ISTJ Shadow: The Dark Side of ISTJ

The shadow is a concept introduced by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. The shadow represents the unconscious, repressed aspects of our psyche that are rejected by the conscious ego. For each MBTI type, the cognitive functions they consist of represent perspectives and preferences that are embraced by the conscious ego. These preferences and perspectives explain a…

ESTP Shadow: The Dark Side of ESTP

The shadow is a concept that Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung developed to explain the hidden parts of our personality that we are less aware of. Each of the 16 personality types represent what would be considered the conscious ego. Over the course of its development, the conscious ego selects what it does and does not…

ENFJ Shadow: The Dark Side of ENFJ

The MBTI is largely based on the work of Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, and each of the 16 Myers briggs personality types represent what he referred to as the "conscious ego". Jung believed that over the course of each person's personality development, the conscious ego will naturally determine what it does and does not accept…

ENFP Shadow: The Dark Side of ENFP

ENFPs are described as warmly enthusiastic, imaginative and insightful. They open themselves to possibilities and are strongly driven to create a unique identity while pursuing a life that is meaningful and creatively fulfilling. However, as with the other 16 MBTI types, there is a shadow side to the ENFP. (more…)

INTJ Shadow: The Dark Side of INTJ

The INTJ is a personality type described as reserved, perceptive, methodical, and decisive. They make plans, take action on them and go about their lives in a very purposeful yet introspective way. This constitutes the INTJ’s conscious ego, but as with the other MBTI types, there is also another side to them. This hidden side…

ISFP Shadow: The Dark Side of ISFP

The ISFP personality is described as quiet, friendly and sensitive with a taste for adventure and physically stimulating experiences. However, that is not the whole story. As with the other MBTI types, there is a shadow side to the ISFP and that shadow happens to take the form of an ESFJ. In Jungian psychology, the…

ISTP Shadow: The ISTP Dark Side

The shadow type of ISTP is ESTJ. In Jungian psychology, the shadow represents the unconscious self and the aspects of our personality that we don’t accept as part of our ego identity. The shadow tends to manifest in ways unaware to us as a disruptive and negative force, However, when brought into our greater conscious…

INFP Shadow: The Dark Side of INFP

The shadow type of INFP is ENFJ. Each MBTI type consists of 4 cognitive functions but in truth, every person utilizes all eight. The 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th functions are considered shadow functions. Jungian analyst John Beebe conceptualized the functions in terms of archetypal roles. The 1st being the “hero”, the 2nd; the”good parent”,…

ENTP Shadow: The Dark Side of ENTP

The shadow type of ENTP is INTJ. According to Carl Jung, the shadow represents the unconscious mind and the darker aspects of personality such as our insecurities, anger and neuroses. In Jung’s theory, the inferior function (the weakest and least developed cognitive function) serves as the gateway to the shadow. A lot of what we…

The Trickster Role Of Each Myers Briggs Type

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The Opposing Role of Each Myers Briggs Type

Shop: Top Brand shoes at Amazon The Opposing Role The opposing role is the 5th function and the first shadow function in the Beebe model's extended 8-function stack. This function's role manifests as a reaction towards the ego and especially its heroic dominant perspective when being opposed or obstructed. Obstruction might also…

The Shadow Ego of Each Myers Briggs Type

In 1993 at the APT conference in Huntington Beach, CA., Jungian analyst John Beebe (ENTP) introduced a pioneering theory of the sequence of the eight mental functions. His theory proposes that each of our 4 preferred functions has an opposite shadow function. Each Myers Briggs personality has 4 shadow functions and those…

The Critical Parent Role of Each Myers Briggs Type

In cognitive theory, the critical parent role or witch/senex represents the 6th function in a type's cognitive stack. As part of the shadow processes the critical parent indicates the function used to spot weak points in ourselves and others and attack them with scathing criticisms and demoralizing invectives. It’s also referred to as the “demonstrative function” and represents a hidden strength present in every type. (more…)

The Devilish Role of Each Myers Briggs Type

In cognitive theory, the devilish role is the 8th function in the functional stack and forms part of the shadow processes. The devilish role manifests under stressful conditions and can be quite negative. In using the process that plays this role, we might become destructive of ourselves or others and engage in behavior that will…
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