Conversations with ‘Type Luminaries’ – APTi webinar series

Apparently I am a ‘Type Luminary‘.  A rather flattering and ego-inflating label for an INTJ with Enneagram 5 w4. 🙂

The Association for Psychological Type – International (APTi) is holding a series of monthly webinars with experts on type from all over the world.
I’ve been invited to speak about my work on Ego Development, including some updated aspects of the theory that I haven’t written about yet or published, on April 22nd.

The Shadows of TypeSince publishing my book, Shadows of Type, several years ago now, I completed my doctorate which was on a related subject. So I now have some empirical evidence regarding what makes people effective or non-effective in their use of type, and what effectiveness actually looks like.
In brief, effectiveness – as perceived by others – is related to an individual’s level of Ego Development and is irrespective of their levels of Neuroticism.  But I know several people with fairly high levels of Neuroticism who feel like their anxiety negatively impacts their ability to be effective.  I sometmes go there myself. So where does Neuroticism fit into the pattern of effectiveness?

Then I found a quote from Isabel Myers in the Step III manual that seemed to shed some light on this :
“A person with low Confidence can be a problem to himself; a person with high Compensatory Strain can be a problem to others”.

In her model, Confidence is related to Neuroticism, and Compensatory Strain is related to defensiveness and ego strength, i.e. aspects of Ego Development.  This helped explain why my study found that it was how others perceived, experienced or related to a person with poor ego development that had an influence on how they rated their efficacy.  The role of Neuroticism/Confidence may be more of an inner influence that only the individual experiencing is aware of; many anxious people manage to mask their anxiety in front of others.
So that’s just one interesting new insight I would like to explore further.

I’m also currently interested in how we (consciously or unconsciously) try to attain intra-psychic balance (the principle of Equivalence), and what happens if our balance is way off (the principle of Entropy).  I’m having some thoughts about the different ways we may use our 4th/inferior function for this.  Brace yourselves – I feel a research project coming up!

I’m also presenting the Ego Development Model (without Type) and how it relates to coaching to the Coaches at NEF on 30th April.  NEF specialises in coaching young entrepreneurs, so the Ego Model should shed some light on where young entrepreneurs are in terms of their world view and capacity for coaching.  Keep an eye out for my report after the event.

Before that, I have been invited to introduce Type to HR students at University of Westminster in March.  I’m really looking forward to that one.
I love the look on people’s faces when they first discover Type differences and the light bulbs start to switch on!!!


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