Chapter Two

Psychological Type

A Cognitive Approach

Jung's classic treatise Psychological Types (1921/1976) is the backbone of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). After World War II, Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, a mother-daughter team, designed the MBTI as a vehicle for assessing the psychological types Jung had described in his treatise. Jung and his followers had delved into the subject of psychological types with clinical thoroughness, meticulously describing their findings. But much that is currently written about Jungian typology misinterprets Jung's work. For example, some authors have linked independent factors, such as needs and conflict styles, to the types, which muddles their usefulness as templates. They also have ...

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