Jacob wrote wrote:Thus, I think psychology could benefit from more mapping of the territory rather than just declaring what [the territory] should be; or presuming that all the territory is similar to the mental valley one personally lives in; or simply working off an average.
Ideally, I'd like to see a map that describes the different temperaments (e.g. MBTI or enneagram); a map that describes different levels or stages of psychological development (e.g. Cook-Greuter, Piaget, Kegan, MHC); and a map that describes functioning (from sickness to health).
With this Jacob's post
in mind, I am sharing a quote from Wild Mind
The human psyche — our wild, multifaceted mind in its natural habitat of the more-than-human world — is complex and dynamic. In its mature fullness, it grants us an astonishing array of personal resources: a rainbow spectrum of skills and sensibilities applicable to almost any circumstance. It affords us multiple ways to heal our psychological wounds — and to benefit from them. It gifts us with deeply imaginative capacities for engendering life-enhancing relationships and cultures and for meaningfully participating in the world we cocreate with the other members of the Earth community.
One of my intentions in constructing this Nature-Based Map of the Psyche has been to recognize and appreciate the full spectrum of our humanity. I especially wanted to portray the psyche in a way that allows its paired opposites to coexist. The map celebrates the paradoxes of our human nature and the tension existing within each paradox, tensions that perchance make possible the very structure of our human psyches.
In the project of human self-understanding, the Nature-Based Map of the Psyche […] identifies only one set of ways in which one person can be similar to or different from another — namely, their degree of cultivation of the Self, their level of integration of subpersonalities, and the nature of their conscious relationship with Soul and Spirit. To fully understand any person, we must consider at least two additional dimensions beyond the structural elements of the psyche explored in this book: […] the person’s stage of personal development and their personality type.
Footnote: Fully understanding a person also requires us to know about their context, their relationship with the world — their historical epoch, cultural setting, ethnicity, language, family and social relationships, gender and gender roles, vocational and community roles, ecological place, and the nature and extent of their ecological awareness and participation.
Stages of personal development: Since 1985, Bill Plotkin and his colleagues have been fashioning an eight-stage, nature-based model of human development aka the Eco-Soulcentric Developmental Wheel (introduced in Nature and the Human Soul).
Personality types: They've also "sketched out a nature-based model of personality, also mapped onto the four-directions matrix but not yet published".
What a great holistic approach to human understanding, development and finding one's place in the world.
I personally would suggest starting with Nature and the Human Soul
, for an overview of an ecocentric human development (and its egocentric variants), then follow up with Wild Mind
, which is probably the most universally actionable, and The Journey of Soul Initiation
(plus of course Soulcraft
, his great first book, for some additional details and practices especially during the Cocoon).
Does anybody know more about his yet unpublished nature-based model of personality?