According to the Dictionary (3)

As a result of the different personality types dealing with information differently, people with different typename letters tend to interpret abstract concepts accordingly. But because there are only a limited number of types, we can find a pattern in these interpretations, which is the topic of this series of blog posts.
Keep in mind that the other letters in a person’s type also have an influence and that once you start thinking about the different meanings, you might see the other perspectives, but this is about the first reaction most people of a certain type have to these concepts.
So today’s words are about the position of the individual in the society – concepts that form the very basis of most ethical debates.
You may find some repeats in the below, which is a result of them having been taking from the glossary of the book (Concerto for Mankind).

individual: an organism, specimen or separate being (an “actual individual”), which can be differently perceived as:
• an individual in the human race; a human with a personal name and history, defined by his persona (E)
• an individual despite the human race; a subject with unique qualities no other being shares, defined by his unique perspective (I)
• an individual in the community, defined by his social position or name (J)
• an individual despite the community, defined by his autonomy (P)

free will: an individual’s ability to determine his own actions and beliefs within the limitations of his physical and psychological existence. This is interpreted as meaning:
• having a choice between objects in the existing, objective world (E)
• having to answer only to one’s inner self (inner judge, personal perspective) (I)
• being able to make certain choices about one’s life, with the understanding that in some cases an individual does not know best and may need direction to prevent mistakes (J)
• being able to determine every aspect of one’s own life and behaviour, in which all limitations and coercion from others are violations – the individual has the right to make his own mistakes (P)

voluntary: done according to one’s own will, in which “will” is interpreted as:
• choosing to do one’s duty, according to the moral expectations (J) as a result of experiencing group responsibility, as in belonging to the community one lives in, from which follows the duty of every member to partake in what needs to be done.
• not initiated unless asked; an agreement between independent individuals (P) as a result of experiencing self-accountability: the expectation that a person actively chooses his membership in groups and is fully accountable for the obligations that follow from this choice.

right: As in having a right (as opposed to having an obligation):
• the freedom to act as an autonomous person; a right of nature (P)
• a privilege allowed individuals within their society; a moral/legal right (J)

liberty: the perceived freedom of an individual to determine one’s own actions, thoughts and beliefs; freedom from oppression and restrictions. This can be interpreted as:
• freedom to act, speak, move and think freely, as long as others are not harmed (positive- and negative liberty)
• freedom to make autonomous decisions with regard one’s own actions and life, in which all limitations from or coercion by the environment (whether specific people or a social authority) are violations (P)
• having certain rights and privileges given by moral or legal authority; freedom from interference by others with the expectation that the needs of the group take priority (J)

coercion:
• being manipulated, forced or threatened by another individual (J)
• being ordered, manipulated, forced or threatened by the tools of a social authority, ruling power or public morality; peer pressure (P)
• interference or limitations imposed by the environment (I)

Again, some of these may be more obvious to some people.
I would be interested to hear your reactions along with your typename (if you know it).

Thank you for reading.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. syentumi
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 03:42:00

    Dear Mirjam,

    Thank you for another intriguing set of words to define! The abstract concepts were more difficult to pinpoint, and in some cases I gave answers that included more than one personality category. For the record, my personality type is ENFJ. Here are the definitions I came up with this time.

    individual: • an individual in the human race; a human with a personal name and history, defined by his persona (E) – with unique qualities (I)

    free will • having a choice between objects in the existing world (E); being able to make certain choices about one’s life, with the understanding that in some cases an individual does not know best and may need direction to prevent mistakes (J)

    voluntary • choosing to do one’s duty, according to the moral expectations as a result of experiencing self-accountability: the expectation that a person actively chooses his membership in groups and is fully accountable for the obligations that follow from this choice. (I edited the two to make one answer.)

    right • a privilege allowed individuals within their society; a moral/legal right (J)

    liberty • freedom to make autonomous decisions with regard one’s own actions and life; having certain rights and privileges given by moral or legal authority; freedom from interference by others with the expectation that the rights of individuals are upheld by the law. (I edited the two to make one answer.)

    coercion • being manipulated, forced or threatened by another individual; being ordered, manipulated, forced or threatened by the tools of a social authority, ruling power or public morality; peer pressure; interference or limitations imposed by the environment. (all three definitions apply.)

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  2. nonentiti
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 10:58:23

    Thank you so much for that response, Shari Jo.
    I can see how some of those can be combined to make a more accurate answer for people. This is very helpful.

    Reply

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