Overview (Introverted Intuition + Feeling)
The Psychospiritualist is deeply in touch with their intuitive perception of the world, the temporal flow of (human) events on both a small and larger scale, 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 in the realm of the human psyche/soul, as well as to expand the (self-)awareness of both themselves and (over) others.
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.
Most Psychospiritualists are naturally gifted (e.g without a degree) at psychology, the unconscious mind, dream interpretation, philosophy, spirituality, mindset, self-development/-growth, and the future. Many of them are psychologists, therapists, writers, spiritual guides and self-help or relationship coaches.
spirited: full of energy, enthusiasm, and determination
to psych: mentally prepare (someone) for a testing task or occasion; analyse (something) in psychological terms
Purpose Role: 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 psychospiritual insights and visions known to others in a spirited manner.
Main Function (Ni)
The Psychospiritualist can have a keen awareness of how one (human) event leads to another; that can make them 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 (in the social world). 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” or acting based on 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 or values. 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.
Anything that is encountered by 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 dreaming of and seeing butterflies repeatedly, and from then on predict and reflect on their own transformational process and values 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 (or the “human spirit”) share in their inner selves as well.
The Psychospiritualist’s tendency to always be on the lookout for future developments, personal meanings and purpose, 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 or “activates” the Psychospiritualist to interrupt their internal flow and “take action”.
Strong Unvalued External Intuition (Ne)
The Psychospiritualist is well-adept at brainstorming novel ideas and combining seemingly separate ideas and concepts from different sources in new and enlightening ways. Even if the Psychospiritualist deals with an older concept, the way they use it will appear to be novel and well-fitted to the time period they live in. This is also where the Psychospiritualist mentally draws the line – if novel combinations or overlaps are not relevant for a specific time and place, then they will be mostly ignored. However, there can be moments when the Psychospiritualist will blurt out random associations just for fun (or to annoy people).
External Focus and Behaviour (Fe)
In the company of others, the Psychospiritualist will 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 and will 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 sharing their subjective feelings, finding such discussions rather superfluous and preferably avoidable in a group or party setting.
Besides externally observable emotions, the Psychospiritualist values a sort of communal and collectivistic approach to humanity. Rather than emphasizing someone’s individualism, they prefer focusing on the aspects that are shared and expressed by everyone, both at large and in specific group or one-on-one settings.
The Psychospiritualist is often a naturally quiet person, but around others they enjoy being quite emotionally expressive or even loud and silly, hence can be mistaken for an extrovert like The Inspirer.
Strong Unvalued Internal Feeling (Fi)
The Psychospiritual can rather easily take note of personal sympathies between individuals and their own sympathies and antipathies towards others, but those assessment usually do not hold any large or significant weight for them. They only matter if they have a direct influence on how well a group interaction “jives” for everyone involved, or when people’s subjective attitudes might harm the Psychospiritualist’s future goals. The Psychospiritualist can develop sophisticated moral values, which can benefit humanity, but once again, they will typically be ordered below other priorities. In contrast, types like the Aesthete or Strategist see way more significance in this matter.
Aim at Internal 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”.
Many Psychospiritualists will create their own systems and models or actively attempt to improve upon existing ones. Despite their drive to be logically structured and consistent, occasionally even in a somewhat rigid manner in the eyes of others, they can make logical errors or use their logic in a “hazy” or inconsistent manner, which differentiates them from people like The System Builder.
Weak Unvalued External 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.
Weak Valued Sensing (Se)
The Psychospiritualist often struggles with viscerally influencing events and making things happen on their own, including their own life. For accomplishing this, the Psychospiritualist typically welcomes outside help or motivation from more dynamic, energetic, “hands-on”, even somewhat aggressive individuals, who can help 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 either succumb to their pressure or simply evade them (in advance).
Unvalued Weak Internal Sensing (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 Caregiver, 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 Caregiver, they lack sensorial sensibility within their bodies, causing a natural physical numbness or “out-of-body”-experience on a daily basis. Also they lack nostalgic experiences, being usually mentally “lost” somewhere in the future or some indefinite time.
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Note: Of course there are psychospiritualists 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 psychospiritual, but also because this personality structure personifies the archetype the best. The best psychospiritualists in the world will have this personality type.
Least compatible: (Coming soon)
*Note: This type can (occasionally) be less compatible due to mismatching Enneagram Trifixes.
The Ego of the Psychospiritualist
The Super-Id (valued but weak)
The weakest Functions
The strongest Functions
INFJ (MBTI), IEI (Socionics)
Note: Both MBTI and Socionics include Big 5-related aspects in their types, especially MBTI is mostly a variation of Big 5 nowadays. My version of the Jungian types does not use Big 5 traits, hence the conventional 4-letter idea of “INFJ” might not fully apply. Based on the letters, you might count as “INFJ” but not as The Psychospiritualist with Ni and Fe as their first functions. Read this for more on this issue.
There are 3 specific subtype variations of the Psychospiritualist.
Ni Subtype (Classic Introvert)
Ni subtype Psychospiritualists share most of those traits:
- Stereotypically introverted, very low energy
- More concerned with logical consistency and creating/employing systems
- More passive and with less life experience (compared to others of their age)
- More objective and wise (compared to others of their age)
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
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.
- More easygoing and “blending in” (9w1)
- 925, 952, 926, 962, 945, 954, 946, 964 (Trifixes)
- More melancholic and/or individualistic (4w5)
- 495, 459, 496, 469 (Trifixes)
If you are not a 9w1 nor 4w5, then you are most likely not The Psychospiritualist. But make sure you are correctly typed. You can book a Get•Typed session here.