Who Am I?
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Who am I really?
Why do I do the things I do?
Why do I always fall for the wrong ones?
Who am I compatible with?
“Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar’s gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart throughout the world,” (Carl Jung, New Paths in Psychology).
Carl Jung believed that the goal of life is to realize the self. He developed a personality typology that divides the self into two parts (introversion and extroversion). Simply put; introverts are those who prefer their internal world of thoughts, feelings, fantasies, and dreams while extroverts prefer the external world of things, people, and activities.
Jung further describes how people deal with the world by suggesting four basic ways:
- Sensing: retrieving information by means of the senses. It involves perception rather than judging of information.
- Thinking: involves evaluating information rationally and logically.
- Intuiting: operates outside of the usual conscious processes. Involves integrating large amounts of information.
- Feeling: Processing information from one’s overall emotional response.
We all have these functional capacities within us, however we have different proportions of them. Some functions will be overly developed compared to others, but according to Jung, our goal should be to develop all four functions.
To assess your personality types and functions, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is one of the most popular and most studied.
Much insight and understanding can be gained from Carl Jung’s personality theory. For more information and resources on how to improve self awareness, call us today.