The Seven Types offers a fresh perspective on the system of psychological types (Psychosynthesis Typology) developed by Roberto Assagioli, the founder of the psychosynthesis model.
Assagioli’s typology is intriguingly both simple and complex, and this book attempts to explore what it means and how it can be applied to help us realize our true identity.
The starting point is the realisation that each person is a unique human being, meaning that only a highly precise theoretical lens would be able to capture and explain that uniqueness. To this end, numerous personality models have been proposed, but we feel that many of these models are unduly simplistic – with few categories – whereas the psychosynthesis typology has a richness and flexibility that means it can be used in both simple and highly complex ways.
The simple application of the model begins with the observation that there are seven basic psychological types, each of which is derived from one of the seven underlying psychological functions present in human nature. These seven functions as follows:
- Will – which brings a dynamic quality, emanating courage and leadership.
- Feeling – which makes a person sensitive, radiating empathy and compassion.
- Thought – which makes a person mentally strong, radiating intelligence and flexibility.
- Imagination – which brings a creative quality that shines with beauty and harmony.
- Logic – which supports an analytical person that tends to be serious and knowledgeable.
- Passion – which makes for a dedicated person that is enthusiastic and loyal.
- Action – which makes a person practical, efficient and organised.
Introspection can help us to identify our particular psychological type. However, this is just a starting point. Each of us possesses all of the seven functions – some in greater abundance than others – and we can each develop the functions which are less prevalent.
The picture becomes more complex when we acknowledge that each person is like a five-storey building, operating at the five levels of Body, Emotion, Mind, Personality and Soul. On each level, we have a distinctive quality (one of the seven) which conditions our physicality, temperament, mentality, personality and Soul expression. So, according to this model, we each have a predominant quality on each of the five levels – what we might call our unique psychological DNA.
While exploring the theory, this book is also a practical guide for exploring our unique typological structure.
The system described in The Seven Types also draws upon Assagioli’s concept of psychoenergetics, which is the idea that everything in life and in the universe is comprised of energy. This means that when we work to develop the seven psychological functions, what we are actually doing is accessing and releasing the seven prime energies that underpin the universe, colouring our lives and relationships.
Publication date: February 2019
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