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JUNG & YOU

Types of Consciousness

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Jung and You

About the Author

Frederik Huysamen holds a bachelor’s degree in languages and psychology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and further qualifications in theology from the University of Pretoria. He also studied marriage counselling through UNISA (University of South Africa) and qualified as a graphologist under the guidance of Dr Erika Karohs. He has experience in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and years of further counselling experience. In 1997 he resigned to take up his perusal of entrepreneurship. Huysamen enjoys motorcycling in Africa in search of solitary places.

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About the Book

“For years business and government sectors made use of the well-known Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This was convenient as it allowed to place people in boxes and we could feel better about ourselves because we could tick the boxes about a person. It is not that simple. Myers and Briggs, without any formal education, were exponents of Jung’s theory of psychological types but tried to give it practical use without fully understanding what Carl Jung intended. This book gives us a glimpse into the mind of Jung and how he meant his typology to be understood and applied.

The book is filled with gems explained through simplified metaphorical and symbolic narrative. The book puts order to disorder and the typology used by Carl Jung of Thinking, Feeling, Sensation and Intuition, combined with extraversion and introversion, with the unconscious throwing a spanner in the works from time to time, is skilfully directed and put together. The book sets the record straight on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and in a carefully narrated chapter there is a conversation between Carl Jung and Katherine Myers and Isabel Briggs. In this chapter it becomes clear that they did not fully grasp what Jung intended and some interesting questions are raised.

Most of all the book is not intended to understand others but it is rather intended for the individual reader to get a glimpse of his own personality and perhaps find answers to questions that might have tormented the soul. It gives back to the people what Jung intended and makes it accessible to all.” — GEORGE RAUTENBACH, former Chief of Staff United Nations

Jung and You is about the treasure of Jung’s thoughts regarding psychological temperament. The human psyche is too complex and life too short to discover its development alone. Those that discovered the secret of the psyche were rare and gifted. Their knowledge is our treasure and we need to learn from them. Therefore, it has changed the lives of those willing to put their egos at risk.

People discover a term, as Jung pointed out, “and then everything is schematized to fit that word”. The thing that is closest to us, the psyche, “is the very thing we know least about, although it seems to be what we know best of all”.

Is being sociable really a criterion for extraversion? Would you say that extraversion is progressive and introversion regressive? Do only introverts crave privacy? How would Jung classify a person as an extravert or introvert? Carl Gustav Jung was a man born out of season and coined these terms. His response to these questions would have been surprisingly contradictory to popular belief.

Taking the developmental state of one’s psychological orientation into account when evaluating intelligence is imperative. Whatever one’s definition of intelligence is, it can only realise in the individual according to its psychological orientation.

The function of the collective unconscious is relevant to artificial intelligence. Without it, there can be no subject and consequently no consciousness. How does one build a component of something that was born of the origin of life, has evolved over millions of years, presents itself indirectly, and where time and space do not exist?

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Editor’s Note

Jung and You is an induction to Jung’s theory of psychological types. This book is a concise and succinct reference, bridging the gap between academics and mental health professionals, and the nonprofessional. It also aims to present Jung’s concepts, however complex, in simplified, metaphorical, and symbolic narrative. I would personally recommend this book to anyone who seeks to grasp the intricate aspects of Jung’s typology.

[Dr. Atilla Antal]

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