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Monday, May 9, 2016

Carl Jung: It is not the purpose of a psychological typology to classify human beings into categories—this in itself would be pretty pointless.




It is not the purpose of a psychological typology to classify human beings into categories—this in itself would be pretty pointless.

Its purpose is rather to provide a critical psychology which will make a methodical investigation and presentation of the empirical material possible.

First and foremost, it is a critical tool for the research worker, who needs definite points of view and guidelines if he is to reduce the
chaotic profusion of individual experiences to any kind of order.

In this respect we could compare typology to a trigonometric net or, better still, to a crystallographic axial system.

Secondly, a typology is a great help in understanding the wide variations that occur among individuals, and it also furnishes a
clue to the fundamental differences in the psychological theories now current.

Last but not least, it is an essential means for determining the “personal equation” of the practicing psychologist, who, armed with an
exact knowledge of his differentiated and inferior functions, can avoid many serious blunders in dealing with his
patients. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 986

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