Journal of Psychological Type - Toward an Empirically Sound and Radically Revised Type Theory

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    • Published: 06-15-2015 09:41 am

      "This paper introduces an MBTI-derived revised type theory that expands type categories and reinterprets several type constructs It begins by revisiting classical type theory and makes several critical assessments of type related concepts that are part of this classical theory. Although critical of type theory,the view presented here is that the MBTI as a measurement instrument has many virtues and when interpreted appropriately and consistent with the empirical record, is a powerful tool that can inform both research and practice. With in this revised type theory the MBTI measure has an expanded role for understanding human personality and providing utility in the everyday lives of people. The revised theory is explicitly biological and is fundamentally rooted in evolved human biology, particularly behavior genetics, neuroscience and the psychobiology of personality. Similarly, the theory explicitly recognizes that the structure of the MBTI preferences is congruent with the structure of the Five Factor Model (FFM) of personality and accepts that this is now a firmly established fact that is widely accepted among personality researchers and theorists. The revised theory is presented as a series of nine core Principles."
    • Published: 07-04-2015 03:54 am
      Updated: 07-04-2015 03:54 am
    • Principles for the new model is this:

      • Principle 1: All individual human beings differ with their own personal identity and individuality formed by their own unique genetic, ontogenetic, epigenetic, and experiential background.
      • Principle 2: The individual MBTI preferences are the fundamental unit of analysis for type theory.
      • Principle 3: The individual preferences are arranged as sets of complementary opposites.
      • Principle 4: The individual preferences are free to combine with each other and in any order.
      • Principle 5: The combination of individual preferences is additive rather than interactive.
      • Principle 6: The expression of psychological type is fundamentally contextual and situational.
      • Principle 7: MBTI preference scores matter and indicate strength of preference.
      • Principle 8: Type dominance is a function of strength of preference and the dominant preference is simply the independently high-value preference.
      • The generality and lawfulness of type dominance.
      • Principle 9: These principles are not cast in concrete but are subject to change.

      By using these principles, which actually destroy both the Jungian function models and the MBTI-function preference systems, we get something that can be validated empirically but doing a change like that would in my opinion lead to completely new theory and system and types. Also these principles much better fit the Neojungian Typology system than the MBTI.
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