The Psychoanalyst is deeply in touch with their intuitive perception of the world, their unconscious, and their inner life, which is often more colourful 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 others. Most Psychoanalysts have an interest in psychology, the unconscious mind, dream interpretation, philosophy, spirituality, languages, and the future. Many of them are psychologists, therapists, psychoanalysts, writers, and self-help coaches.
The Psychoanalyst 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”.
They have a keen awareness of how one event leads to another; that can make the Psychoanalyst have a 6th sense-like ability to foresee future developments. That is also why the Psychoanalyst is commonly wary of jumping into situations head-on without considering future consequences. Before they head into any situation or romantic relationship, they often have already envisioned its development in time prior, and based on that insight the Psychoanalyst will proceed further or not. The Psychoanalyst tends to be rather hesitant in romance and requires the other person to take the lead or at least give them the impression that they are being desired.
Anything that happens to the Psychoanalyst 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 Psychoanalyst may see deeper meaning in how the veins of a leaf mirror the veins of the human body; both are structured in similar ways, and this points at the inherent connectivity of life on earth. Additionally, no matter how hard life may be or seem, the Psychoanalyst always finds a reason to look forward to a better future and never loses hope completely.
The Psychoanalyst’s tendency to always be on the lookout for future developments or to not commit any future mistakes is part of the reason why they are prone to a lot of inactivity. This does not necessarily mean that the Psychoanalyst will be sedentary, though that can be common; but rather, their life is typically like a song on a record player that keeps continuing on an endless loop, until someone actively interrupts it, or some outside influence forces and inspires the Psychoanalyst to interrupt it themselves and actually do something with their life. In that manner, the Psychoanalyst struggles with viscerally influencing events and making things happen on their own, including their own life. For accomplishing this, the Psychoanalyst typically requires outside help from more dynamic, energetic, and ”hands-on” individuals, who can put the Psychoanalyst’s insights and advice into practice. On that note, the Psychoanalyst can be quite passive both to life itself and other people, with a poor ability to ”fight back“ or fight for their own agenda; they can be quite vulnerable to other people’s influence and may feel compelled to simply follow their lead, even if on some personal level they may not agree with it.
The Psychoanalyst rarely considers themselves as someone who wastes their time doing nothing objectively productive; the self is endlessly fascinating, so is exploring the inner world of the collective unconscious; also, the fantasy world in their imaginary eye can be a constant source of inspiration. In that manner, the Psychoanalyst is rarely bored, even though their life can be very uneventful from an outside perspective.
It is not uncommon for a Psychoanalyst to lack in life experience and be overwhelmed by simple everyday tasks, like reading a map of the subway/underground, doing any kind of paperwork, or getting a job. Also, while the Psychoanalyst is usually concerned with looking presentable and well-styled, they can have the tendency to look out-of-style or outdated and not as well-groomed or stylish as they would like to. The Psychoanalyst commonly feels pressured to adapt to societal norms in terms of self-care, styling, and health, but they usually never reach as high of a proficiency in those areas as they wished – there is always some amount of insecurity surrounding those efforts, so focusing on those matters can be a stressor for them.
In the company of others, the Psychoanalyst will ensure that the mood of the people around them is sufficiently positive and ideally light-hearted. Gloominess or too much seriousness weighs down on the Psychoanalyst and can depress them, so with laughter, jokes, and funny anecdotes will the Psychoanalyst actively try to influence the mood of the others for the better, and often enough does the Psychoanalyst succeed at doing so. The Psychoanalyst can be quite silly or non-sensical in the company of people, and they enjoy an atmosphere of hearty laughter and engaging activity. People who hinder the Psychoanalyst from creating a mood of gaiety or are resistant to their emotional influence will be irritating to them and in their eyes ”ruin the fun”. The Psychoanalyst is commonly a shy or quiet person, but around others they can be quite emotionally expressive or even loud and hence be mistaken for an extrovert.
It is rare to find a Psychoanalyst who does not love humanity; they believe that humans are inherently good, or at least not supposed to be judged as either good or bad. Good and evil are somewhat arbitrary concepts for the Psychoanalyst and depend primarily on the situation; and even if someone might have hurt their feelings, so does the Psychoanalyst typically rarely if ever consider someone to be a truly bad person. Many Psychoanalysts are more concerned with the welfare of humanity at large and see any attempts at harming it as a personal issue more than others harming them personally. The Psychoanalyst will always try to walk in the other person’s shoes, understand their perspective, and forgive them on that basis. It is rare for a Psychoanalyst to hold a grudge for long. The Psychoanalyst usually has a good sense of what is good or bad for themselves, but what’s good or bad for their fellow humans and especially their loved ones typically has the higher priority. Interacting with people on a positive as well as deeper level lightens the Psychoanalyst’s mood and puts a spring to their step.
There are specific variations of the Psychoanalyst.
Ni subtype Psychoanalysts share one or several of those traits:
Stereotypically introverted; more concerned with logical consistency and creating/employing systems (can be mistaken for a Logical type); more passive, shy and with less life experience (compared to others of their age); more objective and wise (compared to others of their age).
Fe subtype Psychoanalyst share one or several of those traits:
”Ambiverted“ (can be mistaken for an extrovert); more outgoing, outwardly expressive, and charming; more interested in social work and/or drama/theatre; more emotionally sensitive; more stylish and colourfully dressed.
An Psychoanalyst who falls into both categories more or less is most likely the No subtype kind.
Besides the above, other variations are:
More melancholic and/or individualistic (Type 4); more easygoing (Type 9); more nurturing and engaging (Type 2); more principled and perfectionistic (Type 1); more on edge and vigilant (Type 6)
The Ego of the Psychoanalyst/IEI: