1st Edition

Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type The reservoir of consciousness

By John Beebe Copyright 2017
    250 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book encapsulates John Beebe’s influential work on the analytical psychology of consciousness. Building on C. G. Jung’s theory of psychological types and on subsequent clarifications by Marie-Louise von Franz and Isabel Briggs Myers, Beebe demonstrates the bond between the eight types of consciousness Jung named and the archetypal complexes that impart energy and purpose to our emotions, fantasies, and dreams. For this collection, Beebe has revised and updated his most influential and significant previously published papers and has introduced, in a brand new chapter, a surprising theory of type and culture.

    Beebe’s model enables readers to take what they already know about psychological types and apply it to depth psychology. The insights contained in the fifteen chapters of this book will be especially valuable for Jungian psychotherapists, post-Jungian academics and scholars, psychological type practitioners, and type enthusiasts.

    Acknowledgements. Permissions. Preface. Part One: Theoretical contributions. The Eight Function-attitudes Unpacked. Once More with Feeling. Understanding Consciousness Through the Theory of Psychological Types. Archetypal Aspects of Masculine Adaptation. The Wizard of Oz: A Vision of Development in the American Political Psyche. The Stretch of Individual Typologies in the Formation of Cultural Attitudes. Part Two: Type and the MBTI®. Evolving the Eight-function Model. Type and archetype: The spine and its shadow. Type and Archetype: The arms and their shadow. Part Three: History of Type. Psychological Types: An historical overview. The Red Book as a Work of Conscience. Psychological Types in Freud and Jung. Part Four: Applications of Type. Difficulties in the Recognition of Psychological Type. An Archetypal Model of the Self in Dialogue. Identifying the American Shadow: Typological reflections on the Los Angeles riots. Name Index. Subject Index.


    John Beebe is a Jungian analyst in private practice in San Francisco. A former president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, he is a prolific author and editor and has spoken on analytical psychology all over the world.

    ‘At last, the long awaited volume on Psychological Types by the preeminent analyst-scholar of Jung's typology, John Beebe, MD.  This distillation of a lifetime's work by John Beebe is without parallel in the study of types.  Emerging out of numerous, stellar presentations and publications, based on years of teaching, leading workshops and seminars around the globe, Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type: The Reservoir of Consciousness will richly reward readers fortunate enough to have obtained a copy.  Jung's original vision is imagined forward into the fullness of a systemic, archetypally based, theory of consciousness, which in turn is complemented by diverse applications.  Not only is model amplified with a range of clinical example, but it is masterfully applied to film, history and contemporary culture.  If you wish to understand the depth and importance of psychological typology, this book is essential.’ - Joe Cambray, Ph.D., Provost Pacifica Graduate Institute; Past-President of the IAAP

    ‘For years now, John Beebe has been clarifying and expanding Jung’s theory of type. In the articles gathered for this book, ranging from the historical to the practical, from the clinical to the social and political, he charts typological processes in which different kinds of consciousness spark and react in unexpected constellations moving towards wholeness and integrity. His psychotherapeutic system is precise and generous, his tone is firm and intelligently optimistic, and his arguments are hard-edged and crystal clear. In the field of Jungian typology, this is now the essential book.’ - Craig Stephenson, author of Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche and Anteros: A Forgotten Myth

    ‘This book should be required reading for all who use psychological type. John’s rich coverage of the historical and theoretical foundations and his powerful model of how we use all eight function-attitudes provide a strong foundation for using type well rather than with limiting stereotypes. His approach helps unlock development and increase well being. An added bonus comes in seeing the relevance of type for larger social issues and John’s personal examples.’ - Linda V. Berens, Ph.D., Typology Thought Leader, Author, and Organizational Consultant, USA

    ‘Beebe’s excellent latest book traces the history and development of psychological type theory. Building on the work of Jung, von Franz and Myers, he introduces his own innovative model with its hierarchy of differentiation for the eight function-attitudes, the first four being in consciousness and the other four, shadow in attitude, largely unconscious. These eight differentiate themselves in the course of personal development, and Beebe has identified discrete archetypal figures that guide the way they are expressed within an individual’s psyche. These he illustrates with scenarios drawn from analysis of dreams and film characters. A ‘must’ for your bookshelf!’ – Dr Gillian Clack, editor of TypeFace, British Association for Psychological Type