History Lesson

Internal Compass
Carl Jung admitted spending ridiculous amounts of time deliberating over the terms used to define the mental mechanisms (Sensing, Intuiting, Thinking, Feeling). He asserted that the names are somewhat arbitrary and could, in some cases, give the wrong impression.
Jung believed that individuals could benefit from understanding these concepts. He likened the mental mechanisms to an internal compass which helps to guide us throughout life.
Comprehension Test
Keirsey’s Temperament Theory is highly insightful and extremely useful. However, the complexity of the terminology kept the theory somewhat out of reach for anyone who wasn’t an educator interested in psychological type theory and human behavior. Read the following passage as an example.
“The purposes of SPs, SJs, and NTs are understood by SPs, SJs, and NTs alike, although they may not embrace them. The NT can understand the SPs desire to be free of responsibility just as he can understand the SJs satisfaction in its possession. So can the SP see the NTs desire to store up capabilities and the SJs desire to store up commodities. He would be the last to look a gift horse in the mouth, for that matter, since these stores tend to be given out to those who need them. The SJ even admires the NT for his technical storehouse and envies the SP for his generous and receiving nature. But here the mutual understanding of purposes ends. None of these understand the aim of the NF, and in turn, the NF cannot really grasp the others’ commitment to what seems to the NF to be false goals. For the NF pursues a strange end, a self-reflective end which defies itself: becoming… (The NFs) purpose in life is to have a purpose in life. How can one achieve a goal when that goal is to have a goal?”
Color Association
The color orange urges you to wake up, pay attention, and seize the moment.
The color blue fosters psychological contentment and physical tranquility.
The color green is an expression of logic and the systems of nature.
The color gold represents value, stability, and strength – “good as gold” and “gold standard.”
Comprehension Test
If we replace the letter codes from the Keirsey passage we read before with the Personality Lingo terms for the personality styles, this paragraph becomes much easier to comprehend and discuss.
“The purposes of Movers, Planners, and Thinkers are understood by Movers, Planners, and Thinkers alike, although they may not embrace them. The Thinker can understand the Mover’s desire to be free of responsibility just as he can understand the Planner’s satisfaction in its possession. So can the Mover see the Thinker’s desire to store up capabilities and the Planner’s desire to store up commodities. He would be the last to look a gift horse in the mouth, for that matter, since these stores tend to be given out to those who need them. The Planner even admires the Thinker for his technical storehouse and envies the Mover for his generous and receiving nature. But here the mutual understanding of purposes ends. None of these understand the aim of the Connector, and in turn, the Connector cannot really grasp the others’ commitment to what seems to the Connector to be false goals. For the Connector pursues a strange end, a self-reflective end which defies itself: becoming… (The Connectors) purpose in life is to have a purpose in life. How can one achieve a goal when that goal is to have a goal?”
Building Blocks
These Jungian Mental Mechanisms can be thought of as the building blocks for the four fundamental Personality Styles.
The Jungian mental mechanisms are the building blocks for the four fundamental temperaments (personality styles)
Mover Personality Style
Hands-On
+ Spontaneous
= Mover
Connector Personality Style
Theoretical
+ Subjective
= Connector
Thinker Personality Style
Theoretical
+ Objective
= Thinker
Planner Personality Style
Hands-On
+ Planned
= Planner
The terms Mover, Connector, Thinker, and Planner are used with permission from Personality Lingo