My goal is to transform the Myers Briggs Type Indicator from a stereotype-based typology to a positive psychology.
I have created a system that tracks your personality based on what puts you in a so called flow state.
To understand your personality type, I draw upon lessons from personality psychology and from Carl Jung’s Archetypes.
Your personality type
Personality psychology is the act of describing how people act and what people do, as well as how we do it. The study of our human psychology mainly centres on healthy variations in personality. Extroversion is a reflection of a focus on the tribe and on the world rather than the self and on the individual parts of the world.
iNtuition is an interest in ideas and in abstraction rather than evidence and practical experience. Thinking is a passion for competition, argument, and goals, as opposed to cooperation or teamwork. Perceiving is a measure of how adaptable you are, as in, how confident you are in controlling and dealing with change and with new updates in your environment.
The eight key personality traits are:
- Introversion, which is about trust in the self and in subjective things.
- Extroversion, which is about security in the world and with the tribe.
- iNtuition, that is the interest in ideas and imagination and abstract things
- Sensing, that is the fascination with practical things and things that we can gain real evidence for
- Feeling, which is the motivation towards selfless, cooperative, and ethical behaviour
- Thinking, that is about the passion towards argument, competition, and technical progress
- Judging, which regards our confidence in setting and following rules and goals
- Perceiving, which is about our confidence in dealing with change and novelty
Archetypes: The 24 Human Myths
In my study of the sixteen personality types, I have discovered 24 myths or historical representations of different personalities and mindsets. These myths exist across cultures and across human history. An archetype is for example an Explorer or a Dreamer, or for example a Caregiver or a Performer. Through learning about these archetypes, we can discover how people really think and feel.
The magic of an archetype is this: Combinations of multiple personality traits, like introversion and iNtuition, creates new personality traits or so called cognitive functions, in this case Introverted iNtuition. Introverted iNtuition then is in flow, the cognitive function of a Sage. Somebody who naturally has and trusts their own wisdom and insight and who takes an interest in going inside to gain more insight and to understand things from a deeper perspective.
I have discovered 24 particular archetypes that I encourage you to study at length. All of them reveal fascinating things about human behaviour and how we can act and deal with different situations. I would describe them as 24 human virtues, higher ideals we should all strive to possess. Through them, we can find flow, and we can make a better world and life for ourselves and others.
The Flow State & The Stress State
The flow state can be divided into a combination of feelings. In a flow state, we trust rather than distrust ourselves. We feel energy and inspiration, rather than exhaustion and apathy. We feel motivated and passionate, rather than uncertain and confused. Beyond that, we feel confident and in control.
The stress state is equally prevalent in today’s society as flow, and we see people act out of stress almost as often as we see them act out of flow. Because of being such polar opposites, the states are pretty easy to recognise and distinguish from one another.
We can recognise when a person is acting out of stress and when they are slowly draining themselves of energy, and it gets easier and easier the deeper into the state a person goes, as this kind of person will only grow more confused or tired, and their actions only more insecure.
When I type a person, I study how they act when they are in flow, as opposed to what they do when in stress. Beyond that, I look at what tends to bring a person energy as they do it, and compare it to what seems to cause them long term stress. This is a crucial part of Neojungian Typology as it adds a dynamic, shifting nature to every personality type. Your personality and what cognitive functions you use change every day depending on your emotional state. In flow, you take on certain qualities, in stress, you take on opposite qualities.