Psychological type is nothing static — it changes in the course of life.Jung
When we study psychology – we try to understand what people think. And why. But there’s a smarter science, to study How people think. It’s not psychology, it’s nature.
- We can think with our body – it seeks pleasure and avoids pain. So anytime we’re thinking to get more pleasure and less pain, we’re not in our mind, we’re in our body and it is functioning out of pure instinct. It can’t change. Only whether we listen and obey the body can we make change.
- We can think with our emotions – they seek to find imbalance so that auto response can be delivered. In this case, we think that we think but not really, we operate on autopilot. Sad situations are sad, happy are happy, we are reacting as per our code of emotions. It’s more thoughtless than we think, pure conditioning and comes from fear of the future, guilt of the past.
- We can think with our mind — mind wants to be right. Intellect seeks validation. This is the challenging one because we associate with things and attach to them, hence we seek to defend what we attach to and the mind knows no better.
- We can think with our spirit — a bit fluffy for some but being guided by inspiration will be the secret to great leadership (currently is) and will be the new skill for leaders.
We need more understanding of human nature, because the only danger that exists is man himself — he is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man — far too little.Jung
Mind, Body or Spirit
Personality is composed of two fundamentally different types of traits: those of ‘character;’ (emotion) and those of ‘temperament.’ (spirit). Your character traits stem from your experiences (emotions). Your childhood games; your family’s interests and values; how people in your community express love and hate; what relatives and friends regard as courteous or perilous; how those around you worship; what they sing; when they laugh; how they make a living and relax: innumerable cultural forces build your unique set of character traits. (mind).
The balance of your personality is your temperament (spirit), all the biologically based tendencies that contribute to your consistent patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving. As Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset, put it, ‘I am, plus my circumstances.’ Temperament is the ‘I am,’ the foundation of who you are.
Hence the three are inseparable. It really comes down to motive. Seeking pleasure avoiding pain, your body will dictate the choices. Wanting to be right, your mind will dictate and looking for a sense of purpose, greater than self, your spirit. At each level there is a sense of being guided. But really, none are.
Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue… Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung.Emmerson
A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.William James
Forever Changing – Can you keep up?
The topic of personal identity is strictly speaking nonexistent. It’s important to recognize that we are not the kind of things that simply popped into existence at birth, continue to exist, the same thing, then die off the cliff edge or go into another realm. We are these very remarkably ordered collections of things. It is because we’re so ordered that we are able to think of ourselves as being singular persons. But there is no singular person there, that means we’re forever changing.”