Your type is the seat of your consciousness: the rhythm of brain processing which you use every second of every day. Every life event and influence from the unconscious passes through this equation. This places your type in a unique position to inform and transform all other areas of your personality.
When seeking to refine and master our self, we must use a psychic approach that is sensitive to the entirety of our being, especially the way we approach problems/situations and form our perceptions. But before we dive into changing our psyche through type, we’ve gotta tease apart a few related but different concepts.
The EgoWe hear terms like egocentric and having a “big ego”, and we aim to stray away from that connotation. But the ego is something natural for each of us to have. It is your psychological membrane which divides your concept of self from all which is not in your self identity. What constitutes the ego is all the things we relate to and all the things which we consider “us”. But a person’s ego is something they develop throughout their life according to who they wanna be. We have control over our ego; we have control over how we see ourselves and what we choose to identify with.
Type, however, is not related to the ego nor will it match the ego 100% of the time. In many cases our ego is the opposite of our type if we’ve attempted to overcome our personal weaknesses early in life and developed an affinity for things we used to be poorly suited for. Still, no matter how good we get at those inverted behaviors, type will define how much energy expenditure our psyche requires in order to operate in that modality. It will define our most natural resting place and what types of situations rejuvenate our mind and lead to an optimal state of inner harmony.
When attempting to discover your type, try to imagine yourself as a child. Think about your most unfettered qualities – what your soul would gravitate to if it had no care in the world. Remember what came natural to you in childhood, and if you were strictly directed or parented in childhood then think of what you would have liked to do if there had been no consequences.
Personality is the collective result of our nature colliding with our environment to create a symbiosis. Our personality is created in part by our parents, our teachers and every important figure in our lives. Our personality encompasses more than the ego and includes elements of others which we have assimilated (consciously or unconsciously) and methods of responding/reacting to the world which emerged from them. It also includes our specific psychological myth and any aspects of the unconscious (dreams, ideals, visions) which deeply motivate our life direction or which hold us hostage. We have in personality also the shadow, which is all that is rejected from the ego; what we do not wish to associate to ourselves and what we actively avoid or suppress. Personality also includes the way those suppressed elements manifest in us in times of stress.
There’s quite a lot to the psyche, as you can see. Type is a big slice of who we are, but it is not the single factor. Still, because all happenings in our life are filtered through our experience of consciousness (type), people of the same type will often lead parallel life-paths by having similar responses to different environments. In life we will find people with the same type as us with different personalities and ego identities, but when a person with the same type and personality is found, we immediately discover a sense of kinship where much can be learned.
The psyche, just as the physical body, has within it a natural process (or formula) of maturation. This formula takes the form of a psychological journey, guided by the unconscious toward a necessary unraveling. When childhood has caused distortions in personality, the actualization process will steer the individual (via recurring dreams or imperative feelings) to face these complexes. It will preoccupy the mind in a variety of ways, often not very gracefully, and do whatever it can to call the mind’s attention to what it instinctively knows is a distorted mental paradigm. But when this calling is ignored by the conscious mind, the psyche will remain perpetually locked at a certain stage of development.
The successful, eventual goal of actualization is the creation of an adult mind that is free of distortions, self-sustained, properly emancipated from the father/mother, as well as internally integrated with all main facets of his or her nature. Actualization is the work of a lifetime, which can be summed up as the process of coming to know the entirety of one’s own nature. It is the addressing of all dimensions of one’s psyche and the embracing of the original human.