Re-imagin-ing

David West Keirsey (August 31, 1921 – July 31, 2013)

frame work

Frame
Work

re-: Latin – ‘again
imagin-: Latin imaginari – ‘picture to oneself,’
ing: Germanic -ung – Gerund – ‘continuing action

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My father died on July 30th, 2013 and I intend to honor him, if I can, by writing a blog about him and his ideas every year.  First year,  Second Year, Third Year

His ideas still have use because his ideas are slow ideas. Moreover, his ideas have wider applicability if re-imagin-ed, judiciously.

Only the educated and self-educated are free.

“… Up to that time I had learned a lot, but not at school. I began reading when I was seven. Read (most of) a twelve volume set of books my parents bought, Journeys through Bookland. Read countless novels thereafter, day in and day out. I educated myself by reading books. Starting at age nine my family went to the library once a week, I checking out two or three novels which I would read during the week. Then, when I was sixteen, I read my father’s copy of Will Durant’s The Story of Philosophy. I read it over and over again, now and then re-reading his account of some of the philosophers.” [Turning Points, David West Keirsey, 2013]

Klein Dual Inside Out

“I mention Durant’s book The Story of Philosophy because it was a turning point in my life, I too, become a scholar as did Durant, thereafter reading the philosophers and logicians—anthropologists, biologists, ethologists, ethnologists, psychologists, sociologists, and, most important, the etymologists, all of the latter—Ernest Klein, Eric Partridge, Perry Pepper, and Julius Pokorny—of interest to me now as then.” [Turning Points, David West Keirsey, 2013]

When I arrived on the scene (about 30 years later) upon which my father and I started debating about ideas. He was well educated, and more importantly self-educated, in Philosophy and Psychology.  He considered himself to be the last of the Gestalt Psychologists at the end of his life.

Being a “hard” science kind of guy by nature but always being questioned by my “Gestalt” psychologist father, I always, in the back of my mind, questioned the basic assumptions taught to me in school — like the physics concept of “mass.” I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what was wrong or what issues were being finessed, for I figured that I was either ignorant or not bright enough to know better.

“If you don’t understand something said,
don’t assume you are at fault.”
— David West Keirsey

My father was called Dr. Matrix by his staff at Covina School District. He considered himself as an self taught expert in Qualitative Factor Analysis, because he had to have six semesters of statistics (quantitative and correlative) as a PhD requirement for psychology, and found that those techniques missed important factors and meaning.  Rather, he looked for systematic (and wholistic) patterns in human action, using the principles of Gestalt psychology.  I often would be his sounding board on his tentative propositions in characterizing the observable action patterns.

Temperament Framework Productive Action

The Temperament Framework for Productive Human Action

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History of Madness – Track 18

Audio Track 18:  Dr. Keirsey talks about an assignment to pick a behavior that could be considered a mad tactic.

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  They were rediscovered after his death by chance and some sections of the tapes were partly recovered. This post is the edited eighteenth audio track.  The eighteenth is and will be the last.  There are no other tracks recoverable.

Track 1:  The beginning of History of Madness lecture course

He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”.  In these last few recovered lectures, he talks a little about his theory of madness: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness”  based social field theory and Temperament.  He continued to work on his theory (off and on) for the next 30 years.

Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:

“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”

david_keirsey_in_library

Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 17:  continues discussion of “madness”

Track 18:

This track he talks about an assignment for the people in the class.

Choose “mad” behavior of the labeled patient: translate into German and Latin.

Qualifies as a form of madness: show how it is unreasonable, unpleasant, and unceasing.

Speculate (guess) what it does for the labeled patient: what does he/she get out of it.

What other tactics are used by the labeled patient?

Why madness?

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History of Madness – Track 17

Audio Track 17:  Discussing the criteria of “madness”.

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  They were rediscovered after his death by chance and some sections of the tapes were partly recovered. This post is the edited seventeenth audio track.  The eighteenth is and will be the last.  There are no other tracks recoverable.

Track 1:  The beginning of History of Madness lecture course

He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”.  In these last few recovered lectures, he talks a little about his theory of madness: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness”  based social field theory and Temperament.  He continued to work on his theory (off and on) for the next 30 years.

Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:

“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”

david_keirsey_in_library

Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 16:  continues discussion of the four criteria of “madness”

Track 17:

Drug abuser or the criminal who does it not for money or status.

Annoys the culture at large.  Behaviors of concerns.

Track 18

Why madness?

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History of Madness – Track 16

Audio Track 16:  Discussing the criteria of “madness”.

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  They were rediscovered after his death by chance and some sections of the tapes were partly recovered. This post is the edited sixteenth audio track.  More audio tracks will follow.

Track 1:  The beginning of History of Madness lecture course

He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”.  In these last few recovered lectures, he talks a little about his theory of madness: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness”  based social field theory and Temperament.  He continued to work on his theory (off and on) for the next 30 years.

Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:

“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”

david_keirsey_in_library

Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 15:  Labeling of “the patient” and two of the four criteria of “madness”.
Madness: 1) repetitive, 2) appears unreasonable

Track 16:
continues discussion of the criteria of “madness”
2) appears unreasonable:  it appears not to have a payoff for the individual.

3) the behavior upsets people. (very important criteria)  Disapproved in the social circle that labelled patient is in.

4) unusual behavior

Other behaviors not mad: social rituals.

 

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History of Madness — Track 12

Audio Track 12: The Use and Abuse of Words

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  They were rediscovered after his death by chance and some sections of the tapes were partly recovered. This post is the twelfth audio track (there was nothing recoverable on the 13th, 14th tracks).  More audio tracks will follow.

Track 1:  The beginning of History of Madness lecture course

He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”.  At the end of the course, he talks a little about his theory of madness: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness”  based social field theory and Temperament.

Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:

“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”

david_keirsey_in_library

Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 11b: The use and abuse of words.

Track 12:  The Use and Abuse of Words

The Fallacy of Objectification: reification.
The English language’s base is Germanic.   Greek and Latin are Foreign.

You cannot say the meaning of a word.
The MEANING OF A WORD IS ITS USAGE.

 

Track 15:

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History of Madness – Track 15

Audio Track 15:  Labeling of “the patient” and criteria of “madness”.

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  They were rediscovered after his death by chance and some sections of the tapes were partly recovered. This post is the fifteenth audio track (there was nothing recoverable on the 13th ,14th).  More audio tracks will follow.

Track 1:  The beginning of History of Madness lecture course

He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”.  At the end of the course, he talks a little about his theory of madness: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness”  based social field theory and Temperament.

Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:

“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”

david_keirsey_in_library

Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 12: The Use and Abuse of Words

Track 15:

Track 15:  Labeling of “the patient” and two of the four criteria of “madness”.

Labeling versus “diagnosis”: the relieving of responsibility of the family dysfunction.

Madness: 1) repetitive, 2) appears unreasonable

Track 16

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The History of Madness – Track 11b

Track 11b:  The use and abuse of words.

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  They were rediscovered after his death by chance and some sections of the tapes were partly recovered. This post is the eleventh audio track, second part (recovered partly).  More audio tracks will follow.

Track 1:  The beginning of History of Madness lecture course

He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”.  At the end of the course, he talks a little about his theory of madness: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness”  based social field theory and Temperament.

Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:

“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”

david_keirsey_in_library

Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 11a

Track 11b:

The use and abuse of words: in Madness, in particular in the “healing” profession.

[Editor’s comment:  My father’s analysis of the USE and ABUSE of WORDS can be useful in other domains: like mathematics, physics, biology, and of course the social sciences, humanities, history, and any other domain of human discourse]

Track 12:

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