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Process Vs. Orientation: A Local Formulation of Typology

By Sam Levey What is a function? As functions are the core of typology, you might think this would be a very straightforward question, but actually it is not. In Psychological Types, Jung defined a function as “a particular form of psychic activity that remains the same in principle under varying conditions,” but this isn’t particularly satisfactory. Besides that this could refer to pretty much anything or nothing depending on your definitions of “same” and “varying conditions,” it’s also just so vague as to be unhelpful for developing understanding. How about later sources? Von Franz does not appear to offer…

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A Counterperspective to Arild’s Conception of Te and Ti

By Sam Levey Concerning Sigurd Arild’s piece, An Illustration of Te and Ti, although I think the characterization of Te is quite accurate, I actually think that the description of Ti misses the mark a bit. As I see it, Thinking concerns itself with the mechanical attributes of a thing, while Feeling concerns itself with its value attributes. So, while Thinking might determine how something works or how to accomplish a task, Feeling makes the determination of whether a task is good to do, or whether you should accomplish a task (with appropriate caveats that word choice and context matter a lot…

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