Carl Jung’s Personality Typology Continued – Part 4

This is an ongoing series about personality and focuses on the personality typology of Carl Jung.

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9/19/16 The Human Personality – Part 1
This first post is available on this blog on the date above. It discusses personality as enduring and distinct from intelligence. It also notes that Jung was correct that it continues to evolve over our life span.

10/3/16 Personality Types – In General – Part 2
In the second installment, also available on this blog at the above date, the general structure of Jung’s system is presented. Personality is seen as a rising wheel with two attitudes and two pairs of four functions which are presented in thumbnails. Greater detailing is given in later posts.
10/17/16 Psychological Types – Introversion and Extraversion – Part 3
In the third installment available at the above date the two attitudes of introversion and extraversion are covered. You are probably at least somewhat familiar with them. They compose a context which shapes the functions to be described in future posts.
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The Thinking Function – Part 4

Part of a Pair

The thinking function is paired with the feeling function. No specific value is attached to either one. They are simply different types.

As regards thinking, consider for a moment the scientist or engineer sitting in his laboratory focused intently on a problem. It is technical and requires a hard-headed, rational approach. There is no need at the moment to consider the implications of the solution. Solving the problem is everything. This kind of problem is what this person prefers solving.

The thinking type is a person who is systematic, rational and deals in factual matters. Feelings don’t enter into what they are doing to any significant degree. Why would they? Motives are intellectually considered.

In considering this person we need not attach a value to their approach. It is technical and focused. This person may be a Dr. Strangelove or he may be a Michelanglo who is constructing a flying apparatus. The outside world may attach a value to what they do and may have feelings about it. These two men may attach no feelings or very limited feelings. In a pure sense this is the thinking type. They may feel detached to us but they are not necessarily good or evil.

But There Are Feelings

With this description we need to be clear that they do have feelings which may run deep but feelings are not the core of how they approach the world. Their skills and orientations are quite useful in certain settings.

In writing fiction such a person may come to be a hero or a tragic figure to those around them. When extraversion is attached such a person is guided by tradition and education. Those are outside values from the world at large. The focus is on generally accepted ideas and absolute truths. Taste and friendship are secondary concerns.

The Effect of Attitudes

When introversion is attached, the person may be equally enraptured by facts and systems but personal conclusions rather than more widely accepted conclusions may be central. We at once see the more personal basis. With extraversion the inclusion of other people is more likely along with their viewpoints.

If there is an attempt to put this person in a romance novel it will take skill because underlying attributes will have to be teased out and brought to bear. This type is capable of deep love and caring but the manifestation of it is not always clear and may be difficult to convey to the reader.

In general, thinking types are very often likely to be male. There are some thinking type women, but they are much less common than thinking type men. Surely you know such men. They may be quite dedicated, helpful and we may appreciate them, but they do not hand out warm fuzzies.

Again, it is important not to attach a value to the types. Their choice of setting is important and the application of their function may take some tending.

For More Information

If you want to dig deeper into these personality types, in this information age it is easy. Simply google Carl Jung’s personality typology or the specific functions and attitudes and it will all be unfolded before you in detail.

Are there certain personality types you prefer to interact with?

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Birth of a Lead Character

 

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Is there a leading character in your life? (Other than yourself, naturally.)

In life we tend to know where our lead characters came from. But, did you ever wonder where the lead character of a novel comes from? I still wonder and it may be that there is no one answer or it may also be that the author often doesn’t know.

Avery Moved In

The lead character in the first book of the Gaia’s Majesty Trilogy is a woman by the name of Avery. I have a strong attachment to her but do not know anyone exactly like her. On the other hand, I don’t know anyone who is from a mermaid family and has extraordinary intimate contact with a world in crisis. Now, granted, we have multiple levels of attachment to people but, as to Avery, I have to guess. There has been no revelation from on high.

As it turns out, Avery is not on a gentle life cruise. She thought she had her life’s direction, but had no idea that someone else (a goddess) had plans for her. Question one. Do I believe that people have ordained or fully formed life plans? Only “kind of”—“sometimes” is my answer.

In my youth the climate at the time suggested that we each would have a life plan. A guy would get that really nice job with a stable company and might well retire from its graces with a decent pension. Along the way he would find this lovely woman, they would have delightful children and live happily ever after. Of course, life is not like that.

Certain Characteristics Were Essential

So how did Avery develop? I knew enough of the story at the beginning to know that she had to be a dedicated person. So, I arranged a job doing good works. And, of course, she had to meet Mr. Right. That’s not complicated. Often, in a novel, finding the love of the character’s life has to happen after a long struggle. In this case he arrives early and is a partner with her for the adventure. I thought that was a nice variation since I’m a strong believer in partnership.

The core of the story built because my brain had something in mind. I happen to love mythology and was a dedicated follower of Carl Jung. So in came a mythological construct. The first part of my choice seems to have been logical, but when it comes to mythology, it is emotion that often takes over after a time. Additionally, of course, there is my fascination with the ongoing movement to empower women. I was fascinated by the myth of mermaids and wedded that to empowered women.

Guidance From a Personality Type

At one point I had to ask myself why Avery was the way she was and I discovered that she had a well defined personality described by Jung’s personality typology. She is an extraverted intuitive feeling type. I’ll tell you what that means.

In this case an extravert being out in the world could display her conflicts and joys better than someone who was centered deep inside – an introvert. And, she couldn’t be clueless in this strange environment. She had to be able to look inside what was happening and see meaning which means an intuitive type. As it happens Tethyans, as a people, are also highly intuitive. It helps if you are trying to communicate under water. And then what filled her out was she had to be a person with strong feelings and that she would serve our purposes better if she wanted harmony which means her auxiliary personality type is feeling. Those elements constitute the framework of this personality type. I didn’t construct her logically, I constructed her intuitively. So, she came together without a preexisting plan.

And Then There is the Reader

Of course one of the interesting things about fiction is that one form of fiction does not fit all people. And often I suspect that is a matter of the degree to which the personality and characteristics of the characters fits with the personalities and dreams of the readers. Of course, there are many other issues, but the fit seems important which is why different characters appeal to different people.

I could probably go on at considerable length on the issues involved. But, I’ll leave it there.

What gets you involved with fictional characters?

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