Attitudinal Psyche

Checking My Attitudinal Psyche

In my explorations of various systems of typology, I encountered a new one (to me) on Facebook. It is called Attitudinal Psyche and is the “brainchild” of Rob Zeke Collopy. The system and its components are described in depth on the Attitudinal Psyche website and discussed in the “Attitudinal Psyche” Facebook group, but I will summarize the basics here.

Theory

Aspects of Reality

Attitudinal Psyche identifies four main aspects of reality:

Aspects of Reality and the Focus of Each

Positions

Attitudinal Psyche also identifies four positions, each expressing specific dispositions toward the self and others. Two of these disposition pairings have a results orientation (wanting to achieve desired results); the other two display a process orientation (wanting to engage in the journeys one desires while processing related information). These unite to form a holistic portrayal of the psyche.

Attitudes

When a specific aspect of reality is placed into one of the four positions, the result is an “attitude.” There are sixteen total attitudes in Attitudinal Psyche, which are the cornerstones of the personality types.

The 16 Attitudes

Types and Sextas

The attitudes can be combined to form any of twenty-four unique types. Furthermore, each type is part of a grouping of types that share the same orientation toward specific aspects of reality. These groups are called “sextas” and contain four types each.

Subtypes

Rob has recently been exploring variations that are evident within the types. These subtypes in Attitudinal Psyche are patterns of surface-level behaviors that give each attitude in one’s type a specific “flavor.” He notes that

Accentuation appears to be the most common subtype and the truest to the type on a descriptive level, as there are no variable strategies on the surface that oppose or manipulate what is happening at a deeper attitudinal level.

Rob Zeke Collopy, AttitudinalPsyche.com

Other subtypes vary, depending on the position occupied by the attitude.

Application

So where do I fit in this system of typology? Rob developed an online test, which has now been through at least six versions. I believe I have taken every version to date. My early results were not definitive. Am I ELVF, The Poet? EVLF, The Catalyst? VELF, The Campaigner? Or LEVF, The Visionary?

I also took a psychosophy test online. What is psychosophy? It is somewhat similar to Attitudinal Psyche.

Psychosophy (or psycheyoga) is a theory of personality created by a Russian writer A. Afanasyev in his book “The syntax of love”. There the author suggested that there’re 24 types of people. Each type has its own features and, according to a certain logic, interacts with other types, society, has certain habits. Thus, it’s possible to give recommendations about what is the best activity in his life, which people are convenient and he can trust them, which personal sides are strong or weak, etc.

Alexander Khlebushchev

My result was EWLP, or EVLF in Attitudinal Psyche.

Pinpointing My Attitudinal Type

Type Consultation

I determined fairly early on that I was 4F. A bit later, I homed in on 2E. What I could not decide was whether V or L occupied the “Confident Position.” As with my exploration of my type in Socionics, I decided to schedule an online interview with Rob Zeke Collopy. This two-hour type consultation was conducted on December 6, 2020, via Zoom. The session was partly a discussion. The balance involved viewing and reacting to images. Rob identified me as an LEVF.

Questionnaire Analysis

I later submitted answers to a written questionnaire that Rob had constructed. On March 24, I received the report of my results. I am 1L and 2E, accentuated or without subtype. Both my 3V and 4F have a 1 subtype, labeled “Facade” for 3V-1 and “Self-sufficient” for 4F-1. The written report is available here.

Caveat

I enjoyed my conversation with Rob during the type consultation and, for the most part, in Facebook interactions about Attitudinal Psyche. However, if you are a Christian who approaches life with a biblical worldview, be aware that Rob does not. While he says, “I 100% respect your religious beliefs,” he also makes clear that anyone who approaches an issue like abortion from a biblical point of view is “pretending to channel the word and intention of their God with no doubt or adherence to reason. Keyword: pretending.” When I challenged his use of the word ‘pretense,’ he responded, “Yes, all magical thinking is pretense. It’s the definition of the word itself.” To me, this does not sound “respectful” of my religious beliefs. If you are looking only for typing in this system, Rob is the “go-to” person, but avoid discussions related to God.