- ICYMI, there are guidelines for submitting questions, so please follow them. I get more messages than I can respond to, so I automatically omit the ones that are repetitive, irrelevant, or easily searchable.
- If you want my help in typing, first read the 3 study guides on my website
and provide details that compare all 4 functions of the types you are stuck between side by side, then I will help you interpret the details or clear up misconceptions.
It is useless to describe random things to me without any direct reference to the functions and their position. Without giving the right details, typing becomes pure guesswork.
- To type yourself as accurately as possible, you must understand:
the conceptual differences between the 8 cognitive functions,
function dynamics: how functions interact and work together,
type dynamics: the role of each function in the stack,
type development: how to identify unhealthy/underdeveloped functions,
functional stack best describes the patterns of your mental processes
and psychological motivations (via introspection and observation in
Many people only get through step 1 and then want to jump directly to step 5, which is insufficient for really understanding yourself. You won’t benefit much from typology if you haven’t learned enough type theory.
Mental illness does not fundamentally change the method of typing
because it does not change your type nor your underlying cognitive motivations. An unhealthy personality usually means: 1) you are likely to have low self-awareness and therefore low self-control, so you might have difficulty seeing yourself accurately and knowing why you do things, and 2) you are likely to use and express your functions in an unconscious and unhealthy manner. Therefore, steps 2-4 above become very important, which means you must dig deeper and learn type theory in more detail in order to get the answers you want. You are, in effect, starting from a more difficult place. However, many many people have reported to me that the process of learning function theory has helped them sort out their mental issues when other methods have failed, so it seems worth the effort.