Elvis Presley: Exploring the 8 Jungian functions & type development with Mary McGuiness

September 2, 2023 @ 1:30 pm 2:45 pm Australia/Brisbane

Explore the life and music of Elvis Presley, his use of the 8 Jungian functions and type development. We will use the work of Gary & Margaret Hartzler to look at differences between poorly developed and well-developed functions.

This session is a keynote at the From Shadows to Showtime Conference, 1-2 September in Brisbane. Further details below.

Enjoy glimpses of the life and music of Elvis Presley as we explore the 8 Jungian functions and the process of personality development. Type theory tells us that we can use all the 8 Jungian functions (cognitive processes), but each type prefers certain functions and struggles to use and develop the others. Gary and Margaret Hartzler in Functions of Type list several skills associated with each of the 8 functions. These skills illustrate why a poorly developed function will be expressed differently to a function that is well developed. By looking at evidence from Elvis’s life, his music and his own words we will try to identify how he used each function, how his use of the functions changed over time, and how the changes were reflected in his music. And we will use the opportunity to reflect briefly on our own use of each function. This session will include theory, storytelling, some brief interaction and reflection, film and, of course music!

About Mary McGuiness

Mary McGuiness ENFP has 30 years’ experience teaching personality theory and training professionals to use the MBTI and MajorsPTI. She is founding Director of the Institute for Type Development, est.1986, providing advanced training for type professionals and consulting to organisations. Mary served for 10 years on the National Committee of AusAPT, with two years as President. She has published several books and resources on personality, including the best seller You’ve Got Personality. In 2006 Mary received a Life Membership Award from AusAPT.

Mary McGuiness

Conference Details

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Rydges Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

601 Gregory Terrace
Bowen Hills, Queensland 4006 Australia
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Against the Tide: Repositioning the 8 Functions in Psychology—Richard Owen

October 7, 2022 @ 7:45 pm 8:45 pm Australia/Sydney

Since C.G. Jung first described his 8 types of mental processing over 100 years ago, they were at first neglected, then later taken up again and developed by type theorists and practitioners. However as Jung’s work was widely disregarded by mainstream psychology academia, there has been little reconciliation between type theory and areas such as cognitive psychology or modern consciousness studies. In this presentation Richard will share some ideas from his ongoing work on identifying analogous concepts relating to the 8 functions, in an effort towards reintegrating type and the mainstream.

Richard Owen

Richard Owen

BAPT Treasurer Richard Owen is an organisational psychologist and coach based in Brighton, UK. A broad theorist of Type: from Jung to MBTI®, to the depth typology of Dr John Beebe. Richard’s Personality Parts™ model aims to uniquely integrate these & many other perspectives.

This is a session at the Time & Tide—Traditions and Trends in Type conference, 7-9 October online. It is one of 17 sessions presented over 3 days, all recorded in case you can’t attend live. It is $100AU for AusAPT members and other APT and ILP financial members. $150 for guests for the entire program. We hope you will join us. The conference event link with full details is below.

Time & Tide—Traditions and Trends in Type conference

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$100 – $150 $100AU for AusAPT members, other APT and ILP financial members and $150 for guests for 17 sessions

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