The Typology Manifesto

We are all searching and searching and searching for our type and our understanding of our type. But to what end? Why does your type or anyone’s type matter?

This is the Typology Manifesto. A declaration of my understanding of typology as a tool towards self-growth and understanding.

  1. Everyone can do everything
  2. You are not defined or limited by your type
  3. Typology is a window to the unconscious mind
  4. Naturally we resist the negativity of our unconscious
  5. Integrating the conscious and unconscious mind makes us whole
  6. To be whole is to be at peace and content

Typology is not a Cage

Typology is not a cage for confining what you or anyone else is capable of. Anyone can do or be anything they choose. Everyone is capable of performing the same behaviors as everyone else. Saying that a certain type or group of types does one thing or another only obscures the path to true understanding. We are all capable of the same behaviors and thoughts as humans. Your personality type does not define or limit you. Your type categorizes your recurring patterns and natural responses, both positive and negative, but does not limit your ability to be anything you choose to be.

Everybody does everything

Dave powers – Objective Personality

We all have the same types of problems and imbalances in our lives, your type simply defines what your central problems and imbalances are. These patterns are predictable once we can understand them and are thus solvable once we give ourselves the power to choose otherwise.

Typology is a Map

Typology is a map to unlocking an understanding of the world, and ourselves as they truly are. It is not the only map, but a map towards this understanding. When we look out into the world, we assume that everyone perceives information the same way we do, and that the world is as we perceive it. We project ourselves and our ways of processing onto others and our problems. This is a fallacy. Our natural perspectives are narrowed and imbalanced. We see the world through a simplified lens that obscures us from true understanding. This lens brings us comfort, not because it is what is true, but because it is what we want to be true. We are stuck, seeking the pleasure of comfort and wishing to suppress the parts of us that are causing us pain.

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.

Steven Covey

Typology helps us to understand our natural state and the ways in which we project ourselves onto the world. By accepting our natural state as an addiction and not the truth, we unlock our ability to realign our own perception of what is true. We give ourselves the power to choose. Our minds don’t want us to see this other side of ourselves. This is our shadow, the unconscious aspects of ourselves that our conscious minds do not wish to see. Typology gives us a map back to our shadow, to confront the darkness, and become whole again. Only by letting go and accepting our natural state for the fallacy that it is, can we climb and grow to greater heights.

Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom

Viktor E. Frankl

The Destination is Harmony

Our patterns are our patterns because we allow them to be. Our mind craves a quick solution, to process things easily and automatically without acknowledging the darkness of our shadow. Ignoring this darkness leads to unconscious voids in our lives which then manifest as problems, struggles, and pain in our lives. We have the ability to rewrite our programming and start anew. When we can see and identify these patterns, we can begin to choose a new response. Rather than running from our shadow, we can choose to confront and integrate these parts of ourselves. Instead of denying them and allowing them to remain unconscious, we can choose to become whole again.

But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”

Steven Covey

By reintegrating our shadow, we achieve harmony and balance within our conscious selves. No longer is our mind at war with itself because there are no two sides to fight each other, there is simply one whole existence. Once we are no longer fighting and suppressing ourselves, we have the ability to see our true nature and be as we are rather than rushing around to become something we are not. We can finally be still and at peace.

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple, and yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

Alan Watts


Does this Typology Manifesto resonate with you? Do you agree with its aims or feel something is missing? Get in touch with me via our socials below and let me know. Until next time… may you find harmony and balance within.

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