The Human Mind
While listing personality disorders is a fairly simple and straight-forward matter, listing personality types is infinitely more complex. When talking of personality types we enter the field of theories... and there are several good ones! One of the most interesting theories is Keirsey's Temperament Sorter, inspired by Hippocrates' and Plato's ancient studies of temperament. The 16 types which result from the 4 temperaments correlate with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)*, which is based on the typological theories by Carl Gustav Jung.
Click on any of the 16 personality types to read a more detailed description.
The 4 Temperaments
The 8 Roles
* - Corresponding personality type according to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
The meanings of the letters are as follows: E - Extraversion S - Sensing T - Thinking J - Judgment I - Introversion N - iNtuition F - Feeling P - Perception
∞ Finding the Balance ∞
It is important to understand that while the above personality classification applies in most cases, some people's preferences are rather in the middle. For instance, the personality types differentiate between introvert and extrovert, among other things, but many people are ambivert (between the two). You can take the introvert or extrovert test to find out which applies to you.
Jung's theory revolves around balance between opposites, especially anima/animus and ego/shadow, but also the following opposites: conscious/unconscious, rational/irrational, animal/spiritual, think/feel, sense/intuit, and others.
The goal is to achieve wholeness through the harmonizing or balancing of the opposites.
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