Thursday, July 02, 2009

Generation X = Artist-scientists of Jungian archetypes?

Generation X = Artist-scientists of Jungian archetypes? by Sali Oguri, Pink Manhattan blog

Generation Theory is based on archetypes. As such, each of the 4 generational archetypes correlate with one or more Myers-Briggs (MBTI) types. In this post, I want to share my breakdown of the types to coincide with my group, Generation X.

Generation X is labeled either Reactive (Artist) or Adaptive (Nomad) types. I have correlated these with Artisan (SP) or Rational (NT) MBTI types. However, it seems Gen X can actually be correlated to both types simultaneously if we use the Jung archetypes as a reference.

(These findings are of special interest to me as someone who has repeatedly tested on the Myers-Briggs Personality Test as INXJ, balanced between INTJ and INFJ types.)

Gen X = Artist: ISFP (Introverted feeling with sensing): They are shy and retiring, are not talkative, but like sensuous action. They like painting, drawing, sculpting, composing, dancing -- the arts generally -- and they like nature. They are not big on commitment.

If we're to go with the Nomad type, then: INTJ (Introverted intuiting with thinking): These are the most independent of all types. They love logic and ideas and are drawn to scientific research. They can be rather single-minded, though. (Gen X is the first generation that studied sequential math (logic) as a requirement, and I can vouch for that)

This entry on Wikipedia is especially of interest to me as a Gen Xer, considering we fall under either Artist or Nomad: "The Artist-scientist is one of the Jungian archetypes in mythology. Like all of these archetypes, the artist-scientist is an abstraction of life and the human mind. While never as common as archetypes like the child or the Hero, the artist-scientist is immediately recognizable. They are a builder, an inventor, a seeker, a dreamer, and a thinker. Distracted by their own thoughts, they frequently have to be pulled in out of the rain. They are simultaneously vastly knowledgeable and yet innocent, impulsive yet cautious. They represent the wonder to be found in curiosity, and the dangers."

If the above applies to us as MBTI types, we could be INTJ (builder (of systems)), ENTP (inventor), INFP (seeker), INFJ (dreamer) or INTP (thinker). Because we are a niche group, the rare MBTI types would seem to fit the Gen X descriptions well.

I also need to point out that during the '80s when I grew up, it is often said the arts and sciences were discouraged or made more difficult to pursue; however, I believe I've done well in both, although arguably more in the arts since my favorite subject was music. They also say our math grades had dropped since the Boomer era, but in truth, our standards were made much higher, so the fact that our test scores were lower is like saying our amplifiers that only went up to 10 were not as loud as their amps that went up to 11. Sorry, I couldn't resist a Spinal Tap reference.

For a more in-depth analysis of Generation Theory and MBTI / Jungian Archetypes (including my theories on Baby Boomer, Gen Y (Millenial), Silent), please read my other post: Generation Theory = Jungian Archetypes , Pink Manhattan blog