What Type•volution Stands For
- Always evolve and improve your personal self, lifestyle, and mindset. Or in other words: personal growth. If necessary, your old self needs to die, so your improved self can emerge.
- In terms of Enneagram type, it’s about climbing up the “Health Levels“.
- In terms of instincts, it’s about optimizing the total range of every instinct in the light side.
- In terms of Jungian type, it’s about being on the “Light side“ of your stronger functions.
- In general, you need to give up on your bad habits and limiting beliefs, and instead adopt better habits and empowering beliefs.
- You need to find and follow your purpose, based on your personality type (see “Purpose Role“), your background, your skills, and where/when you are. Your purpose will benefit both yourself and others. You need to believe in yourself and your purpose once you have found it.
- You also need to fulfill your instinctual needs (usually by utilizing your strengths) and follow what’s best for you and your well-being, otherwise you’ll never be content. This can include focusing on people who are closer to the “light side“ and who have more compatible personality types (usually related to instincts and Quadra).
- No matter how much you want to grow, improve, or do better, at the end you also need to accept yourself and your personality type. There is no point in trying to be a different personality type. Jungian growth is not about trying to improve or use weak functions, but rather about maximizing your stronger functions for everyone’s benefit. For that, it also helps to be around people with more compatible personality types, as mentioned above.
- All of the above needs to be done from a “light side“ perspective, with “light side“ actions and behavior. It is possible to accomplish a lot and to fulfill your needs with “dark“ behavior, but ultimately that will lead to your ruin and make the world a worse place. Negative feelings are okay, as long as you see them as (temporary) warning signs and be inspired by them so that you change your life for the better.
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- In 2013, I found personality type theory during very turbulent times, after reading in a psychology textbook about personality. I found out about being an INFJ, after taking tests online (one of which was supposed to be based on the “real“ MBTI) and later in books I bought. I started familiarizing myself with the types and “putting to the test“ the compatibility of types, based on my experience. At some point, I hit a roadblock where I was conflicted about being either INFP or INFJ, because I could relate to both being (stereotypically) P and J, for example “messy or orderly“, depending on the situation. When I discovered the cognitive functions (Ni-Fe vs Fi-Ne), I could finally settle on being INFJ. Since then, I’ve become a proponent of understanding and typing based on the cognitive functions, and debunking stereotypes that are not tied to the functions (enough), such as J vs P myths.
- I was about to finish my time at therapy (I had been strongly depressed for 3 years, close to the point of being suicidal. At some point I considered taking anti-depressants, but I am glad my therapist didn’t give me any). My therapist had helped me from the brink of ruin, but I was still battling with negative feelings about myself and an aching sense of dissatisfaction and unease that the therapy couldn’t solve. Therapy is certainly necessary if you are suicidal or have some other mental disorder, but once you are past that, I found it lacked proper action steps to significantly change my lifestyle, also because there tends to be too much of a focus on the past and rehashing bad memories. In combination with my following experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that coaching can be a superior method of changing your life and mindset for the best (for the average person, not for people struggling with serious mental health issues, they should do therapy first or alongside coaching IMO).
- After high school, I started studying Law, against my better judgment, due to the pressure of my family. I knew it didn’t truly suit me and my personality, despite my dad claiming it did, but I was not strong and brave enough to withstand them. Due to that, I am now very concerned about people going for something that actually suits their personality and preferences.
- In 2014, during that one year of being depressed during my Law studies, I started getting more involved in personality type theory forums and groups, trying to find a way out of my misery. I decided to stop Law, simply because once again, I couldn’t envision it long-term. I started my first YouTube channel under the name “Mylia Noir”, but I deleted it later.
- At some point I finally became aware of my own instinctual needs. I used to not be able to understand the instincts, I found them the most difficult to comprehend. I used to mistype myself as Sp/So or So/Sp, even though I was actually So/Sx, which I had forgotten and neglected for way too long. I realized that all my misery was due to my instinctual needs being unfulfilled. I slowly started to fulfill them more, but it took a long time until I really “got“ it.
- I started studying Literature & Film Theory etc., which is another passion of mine. But there were moments when I felt somewhat mentally unchallenged. My studies were rather easy and not fulfilling me as much as I would have hoped. So at the same time, I would fill up my free time obsessively doing research about personality type theory. It became my entire life (besides studies). Even during class, I’d find myself writing notes and theories on personality type.
- In 2015/2016 started two blogs on personality types, one about my typings of celebs (V.I.P Personality Typology), one about the theory here.
- Besides, I had experiences with different types and found MBTI recommendations to be strongly lacking and not based on any true functional foundation. I discovered Socionics. First I was also skeptical of their Model A and Intertype relation theory, but as I put that “to the test“ in my life, over time all of that really started to make lots of sense and confirmed my own experiences, way more than MBTI. I never looked back. (Having said that, I do not believe that “Duality” is ideal for everyone. Identity, Activity and Mirror are all perfectly good options, for different reasons and different preferences. And sure, there are also a few other ITRs that can be fairly good, but I do not endorse them, I say more about that further below.)
- During my MBTI days, I found it difficult to differentiate between types like ESFP vs ISFP, ESTP vs ISTP etc. When I discovered the Subtype theory by Meged and Ovcharov in Socionics, typing such people became much easier. I learned more about functional strengths, how people of the same personality type can have slightly different strengths and how subtype influences Intertype relations (to some extent). Since then, I’ve been a fan of the subtype theory, especially for typing difficult cases.
- Based on Socionics (and other factors like Enneagram etc.), I wrote down the personality type(s) of the partner that I thought would suit my personality best , and I met him not too long thereafter.
- Eventually, after consulting one person on personality type theory, they gave me money for my service as their thanks. My parents, which had been doubting and laughing about my “little hobby“ all along, finally took it a bit more seriously. And I was excited to see it going somewhere. I began offering my typing and consulting services to others around 2016.
- In 2017, my relationship had a considerable impact on my personal growth. Additionally, I found mindset and life coaches online with the same or a close personality type to mine that immensely helped me as well, which later inspired me to become a coach as well. My mental health drastically improved, faster and more deeply than when I was going to therapy, simply by being coached and fulfilling my instincts deliberately. For example, I made myself meet people and go to social events, no matter my social anxiety, and afterwards I felt much better. I saw my Enneagram health level going up. Being around my partner, who is also in the same “Quadra”, and then later finding coaches who were also INFJ or ENFJ, finally made me feel like my personality and interests were valuable to the world. This was eye-opening and transformative for me, because until that point, with a few exceptions, I had mostly spent my time with other personality types from other Quadras, who did not accept my personality fully.
- I became more and more at ease to “be myself“ and my personality. I became convinced in regards to my “purpose“ being Type•volution. I became convinced that having a close relationship with a highly compatible personality type (usually meaning in the same “Quadra“) can be vital for embracing your true personality, hence my TVT type descriptions only feature those 4 types under “most compatible types”.
- After all those findings and insights, I decided to start my official Type•volution YouTube channel in 2019 and share what I have learned in terms of actual personal growth (with personality type theory).
- Overall, I gained so much value from fulfilling my instinctual needs, being coached, finding and having someone in my life with a compatible personality type, accepting my own personality type and using its strengths, getting rid of negative limiting beliefs, and understanding the pitfalls of my Enneagram fixations.
- Results: I began to love myself and my life more, I got my motivation and passion for life back, I became more autonomous and action-oriented, I let go of negative beliefs that had limited me, I found and followed my true passion/purpose, I felt more fulfilled, I became physically and mentally healthier (without even trying so hard or needing therapy).
- Of course there can still be hard times or moments and Type•volution isn’t as far as I would like it to be (yet), but overall my mental and physical health haven’t been this good in a very long time. Additionally, my clients (re)discovered their true personality type(s), became more self-aware, more emotionally balanced, more self-confident, and took action that would suit their needs, one of them significantly improved their romantic relationship.
- I believe that Type•volution, aka Personality Type Evolution/Growth, is my purpose and my primary way of elevating/“evolving“ other people or the world to the “light side“, myself included.
- I believe that every personality type has a “Purpose Role“, so whenever I support people following their own and finding personal fulfillment, I feel like I am helping out humanity at a fundamental level.
- It saddens me whenever I see people wasting away, doing a job they hate, giving up on themselves or suffering internally, even if on the external they seem happy or successful. Because ultimately, I believe none of that is necessary and can be remedied. My own experience supports that.
- Whenever I coach or type people and I see them gaining more insight, being appreciative, sharing their victories, and growing over time, it makes me happier and my life more worthwhile.