John Beebe, M.D.—A Closer Look at the Auxiliary Function (Upcoming Event and Further Reading)

2008/02/23 10:00 am
2008/02/23 5:30 pm
A full-day event

John Beebe’s investigations of type have advanced our understanding of the auxiliary function, showing it to be dedicated to the work of fostering, nourishing, and taking care of others, and especially of guarding their development.

Closely associated is a consciousness that uses the same function as the auxiliary, but with the opposite attitude with respect to extraversion and introversion. This is the shadow of the auxiliary, which serves a defensive function, disabling rather than enabling its chosen targets because they are a threat to what it wants to protect.

Dr. Beebe will describe the archetypes associated with the auxiliary function (mother, father) and its shadow (witch, senex), and will give examples of how these appear to serve individuals of all 16 MBTI types. As in his previous presentations, Dr. Beebe will use clips from classic films to illustrate his findings. Come join the exploration and deepen your own awareness.

John Beebe, M.D. (ENTP) is a Jungian analyst and past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. In addition to his international reputation as a keynote speaker on Jung, type theory, and films, Dr. Beebe is the author of Integrity in Depth, plus numerous articles broadening our understanding of the eight Jungian functions or processes and their associated archetypes.

Richard Hendrickson is MC for this program.

Articles by John Beebe, M.D., now available; see below

The Capital City (Sacramento) Chapter of the Association for Psychological Type (CCC-APT) gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of Gillian Clack, editor of TypeFace, the quarterly journal of the British Association for Psychological Type (BAPT)(, where each of the three John Beebe articles posted here were first published. We also appreciate the assistance of Philip Kerr, editor of the Australian Psychological Type Review (, who provided CCC a more recent, slightly revised, version of the first article, “Evolving the Eight-Function Model,” from the AusPsychType Review of March 2006.

The articles are posted here for the convenience of our members and those attending Dr. Beebe’s presentation, “A Closer Look at the Auxiliary Function,” at CCC-APT on February 23, 2008. The articles are reproduced here with the permission of Dr. Beebe and BAPT.

Beebe - Evolving the 8-function model APT.pdf224.24 KB
Type and Archetype - Part One - The Spine.pdf146.62 KB
Type and Archetype - Part Two - The Arms .pdf600.39 KB