Introduction to Personality Theory
This section of the web site looks at Jungian personality theory in a variety of ways.
First, in Jung’s Personality Theory, there is a basic introduction to the reasons why Jung (generally noted for his exploration of the depths of the unconscious) came to develop a theory of personality that gives much space to behaviour. The nature of the theory is described in some detail and there is an account of some of the current personality tests that have been based (more-or-less) on the theory.
Under Beebe’s Theory: Introduction and Paper by John Beebe personality theory is taken further when the noted Jungian theorist John Beebe’s attempt to link personality preferences to specific archetypes is presented.
Then, under A Short Personality Test, readers will be able to take a personality test, based on Jung’s theory, that measures personality preferences at work and when socialising. This test has been devised and tested by Dr Haynes for more than a decade.
On quite a different note, Jung Chow is a unique attempt to see how personality affects the way that we eat, drink, hold parties and socialise in general. It includes an introvert’s guide to party survival. For the moment, it is only concerned with extraversion and introversion.
Finally, there are some references to possible further reading: these are books that I have found to be especially interesting and/or amusing and/or easy to read.
Jung’s Personality Theory: origins and applications
Beebe’s Theory: Introduction
Paper by John Beebe
A Short Personality Test
Going further on Personality: Jung Chow
JUNGCHOW is not currently available for purchase and download as an EBook PDF.
Contact David Haynes with any queries.
JUNGCHOW (PDF – 26 pages – 155kb)
Jungchow is an exploration of an important part of life that psychology and the other social sciences overlook or make incredibly boring, that of the relationship between personality and preferences for eating, drinking and socialising. This book is mostly humorous and, as far as we can tell, entirely original.
Jungchow briefly describes extraversion and introversion, then compares extraverts and introverts at parties, when eating out, when entertaining and even at Christmas. You may in its pages discover that your ‘unfriendliness’ is merely a healthy introversion, or that your despair when eating alone merely reflects a healthy extraversion. The book includes the introverts guide to party survival, eating alone for extraverts, the two-step party and much else.
Rough Table of Contents
- Intro. Jung Frued and Food
- Personality Type
- Introverts and Extroverts Socialise
- The Intravert / Extravert Party
- An Intravert’s Guide to Party Survival
- The Extravert’s Guide to Spending Time Alone
- Dinner Parties and Christmas
Well, the obvious reading is Volume 6 of Jung’s Collected Works
This is hard going though, so start with the appendix – Four Papers on Type: this is much more clearly written than the rest.
The following books are also recommended. They are not the most recent, but they are among the best.
Bayne, R., 1995. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Chapman & Hall.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most-used measure of personality types. There is a vast literature available on this test. But the test in this website is recommended for the reasons stated there.
Spoto, A. 1995. Jung’s Typology in Perspective. (Chiron). Has a foreword by Robert Johnson.
von Franz, M.L. and Hillman, J. 1971. Lectures on Jung’s Typology. Spring (Dallas).
The Australian Association for Psychological Type is (if it is still going) dedicated to the understanding of Jung’s type theory. Should be easy to find on the web.