personality type

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Boy scarred by tragedy becomes a symbol of hope to everyone.

Dreams and myths are constellations of archetypal images.

What then is an archetype? Jung said we have a“preconscious psychic disposition that enables a (man) to react in a human manner.” Archetypes may emerge into consciousness in piles of variations. There are a very few archetypes (about 8) which exist at the unconscious level, but there are an infinite variety of specific images which point back to these few patterns.

Jung found the archetypal patterns and images in every culture and in every time period of human history. They behaved according to the same laws in all cases.We humans do not have separate, personal unconscious minds. The mind is rooted in the unconscious just as a Hickory tree is rooted in the ground. When we have the courage to seek the source to which our mind, will, and emotion belongs, we begin to discover even more universal patterns.

The reality is concealed in the darkness of mystery.

So let me say something; I’m Batman.”

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Friday, July 18th, 2008

Are you kidding me? 2,630,000 hits in .07 seconds

“Jack of all trades, master of none” turns up more than 2 ½ million hits with a Google search. The phrase is the title of a book, a CD, a blog, a TV sitcom, and I’m certain a number of other things.

Thinking about this old standby as it relates to small independent family business owners led me to the realization that being a jack of all trades is nothing to brag about. Remember the second half of the saying: “master of none.”

Haven’t you often wondered why you always feel one step ahead of the customer, the bill collector, the janitor, and one step behind a good night’s rest?

You should read The Technician’s Addiction. Any addict will tell you the cold turkey method of habit changing is painful at best, and deadly at its worst. The same is true for those addicted to small business ownership.

I know because I’m recovering daily from the illness.

Might I suggest you check yourself into recovery and let the game of life come to you?

Constant work in the trenches doesn’t make you a real business owner; it makes you, as the story goes, a dull-boy (or girl!)

What’s the boldest, most frightening move that a business owner can make? It is to stop being the “answer guy.”

It’s time to realize that in order to do necessary strategic work, you’ll have to break your addiction. Addicts often spend weeks away from the office, focused completely on resolving life’s most important problems.

I’ll bet that after you go through the DT’s of withdraw, you’ll realize your employees’ potential, be able to embrace your financial challenges, have a clear vision of your market, re-define productivity, and know for the first time in a long time the business you are really in.

Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly these promises are being fulfilled among us every day.

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Thursday, June 12th, 2008

The grip and all its trappings

In a previous post I wrote about the archetypes of personality. These archetypes seem to have been imprinted within each of us. To me the key to understanding is to realize at any giving time we may be acting in the father, or hero, or faithful family dog role.

Our archetype can quickly change when we enter the grip. In fact everything changes when the grip has a hold on us.

The grip is a name given to stress by Dr Naomi Quenk, the leading national expert on the inferior forth function ; the area of ourselves we are least likely to enjoy visiting. It has been described as an undesired eruption into consciousness of our deepest secrets. The grip shows up in the way we act when we are ill, fearful, lonely, tired, or hungry. She describes the grip as overreaction, single focus, and highly emotional. You’ll know you’ve been in the grip and returned when someone says to you; “That’s was unlike you.” This is often a person we are not proud of.

This forth function, unfortunately, is the area where many business decisions are made. We have all heard that change isn’t likely without pressure. In business, pressure comes from lower sales or higher expenses. During this current difficult climate both lower retail sales and higher expenses need to be dealt with daily. It is no fun.

But the decisions you make today will affect the course of you company for years to come. Remember, the grip is emotional and out of character decision making.

How can you get quickly out of the grip and back to your normal decision making style?

Try these:

  1. Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.
  2. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.
  3. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointment times.
  4. Do nothing which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.
  5. Practice preventive maintenance. Your car, appliances, home, and relationships will be less likely to break down/fall apart “at the worst possible moment.”
  6. Be prepared to wait.
  7. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do today; whatever you want to do today, do it now.
  8. Plan ahead. Don’t let the gas tank get below one-quarter full; keep a well-stocked “emergency shelf” of home staples; don’t wait until you’re down to your last bus token or postage stamp to buy more; etc.
  9. Don’t put up with something that doesn’t work right. If your alarm clock, wallet, shoe laces, windshield wipers – whatever- are a constant aggravation, get them fixed or get new ones.
  10. Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments.
  11. Eliminate (or restrict) the amount of caffeine in your diet.
  12. Always set up contingency plans, “just in case.”
  13. Relax your standards. The world will not end if the grass doesn’t get mowed this weekend.
  14. For every one thing that goes wrong, there are probably 10 or 50 or 100 blessings. Count ‘em!
  15. Unplug your phone. Want to take a long bath, meditate, sleep, or read without interruption? Drum up the courage to temporarily disconnect.

And here is my bonus offering…realize the world doesn’t have to be so hard.

Simplify, simplify, simplify. . .

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Cartoons and children’s stories explain these best.

Archetypes are based in the observation of differing but repeating patterns of thought and action that re-appear time and again across people, countries and around the world.

Jung’s main archetypes are not ‘types’ in the way that each person may be classified. Rather, we each have all basic archetypes within us. His four main forms of archetypes are: the shadow, the anima, the animus, and the self.

Jung said that there are many archetypes. These are often linked to the main archetypes. They also overlap and many can appear in the same person. Examples are:

Family archetypes

  • The father: Stern, powerful, controlling
  • The mother: Feeding, nurturing, soothing
  • The child: Birth, beginnings, salvation

Story archetypes

  • The hero: Rescuer, champion
  • The maiden: Purity, desire
  • The wise old man: Knowledge, guidance
  • The magician: Mysterious, powerful
  • The earth mother: Nature
  • The witch or sorceress: Dangerous
  • The trickster: Deceiving, hidden

Animal archetypes

  • The faithful dog: Unquestioning loyalty
  • The enduring horse: Never giving up
  • The devious cat: Self-serving

Tonight watching 33 different K- 5 acts at my daughter’s school talent show reminded of the beautiful differences in life. It also made clear what Jung apparently understood when he developed his theory of personality archetypes.

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