Introvert or Extrovert?

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I thought this illustration was interesting, but I should introduce it with the note that an Introvert site presented it.

Jung developed the theory of introvert and extrovert as personality traits, and then expanded his insights into “personality typology.”  This typology considers:

extrovert vs. introvert

sensing vs.  intuition

thinking vs. feeling

judging vs. perceiving


The practical result for today is the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator which is used by many businesses and organizations for pre-employment screening, leadership development, team building, and career counseling.  Oh!  And marriage compatability!

Take the Meyers Briggs Personality Test

There are several sites on which you can take different renditions of the Meyers Briggs.  And there are also many books you can read for more information.  Many books.

Jung devoted one volume of his Collected Works to Personality Types.   Personality Types Vol. 6

Romancing the Numinosum

Don’t let the Latin name frighten you, though it is, happily, a little mysterious. Journaling is a template that can bring up buried, or forgotten thoughts, thus lightening the load for transcendence above the rim.

By putting fingers to pen to paper, you prepare the conditions for coaxing consciousness out of the numinous.  Numinous what, you ask?  I’m not sure, but it’s like fishing in the dark–something mysterious is taking the bait.

250x word edit fisshing at night journaling page

But you can’t think about it or you’ll scare it away with the brightness of your mind.

Midlife Crisis: The porthole to the second half of life

The beginning of Individuation

“Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
and piece together
the past and the future,
Between midnight and dawn,
when the past is all deception,
The future futureless,
before the morning watch
When time stops
and time is never ending.”

T.S. Eliot, ‘The Dry Salvages’

Let me say one thing first:  If you are younger than midlife, and you’re reading this, I warned you!  You must first ground yourself with firm feet, and devote yourself completely to life so that you are a vitally living member of society.  You must situate and strengthen your ego in the outer world, before you take on the tugs of the second half of life when your soul will grow legitimately curious about the other worlds hidden within.  If you find it almost impossible to do this, you might check out a recovery program.

Let me say another thing second:  If you’re happy in your fishbowl, you do not have to leave it.  You do not have to quite your job, leave your spouse, or drown the kids.  Anyway the kids already live in your fishbowl.  As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

But, some say Individuation is a calling.

Now for the story…

Fish Bowl Coloring Page Printable Make Color Cut And Paste Fishbowl | Free Coloring Pages For Kids…Once upon a time, there was a little fishy who was born and raised in a (name your own fishbowl).  He learned his lessons, and his manners, and did everything the grownups told him to do, for he was a good little fishy and he wanted to remain in the fishbowl–not go to hell.  When he was thus prepared he was ready to step out of his fishbowl castle home.  He went to college, got a job, got married, bought his own castle home, and had kids.  He worked very hard, for he was a (name your brand) fish now.  And (name your brand) fishes’ lives require the exact accoutrements to decorate the house, the wife, and the kids.

Then the day came when being successful didn’t consider into the fact the 1-ton weights on his feet made it difficult to step into the circuit of his normal routine.  He felt stuck in his job, stuck in his marriage, and stuck with responsibility for everybody.  He felt like he was stuck in hell.

“How can this be?  I’ve lived my life so perfectly,” he puzzled.

Here’s the deal:  His entire life has been prearranged by prescriptions and proscriptions.

Anthropologists focus on one particular definition of prescription, in opposition to proscription.   Behaviors prescribed by a society are expected to be enacted; proscribed behaviors must be avoided.

He started drinking too much.  He became distant, disinterested, and disintegrated.  He started wailing inside his head while trying desperately to walk the straight and narrow of pre- and pro-scriptions with the 1-ton weights on his inebriated feet:  “Who am I?”  “Why am I here?”  “Where am I going?”

“What is the meaning of life?”  Here we have a good example of mid-life crisis.

This is where the story starts getting good.


Usage report for market blitz on social media, aka “platforms.”

I’m not sharing this post to any social media. I’m just getting frustration off my chest. Next year, I won’t joke about being a Techie because I will really be one.

I was so surprised to be a Techie after making my website, I decided to ride the crest of success and launch a marketing blitz on all social media.

This is a usage report.

Not one “follow” in 7 days.

**My Facebook friends:  no “follows,” but thoughtful advice: instead of using, for my website, my yellow cartoon WASP logo, I should use the same fb profile picture of me and my grandchildren.  I do love to show off my grandchildren, but I paid $40 for the right to use that cute cartoon WASP logo.

**One of my subreddits said the WASP idea was aggressive.  And that’s before I even knew what an OP is. During the 4-person in-depth discussion that followed, I almost decided to delete the website.  No “follows,” but I did get 139 views on that thread.  You can’t even get “follows” on Reddit–only up-votes. <a href="

**My other subreddit removed my only post, which was a picture of a real handwritten journal page.  It’s against their rules to post real handwritten journal pages.  You might need to know that.  When you’re new to Redddit it’s embarrassing to get a “you broke the rules like a 5-year old” message.  

**My tweeter friends.  Well, I don’t have any.  And Noreen and I are trying to learn to tweet in time to get in on the Twitter @pitmad (pitch your book to agents day)  @kaybrittain

**LinkedIn:  Contacts haven’t said much.  They all speak Italian, Turkish, or Spanish.  They were my suppliers of marble from when I owned a construction stone import company.  So these transAtlantic businessmen who don’t speak English are at least 7 year old contacts.   I was wishing they might enjoy looking at the pictures of my blog as they go by on the feed.  Linkedin

**Skype:  I upgraded and lost all my contacts (they were all transAtlantic, so no big deal).  Remind me to take Skype off my automatic share menu.  Also remind me how to do that.

**And on Google +.  I hope you can find me because no way can I find you.  I subscribed to so many collections and communities (I have varied interests) that I have shut the door on the bulging feed, and dare not open it again.  It’s a little more calm in here:

Google+/Community/Journaling for Numinosity

Google+/Collections/Journaling   and  C. G. Jung


I’ll make another report next year.

A quick reference to individuation

A process of psychological differentiation, having for its goal the development of the individual personality.
No one is ever completely individuated.  While the goal is wholeness and a healthy working relationship with the self, the true value of individuation lies in what happens along the way.

-Daryl Sharp (1991). C.G. Jung Lexicon.  Inner City Books.

We might want to say individuation is transformation, but transformation acts upon the material things in the world. We might want to say individuation is spiritualization, but that takes you straight across the border of the earthly realm into a strange land, albeit a land where divinity is waiting to be discovered.  What Individuation is, is the creation of consciousness by continuously integrating unconscious contents, both personal and collective into our human reality.

How does it happen? You can intuit when you’ve snagged something while using the tools of cultural anthropology, journaling, and Jungian theory. It’s an “aha” moment, a glowing knowing, a realization–bringing the numinous into reality.

The First WASP

Oy'm Enery the 8th Oy am,
Enery the 8th Oy am, Oy am.
Oy got married to the widow next door.
She's been married sevennn times before.
And every one was an Enery-

When King Henry VIII wanted a divorce, the Pope wouldn’t give it to him. So he started his own church: The Church of England, which became Anglican (Anglo); and further translated across the high seas to America as Protestant Episcopalian.

He still beheaded at least 2 wives for being traitors. They wouldn’t let him go hunting. At least that’s what I understood from Wikipedia.

I’m not dissing fishbowls, but they’re not The High Seven Seas, you know

Fishbowls are necessary or we’d drown in the boundless sea of no boundaries.

It’s just…It’s just… I’d love to go adventuring with Richard Halliburton; sail the seven seas. (That’s really his ship, Sea Dragon; and that’s really his gravestone that affirms: “Lost at Sea”)

So when did he have time to write?

The Royal Road to Romance is one of my all-time favorite books.