Psychological Types #4: “NEUROSCIENCE OF PERSONALITY”
What you'll learn
- What neuroscience says about personality type today, based on over 500+ brains.
- How a brain-imaging session typically goes (when trying to broadly stimulate people.)
- Brain basics including functional regions, brain waves, and neural networks.
- How people tend to use their brains differently (over time and across activities).
- In lieu of a brain scan, one’s possible favorite brain regions (using a coloring poster).
- Neuro-diversity on teams.
- The clear scientific support for Jungian concepts like extraversion/introversion and judging vs. perceiving functions.
- Descriptions of the 8 Jungian functions based on brain-imaging results.
- Emotional dynamics in the brain. Emotions are intertwined in everything we do.
- How the brain shifts with a person’s age, biological factors, career, culture, organizational roles, and personality.
- Analytic vs. Holistic styles, with a deep dive into 4 developmental types: Dominant, Creative, Normalizing, and Harmonizing.
- Body-mind practices (e.g. breathwork, yoga) and the role of the ANS (autonomic nervous system).
- Ideally, you’ve completed the basics course, "Find Your Best-Fit Type", so that terms are more familiar and the ideas more personal.
- Interest in learning how your own brain works.
- A desire and patience to understand people in terms of processes, not just behavioral traits.
- Open to learning new terms and concepts. While the technical stuff if not terribly thick, it requires attention.
- Open to understand that personality is always about people, not just theory or data.
- A sense of humor about our many human strengths and pitfalls.
This is the 4th of four courses on the Myers-Briggs / Jungian psychological types.
The other courses in this series are informed by 15 years of hands-on neuroscience research. Now is your chance to go deeper into the results and implications of that research to appreciate the brain. The research relies on EEG technology to provide a "snapshot of the developed self". Over 500 people have participated from all walks of life and multiple countries. The results align with established neuroscience and also clarify our understanding of personality type, understanding that "type" means a pattern of cognitive preferences, akin to handedness.
Ideally, you’ve taken the basics course in this series: “Find Your Best-Fit Type”.
We begin with brain basics, with a focus on the neocortex, the brain's thick outermost layer. The brain is home to numerous functional regions. There are also brain waves and neural networks. Activity shifts, and networks get more or less active, as people try various tasks. Trying a diverse set of tasks over an hour is a great way to reveal normal, sustained variations among persons. While you likely cannot get a brain scan today, you can complete the downloadable coloring poster to better understand how your brain likely works.
We cover typical brain differences and similarities between people of various personality types. Other factors such as cultural upbringing, choice of career, and the kind of organizations people work in also strongly influence results. After all, whatever you are doing everyday will alter your brain wiring. The sum of these factors result in one's "subtype": Dominant, Creative, Normalizing or Harmonizing.
There are video out-takes from EEG sessions of two people to give you an idea of what the process is like.
You will also learn about the role of emotions. This is an area that the Myers-Briggs framework tends to neglect. In fact, emotions show up in many ways in the brain, impacting perception, motivation, cognition, and behavior. As a part of this, we will touch on the broader nervous system and the importance of body-mind practices.
We can hardly cover everything in this course! We will limit ourselves to pieces relevant to Dr. Carl Jung’s take on personality. Although we refer to Myers-Briggs terms at times, really we are using Jung’s terms with the neuroscience. And although this is not much of an application course, you will leave significantly more informed about the neuroscience of personality. Don’t worry too much about technical complexity. We will follow a gentle slope with lots of graphics!
Who this course is for:
- People who want to know the latest science behind personality "types".
- Anyone with a particularly scientific focus.
- People who value cognitive diversity and want to better understand what that means.
- Those who are interested in the "developed self": how upbringing, career, and other factors influence us.
- Those who want to add emotions and subtypes to the Jung / Myers-Briggs framework.
A prolific media director/producer, organizational meditator, and creativity life coach. He has three decades of global cultural experience in the USA, United Kingdom, Israel, Brazil, and elsewhere. He loves stories and works the power of narrative in media for individuals and organizations. During his several careers, from law to psychology to film, he has applied principles of innovation and mediation to create and enhance media products and people's lives
Award-winning UCLA instructor, consultant, and author, Dario Nardi Ph.D. has expertise in learning, group facilitation, and simulation. His workshops and books draw on his lab research in neuroscience, personality, and body-mind practices. His titles include Neuroscience of Personality, The Magic Diamond, Jung on Yoga, 8 Keys to Self-Leadership, Facets of Ayahuasca, and many more. He is also the author of several interactive novellas and the Radiance RPG table-top game. Dario has lived in Barbados, Japan, Norway, and the USA. He received his initial training in shamanism at the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies.