so that we can match and pair our research with Jungs research. This means we only study neuroscience relevant to Jungs theories on intuition, sensing, feeling, thinking, introversion, and extroversion. Carl Jung has presented one of the most comprehensive theories about people’s different personalities of the 20th century. We’re the first to find evidence that there was some truth to his theories.
The theory is the roof of Neojungian Academy. We reference a wide range of theories: the enneagram, sociology, Helen Fisher, and have many theories to thank for our model. We even discuss visual typing! Speculation and theory is always fascinating – so share yours with us and let us grow our awareness together. When you have a solid footing you never have to worry about flying out too high.
Neuroscience and Carl Jung
We base our information on introversion and extroversion on how dopamine d2 receptors appear to trigger a higher use of the top-down and bottom-up networks in the brain. Sound confusing? Imagine it like this: when your brain encounters errors, introverts produce warning signals that advice them to introspect. Extroverts are however advised to work together with the group!
Jung described intuition as an unconscious network. Consciousness is mainly regulated by the saliency network. Sensors use the saliency network. Intuitives use the frontopolar network. The frontopolar network is the main network involved in creativity and alternative thinking. Why do some use the frontopolar network, and others the saliency network? We believe dopamine is the primary regulator of intuition while serotonin is the primary regulator of the saliency network.
The Default-mode network, which makes us daydream, think about personal memories, reflect on experiences, identity, and social relationships, appears highly related to Carl Jungs ideas on Feeling. The task-positive network on the hand, which is opposed to the default-mode network, is more involved in measuring, focusing on a task, and conscious behavior, and what Jung calls Thinking. Research suggests oxytocin is the primary influencing neurotransmitter on whether we use feeling. Endorphines most likely influence the use of thinking.
We believe there are proactive and reactive types and that judging and perceiving is about how efficiently you break down dopamine in your brain – how quickly you gain interest, and how quickly you lose interest. Judging has a slow breakdown and buildup of dopamine – so give them time to consider your ideas, and time to let them finish!
Information in cursive is still to be confirmed by science.
Jung further suggested that the networks cooperated – and had temperaments. Feeling could for example be paired with the top-down or bottom-up network, depending on if it was introverted or extroverted. Well, we believe it could also be paired with the proactive or reactive functions!