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Posted by Damian (66.137.72.19) on May 21, 2003 at 23:39:44:

Riso and Hudson tell us that no one is a pure type. They tell us that each of us has a certain proportion main type to wing. I am a type 5w4. I have issues of both 4 and 6, but I identify a lot more with 4. I can imagine being a 4 and feel like a 4w5 at times. But I cannot nearly so well imagine being a 6 and never feel like a 6w5, but instead as a 5w6 at times. I think that the wing refers to that adjacent type we go into the mode of as a main type - like me being a 5w4 going into 4w5 mode - and the other adjacent type we only touch in a mode as though it were our wing - like me being a 5w4 and going into 5w6 mode.

How many people out there have this same experience? Is there anyone out there who feels they don't ever have any issues of the other adjacent type, or in some other way disagrees with what I have said? What are your reasons for this agreement or disagreement? I think I have observed in it others as well, particularly in those I know well.

Another issue I wanted to ask people about is this: I know I am a 5w4, but sometimes I feel like a type 3w4. I go into a certain type 3w4 mode. And I think when under stress, I go into a more 3w2 mode when I was previously in the 3w4 mode. Stress seems to be the trigger that stitches the adjacent type dominance. I have noticed this same principle in place with my main tpye, 5w4. When I am under stress in my 5w4 mode, I go to 5w6 mode.

I don't know if anybody here relates to this. But there is no question my main type is 5w4. I know I am not a 4, so that doesn't explain having both 5 and 3 issues.

My personal stance at this time? I think it has something to do with my environment as a child. I think that the 3 issues arose due to the relationship I had with my mother after a certain age, as she became ill and then there was a divorce. It seems the only explanation that makes sense. But does that render type strictly environmental? I don't think so. But I also don't think the same things would affect me the same way now, since I am an adult and have a formed personality. I think as a child I had a basic type of 5w4, but I responded to my changing environment by developing 3 issues because I didn't have a completelt formed personality. I read in a psychology book that during adolescense we consolidate our ego identities. To be a healthy adolescent, and indeed, a healthy adult, we have to form an ego structure. But once that structure is put in place, it is our task to remove it and live in essence instead of personality. So ego fixation is a stage we all must go through. I think this would explain why I developed 3 issues as a preadolescent child and don't go around developing other type issues as an adult, because I formed my ego identity and respond to my environment either with it or out of essence.

What do you guys think about this? Responses would be appreciated.




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