Jung's types are not just helpful for understanding a person's conscious
disposition. Equally important is understanding the unconscious
oppositions established by type preferences.
The attitudes and
orientations, discussed in the last email, are useful for understanding
the nature of collaborations or oppositions among the types.
Collaborations support the "sovereignty" of the ego, but oppositions
support the vital processes of personal transformation.
oppositions are the stuff of individuation--the development of the whole
and unique person; they are catalysts for personal growth.
person may rely on thinking, for example, as the most trusted approach
to life. If thinking serves as the dominant ego position, the thinking
side of a person will usually be evidenced in the persona. People would
see the person as quite rational.
Yet, beneath the surface, not
well exposed to the world, is an orientation to feeling. The feeling
side is present as a healthy counterbalance to the favored thinking.
individual may develop thinking and rely on it, especially in the first
half of life, but later the creative tension engendered by the feeling
side can deliver vital transformation.
Through the integration of those opposites, unique personality is born. "It
is as if a river that had run to waste in sluggish side-streams and
marshes suddenly found its way back to its proper bed . . ."
integration of opposites in one person is a necessary condition for
individuation. A person will not become whole without both, together