Carl Jung 's Typological Theory

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For years and years, people have relied on a series of numbers and letters to define who they are as a person. Some people have taken these letters much too seriously, thinking that a simple “E” means that they’re too loud or that a “J” means that they’re wildly judgmental and rude. Some people, however, don’t even give these letters a second look, and couldn’t care less as to whether they identify as an “S” or a “N.” These letters, whether personally classified as meaningful or not, come from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI. The MBTI was created in 1944 by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, and is based on Carl Jung’s typological theory.
The MBTI seeks to classify people into one of two groups in four different categories. The first pairing of traits attempts to measure whether a person has more of a preference towards extraversion or introversion. The second type pairing compares sensing versus intuition. People who are more inclined toward sensing rely on their five senses and focus on basic information to assess a situation, while people who are more intuitive interpret things more loosely and rely on a gut feeling. The third duo- thinking versus feeling- shows how a person prefers to make decisions. People who are more of a “T” like to use logic and analytical skills to come to a conclusion, while people who are more of an “F” like to consider emotions, circumstances, and other people. The last pair, judging versus perceiving, is able…
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