Category Archives: Relationships

How to make use of the insights that analytical psychology offers into social, family and working relationships.

Type Dynamics and Relationships

Personality type theory can help understand some of the causes of conflict in a relationship. But there is much more to it than simply having different preferences. Conflict can also be caused by type dynamics. This describes how the preferences relate to each other inside the individual, and how they relate to the context.

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Extravert and Introvert conflict

Conflict in the workplace has many sources.  One of them is when colleagues have different personality type preferences.  For example, extraverts like to develop ideas out loud.  Introverts prefer to think them through.

Both approaches can work well on their own, but they can cause conflict when used together – that is, if we assume other people think like us (and that is a very common assumption):

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