PP-2009-03: Two Qubits for C.G. Jung's Theory of Personality

PP-2009-03: Blutner, Reinhard and Hochnadel, Elena (2009) Two Qubits for C.G. Jung's Theory of Personality. [Report]

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We propose a formalization of C.G. Jung's theory of personality using a four-dimensional Hilbert-space for the representation of two qubits. The first qubit relates to Jung's four psychological functions Thinking, Feeling, Sensing and iNtuition, which are represented by two groups of projection operators {T, F} and {S, N}. The operators in each group are commuting but operators of different groups are not. The second qubit represents Jung's two perspectives of extraversion and introversion. It is shown that this system gives a natural explanation of the 16 psychological types that are defined in the Jungian tradition. Further, the system accounts for the restriction posed by Jung concerning the possible combination of psychological functions and perspectives. Interestingly, the unitary transformation called X-gate in the quantum computation community realizes the cognitive operation connected to Jung's idea of the shadow. The empirical consequences of the present model are discussed and it is shown why the present praxis of personality diagnostics based on classical statistics is insufficient.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2009-03
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords: Opinion Building; Quantum Cognition; C.G. Jung; Entanglement
Depositing User: kblutne1
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:37
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/333

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