Type Theory

Human beings tend to be clustered into TYPES.

Most of us have probably had the following experience. We meet a stranger who seems familiar. The stranger may laugh, smile, move, or radiate out of his eyes in a way that resembles a person or people we know. Because of noting (consciously or unconsciously) some characteristics of the person, we correctly anticipate other traits he may display.

Most people today mistakenly and subconsciously believe the following 2 things:

  • People fall into random points along an imaginary human traits line.
  • If Joe Blow over there were smarter, he'd have the same tastes and opinions that I have.
  • I suspect that we DO NOT MAP to random points along the human traits coordinate line, but that the points that represent people fall into clusters. I call these clusters types. Throughout much of human history, Theories of Types abounded. Examples of Type Theories include Sheldon's Body Types (cerebral ectomorph, adjusted and athletic mesomorph, fat and jolly endomorph, etc.), the Enneagram, Myers Briggs, and Astrology (forget for the moment what Astrology may mean to you, the important thing here is that it is a Type Theory).

    One tenant common to Type Theories is that humans come in groups having certain characteristics. An implication of Type Theory is that different types have different proclivities and tastes. Another implication of type theory is that it is natural that types A and B tend to be compatible with each other, types A and C may tend to be incompatible with each other, types A and D may tend to be indifferent to each other.

    Another implication of Type Theory is that different types may naturally manifest primarily from different parts of their psyches. Type A may tend to be predominantly intellectual in his approach. Type B may be predominantly emotional, etc.

    Thus, it makes total sense that we are often as different from each other as different species might be. This is deceptive, since we speak the same language verbally, and often display the same behavioristically acquired mannerisms.

    Mother Nature probably requires all types equally, or in some balance known only to her. The key thing here is not WHICH Theory(s) of Types correctly describes the human mix, but just to grasp the concept of a Theory of Types, and test it with your own experience.

    Note that according to this model, it will never be the case that everyone understands you, loves you, etc. This model predicts that some types will naturally find you repulsive, or be made nervous by you. Other types may tend to befriend you, or fall in love with you.

    Some types may most easily find God (our real nature or Self) through devotion, while others might achieve it through wisdom, and others through severe disciplines. Different strokes for different folks.

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