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Plotting all Types in a Typology

TET: Typology Essences Table

All Types are readily evident to a keen observer as individuals go about life and work seriously in their own particular way. The 7 Types within any Typology can be plotted on a 2x2 Table, called a Typology Essences Table (TET).

Allocation of attention in quadrants of a 2x2 Typology Essences Table.

The TET is designed to capture use of the Type within the specific psychosocial domain of the Typology. In the TET diagram, an Executing Duality defines the two independent axes which are the essential aspects of that domain. These essences are always:

The value of a TET is that it allows all Types within a particular Typology to be simultaneously viewed in a meaningful way. Patterns in the TET correspond to:

• characteristic phenomena of the Typology,
• experiences of those strongly identified with one or more Types, and
• social situations in which people find themselves.

The TET shows interesting similarities to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is a Jungian-inspired questionnaire which categorizes personal activity in rather general ways.
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The four quadrants in a TET can be broadly identified according to whether the Type is low or high on each dimension.  Conceptual labels for the quadrants appear to align with the MBTI types, even though the axes are not identical.

The MBTI system must coalesce numerous discrete psychosocial categories, and that may be the root of both its appeal and its psychometric problems.

See some personal background to this comparison with the MBTI.

Location of Types

Following the analysis of the main forms of Typology from first principles, it now appears that there are certain standard patterns when plotted on the TET.

The Root Typology has a distinctive pattern: see diagram below, and details here.

All 7 Principal Typologies have a specific different pattern. See generic diagram below centre, and the example of decision types.

All Subsidiary Typologies have a third pattern. See generic diagram below, and the example of ways to interact for benefit.

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Root Typology TET Principal Typology TET Subsidiary Typology TET

Maximizing Practical Effectiveness

The tendency of all approaches to value and even seek the lower right hand corner of a 2x2 Typology Essences Table.

Survival depends on being practical. So the primary target in all TETs is necessarily in the Lower Right Practicality quadrant.

The aspiration is invariably to move from a basic Practicality that is weakly effective (near the centre of both axes), to a maximally effective and sophisticated Practicality in which everyone participates and contributes strongly, whatever their Type.

Such a direct move as indicated by the arrows in the diagram proves to be quite impossible. It ignores personal needs and capacities as well as social realities.

Given that each Type makes a distinctive and useful contribution, the issue is how to engage them all in a particular enterprise or community. The answer is two-fold:


Originally posted: August 2009; Last updated 15-Jan-2014.




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