Type and Archetype
In doing this exercise, it is important to keep in mind that many of the mental processes lie within us at a partly or entirely unconscious level. We usually do not consciously recognize some of these ways of operating as being parts of ourselves. We may even find some to be off-putting, annoying, or even frightening. Although we theoretically can operate in any of these ways, some are so completely unconscious and so contradictory to our preferred ways, that it is hard to respect or acknowledge their legitimacy. The further it is from the preferred end of our sequence of eight, the more likely a mental process is to be unconscious and undeveloped; and the more negatively it is likely to be viewed by our conscious selves. Thus, although there are positive and negative sides to all archetypes, the exercise templates emphasize the positive attributes of the archetypes at the conscious end of the sequence and the negative attributes at the unconscious end.
Since it is a work in progress, this exercise is not yet designed to be user-friendly for people without some knowledge of personality type. Knowing one's type is a requisite; but even new learners who do may find it overly complex and confusing. At this point, it is probably most useful to those who already have more than a little knowledge and experience with type, who want to take it a bit deeper as a personal development tool.
Download the exercise instructions and the template for your type (PDF).
For a far more detailed description of the mental processes and of Beebe's archetypes, we recommend reading Jung's Mental Processes: Building Blocks of Personality Type, Haas and Hunziker, 2006, Unite Business Press, available at www.16types.com.