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
07 31883000
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Midlife Development: A Crisis? A Crash? Or a Cruise? – Angelina Bennet

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

Midlife is a time when many of us take stock of our life and think about what we want for our future. In this session we will review theories of midlife from the type perspective, consider the possible accelerating impact of the pandemic, and consider how to craft the life we want for ourselves.

After reviewing some of the theories of Type Development, particularly around midlife, we will take a look at the facts that influence our midlife development. With the opportunity to have some small group discussions, participants will be able to share experiences and thoughts on the mid-life stage. In the final part, I will present some ideas about how to coach or develop clients who are already well developed and who may be questioning their career paths and their purpose in life.

Angelina Bennet

Angelina Bennet

Angelina is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and specializes in developing individuals through personality work. She has an occupational psychology business in the UK offering coaching, development and assessment. She also provides type qualification training through Type Pro Ltd. Her other areas of interest centre around people development include transpersonal coaching and the Enneagram. She is a past President of BAPT and the author of ‘The Shadows of Type – Psychological Type through Seven Levels of Development.’

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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AusAPT Time & Tide Conference