Personality Type: Feeling and Cognitive Dissonance

Jordan Peterson Interview by Cathy Newman (ESTJ)
A demonstration of the relationship of Feeling & Cognitive Dissonance

A YouTube video of a TV interview of Jordan Peterson by British Journalist Cathy Newman (who works for Channel 4 News, “a publicly-owned and commercially-funded UK public service broadcaster) has created quite a stir on the Internet. It garnered 2,974,440 views on YouTube in only 6 days’ time! In addition, in that same 6 days there have been close to a million views of other videos that have recorded and re-broadcast parts of the original Channel 4 video of Newman and Peterson.

In a run through of the companion videos commenting on the debate between the two, it seems the consensus is Peterson clearly was the winner, both in content of his arguments and in his demeanor.

But I don’t want to review winners and losers in this debate, nor delve in any depth into the issues on which the two differed.

ESTJ Archetype

Rather I want to use Journalist Newman and her conduct in this debate as an archetype for ESTJ personality type and a discussion of the Feeling mental process. It was a related video by Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert, on the subject of Cognitive Dissonance that got me thinking about this subject (there’s a link to the Adams video at the end of this article). Adams isn’t a psychologist like Jordan Peterson, but he is a life long observer of the human condition and the interplay between people, which is one reason why his Dilbert cartoons have been so successful. And Adams has taken the trouble to learn a bit on the “why” people act as they do.

Before we go further, unless you are quite familiar with the Peterson-Newman video itself, you’ve got to pause a moment to watch this video snippet of several key moments in the 30 minute interview. (A link to the entire video is also at the end of this article)

Ross Reinhold, editor and publisher

Attempting to accurately type the personality of public figure based upon media information is ripe for mistakes. This article and others I’ve written use public figures as a icon for a particular personality type. The type casting is an educational exercise to advance understanding different aspects of personality type theory. What is the individual’s “real” personality type is a conclusion best left to the individual, often with the aid of a credentialed counselor or by extended education on the nature of personality types.

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