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In The Long Run

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Yesterday’s walk to check out one of the areas that I used to wander through a few years ago, brought many memories with scenes and faces.  A few changes were in evidence, especially the new interior for the farmers’ market across from Ho Hai University.  Though the place was much cleaner with bright stalls, the patterns, smells and noise was unchanged.  I guess one can put on a new suit of clothes, but the person beneath remains unchanged.  It takes more than some cosmetic surgery to make a difference.  To be fair, there was one significant difference, that of cleanliness.  The old set of stalls made it extremely difficult for cleanliness.

I have been spending the past number of days talking about typology from a Jungian point of view.  There are so many modern tools to tap into in order to find useful information about ourselves and others around us, such as the MBTI.  Most of these try to pigeon hole, to give answers and to evaluate.  Is this person right for me?  Is this person right for my company?

Used to try to fit some outer world purpose, typology is not the most useful tool.  It is better to use indicators such as work experience, education, training, past experience and the old scientific method of experimenting.

Jung’s model of typology, when used responsibly, is a valuable guide to our dominant psychological disposition, the way we mostly are.  It also reveals, by inference, the way we mostly aren’t – but could be.”  (Sharp, Jungian Psychology Unplugged, p. 27)

This is a vital thing to keep in mind.  Typology shows us the directions to becoming fuller beings, a path that is travelled slowly, a journey of tiny changes, of bringing the unconscious functions into one’s repertoire of decoding the world and navigating through that world.

And it is these small things that change, almost without notice, that in the long run, become the most important.


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  1. Well put. I agree, as my comment on the last thread suggested. Typology, used with honest and open intent, can be a powerful tool for self-improvement.

    What I also find interesting is just how many people love doing MBTI and similar quizzes online. Almost every message board on the internet has a “which type of X are you”.

    Everyone seems to have a natural inclination to want to understand themselves… when they’re at their leisure, browsing the internet. But when they become “busy” (working, dealing with family, involved in other distractions), that interest seems to fade. Hopefully reading posts like yours will encourage them to continue and deepen that self-reflection when they’re NOT online! 🙂


    September 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    • “Who am I?” is likely the most asked question in the universe. 🙂

      Robert G. Longpré

      September 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

  2. robert, thanks so much for just honestly putting yourself out there (or here). your post from yesturday was not only revealing of yourself, but for me at least rather instructive and reminding of so many “Truths”
    -we are all in the same boat
    -everyone bends and warps their understanding by their own desires
    -we all ‘react’ to contrary information
    -we all Seek to Understand and always only have part of the picture
    -earnest intention is a guide
    that post made for a good mirror.
    change can happen in a person’s focus – growth, evolution in tiny shifts due to conscious intention or voluntary/forced environmental changes…
    but i also think that sometimes HUGE shifts can happen… maybe not in the way you mean – for all this typing stuff is a bit over my head, but i think that we can grasp a clear vision of our inner self and that can dramatically free us from the garbage we have been wearing as “ourselves” – maybe it does not change the “type” of person that we are, we are still a busy market of selves bouncing around, but i do think that it can make for a much more plesant and helpful shopping trip for everyone around us.


    September 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    • Thanks for the comment 🙂 There is freedom that comes with the effort of getting to know one’s self.

      Robert G. Longpré

      September 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

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