Many people have asked why is Keirsey Temperament Theory not known broadly as “it should be.”
For a long time, I couldn’t give a good answer.
The answer is: “It’s a Slow Idea.”
My father outlines “The History of Madness” in his lectures. And the Wholistic Theory of Madness is a slow idea, its roots going back to over a century with my father adding the idea of Temperament in the last half century. Fast Ideas about “madness” have been around since Homo Sapens possessed language.
The roots of the Idea of Keirsey Temperament also go back to ancient times.
In addition, there is the idea of: Slow Ideas <=> Fast Ideas
The root of this idea appeared just recently, thanks to Atul Gawande.
“He was frail and drained of energy;
his eyes were dull, his face contorted with pain
— and I was, frankly, worried about his health.
Was this drawn and ailing man slumped in a wheelchair the legendary healer I had read about?
Had I come west on a wild goose chase? ” [The Voice (Kindle Locations 70-71)]
Yes, he was the legendary psychotherapist. Wild goose chase? — maybe, actually in retrospect, no ambiguity here.
“Dr. Erickson asked to be excused, and then, about an hour later, I was astonished to see him wheel himself back into his study, fully alert and revitalized, cheerful, eyes twinkling, ready to get to work.” [The Voice (Kindle Locations 72-73)]
“Dr. Erickson encouraged me to continue my studies and develop my own ideas and techniques, both for my own therapy and for my patients. This respect for my ability to find my own best solutions was fundamental to Dr. Erickson’s philosophy of healing, and was one of the most important lessons he taught me in our time together. In this and in so many ways, his tutelage and sensitivity were nothing less than inspiring.” — Brian Alman [The Voice (Kindle Locations 82-85).]
There are always peaks and valleys encountered in one’s life journey in time and space.
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion”
— Mohandas K. Gandhi
“Get action. Do things; be sane;
don’t fritter away your time; create, act,
take a place wherever you are and be somebody;
— Theodore Roosevelt
“Fix reason firmly in her seat,
and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain
what I consider the most enviable of all titles,
the character of an honest man.”
— George Washington
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Well, the road to the heavens is also paved with good intentions and bad intentions. Because we never know, and never will know, the side effects of our actions that we in-tend — for our actions are ex-tensions that we can’t at-tend to, by definition.
And all of us have good intentions, in beginning, at least, and many still have good intentions to the end.
However, most people don’t enjoy directly dealing in the negative – they don’t like to think or talk about negative things, about themselves,
and sometimes others…
That’s what he was asking him-self.
Why was his father so violent?
And Why — didn’t — he become violent?
He wasn’t as interested in who, when, where, or what: but why. To answer the why, he also had to come up with the how — individuals become violent.
In asking these why questions, and researching for answers, he ended up with a useful and profound answer.
His answer is on the nature and nurture of the SELF: The Self as Soliloquy. And we all have a SELF.
But that’s not the whole story….