Carl Jung, Introvert, Extravert, Sigmund Freud, Collective Unconscious.
If you’re like most people, these words probably seem familiar. These are some of the fundamentals of psychology that most of the general population is already familiar with, although many may not know the actual meaning of these terms.
In the early 1900’s, the term “Depth Psychology” was coined by Eugen Bleuler, the Director of Burghölzli Asylum in Zürich. Before Carl Jung would become known throughout the world for his research and contributions, he first began his career as a psychiatrist, working with the Director at the Asylum in Zürich, Switzerland.
Fun fact: In 1900 when Carl Jung began his psychiatric career at the Asylum, Albert Einstein was also in Zürich, finishing up his studies at the Polytechnic (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)!! 😮
You could say that depth psychology takes psychology to the next level. It puts the study under a microscope, breaking it into tiny parts that are ready to be classified. Jung believed that humans experience the world through four principle psychological functions – feeling, thinking, sensation, and intuition.
From this theory inspired Katharine Cook Briggs, and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, to create what we know today as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI). Thanks to the hard work and contributions that these two individuals made, we can now classify and understand the personality differences between all of humanity.
ESTP, INFP, INFJ, ENTP, ect…there are 16 total personality types according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Each type is an abbreviation of 4 letters that each hold meaning.
For example: E in ESTP, stands for Extraversion, and I in INFP stands for Introversion.
Eugen Bleuler created depth psychology, Carl Jung took it a step further. The Briggs family took it even beyond that. Not only that, they made it so it is relatively easy to understand and utilize on your own and in the professional setting.
Although somewhat widely know, and some organizations do indeed use it, I believe MBTI is currently underused on the professional level. It can potentially solve a enormous amount of personality induced misunderstandings in the work place, and it can create a harmonious environment filled with understanding and cooperation if used appropriately.
Whether it’s High School classrooms, or multi-billion dollar corporations, improvements towards human relations are possible through the understanding of the differences between one another. Through this understanding, various improvements on all fronts are within the grasp of students, and professional organizations alike.
Language barriers can be broken, silly misunderstandings that could cause an employee to quit can potentially be avoided. If students feel more understood by their teachers on a deep level, a potential increase of the potency of their studies and test scores are likely.
Personally, I am curious if there is a level beyond where the Briggs family took depth psychology.
Or if there are other branches of the study that are currently unknown, possibly taking the current understanding of the inner world of humanity to a whole new level, helping even more people!
Wow…something even more useful than MBTI?
Is the next Carl Jung about to discover a new psychological breakthrough during my lifetime?
Could I myself be capable of making such a discovery?
I think there is no reason to doubt myself. I believe my passion for depth psychology and things alike, will last a life time. So I believe it is certainly possible, as long as my passion and dedication never fade away.
We are all human. If you’re reading this, you are human too (Well I certainly do hope so). Einstein, Carl Jung?
Yup, seem pretty human to me!
Depth psychology, Astrology, Numerology, and other studies that further self discovery taught me a great lesson. It may because I am an INFJ too, but the potential of the people around me truly impress me sometimes, despite humans being so flawed.
Each human being, in a world filled with billions, has there own strengths and weaknesses. As an INFJ, I think I have the innate desire to want to bring out the potential of humanity.
So the lesson I learned was that any human being can accomplish great things. By discovering their true talents, abilities, likes and dislikes, they can enter a niche that will allow them to achieve great things. Each human being and each personality type has their niche. It’s up to each person individually to find that niche, and pour themselves into it. By doing so they can potentially benefit all of human kind, while still being rewarding and fun because it’s your niche of course.