The Spine and its Shadow
The idea that each of us has the potential to access the full range of consciousnesses that Jung identified in Psychological Types is an appealing one, and one which, thanks in part to my own work, has been increasingly explored and accepted by a number of type practitioners in recent years.
Known as the eight-function model, the theory does not deny that each of us has just one superior and one auxiliary function on which most of us rely heavily, but it goes further, analyzing how our consciousness operates when we find that we must reach beyond these two favored ways of coming up with intelligent responses to life’s demands.
The eight-function, eight-archetype model of psychological types is based on two observations that are fundamental to its understanding and application. The first observation is that in the course of our lives, we each actually make use of…
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Originally published in Typeface, a publication of the British Association for Psychological Type, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Summer 2007)
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