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Question #1382409165Tuesday, 22-Oct-2013
Category: Functions Happiness Personality Theory Socionics
I know socionics says that type doesn't change, and I'm inclined to agree. My question however, is - do you think that trauma has the capacity to change a person's type? I'm torn on this one. Long story short, I underwent some tough things several years ago, and while I am now completely recovered/happy, it definitely had a lasting effect on me to the extent where I think I may have changed types. The process as I see it: Developed some defensive habits & processing patterns > realized that I genuinely preferred a few of them > consciously kept them as I recovered in every other way. And now I feel more 'myself' than ever, though I never particularly struggled with that before. Do you think trauma can change one's type? Or maybe it just helps people get in touch with their instincts? Would love to hear any thoughts or theories on this. -- Lena
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A1 When one cannot cope while doing as one normally does then the psyche may have no choice but to go into a secondary mode of operation - for survival. If a secondary mode seems to work then one may remain in it (in full or part time) until the perceived threat is gone - but it wouldn't feel totally comfortable. You'd likely have some measure of uneasiness with this unnatural state. A 'lasting effect' tells me that the effects of the threat are still with you. -- I/O
A2 If anything, it feels like perhaps I hadn't totally grown into myself beforehand - but I seriously posted this for theoretical/general opinions on the effect of trauma on type, not to discuss my case in particular. -- Lena
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A3 As I had tried to imply, everyone employs alternate modes of cognitive processing; usually temporarily as a self-correcting mechanism. Trauma can precipitate alternate processing especially if normal mode can't cope with the effects. And, I would think that this alternate mode would persist as long as the trauma effects last, which could be a lifetime. The alternate mode should be predictable, however. A long time ago, I had submitted an entire article on self-correcting mechanisms but it might have been a little too out there to be published. -- I/O
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