Peter Geyer's talk at BAAPT on Saturday morning, July 18, reminded participants that no matter how sophisticated we get in our application of type, there is a way in which none of us quite know what we're talking about when we use core psychological terms like "consciousness." The fact that we are unable to converge on definitions of concepts like this may be a sign that our field, no matter how useful and enlightening, could still be in an early stage of development.
The afternoon program, A Casual Conversation, was sparked by provocative quotes Geyer selected from Jung, Myers, and other sources and engaged participants in a searching discussion about how the practice of psychological type is developing and changing. The group found itself working to articulate what we most value about type, to identify what is at the heart of teaching type, and to analyze some conflicting goals and pressures that impact how type is studied and practiced.
A paper that outlines the ideas that Peter incorporated into his discussion is available here. Peter also shared his presentation slides with us.