Table of content
- 1 The Seven Types: honour your differences
- 2 We all radiate different types of energy
- 3 Psychoenergetics and the Seven Types
- 4 The seven psychological functions are:
- 5 No human being is a type
We all have an inherent psychological DNA that under the right conditions can bloom.
Psychosynthesis typology describes your psychological qualities and their distinctive features so you can recognise them in yourself. With this insight and understanding you can develop them further.
The importance of typology is explained by Roberto Assagioli:
“The essential unity of all souls does not exclude differences existing in their personal appearances. Therefore, we must make a serious study of these different qualities. This study should become more and more a part of the new psychology. We should endeavour to understand the true nature, the underlying function and purpose, the specific problems, virtues and vices of each type, as it manifests in and through a human individual.” Loving Understanding
Why am I so sensitive, why do I feel so much? Why do I need to be in control? Why are my emotions so extreme and my passions so intense? Why is beauty so important to me, even more than food?
The Seven Types: honour your differences
At times most of us wonder about our emotional reactions and psychological nature, especially when comparing ourselves to others. We can see ourselves in other people but if we look closer we soon realise that everyone is unique.
Every person is different and unique. Even brothers and sisters are different despite growing up in the same conditions. We all have a unique developmental pattern. The key to a good upbringing is to nurture the psychological seeds that a child is born with. Through this we can support and strengthen a child’s inherent qualities. But this also applies throughout our lives. We all have unrealised potential that can be brought to life.
But what is this psychological DNA? The Seven Types is a theory that postulates that everything is made of energy – our body, thoughts, feelings, personality and soul are all made of energy. Every human being radiates energy, which manifests as psychological qualities.
We all radiate different types of energy
Mike is extreme and intense in his behaviour. Sue is moody, spontaneous and playful. Anthony is completely immersed in his thoughts and a bit eccentric.
When we try to describe ourselves and others, we often miss the deeper pattern behind a particular type of behaviour. An analogy is found in how we experience a forest. A botanist will see and experience a forest differently from someone who has not studied trees and plant life. The botanist will see an oak, an ash and a beech while someone else will see only ‘trees’. The same is true of the different types of energy that people express: the more insight and understanding we have, the more we are able to appreciate a person’s unique qualities. According to Assagioli:
“Each of us necessarily and inevitably radiates what he is.” The Science and Service of Blessing
“Energies radiate outwards from the personality as if from a great source of light; luminous rays shine out and pervade the atmosphere. This irradiation occurs spontaneously – I would almost say inevitably – and this explains the effect the mere presence of a person who has had transpersonal experiences has on those with whom he or she comes into contact.” Transpersonal Development, p. 47-48
When an energy typologist looks at someone, he will see energy expressed in the form of different types of psychological and physical behaviour. Accordingly, when we begin to read and understand the world of energies, we will be better able to understand other people – we will recognise our own and others’ motivations, we will gain insight into ourselves, and we will become better at cooperating with others.
The Seven Types is a typological model, developed by Søren Hauge and Kenneth Sørensen, that is based on Roberto Assagioli’s psychosynthesis typology and esoteric philosophy. Following years of experience and research, we have created a new language and a practical approach to working with the Seven Types. We founded the company www.jivaYou.com with a team of IT consultants with the purpose of offering online identity profiles based on this psychology.
Psychoenergetics and the Seven Types
“Everything is energy” is the basic principle behind the Seven Types; the universe, nature and humanity are all expressions of qualities of energy. There are seven different types of energy, each with its own distinctive character. In relation to humanity, these different types are expressed at all five levels of the human psyche (body, feeling, thought, personality, soul).
Here is an overview of the seven types as manifested in the form of seven intelligences:
The dynamic type expresses itself as will, purpose and ambition. Leaders, heroes, pioneers are all characterised by this kind of energy, and they radiate courage and determination.
The sensitive type radiates feeling, empathy and insight. Teachers, counsellors and healers express this energy, and they come across as friendly and compassionate.
The mental type radiates intelligence, perspective and curiosity. Thinkers, communicators and merchants belong to this type, and they come across as intelligent and sharp.
The creative type expresses imagination, empathy and aesthetics. Artists, mediators and therapists are coloured by this energy, and they radiate humour and spontaneity.
The analytical type radiates logic, rationality and knowledge. Researchers, analysts and scientists belong to this type and come across as serious and reliable.
The dedicated type shows passion, idealism and activism. Activists, romantics and advocates are influenced by this energy, and they radiate enthusiasm and sincerity.
The practical type expresses action, organisation and practicality. Administrators, project managers and entrepreneurs are influenced by this energy, and they radiate efficiency and action.
The seven types manifest through the seven psychological functions
What is the source of the seven energies from a psychological perspective? We assume that the seven energies arise from the seven psychological functions that govern human life.
The Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung (1875-1961) proposed a theory of four psychological functions that today is widely used, especially in the field of personality typology. The four functions are: thought, feeling, intuition and sensation. We understand ourselves and the world through these four functions.
By contrast, the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) suggested an alternative model with seven psychological functions. Assagioli’s model represents the basis for the Seven Types. These seven functions enable the intelligence and consciousness needed to navigate life to manifest. I should specify here that it is the Self who is the conscious “I” and who represents the self-aware consciousness in all humans.
There are seven organs of mind and intelligences, seven energies that convey and produce the different psychological qualities.
According to the Seven Types, borrowing from Assagioli, all humans possess seven psychological functions: will, feeling, thought, imagination, logic, passion, and action.
No intuition? According to Jung and Assagioli, intuition is an important psychological function. We agree with this; however, Assagioli sees intuition as a transpersonal function. In this short introduction we have chosen to focus solely on the psychology of the personality.
The seven psychological functions are:
WILL: Your ability to make decisions and choices. The will says something about the intention behind an action.
FEELING: Your ability to sense what is happening in yourself and others on an emotional level. Feelings communicate whether the experience is pleasant or unpleasant.
THOUGHT: Your ability to reflect, see and understand connections. Through thought you understand your experience using words and concepts.
IMAGINATION: Thought and feeling together allows you to imagine what you do not yet know or have not yet seen. With the imagination you can create something new that brings with it new possibilities.
LOGIC: Will and thought together produces analytical, focused, and penetrating thinking, enabling you to take strategic action. Logic discerns between what is right and wrong, true and untrue.
PASSION: Feeling and will together makes you goal-orientated and ambitious, driving you to achieve something important.
ACTION: Will, feeling, and thought together triggers concrete practical action aimed at achieving results.
These seven psychological functions and qualities are always available to each of us, but not in equal measure because no-one is able to develop them to the same degree. The functions are therefore expressed differently in each of us.
You may have recognised certain qualities that you think are particularly well developed in yourself. For example, if you are driven by WILL, this will appear in your identity profile in the form of qualities or talents characteristic of the dynamic type.
We each have dominant types at five psychological levels
Psychosynthesis typology is similar to other systems, such as Jung’s 8 types and the Enneagram’s 9 types. What is unique about the Seven Types, however, is that it describes a person in terms of having a dominant type at each of the five levels of body, feeling, thought, personality and soul.
We all have access to the seven energies, but some will be more dominant in us than others; knowing our unique combination of dominant types will reveal to us our inherent psychological DNA.
At each of the five psychological levels, one energy dominates. Accordingly, the levels of body, feeling, thought, personality and soul will each be informed, or flavoured, by one of the seven types.
The model of the Seven Types can help us to discover who we are in terms of our dominant energies at the five psychological levels. As we get to know our unique combination of energy types – which can be expressed in introverted or extrovert ways – a complex image of human psychology emerges.
The diagram above is a model of the five psychological levels inspired by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Here, the conscious “I” functions as a light connecting the lower and upper parts of the pyramid.
The four lower levels symbolise what are calling “ego needs”, while at the highest level, the level of soul, we find our “being needs” for meaning and spirituality.
Typological models can easily become narrow simplifications of complex realities. Some of this danger can be avoided by the nuances introduced in the Seven Types.
The above diagram is a mandala showing the fundamental features of the Seven Types. At the centre is the sun, which gives life to the seven energies. Within the first circle are the seven psychological functions, will, feeling, thought, etc., and in the next circle are the seven types. In the outer ring are the seven archetypes connected to the level of soul.
No human being is a type
Your psychological DNA corresponds to the unique combination of types of energy that dominate your life at the levels of body, feeling, thought, personality and soul. But there’s always an x-factor that no typology can capture. This is the wisdom and maturity of the individual, which will influence how our qualities and talents manifest. Two people raised by the same parents, and with exactly the same energies on all five levels, will still be different. Particular external influences from the environment will also condition our personality in a significant way. So no human being can be fully described by a typology. According to Assagioli:
“However useful typology may be for understanding and dealing with different human beings, it fails to give a full view, a comprehensive account of an individual. Every individual constitutes a unique combination of countless and differing factors… But important as this realisation is, it should not lead us to believe that it is hopeless to establish a scientific “psychology of the individual”. Such a psychology is possible and is beginning to be developed.” The Act of Will, p. 258
For more on this, please look at:
The Article: “My Life with The Seven Types”, by Kenneth Sørensen