"It is not the purpose of a psychological typology to classify human beings into categories - this in itself would be pretty pointless." ---Carl Jung
Believe it or not, there are actually some who interpret this quote to mean that Carl Jung was AGAINST using typology to classify people.
Of course, its simply ridiculous that one of the most famous contributors in the history of typology would be against the use of typology, but there seems to be a strange movement, even among some TypeC members, to actually discredit typology, while lacking even the most basic understanding of the theory (and basic reading comprehension, for that matter). :steam:
The problem here is twofold:
1. There is a very important phrase within the quote, which is somehow being overlooked.
2. The quote has been taken entirely out of its proper context.
Jung said: "It is not the purpose of a psychological typology to classify human beings into categories - this in itself would be pretty pointless."
In other words, He's saying that classifying people according to type is not an end in itself, implying that it is a means to an end.
This becomes even clearer when you look at the quote in its entire context.
Here is the quote within its proper context:
"It is not the purpose of a psychological typology to classify human beings into categories - this in itself would be pretty pointless. Its purpose is rather to provide a critical psychology which will make a methodical investigation and presentation of the empirical material possible.
First and foremost, it is a critical tool for the research worker, who needs definite points of view and guidelines if he is to reduce the chaotic profusion of individual experiences to any kind of order.
Secondly, a typology is a great help in understanding the wide variations that occur among individuals, and it also furnishes a clue to the fundamental differences in the psychological theories now current.
Last but not least, it is an essential means for determining the "personal equation" of the practising psychologist, who, armed with an exact knowledge of his differentiated and inferior functions, can avoid many serious blunders in dealing with his patients."
Jung mentions some of the many benefits of typology here, and is CLEARLY promoting it, rather than denouncing it.
In conclusion, I find it amazing how people who bristle at the idea of classifying people by type can spend so much time on a forum called "Typology Central"---but, then again--- "it takes all kinds", I guess.
Just STOP ABUSING the JUNG!