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  1. The book ''Midnights with the mystic' is a great inside look into what he is like in person!
  2. @Artsu Me as well! I have gotten INFP, INFJ, ENTJ and ENFP from different tests across time.
  3. @Harikrishnan Clout
  4. That's interesting. Any success so far? I have started studying Enneagram recently and it seems to have a lot of potential to aid one's growth.
  5. @Artsu No conflicting ideas here. Exactly.
  6. Shadow behavior, lack of integration, lack of self-honesty
  7. I have been researching, interviewing and coaching people, mostly INFJs and INFPs, being a mirror and a guide on their path to Self-Actualization. This is a journal of my insights into coaching, personality theories, and a record of high-leverage opportunities and common pitfalls INFJs face. This is going to be a lot of good stuff, some ramblings, and a lot of analogies. Keeping it public for feedback and to connect with other people who are excited by the possibility of using Type as a Tool for Growth. This is going to be biased towards men because that is where a lot of information is coming from, but a lot of it will be applicable to any person with NF (Idealist) temperament. Other explorations (various personality psychology models, developmental models) belong to the main journal. First brainstorm for a planned book.
  8. Why do Inner Integration? What is the outcome? Balance. Wholeness. Alignment of thought, emotion, speech, and action. Personal effectiveness. Alignment with the natural flow of life itself. Integration means everything works as a well-coordinated whole. A well-integrated individual has access to all his capabilities equally, is centered, spontaneous, and effortless in day-to-day living. He doesn't fight the natural forces, yet align himself with them. The result is minimum resistance and maximum flow. List of psychological dualities to integrate. Words are fuzzy, there may be repetition: Conscious - (subconscious) - Unconscious Love - Fear Good - Evil Dreams - Reality Masculine - Feminine Body - mind Persona - Shadow Intuition - Sensing Feeling - Thinking me - other Body coordination Physical grace and ambidexterity Emotions - Logic Divine nature - Animal nature Rationality - Impulses Intuition - Instincts Strategic action - Spontaneity Systematic - Random Inductive reasoning - Deductive reasoning Natural - Artificial Lack - Abundance
  9. @Wisebaxter I appreciate the kind words. A lot more on the way. @Zigzag IdiotThank you! That's good to hear. Refining the purpose behind studying psychological types (and human nature in general): Enhancing my ability to jump back and forth between perspectives. How do I know when I am seeing something from a fresh perspective? The original 'problem' itself ceases to exist. New 'problems' become visible that were not there before. Being an effective Coach. Being able to fully empathize with the person I am coaching. How do I know when I am truly seeing from someone else's perspective and not deluding myself? I am convinced that I would do exactly what they are doing in this situation. I am able to speak their language in a way they get it. I am able to detach myself emotionally from my personal philosophy when offering advice. Being an effective communicator Building bridges: Be the mediator when there is a misalignment in communication. All of us live in our own subjective bubbles - often unaware and incapable of seeing reality in any other way than our own. Being a more integrated and conscious individual deeply aware of my own biases. Being more responsible for my contribution to society and culture. Create independent systems that help align people along the most optimal path for their inner growth and highest contribution. Enhancing my ability to experience AND articulate the entire spectrum of emotions possible as a human being: the agonies and the ecstasies. There is nothing too pleasurable, too painful or otherwise too extreme to know or experience. A lot has changed over millennia, Human Nature hasn't. Its perennial nature makes it a subject worth mastering.
  10. Fun fact: Gurdjieff is the one who brought Enneagram to the mainstream after it got lost in obscure texts.
  11. 3 phases of Self-transformation: 1. Dis-identification from the Personality through self-observation Through meditation, contemplation, psychedelics, etc. create the inner "space" in which to watch myself, thereby creating a separation between my witnessing consciousness and the habits and patterns that I observe. The higher up I go, the more clearly the patterns are seen. The defenses are loosened and the fear of losing the comfort of a Personality-construct arises. Practice: Questioning my life story. Reading type descriptions, highlighting what clicks and contemplating the universality of those elements. (My life story is not so unique after all) Watching my habit loops (Cue -> Routine -> Reward). Noticing my emotional triggers. Set up hourly chime and log every hour - with honesty and non-judgment. Pointers that I am on the right path: Humility. More aligned with the natural rhythms of body-mind, less attached to my ideas. More Flow, less resistance. 2. Surrendering to the fear and emotional suffering associated with loosening ego defenses As the hold of personality starts loosening, allowing myself to experience the emotional territory underneath my defenses in a conscious way in order to integrate my shadow and move forward in my evolution. By allowing myself to recognize your unconscious patterns and feel the emotions my Personality has helped me avoid, I release considerable energy that I have been (unconsciously) expending to keep my defenses in place. Practice: Being a superconductor of emotions yet being able to detach from them. 'Checking in' on my body with an hourly chime and letting go of any tension consciously. Working through complex memories / emotional triggers by writing them out in detail. Pointers that I am on the right path: Emotional discomfort that turns into wisdom with love and acceptance. Feeling lighter and more alive every passing day. Reduced self-sabotaging behaviors. Alignment of thought, emotion, speech, and action. 3. Actively working towards transcendence and Union Being in a more conscious, integrated state. Develop a greater ability to call on the strategies and strengths of all nature's archetypes instead of just being preoccupied with one way of doing things. Practice: Contemplating the food cycle. Contemplating death. Contemplating Archetypes. Pointers that I am on the right path: Creating more yet being emotionally detached from what I create. Immediate awareness of multiple POVs of looking at a situation and all the actions I can take (including not taking any action at all) instead of automatically doing what I have always done. Sense of inner completeness "wholeness". A sense of connectedness with everyone and everything. A sense of constant expansion.
  12. - Beatrice Chestnut, The Complete Enneagram
  13. What is motivating me to understand Personality types? People in wrong jobs, people facing the same issues that have been dealt with millions of times before, same blindspots, same opportunities, same hot buttons, all of these already researched, understood, documented, and put away. People thinking they are special and unique when they are actually running age-old patterns. In essence, what motivates me to do this work is seeing the sheer squandering of human potential all around me, and the possibility of all that potential put to making earth a better place. Only if there was a solid system that can identify a person's strengths, their unique genius, and help them align it with the greatest positive impact they can make on the world. Integrate that with the existing education system so we don't waste spend so many years programming children with outdated paradigms, and youth is spent living their purpose instead of being lost and depressed. With education going online and self-learning becoming the norm, I see Research in personality types is promising and is ONE of the lenses for identifying a person's patterns. There are a number of other factors to consider and a multi-model approach is crucial. In order to be effective, the focus is on 20% of the models that get 80% of the results: MBTI (Cognitive Functions to be precise -), Enneagram and the Big Five and integrate them for a clearer picture - as far as required. The system as I envision has a lot of moving parts. I have started with a very specific niche; and the one that is closest to me. About a month back, I started brainstorming a book on INFJ men - their values, strengths, aspirations and . I have been interviewing, coaching and working with other people in one way or another. I will start publishing the data I have collected in this journal tomorrow onwards.