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BAAPT - Bay Area Association of Psychological Type
Bay Area Association for Psychological Type: MBTI, Jung, Keirsey, more...
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September Recap: The 8 Colors of Fitness

Our September program featured Suzanne Brue with a new twist on Type. You'd probably guess that the different Types approach exercise in very different ways. But this meeting provided the opportunity to discover just how different we can be. 

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July Recap: Consciousness, History, Psychological Type, Society - a dip in tangled waters

We had a special mid-summer program meeting in July when Peter Geyer came through on his way to the APTi conference in Miami!

Peter's talk at BAAPT, on 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." 

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May program recap: Bob McAlpine, May 9, 2015

Bob McAlpine, President and Owner of Type Resources, led morning and afternoon sessions, each of which promoted a deeper understanding and appreciation of the eight functions: the introverted and extroverted manifestations of S-N-T-F. 

Central to discussions in both the morning and afternoon was the understanding of dynamic interactions of type preference in problem solving and in sharing feedback.

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April Meeting recap: 
Type and Culture 4/11/2015
Doris Füllgrabe’s discussion about type and cultures was very insightful. It was illuminating to find out that cultural characteristics transcend type and add an important layer to individuation. 

As we started off by sharing our own international experiences, we noticed that a surprising number of BAAPT members and attendees have lived in different cultures.  We learned how culture affects the development of identity.  With index cards, we identified personal information – such as our type preferences and our hometown – while also listing our impressions of our own culture.  After sharing these descriptions in our temperament groups, we noticed striking similarities and differences.  

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March Meeting: Wired for Success: How Your Work Shapes Your Brain &  Neuroscience of Aging: Type And The Brain 

This was our annual fund-raiser meeting, so we got to hear Dario for 4 hours (morning and afternoon), eat a tasty, fresh make-your-own taco lunch, and do a hands-on worksheet activity. Dario Nardi is always an engaging speaker and this program was no exception. 

The program began with a presentation of "Our Brains in Color", the new book-in-progress that Dario is writing about his brain scanning research. You can find sample pages from the book, as well as a lot of information about the research, in the Neurotypes community page on Facebook (

I particularly enjoyed the anecdotes Dario told about some of the subjects in his study. EEG research not only shows that Type is wired into the brain, it also shows how unexpected pathways can be wired in over habit and use. While the brains of most people show strong statistical similarity to others who share the same Type, some  brain scans are surprising.

For example, one man, with preferences for ISTJ, also showed atypical connections to the "abstract impressionist" O2 area of the brain. This area is responsible for appreciation of natural beauty, among other things. It turns out that this man's hobby is gardening, and not just any gardening but Japanese gardening in particular. (Other Japanese people in the study have also shown strong O2 connections).

In a second example, a man with INTP preferences was having difficulty following through on goals after an accident in which he suffered a brain injury. The EEG showed that he (still) had strong connections to the parts of his brain that usually support introverted Thinking, but no activity in that part. Dario said "the room is furnished but the lights aren't on and he can't get in." It's as if his brain "is a company with two strong CEOs but a dysfunctional CTO".

In the afternoon, we learned about how the brain changes with age. In College students, the short-term in-lab activity map tends to be a close match for the long-term connections (wiring) map. However, these two maps diverge with age, as people begin to explore their non-preferences. A take-home lesson: "Mid life isn't necessarily a time, but it is a phenomenon (in the brain)."

Finally, Dario left us with this advice - the brains of people who share the same type are similar. If you want to learn something new, find someone of your type who has already learned that thing and ask them to teach you. You'll be more likely to have similar learning styles and patterns of brain wiring to help you learn. 

-- Vicki Brown
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From +Vicki Brown --

When I learned last September that   was coming back to speak at our March   program, I asked if I could do the introduction at the meeting. I also knew exactly what to wear... (more on that in a bit **).

Dario Nardi is an international speaker and trainer, author / co-author of numerous books,  founder / director of Radiance House, a consulting and publishing company. He was certified in the MBTI w/Linda Berens in 1994 and has been conducting brain research since 2007. 

Brain research! MBTI!

Dario last visited BAAPT in 2012. I bought his book, Neuroscience of Personality, and read it before the meeting. With my educational background in Science, I'm interested in how the brain works. With my NT temperament, I'm interested in the "Why" behind the theory of Type. Type and Neuroscience hits many of my buttons!

Imagine peering into your brain to learn how it works! EEG technology measures your brainwaves as you try various tasks. Computer analysis reveals the tasks that engage you most and which brain regions have wired together from years of habits and preferences -- including Type preferences. This is what Dario Nardi studies!

At the 2012 meeting, I really wanted to be part of that study! But, at the time, Dario was only including College students.

Dario returned to the Bay Area in Spring,  2014 to speak at another organization's meeting  and I went down to Sunnyvale to listen.  At that time, he mentioned that he was opening participation in his Neuroscience of Personality study people older than college age. I was intrigued but, LA...

Still, I couldn't stop thinking about it. My spouse, who is very supportive (and has relatives in LA), kept saying, "Send him a note!". So, I contacted Dario, who replied, "Ah, the magic of Type and Neuroscience". And that was that.

I made an appointment, drove down to LA and put on the EEG cap for a few hours. I had a wonderful time and blogged the results. (

Dario brought his EEG setup along with him to the Bay Area this past weekend and ran 14 one-hour brain scanning sessions before and after our six-hour Saturday meeting. Several people expressed interest in having him come back to the Bay Area to do more scans. 

For each month's BAAPT meeting, I try to choose a t-shirt from my collection that best reflects the topic of that month's program. For March, I wanted a shirt that featured my brain map! So, I made one!
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February meeting recap: Couples' Panel.

We had two couples and a group exercise. (Our third couple was unavoidably unable to attend).

Our moderator, Adam Frey, talked with each couple separately, asking various questions about relationship, cultural differences, and type.

The first couple, an ENFJ and an INTP, has been together 47 years. (Congratulations!). They had some interesting stories, especially about how each of them has developed their auxiliary, 3rd, and 4th functions over time.

The second couple, and INFP and an ISTJ, have been together for 5 years. Their stories described some of the conflicts different types may run into early in a relationship with helpful comments on how this couple, at least, has dealt with those conflicts.

Our group exercise asked us to pair up with another attendee and consider two questions: 
1) which type is your "favorite" for a relationship (romantic or platonic, or...)
2) which type fascinates you but "you know it will be trouble"

-- Vicki Brown
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January Meeting recap:
Joseph Henderson's Civilizing Values

Jungian analyst and BAAPT member John Beebe spoke to a full house of 60+ participants at our first meeting of 2015.

Psychological type gives us so much insight into ourselves and others, yet we notice that people who are identical in type may still approach the world with different attitudes and assumptions. How we make sense of the world seems to involve emotional investments and intellectual frameworks that tie to, but also go beyond, type.

C. G. Jung’s close associate, Dr. Joseph Henderson, co-founder of the Jung Institute of San Francisco, explored this problem. John Beebe, who worked with and knew Henderson personally, lead us in discovering how Henderson’s five “cultural attitudes” relate to the psychological types and to our different expressions of our type. 

As he always does, John provided an interesting and thought-provoking lecture, with film clips for illustration.

-- Vicki Brown
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December Meeting recap:
Managing Career, Organizational, and Life Change Using Type

At our December meeting, career counselor Judy MacLaren led 41 participants in an exploration of two change models: William Bridges' Transitions Model which includes endings, a neutral zone, and beginnings; and the Lee Hecht Harrison Behavior-Based Change Model that encompasses anticipation, letting go, disorientation, reappraisal, and recommitment stages.

We then reflected on how this ties into our type preferences.

Take-away thoughts:
  -- people see change through a personal lens
  -- "Sensing" types may be more likely to view change in positive terms, e.g. 'opportunity', 'adventure', 'learning.
  -- A member with ESP preferences said "I know I have resources"
  -- "INtuitive" types may be more likely to view change in negative terms, e.g. 'challenge', 'unknown', 'loss'
  -- A member with NTJ preferences said change represents "a lack of control over my environment"
  -- William Bridges, "Transitions"
  -- "Neutral zone" (one member prefers the term "incubation")
  -- Stages of Change and reaction to them, based on Type
  -- What happens with you're "In the Grip" (stress)
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