I am fascinated by Carl Jung’s temperament theories. It seems to me that all animals have an inborn temperament which is like their instinct – it’s a built in guide for dealing with their environment.
Jung’s theories became unpopular due to accusations of anti-semitism and Nazi support leading up to the Second World War, but he actually did help the Allies fight the Nazi’s during the war. However, it’s his theories of temperaments that I have interest in, not it’s potential abuse for racial profiling – anything can be made evil with the right mindset. As always, I digress.
What I’ve been pondering as of late, is this: If we have an underlying temperament that affects our internal subconscious – then is having a temperament that is unlike the ‘norm’ or majority of society more likely to lead to depression?
For example, personally I have a rare temperament type (1% to 3% of the Western population is estimated to share it) on the MBTI scale. If my internal guide to life is different from most – isn’t this more likely to cause a greater level of mental difficulty dealing with and fitting in to the world around me?
Couple this with the theory of kindling in depression – being that the brains chemistry is changed by repeated stressors. If your internal guide throws you in a different direction from the society you’re attempting to function in – that would certainly seem to me to be a repeated stressor.