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Introduction to Cognietrics

by Alon Oscar Deutsch

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5 Star Goodreads Review – “Introduction to Cognietrics provides a different and interesting perspective on the study of cognitive behaviors. Alon Oscar Deutsch introduces the Jungian types in [such a] way that the reader can relate to their personality type and understand others. This is a great read for anyone interested in personality types and behavioral psychology.”

From the Back Cover – “INTP, ISFP, ENFJ – what does it all mean? This book will show you what to expect when you come across one of these abbreviations. Drawing on references to epistemology, mathematics, physics, and even competing measures of intelligence, this book will explain how each Jungian type engages life.”

From the Author – “The following article is a condensed version of the preface to my treatise on philosophy and psychology, which is structured mathematically and even explains the fundamental paradox behind the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics: I wrote my first book, Introduction to Cognietrics, in order to bring extended meaning to the suppositions encountered in the definition of the Myers-Briggs types. Though many books have been written on this subject, I felt that few had unifying ideas or were otherwise able to inspire a coherent, philosophical discussion of its implications among readers. In writing this book I was finally able to redefine the fundamental epistemological concepts on which our experience of reality is based, ultimately merging psychology with philosophy itself, and even discuss ideas that I had not previously encountered, such as the definition of knowledge in terms of Jungian dichotomies. These ideas appear repeatedly in the philosophical literature – for instance, an example of cognietrics in epistemology is the following: on page 1 of Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, Bertrand Russell states that ‘The distinction between mathematics and mathematical philosophy is one which depends upon the interest inspiring the research, and upon the stage which the research has reached.’ When one considers that due to attained importance, and given the change associated with stages, something reaches a stage not necessarily when one can begin to think differently about it but rather when he can begin to feel differently about it, and that while research is inspired by logic interest is inspired by emotion, it is obvious that Russell is (perhaps unknowingly) referring to the cognietric distinction between knowledge and understanding as outlined in my book; note that in the preface to Our Knowledge of the External World, which predates Carl Jung’s Psychological Types by 7 years, Russell tries to shed new light on the distinction between ‘realists and idealists’, not unlike the Jungian dichotomy of sensation vs. intuition. In this book I also show how the different personalities work together to accommodate novel ideas and recurring trends in an endless cycle as determined by the order of the strongest Jungian Cognitive Functions, and I describe how different combinations of personality traits may manifest in each type. I provide research supporting the existence of mutually exclusive personality traits in accordance with the Myers-Briggs dichotomies, and explanations for the Jungian Cognitive Functions that I use to create a short test to aid in analyzing one’s Jungian type. I also discuss theories of type development over time, and I provide background on previous typology theories such as Myers-Briggs and socionics. I answer frequently asked questions on the nature, relevance, and justification of Jungian typology, and I discuss the benefit of mindfulness with respect to both of the values represented by each Myers-Briggs dichotomy. I must end by saying that I sincerely hope that this book brings you as much insight while reading it as it brought me while writing it.”