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    Default Jung's Function Attitudes Explained - Henry Thompson

    Anybody read this? I bought a used copy. It's a cheaply made book and is somewhat falling apart but the content is excellent.

    Edit: Changing purpose of thread to discuss Thompson's writings more generally.
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    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Yes.
    Well, I had guessed that one before you answered

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    Who me? I don't know shit. Bushtavenkolienko is the man.
    Edit: Okay, now that I'm done toying with you, yes, it's an excellent book that everyone needs to have a copy of. I bought mine used, as well.
    I just checked Amazon.com. They have 7 used copies available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Who me? I don't know shit. Bushtavenkolienko is the man.
    Edit: Okay, now that I'm done toying with you, yes, it's an excellent book that everyone needs to have a copy of. I bought mine used, as well.
    Did you spell that from memory? I'm impressed!

    I haven't come across that one. Do you feel it's necessary in understanding Jung's stuff? *haven't looked at any Jung myself for ages, I think my Jung books are all packed away at the bottom of a box somewhere*
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    Quote Originally Posted by ragashree View Post
    Did you spell that from memory? I'm impressed!

    I haven't come across that one. Do you feel it's necessary in understanding Jung's stuff? *haven't looked at any Jung myself for ages, I think my Jung books are all packed away at the bottom of a box somewhere*
    You like that spelling job? Lol.
    The book offers alternative models and ways of thinking that are worth exploring.

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    What I have heard is this.

    Somewhere along the line, with the popularity of MBTI, the underlying depth of complexity of Jung's theory was lost and people only focused on the four functions vs eight. The words would be there in various MBTI books (extraverted thinking, introverted sensing, etc.) but they were never explained. This Thomson book, written in 1996, was the first book to exclusively focus on the eight functions and how they manifest themselves. It also includes a brief description of the "grip" experiences that Quenk elaborates in great detail on in Beside Ourselves/Was That Really Me?. It is concise, clearly written and straightforward while imparting important principles and examples.

    Maybe someone else would have written it if he hadn't but it seems to be a cornerstone work in terms of influencing people to think about Jungian functions vs. MBTI letters.

    Edit: Oh and as far as Jung's stuff goes, while insightful, I find it painful to get through. The man didn't know the meaning of the word "concise". This book is simple and pragmatic.

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    And I assume that Jaguar knows everything I just said. What I don't know is why he says things like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    The book offers alternative models and ways of thinking that are worth exploring.
    And doesn't elaborate or communicate more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    And I assume that Jaguar knows everything I just said. What I don't know is why he says things like this.
    And doesn't elaborate or communicate more.
    Go get your hero, SolitaryWalker.
    He'll write you a 23-page wall of text post, which will leave you thoroughly impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Go get your hero, SolitaryWalker.
    He'll write you a 23-page wall of text post, which will leave you thoroughly impressed.
    There are many on the forum that I respect for a variety of reasons. He's not my hero but SolitaryWalker is one who I do respect. That doesn't mean I always agree with what he has to say.

    Having known a number of people who have a certain degree of eminence and those who are not thought of in the same way, I'm not so impressed with such things. I'm more impressed by what they have to say and volume of words is not relevant in the criteria.

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