AJC #12 Psychopathology and Personality Type

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Carl Jung’s ideas on psychological type grew out of observing the differences among people and his attempt to find objective criteria for describing those differences. Primary in his thinking was the perception that individuals are energized internally or externally, and he used the terms introvert or extravert to describe these attitudes. This seminar advances the study of psychological type, early attachment, and psychopathology. Lack of healthy attachment because of unrecognized type differences in parent and child is proposed as a significant factor in the development of borderline personality disorder and other disorders of the personality, mood, and behavior.

In this seminar, Borris Mathews Ph.D. and Ron Johnson M.Div., Ph.D. argue that affirming the client in her or his innate psychological type preference is the first step toward repairing the attachment deficit while gradually working on more appropriate utilization of the introverted and extraverted attitudes and the various functions. Over the course of therapy this approach can lead to greater self-acceptance and more realistic adaptation to the environment.