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MBTI & Moral Development  Carl Jung, MD is recognized as the theorist who reflected on the psychological consciousness and its association with decision-making and actions (moral development and integrity). In 1921, Jung discussed in his pioneering book, Psychological Types, the four ends of two continuums (akin to points of a compass): feeling, thinking, sensing, and intuition. He believed people could use these four patterns to differentiate their consciousness until they had become psychologically self-aware (individuated). Jung believed individuated people used all four of these intelligences (feeling, thinking, intuition, and sensing) to enhance their self-knowledge, which allowed them to develop psychologically and morally throughout their lifetimes.

In the foreword of Blake Burleson, PhD's 2001 book, Pathways to Integrity, the first principles of Jung's moral psychology included: (1) our individual natures determine our ethical perspectives, (2) Jung's typology identified those personality preferences, (3) the thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuitive preferences (functions of consciousness) can be developed over the lifetime, and (4) a balanced development of each of the four functions leads to more conscious and ethical development. These four principles constituting Jung's psychological moral theory asserted that there is more than one way to be ethical; hence, the combination of the strengths of each function of consciousness indicates the preference for one ethical philosophy over another.

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