Personality Types And Stages Of Life (young adulthood… midlife… elderhood) | Podcast 0469

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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia discuss the life stages personality types go through and how people develop differently based on their age.


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In this podcast you’ll find:


  • Antonia and Joel describe their experience of having reached midlife.
    • What are some of the challenges and advantages of aging?
    • How have our views on the elderly and aging changed?
  • How can the levels of development influence personality types?
  • What are the 5 stages of development according to Erikson’s model?
    • What 4 aspects play a central role in a young child’s development?
    • How does context and family interactions influence type?
    • Which big questions are often asked during adolescence? 
    • How influential is gender on a person’s development?
    • What are some of the important considerations that people make during adulthood?
  • Does career choice influence how types show up?
  • How have changes in societal norms influenced humans’ development?
  • Comparison of Erik Erikson’s model to Timothy Leary’s 8-Circuit Model of Consciousness
  • What happens when you’ve “made it over the hill”?
    • How does Erikson’s model shed light on midlife?
    • What opportunities can you leverage?
  • How can Jung’s concept of the ‘shadow’ open up a whole new cognitive capacity?
    • Find out more about Jung’s concept of the ‘shadow’ and ‘ego’ in our podcast:  Using Archetypes For Personal Growth
    • Why can this phase of life be considered a second birth?
    • What is the fork in the road that we face during midlife?
    • Can we regress in our self-awareness?
    • How can you tell whether you’ve done shadow work or not?
    • How can idealism be leveraged?
    • What is meant by one-sidedness and individuation?
  • What are some central aspects of late adulthood?
    • What plays a key role in your type capacity?
    • How does one-sidedness show up?
  • What is some advice for each stage of development?
  • What is one thing that personal growth can’t help you access?
  • How does type get woven into all of this?
    • What things influence how we as individuals show up as an unique expression of our type?


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  • Ryan INFP

    I have been thinking about how the cognitive functions are formed ever since the episode on self-awareness.
    I have come to the conclusion they are all survival mechanisms.
    FI Repressed emotion.
    SI No surprises. I cannot think how to put that better.
    NI Tell nobody nothing.
    TI Rationalise everything.
    The extroversion is the opposite. My question is why it happens and how young? I think the functions are so apparent because they are just are brains way of surviving in the environment and i think they are formed by the time our brain is fully formed. Obviously as we get older we wont see it like this they grow with us the self.
    I also think I have a way of typing people faster. I also thought you could not grow your shadow introversion obviously you can.

  • Alida

    I don’t even know where to start. I really loved this episode! I’m 32 years old and a female ENTP. As I was listening, I realized that my jokes about feeling older than dirt might have some substance.

    For context, when I was around 22 I experienced trauma that caused some major PTSD and clinical depression which also messed with my actual immune system. Other than the first 4 months were I needed the mental stabilization, I decided to heal my mind by myself without any antidepressants because they weren’t addressing the root of the problem. I was sick for about 5 years, but it took longer for me to interact again with the outside in a relatively normal way, though I’ve never gone back to the way it used to be.

    I’ve done a lot of research in the few months I’ve been aware of cognitives functions, I’m still relatively new. So I don’t know if any of the work I did as I was healing would be comparable to what shadow work is like, but I got that impression from what I’ve heard. I wouldn’t wanna to go back to that time but I’m a firm believer in silver linings and that was a major one in my life. I could complain about loosing out on my 20s but I don’t feel the loss, I can only see the gain of peace of mind in knowing oneself that deeply, the good & the bad.

    Maybe I’m delusional 😄, but I do get the feeling that people my age and even some that are older are struggling with things, emotionally speaking that I’ve already encountered. It could be individual differences, or just a lot of trauma exploration experience packed in short amount of time, who knows? Also all those midlife body aches, I started feeling them in my early 20s, then they went away for a bit. Along with very much being aware of my mortality, I at least now know some of what’s waiting for me down the line and it removes the fear factor.

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