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Introversion And Extraversion

  Introversion (Latin, ‘turning in’) and Extraversion (Latin, ‘turning out’) are part of Jung\'s theory of types which he postulated to help create a focus within the complexity of human growth. They are types but not dogmatic descriptions of individuals. Each individual can be more or less categorized as having both ‘types’. Ghandi, for example, was described by Jung as both ascetic (introvert) and politician (extrovert). Jung thought that we needed both qualities in balance. Being too introverted is an over identification with the internal innate potential. Extraversion is an over identification with the environment. Each in extreme is seen as a pathological imbalance: schizoid withdrawal and the hysterical personality. MJ

Further reading Jolande Jacobi, The Psychology of C.G. Jung.



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