Depth Typology: C. G. Jung, Isabel Myers, John Beebe, and The Guide Map to Becoming Who We Are is a comprehensive presentation of the current state of the art model of personality, John Beebe’s “eight function-attitude eight archetype” model. Not only does it explain in detail what it is and how it works, it describes the context as well. The book explores the theoretical foundations of personality type, outlines the evolution of the model, describes its newly-expanded framework and whole-psyche dynamics in detail, explains how this model fits into the new paradigm of modern scientific knowledge, and notes the current psycho-socio-political need for such an advancement in understanding ourselves. It also touches upon how depth typology is already inspiring innovations in a multitude of type applications and human endeavors. Beebe’s model has initiated a new era in the exploration of personality that I call “depth typology,” and seems certain to continue inspiring new insights and innovative applications, due to the broader and deeper perspective it brings to the field:
- The functions and attitudes of type provide a theoretical framework for thinking and talking about personality, but shifting the focus to the function-attitudes allows us to use a framework that describes the live, dynamic mental processes that are actually at work.
- Rather than limiting type to the ego-side of personality, the model encompasses, for the first time, the whole personality, including even the collective unconscious.
- Formerly a purely cognitive model, this expanded view of psychological type now also encompasses the emotion-related energies that drive us.