Containment Chronicle Confine … I’ll tell you who you are! thanks to MBTI

Containment is experienced differently depending on the person. Obviously the material conditions greatly influence whether you live it between the walls of an apartment or in the open air of the countryside. But there is also a very personal way of living it according to one’s personality preferences. The MBTI with its famous questionnaire successfully disseminated to 40 million copies worldwide, identifies a typology of preferences according to Jung’s personality theory. Applied in time of confinement, it allows you to step back, better understand yourself, understand others, defuse certain caricature situations with kindness and humor!


Confinement: social distance and forced interiorization

The very principle of confinement tests the relationship with the world and with others, which comes to impact people with the preferences of Extraversion and Introversion differently. For the former, being confined is a constraint that will cut them off from their preferred source of energy, contact with others. For others it is on the contrary an incredible chance to be able to entrench itself in its interior world, not to be obliged to interact, to enjoy calm and silence, to indulge in a solitude which has become in the name of health protection socially “Normal”. The Internet, the antidote to the poison of isolation, is experienced differently too. People preferably Extraversion will surf from a call to a Zoom aperitif, wandering, talking freely or laughing on their Smartphone while people preferably Introversion will maintain their relationships with a few chosen people by making a call discreetly, calmly the secluded place where they created their containment

nest. Overflowing presence or too marked withdrawal, this is an opportunity for everyone to manage their own social distance cursor!


Telework: between freedom and time constraints

Work has this social function of structuring time. For those who are teleworking or forced unemployed, they must draw on their internal resources to organize their time at home, which will be done differently depending on the people who have a preference for Judgment or Perception. The first will quickly decide how to organize their days, give themselves timetables, alternate work and leisure periods, make menus for the week and the corresponding shopping lists. The others will rather take advantage of the windfall of having a more empty agenda to indulge in the freedom of the absence of constraints, do the shopping according to the desires and off the lists, live according to the desires of the moment. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to manage their relationship to control and to let go while respecting the preferences of the other!


The Crisis: a threat or an opportunity for change

This health crisis which becomes the crisis of the Century is experienced in its analysis in the present and in the perspective of its consequences in very different ways. People preferably Sensation will decipher with force figures and facts the current situation and its short term evolution. While people preferably Intuition will refer to past examples and consider future prospects. This posture will be reinforced by the Introversion-Sensation association which will tend to identify very short-term changes, therefore rather associated with losses and difficulties, while Extraversion Intuition people will see the opportunity for innovation and the benefits medium to long term progress.


This crisis and confinement are like an encouragement to work on oneself as Jung recommends “If you do not go towards your shadow, your shadow will come to you!” “

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