June 2021: Type Centenary Symposium – Bridging the Gap with Academia

1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 June 2021 | 7:00pm-9:45pm UK | Online via Zoom | Open to all, FREE |
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All events will be recorded for the BAPT YouTube Channel

June 2021: Type Centenary Symposium – Bridging the Gap with Academia

Photo by Fabio Comparelli on Unsplash
Photo by Fabio Comparelli on Unsplash

Some psychology academics can be highly critical of psychological type and therefore it is marginalised within mainstream research and literature. A divergence from the mainstream means that the concepts and language used are no longer compatible. Type exists in a bubble that does not seem to connect with much of the science of today. There is a huge gap, even though we are all talking about broadly the same individual differences.

2021 marks the centenary of the original German edition of C.G. Jung’s book Psychological Types, a unique time to reflect on 100 years of type and mainstream psychology travelling down mostly different paths. Join us for this online symposium series, with presentations from eminent thinkers and scholars in the field. The symposium aims to define more clearly what psychological type is about, and how it can be supported in terms of the wider psychology literature, drawing from areas such as cognitive psychology, trait psychology and neuroscience.

Presented by BAPT, The British Association for Psychological Type, organised by Richard Owen, any questions – please email Richard here.


Schedule

  • Tuesday 1 June:
    • Steve Myers – “Whose Side would Jung Be On?”
    • John Hackston – “Alternative Facts? The Demonization of Type”
  • Wednesday 2 June:
    • Keith McCormick – “Making a Case for More Intervention Study Research in the Type Community”
    • Carol Shumate – “The Convergence of Jungian Psychology and Academic Psychology”
  • Thursday 3 June:
    • Vicky Jo Varner – “The Moral Stance of Personality Assessments: Do All Types Matter?”
    • Roger Pearman – “Observations, Trends and Propositions: Merits and Potentials of Psychological Type in a New Age”
  • Tuesday 8 June:
    • Roy Childs – “Psychological Type: Are We Fighting the Wrong Battles?”
    • Dario Nardi – “Brains, Psyche and Epistemology”
  • Wednesday 9 June:
    • Mina Barimany – “From the Field: The Intersection of Empirical Research on Psychological Type and Professional Clinical Practice”
    • Angelina Bennet – “Type Effectiveness: The Role of Neuroticism and Vertical Development”
  • Thursday 10 June:
    • David Pool -” The Type Problem and Associated Problems: Jung’s Psychological Types in the New Millennium”
    • Richard Owen – “Mind, Attention and Psychological Processes”

Descriptions

Tuesday 1st June 2021

All listings are UK times. Each presentation 1hr + 15min Q&A.
(US time zones: 7pm = 2pm EDT / Midday MDT / 11am PDT)

7:00pm: Steve Myers PhD – Whose Side Would Jung Be On?
Steve MyersC.G. Jung criticised readers for missing the main message of Psychological Types and refused to meet Isabel Myers in 1950. This presentation will examine the theory Jung claimed was overlooked, look at research that tests it, and examine how it can influence the divide between Myers-Briggs typology and mainstream psychology.
Steve Myers (no relation to Isabel Briggs-Myers) holds a Masters in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies and a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published several academic papers, including in the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and has over 20 years commercial consultancy experience.

8:30pm: John Hackston – Alternative Facts? The Demonization of Type.
John HackstonThe personality type approach and MBTI assessment have been criticised as being unreliable and invalid, popular principally due to poor scientific understanding among practitioners and public. I will show evidence to the contrary and demonstrate that many criticisms are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how type is used.
John Hackston is a Chartered Psychologist with over thirty years of experience in helping clients to use psychometric tests and questionnaires. He carries out research to bring personality assessments, in particular the MBTI, to life, helping practitioners and end users apply the insights they gain both inside and outside work.

Register for 1st June – FREE


Wednesday 2nd June 2021

All listings are UK times. Each presentation 1hr + 15min Q&A.
(US time zones: 7pm = 2pm EDT / Midday MDT / 11am PDT)

7:00pm: Keith McCormick – Making a Case for More Intervention Study Research in the Type Community.
Keith McCormickVirtually all MBTI research since Isabel Myers’ time at ETS has been either psychometric or correlational in nature. We are long overdue to encourage more intervention studies. It is perhaps the best way to inform ourselves and to combat our critics.
Keith McCormick is a data scientist and machine learning specialist. He was studying computer science and psychology at WPI when the research began. It continued for more than a decade including a three-year period where he was an external researcher for CAPT (Center for Applications of Psychological Type). The research kick-started a statistics career.

8:30pm: Carol Shumate PhD – The Convergence of Jungian Typology and Academic Psychology.
Carol ShumateSeveral points of convergence between Jung’s concept of personality and trends in academic research will be described, along with some key misinterpretations of Jung’s theory by academic psychologists. A concluding discussion will address reasons for the ongoing divisiveness, and proposals for bridging it in practice.
Carol Shumate teaches courses on psychological type at Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA. She is the editor of the journal Personality Type In Depth and had her book on eight-function typology published by Routledge in 2021.

Register for 2nd June – FREE


Thursday 3rd June 2021

All listings are UK times. Each presentation 1hr + 15min Q&A.
(US time zones: 7pm = 2pm EDT / Midday MDT / 11am PDT)

7:00pm: Vicky Jo Varner PhD – The Moral Stance of Personality Assessments: Do All Types Matter?
Dr Vicky Jo VarnerMuch focus has been given to standards of assessment construction, reliability, and validity. Less attention has been paid to the philosophy underlying the instruments and what they actually promulgate. This paper takes an in-depth academic look at the moral philosophy underpinning work with the types. Do all types matter?
Vicky Jo Varner, PhD, PCC, CPCC, JCDC, is a depth psychologist who taught Jung’s ideas to graduate-level students through the University of Philosophical Research and has supported a multitude of clients in their journey of type discovery. At present she is editing the Jung journal “Psychological Perspectives”.

8:30pm: Roger Pearman EdD – Observations, Trends, and Propositions: Merits and Potentials of Psychological Type in a New Age.
Roger PearmanThe use of observational data in identifying trends and patterns in human behavior, and by extension hypothesizing about the nature of these patterns, are enriched by the consideration of psychological type. A review of data trends from analyses of several self report and 360 studies will examine some assumptions about psychological type, and propose ways of thinking about and utilizing type related frames for the future.
Roger R Pearman is the managing partner of TalentTelligent, LLC. He has held various faculty positions in educational institutions in a distinguished career since the 1980s, and was a Chief Operating Officer for a financial services company. He has published a number of books and articles on typology and also leadership.

Register for 3rd June – FREE


Tuesday 8th June 2021

All listings are UK times. Each presentation 1hr + 15min Q&A.
(US time zones: 7pm = 2pm EDT / Midday MDT / 11am PDT)

7:00pm: Roy Childs PhD AFBPS – Psychological Type: Are We Fighting the Wrong Battles?
In this talk I will cover the narrowness and confusion in the way academic psychology conceptualises personality plus significant issues with the models used for measuring it based on traditional psychometrics. This field needs to be opened to a more realistic view of what we are trying to do and having a wider and clearer view about the nature of ‘scientific objectivity’ and what constitutes ‘evidence’. In essence, we are fighting the wrong battles on the wrong battlefields and, if we are to demonstrate the value of typology, we need to change the debate.
Roy Childs has run consultancy organisation Team Focus since 1989, publishing developmental psychometric tools.  He is a British Psychological Society (BPS) verifier (i.e. verifying assessors who wish to qualify people to obtain the BPS certificates of competence in occupational testing) as well as being a Consultant Editor for the BPS Test Review process.

8:30pm: Dario Nardi PhD – Brains, Psyche, and Epistemology.
Dario NardiThe brain is a dynamic system, and there are specific tools and concepts to study such systems. This presentation will explore the strengths and limitations of using brain imaging and neuroscience generally to study personality. We’ll see that some concepts such as “types” are well-justified while other concepts are less so.
Dario Nardi is an author, consultant, and researcher in the areas of neuroscience, personality, and body-mind practices. He was type-certified in 1994 and has authored many books including Neuroscience of Personality, The Magic Diamond, and 8 Keys to Self-Leadership.

Register for 8th June – FREE


Wednesday 9th June 2021

All listings are UK times. Each presentation 1hr + 15min Q&A.
(US time zones: 7pm = 2pm EDT / Midday MDT / 11am PDT)

7:00pm: Mina Barimany PhD – From the Field: The Intersection of Empirical Research on Psychological Type and Professional Clinical Practice.
Mina BarimanyThis presentation weaves empirical research and professional practice to demonstrate how ‘either/or’ perspectives on type can be transcended. Integrating type with basic knowledge about human development & traditional psychotherapy offers a powerful approach to improve quality of life and diffuse much of the charge around conventional objections to psychological type.
Mina Barimany is a psychotherapist, counselor educator, and researcher from Washington, DC. Originally trained as a family therapist, she completed a doctorate in counsellor education from George Washing-ton University, where she is the Assistant Training Director of the counselling centre and researches the development and application of Psychological Type theory, focussing on adult development over the lifespan.

8:30pm: Angelina Bennet PhD – Type Effectiveness: The role of Neuroticism and Vertical Development.
Angelina BennetExtracted from my 2011 Doctoral thesis, this research explores the ‘missing dimension’ from Type. A literature review explores the relationships between Myers’ ‘Sufficiency Scales’ and Neuroticism, Psychoticism and Development. This leads to an empirical study of the role of these variables in the perceived effectiveness with which people use their Type.
Angelina Bennet is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who spent 15 years working as a qualifying trainer for the MBTI® and is now the co-director of Type Pro Limited. With around 18 years experience of typology, she is qualified to use MBTI Step I, II and III. Angelina is author of the book The Shadows of Type and is past President of BAPT.

Register for 9th June – FREE


Thursday 10th June 2021

All listings are UK times. Each presentation 1hr + 15min Q&A.
(US time zones: 7pm = 2pm EDT / Midday MDT / 11am PDT)

7:00pm: David Pool – The Type Problem and Associated Problems: Jung’s Psychological Types In The New Millennium.
David PoolCelebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Carl Jung’s landmark book Psychological Types, we will critically examine how Jung’s typology and his model of the human psyche have fared over the ensuing century. In line with this symposium’s theme, we will pay special attention to the relationship to academia.
David Pool is a qualified psychologist and MBA, working towards a Jungian PhD. He is certified in several psychological type systems, holds MBTI Master Practitioner status and is active in the community of APT organisations and conferences.

8:30pm: Richard Owen MSc – Mind, Attention and Psychological Processes.
Richard OwenJung’s model of psychological type was based on a psychodynamic systems model of the mind, and the intrinsic predominance of some processes over others in conscious awareness. Modern research literature also describes distinct areas of processing and the mechanisms of attention by which selection occurs between them. We will explore potential parallels, initiating a translation of theory that could enable important future research.
Richard Owen is an organisational psychologist and coach working with career transition and personal / professional development. With certification in a range of both type and trait instruments he takes an integrative approach where multiple lenses on personality reinforce one another. A current Trustee of BAPT, Richard is active in the organisation of conferences and events, including this symposium, and is a regular public speaker.

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