Communication and Jungian Typology
Many of the difficulties we face, with family, friends or colleagues at work are due to miscommunication in one form or the another. Sometimes the miscues have deeper origins in ourselves that cause us to distort the meaning of what someone has said.
For example, if someone tells me at a party: “I don’t like this French wine!” I may wonder what that might mean. Does he mean the wine he is drinking is not good, or is he really saying that that he is not enjoying the party, or maybe at the very heart of his message, he is criticizing my country?
We may often tend to project onto other people underlying aspects of ourselves.
A projection is like a filter through which we interpret what the other person is saying. For example, at work, a man might project the image of a great authoritarian father figure on his boss. Knowing that what we are hearing is not necessarily what was intended, is a first step to better communication.
But knowledge of jungian typology can also help us better understand and improve our communication.
People with different type dispositions think, feel, act, and talk differently. For example, a person with an extraverted thinking disposition will tend to be concerned with rationally assessing facts. Someone oriented to extraverted feeling will tend to focus more on social relationships.
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