The Psychospiritualist (INFJ + IEI)

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Overview (Introverted Intuition + Feeling)

The term psychospiritual has entered psychological and religious discourse as a loose designation for the integration of the psychological and the spiritual. As a broad term it can denote a variety of positions between psychology and spirituality: a supplementation, integration, identification or conflation of the two fields.

It is commonly used to describe a wide range of therapeutic systems which embrace a spiritual dimension of the human being as fundamental to psychic health and full human development and which utilize both psychological and spiritual methods (such as meditation, yoga, dream-work, breathwork) in a holistic, integrated approach to healing and inner growth.

Included here are Jungian psychology, Roberto Assagioli’s Psychosynthesis, the post-Jungian archetypal psychology of James Hillman, transpersonal psychology, such as the work of Abraham Maslow, Stanislav Grof, Ken Wilber, Michael Washburn and Charles Tart, the spiritual psychology of Robert Sardello…

Psychospiritual is an umbrella term for spiritual psychotherapy and pertains to the relationship between the soul and the mind. It builds onto and exceeds traditional psychotherapy by acknowledging the importance of our spiritual health, as well as our mental or behavioral health.

to psych: mentally prepare (someone) for a testing task or occasion; analyse (something) in psychological terms

The Psychospiritualist is deeply in touch with their intuitive perception of the world, the temporal flow of events, the unconscious of themselves and others, and their inner life, which is often more vibrant and in movement than their life in the real world. They continually strive to get to the bottom of eternal, universal truths, as well as to expand the (self-)awareness of both themselves and (over) others.

Most Psychospiritualists have an interest in psychology, the unconscious mind, dream interpretation, philosophy, spirituality, mindset, self-development/-growth, and the future. Many of them are psychologists, therapists, psychoanalysts, writers, and self-help or relationship coaches.

Purpose Role: Whatever they do, the Psychospiritualist will be in their natural element when they psychoanalyze the inner workings of individuals and humanity at large from a spiritual perspective, and can make those spiritual insights and visions known to others.

Main Function (Ni)

They can have a keen awareness of how one event leads to another; that can make the Psychospiritualist have a 6th sense-like ability to foresee or anticipate future developments. Hence it is rare to catch a Psychospiritualist off-guard in terms of timely situational developments, due to that insight, which they have in common with The Strategist. Typically, they will have “experienced” the occurrence already in their (unconscious) minds, well in advance.

The Psychospiritualist doesn’t require a long life fraught with trials and errors to arrive at their intuitive insights like other types. Their intuitive abilities are rather well-developed from an early age. Those insights may not be concrete, but they guide their life nonetheless; unconsciously “knowing” when they should arrive or avoid a situation to evade harm, when they can anticipate a certain event, like an internal clock that does not require the use of a watch.

Sometimes, the Psychospiritualist will foresee a certain development that is against their own personal wishes. Then, they may feel emotionally charged and powerless, as if they have no impact on what will happen, similarly to Cassandra in Troy. Or, they may want to turn a blind eye deliberately, because they wouldn’t personally like the outcome, which can skew their view for that instance.

Because of this intuitive ability, the Psychospiritualist is commonly wary of jumping into situations or actions head-on without considering future consequences. Typically before they head into any risky situation, they often have already envisioned its development in time prior, and based on that insight the Psychospiritualist will proceed further or not, though their decision can be tainted by their own personal feelings.

Anything that happens to the Psychospiritualist will be imbued with a special kind of personal meaning. Nothing happens or exists by sheer luck; there is always a deeper meaning and connection to anything that is being, happening, or going to happen.

For instance, a Psychospiritualist may encounter a personalized symbol in their everyday life, such as seeing butterflies repeatedly, and from then on predict and reflect on their own transformational process in relation to butterflies. They are also well-able at extending their personal musings and insights to a larger collective, seeing the lines of connection and meanings that other individuals share in their inner selves as well. Additionally, no matter how hard life may be or seem, the Psychospiritualist always finds a reason to look forward to a better future and never loses hope completely.

The Psychospiritualist’s tendency to always be on the lookout for future developments, personal meanings, or to not commit any future mistakes is part of the reason why they can be prone to a lot of physical inactivity. Hence they typically require some outside influence that forces and inspires the Psychospiritualist to interrupt their flow and “take action”.

External Focus and Behaviour (Fe)

In the company of others, the Psychospiritualist may attempt to influence the observable mood of the people around them to a particular end based on the situation at hand, typically so that they are showing their emotions on their faces, such as smiles and laughter. Overall, they will do their best to conform to the emotional atmosphere in their environment via their facial expressions.

Others’ preference for subdued or contained external emotions, that undervalues the expression of emotion, restricts and weighs down on the Psychospiritualist and can depress them. They can adapt to environments that require restrained emotions, but they will feel internally disheartened. They tend to prefer an emphasis on external observable moods of a free nature, rather than focusing on their personal feelings, finding such discussions rather superfluous and preferably avoidable in a group or party setting.

The Psychospiritualist is often a naturally shy or quiet person, but around others they can enjoy being quite emotionally expressive or even loud and hence be mistaken for an extrovert like The Inspirer.

Aim at Thinking (Ti)

The Psychospiritualist is continuously in search of deepening their understanding of themselves, others, and the world. They enjoy learning about theoretical models and systems that put into a logical framework the patterns they have observed in the outside world; in that manner, they usually strive to make sense of what they have ”seen”.

Despite their drive to be logically structured and consistent, they may occasionally make logical errors or use their logic in a “hazy” manner, which differentiates them from people like The Systematizer.

Weak Sensing (Se)

The Psychospiritualist struggles with viscerally influencing events and making things happen on their own, including their own life. For accomplishing this, the Psychospiritualist typically requires outside help from more dynamic, energetic, and ”hands-on” individuals, who can put the Psychospiritualist’s insights and advice into movement.

On that note, the Psychospiritualist can be quite passive both to life itself and other people, with a poor ability to “fight back“, fight and push people for their own agenda, especially if they are being attacked – they often wished they were better at this. Instead of fighting back their attacker, they’ll simply evade them.

Also, Psychospiritualist tend to be out of touch with their bodies and physical experience. While the Psychospiritualist is usually concerned with looking presentable and well-styled like The Aesthete, they can have the tendency to look out-of-style or outdated and not as well-groomed or stylish as they would like to, unless they are surrounded by those who help or inspire them in this area.

Weak Thinking (Te)

The Psychospiritualist often lacks in common knowledge and “street smarts”, being mentally torn apart from life on earth, which is startling to others and can make the Psychospiritualist seem much dumber or immature than they really are. Even if they’ve lived somewhere for many years, they can still seem like a tourist or “lost”, hardly having explored life on earth (once again, for that they need some external inspiration or force). The Psychospiritualist will usually reject such lack of factual or common knowledge and deem it as unimportant.

It is not uncommon for a Psychospiritualist to lack in life experience and be overwhelmed by simple everyday tasks, like reading a map of the subway/underground.

Super Ego (Si)

The Psychospiritualist commonly feels pressured to adapt to societal norms in terms of health or internal physical experience, attempting to emulate The Aesthete or Bonvivant, but they usually never reach as high of a proficiency in those areas as they wished – there is always some amount of insecurity or hardship surrounding those efforts, so focusing on those matters can be a stressor for them. Differently from The Aesthete or Bonvivant, they lack sensorial sensibility within their bodies, causing a natural physical numbness, and lack nostalgic experiences, being usually mentally “lost” somewhere in the future or some indefinite time.


Functions

The Ego of the Psychospiritualist

  1. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  2. Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

The Super-Id (valued but weak)

The weakest Functions

The strongest Functions

Correlations

INFJ (MBTI), IEI (Socionics)


Subtypes

There are 3 specific subtype variations of the Psychospiritualist.

Those variations can be grouped into Ni (Introverted Intuition) subtype and Fe (Extroverted Feeling) subtype.

Ni Subtype (Classic Introvert)

Ni subtype Psychospiritualists share most of those traits:

  • Stereotypically introverted
  • more concerned with logical consistency and creating/employing systems
  • more passive, shy and with less life experience (compared to others of their age)
  • more objective and wise (compared to others of their age)

Can be mistaken for INTJ / ILI.

Fe Subtype (Extroverted Introvert / “Ambiverted”)

Fe subtype Psychospiritualists share most of those traits:

  • ”Ambiverted“ (can be mistaken for an extrovert)
  • more outgoing, outwardly expressive, and charming
  • more interested in social work, relationships, and/or drama/theatre
  • more emotionally sensitive
  • more stylish and colourfully dressed

Can be mistaken for ENFJ, ESFJ, ISFJ / EIE, ESE, SEI.

Note: Don’t mistake Jungian “ambiversion” with sociable Enneagram instinctual stackings, like So/Sx. If you are an introvert with that stacking, you’ll come across as “ambiverted”, even if you don’t have that subtype!

No Subtype (Standard Type)

A Psychospiritualist who falls into both categories more or less is most likely the No subtype kind.


Enneagram Types

  • More easygoing and “blending in” (Type 9)
  • More melancholic and/or individualistic (Type 4)
  • More on edge and vigilant (Type 6)

If you are not a Type 9, 4, nor 6, then you are most likely not The Psychospiritualist. But make sure you are correctly typed. You can book a Get•Typed session here.


Type Compatibility

Most compatible:

Least compatible: (Coming soon)

*Note: This type can be less compatible due to mismatching Enneagram.


Psychospiritualist Celebrities: Click here 


Note: Of course there are psychoanalysts who possess a different personality type, so please do not assume that all psychospiritualists in the world fit this personality type! I call the Introverted Intuition + Feeling personality type “The Psychospiritualist” not only because they are usually sychospiritual, but also because this personality structure personifies the archetype the best. The best psychospiritualists in the world will have this personality type.


Last update: 07-02-21

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