Recently, I have tapped into the self-care aspect of the extraverted sensing type. I found myself getting lost in the universe of fragrance. During this adventure, I curated and edited down my favorites and gave away the perfumes that did meet my expectations. I realized during this process; I was drawn to fragrances that shared similar notes along with the hierarchical placement of the top, middle, and base notes. Contingent on where the notes are placed determines their projection and affect of the wearer. The subjective and harmonious blend, for me, serves as a metaphor to Jung’s and Beebe’s framework of psychological types and functions and the archetypal relationship to complexes.
A Metaphorical Glimpse into Psychological Type
The notes of perfume often remind me of the types of a personality. Notes of perfume are combined to create a fragrance that is marketable to a consumer who desire warm, spicy, floral, earthy, woody, citrus, fruity, aquatic, or gourmand. The chosen notes are then curated and then sequenced based on a hierarchical framework: top notes, middle notes, and base notes. The top notes are the scents one notices immediately after spraying the perfume. The notes expire around thirty minutes. Top notes are often scents of citrus and ginger. The short appearance is a vital factor as they are the selling notes of perfume. The middle notes are considered the heart and body of a fragrance. The middle is noticeable when the top notes turn inward. The middle notes last up to sixty minutes after fully developing. These notes are comprised notes of lavender and rose. Finally, the base notes offer depth and solidify the overall product.
The notes and the hierarchical structure offer an in-depth insight into the archetypal within the personal and collective unconscious. These notes, similar to the attitudes, types, and function of personality are universal patterns that are either harmonious and inharmonious if activated. More importantly, addressing the activated complexes in the realm of education attests to the educator/ facilitator ability to hold space for mostly all psychological types.
From Fragrance to Classroom: Exploring Typology Education
Typology plays a significant role in understanding the human condition. I am now cognizant of typology’s role outside the realm of academic articles and conference paper presentations. Having the opportunity to apply, observe, and reflect on the integration of typology in the classroom has been an eye-opening experience. Re-visioning classroom culture through the understanding of the relationship between typology and complex incites productivity while providing tools to navigate fear and constellations of the archetypal core in the classroom. John Beebe’s writings have imparted a fresh typological perspective in looking at and processing political and social issues that concern my students.
As an educator of the arts, sciences, and humanities this course has reaffirmed the educational pedagogy learned and experienced as student and teacher. Exploring psychological types informs educators of the possibilities of transference and countertransference in the vessel of learning. Further, like the metaphor of perfume, Beebe's model connects the functions of each type to complexes molded in the course of developing a conscious ego-identity.
To close, I must share an impactful statement that Carol has kindly gifted to me. She reminds,” there is a difference between theory and applying theory into practice.” This is vital in the expansion of merging disciplines and making use of the knowledge accessible to those we interact with.