Individuation: Why Bother?
, June 3, 2013
Individuation (which, within the conceptual framework of the type model, is essentially synonymous with ‘type development’) is usually unpleasant, and a positive outcome is far from guaranteed. So why do so many regard it as the psychic purpose of human existence? Why do we do it? What drives us to it? What has been your experience?
In this issue of Personality Type in Depth, Byron Almen uses a movie as illustration of just how traumatic and painful psychic growth can be, and of how an individual can be pulled inexorably into that journey ‘in spite of themselves.’ Are we all really doomed to undergo such trauma? If so, why? What is so unacceptable about remaining as we are?
Marlowe Embree’s article hints at some possible social consequences of type limitations. What social, political, and personal consequences do you see?
Marsden Hartley, “Eight Bells Folly” (1933)