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Still Coping with Covid

Still Coping with Covid-19

Feb 17, 2021
Yvonne Nelson-Reid, PhD
YVONNE NELSON-REID, PhD, is the Senior Development Associate at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT®), the publisher for the People Stripes® website, a mother of 5, writer, teacher (BEd, MA), depth psychologist – Jungian and archetypal studies (MA, PhD), and career coach. Parenting, teaching in a classroom, or on the ice as a figure skating coach has taught her a great deal about relationships and the importance of communication.
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Back in April 2020 (which feels like a lifetime ago) I wrote about type and stress during a pandemic. Who would have thought that we would still be in this position nine months later?

Living in a state of extreme stress over long periods of time can tear apart the fabric of who we are and wreak havoc upon our relationships. People are slowly returning to their offices and students to the classroom in a world that is anything but normal. Donning masks and social distancing while attempting to engage with clients, colleagues, teachers, and friends has its own set of challenges.

Add to this a heated cultural environment fraught with protests and politics along with media misinformation, 2020 will certainly be one for the history books. How can we possibly withstand this kind of pressure, sadness, frustration, and anxiety for this length of time with no end in sight?

In our house, our motto is "it is okay to feel your feels." But what if those "feels" trigger the inferior process in others? And what happens when this is activated for months at a time? The inferior (least favorite) process is the opposite of our dominant (favorite) process; it is the place where we feel the least competent and equipped to manage life. For example, if my whole type preference is ENFJ, then the favorite process is Feeling directed in the outer world (the F in my 4-letter type), and my inferior process would be Thinking directed towards the inner world (T is not in my 4-letter type but I still access it). Think of it as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk. Imagine living with or as the Incredible Hulk for months on end?!

This is new territory for many of us and the effects are beginning to show. This extended period of stress creates chronic stress reactions. Based on personality type theory, we may behave out of character or act in childish ways when gripped by the inferior process. We begin to lose sight of ourselves. Chronic stress encourages these often short-lived and episodic inferior process reactions to become pervasive and habitual. We can come across as incompetent or exaggerated versions of our opposite type!

I have noticed something interesting within my own family. Out of 7 family members, 3 people prefer Introversion, and 4 people prefer Extraversion. Imagine now what that may look like within our family when under stress, such as when faced with a pandemic that has been pummeling us for months. We flip! In other words, when under chronic stress, we now see 3 people activated by Extraversion and 4 people activated by Introversion - both areas that reflect where we feel the least competent.

I am not sure if this is playing out in your families but how this is showing up in ours is quite fascinating. Keep in mind this is just a hypothesis and my "research" pod is very small (my family!). Those of us who prefer Extraversion are more hesitant to go out, have turned more inward, and experience some anxiety when needing to engage with the outer world, whereas those family members who prefer Introversion are engaging more in the outside world. They still experience some anxiety which is to be expected, but they seem more willing to do errands, get groceries, and so forth.

Of course, we all abide by mask wearing and social distancing without question, regardless of type preference. We speak openly on how we are feeling and support each other as we go through these experiences. Type language and understanding help us cope with this new "normal" that we find ourselves immersed in and we do what we can to support each other as we bring ourselves back into balance. Some days are easier than others. What have you noticed from your own family members?




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Yvonne Nelson-Reid, PhD
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Yvonne Nelson-Reid discusses the distinctions between preferences for Judging and Perceiving in her two youngest children, in grades 11 and 12, when they had the opportunity to take Advanced Placement Environmental Science together. The preferences indicate an important distinction in personalities, as preferences for Judging and Perceiving determine how people approach established deadlines.

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We know from previous research that extraverts remember more of a chapter if they read it thoroughly AFTER the lecture or demonstration. Introverts tend to remember more if they read thoroughly BEFORE the lecture or demonstration. I would tell classes you must read the chapter thoroughly some time before the test but you can skim first before the lecture and read thoroughly later if that helps you be more efficient in your learning. Teaching students to monitor their best ways to learn is an important metacognitive skill.


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Jul 06, 2021
Yvonne Nelson-Reid, PhD
YVONNE NELSON-REID, PhD, is the Senior Development Associate at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT®), the publisher for the People Stripes® website, a mother of 5, writer, teacher (BEd, MA), depth psychologist – Jungian and archetypal studies (MA, PhD), and career coach. Parenting, teaching in a classroom, or on the ice as a figure skating coach has taught her a great deal about relationships and the importance of communication.
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In this first article, of the series "From the Kids", Yvonne Nelson-Reid is dipping into her long history to share stories about the impact of type, on the kids who take the MMTIC assessment, from the perspective of the kids themselves.

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Type in the Classroom

An "Aha" Moment: Type in the Classroom (Research Series—Combs Part 1)

Aug 02, 2021
Kesstan Blandin, PhD
KESSTAN BLANDIN, PhD is the Vice President of Research and Development at the Center for the Applications of Psychological Type in Gainesville, FL, where she conducts research in Jungian typology and archetypes.
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In this new Research Series, we will highlight studies that are relevant and useful to all of us who work with the MMTIC system. This first series is on a large two-year study at an elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the MMTIC instrument and system was comprehensively incorporated into the school system.

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Sensor Creativity: Type Tip #11

Sensors begin with the concrete and move to the innovative. They build new creations based on what they know now. The Dyson vacuum is an example. The commercials say "we took what was, then changed the wheels for a ball, changed the suction to have no bag, and now, moved the power to the handle." A new machine was created by starting with the known and moving to the new. This is a great example of the creative process in Sensing types.


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New Possibilities for Teaching: Type in the Classroom (series - Combs Part 2)

Oct 04, 2021
Kesstan Blandin, PhD
KESSTAN BLANDIN, PhD is the Vice President of Research and Development at the Center for the Applications of Psychological Type in Gainesville, FL, where she conducts research in Jungian typology and archetypes.
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This is the second article of a series on a large two-year study at Combs Magnet Elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the MMTIC® instrument and system was comprehensively incorporated into the school system.

In Combs-Part 2 we delve into the outcome of the teacher's training program that worked towards developing type awareness, understanding and connecting with their students, working as a team, and seeing new possibilities for assessing student learning.

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