Understanding personality type: What do type dynamics tell us about life stages and stress reactions?
In the eighth article of her series, Anita Houghton explains how preferences interact and develop over time
- By: Anita Houghton
In the first article of this series it was claimed that the beauty of psychological type is that it provides a simple framework to describe ways in which people differ, while allowing room for great depth and complexity within it. In this article we start to explore the complexity that is type dynamics. The dynamic nature of type means that for each type there is a hierarchy of preferences and these develop at different stages of our lives. Type dynamics are also important in understanding how different types respond to stress.
The two central letters of a type denote the functions - for example, S and T are the functions of the type ESTJ. One of these functions is dominant (in bold), and operates in either the extravert or the introvert mode, depending on that type's preference,1 and the other letter denotes the second, auxiliary function. If the dominant function