History of Madness – Track 7

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  This post is the seventh 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”.  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.”


Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 7:

Element theory:
Energy element: instinct — provide force.  Archetypes (what Jung called instinct).
There are force elements.  Energy is a force element with energy in it.  Forces are in centers – confining barrier.  “They got problems there.”
Hydraulic Metaphor:  Values, tubes, and chambers.  Chambers: SuperEgo, Ego, Id.

Wholistic theory:
The Gestalt

Laws of Configuration.

The form is inherent.

The theory of type.

Field Theory.

The mind-body “problem” of elementalism.

The Wholistic View.

Wheeler’s Laws of Human Nature

Systems and polarities

History of Madness — Track 8

About Keirsey

Dr. David Mark Keirsey is a scientist that is interested in how and why the world works. The first half of his professional career was as a Computer Scientist, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. Notably, he was part of a team who created the software for the first operation of an autonomous cross-country robotic vehicle. In the current latter part of his career, he has broaden his interest to include all of science, mathematics, computation, and the history and future of the world. His plan is to write at least three books, two of which are tentatively called Mathematics Itself and Existence Itself. The third is a book on Leadership. Currently he is part of a web-based company, Keirsey.com to develop interactive team and human personality tools based on his father's best-selling work on human temperament. He is a Architect Rational in temperament.
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2 Responses to History of Madness – Track 7

  1. Can’t wait for the next track. In Personology, Keirsey had a footnote about Aristotle’s notion of causality; it seems that he made peace with the word “cause”. His real quandry was not with the concept of entailment generally but with the exclusion of functional entailment by reductionists. By the word, one could have taken him as a waffling mystic, though by the structure of his words it is not too hard to tell that he means to decode his metaphors and get precise about what people do. Indeed, words are hard to work with. When did the linguistic atomic notion come about, that the power is in the words?

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