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  • Posted By: yourway
  • Date Posted: 07/06/2011
  • Category: Psychology
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A Normal Psychology

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A Normal Psychology

A NORMAL PSYCHOLOGY


C.G.Jung’s Psychological Types and the MBTI®


It is not only what people are able to do that determines their life’s work, but also what kind of people they are Anthony E. Kemp (1996) If a theory describes something people do anyway, then it’s probably a good theory Andrew Samuels (attrib; und.) Every society is different from every other... all are at the same time variants of a universal nature W.G. Runciman (1998) You psychologists always want to say what’s wrong with people. I want to tell them what’s right with them Isabel Briggs Myers to Mary McCaulley (1970s)


Introduction When I talk about a “normal psychology” I focus on the different ways different people see life and want to live it, rather than on generalisations made about whole populations of people. These generalisations can often do harm because without proper consideration they can often imply a norm of behaviour inimical to a person’s existence. A normal psychology in this way doesn’t imply a perfect individual existence, nor that there aren’t any pathologies, but that where this may be the case an individual’s approach to life should be considered. The optimum existence for some people, for instance, may not require levels of personal organisation often presented as a norm. C.G.Jung’s theory of psychological types and the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) can be seen as a normal psychology, not only because it was the general intent of the originators of these ideas (particularly Isabel Briggs Myers), but also because it talks about natural differences between people. It also provides a framework for understanding when and how things become less than normal for individuals and providing suggestions or solutions in that context. The MBTI in particular has provided much information through research about varieties of normal behaviour as well ...

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