Typologies and Dynamics: About Ego Algorithms

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” C.G. Jung

We are human beings and human beings have the advantage of existence. We are able to be aware of ourselves and thus of our behavior. We are even able to be aware of the behavior of our mankind, of other people. We are able to generate statistics, evaluate and predict. We have the capacity to continuously improve.

Despite this, almost all of us live in a permanent trance:

We live with patterns and stereotypes whose origins can be in our lives. They can go back several generations or may be related to historical development of the human brain. We unconsciously learn how to react automatically to various stimuli: we are attracted to certain types of people, we avoid certain situations, we fear snakes...

This occurs in our interaction with others, people who attract their own reality through us, like situation patterns and we, reciprocally through them. We complete one another: the one who needs to give always finds the one who takes, a perpetrator his victim, an addict his addiction, a rebel the cause to rebel…

Therefore, the same situations recur in family or at work whether we like it or not, and in such moments we are reducible to a default autopilot - repetitive patterns. 

Fortunately, this condition does not have to be definitive for anyone.

"Gnothi seauton" or "Know yourself" stated the sign in the ancient Oracle in Delphi. And indeed, the one who knows himself well, can comprehend and understand the world and therefore is no longer dependent on prophecies. After all, the one who got to know himself can influence his destiny. He is no longer tossed about and manipulated by arbitrariness of random and predetermined situations/problems and is able to change the direction of his life. He consciously chooses a reaction, actively navigates, controls the emotional response...

So much for theory. Of course in reality it is more of a process rather than a final state of being. Both man and mankind are discoverable, but not definitively. However, that is not important as the journey is the destination.

It is undoubtedly a big advantage when we understand the motivations, triggers and patterns of our behavior. And psychological typologies and dynamics help us with it. These actually represent our identity as, to a certain extent, a mapped and described territory of who we are.

The roots of efforts to systematize human personality can be traced back to antiquity and, since then, a multitude of more or less scientifically based typologies have been created, ranging from rigid structures up to the boundaries of spirituality. They differ in approach and focus. So, typologies helped to create a practically new independent psychology branch.

So, the most important and most valuable principles, typologies and dynamics of personality structure are principles of user interface of the human psyche.

 

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