In Thought through New Regions

He: “At this moment I pass a new law, unalterable.”

She: “I rejected the real, and rabidly devoured the ideal.”

Mating and Dating is a dangerous game, for those who are serious.

With the Kindle release of the Pygmalion Project: The Idealist, people have an immediate opportunity to learn about how Idealists regard their mating relationships by downloading the ebook to their Kindle App.  Dr. Steven Montgomery, who directly worked with Dr. David W. Keirsey on the Please Understand Me Series, uses examples from literature to illustrate some of joys and sorrows of dating and mating of the Idealists.

One of the examples in Volume III, Pygmalion Project: The Idealist is the story of Jane Eyre.

In the novel, Jane Eyre, a Counselor Idealist, meets and falls in love with a Mr. Edward Rochester, FieldMarshal Rational.  Charlotte Brontë‘s story incredibly mirrors the two types:  their thoughts and actions.

‘Charlotte Brontë also uses a lightning-riven tree as a metaphor in Jane Eyre (1847), but it suggests not so much Jane’s divided Counselor nature as the wrenching, searing separation she must endure from the man she loves as her soul’s mate, the indomitable Fieldmarshal Rational (ENTJ) Edward Rochester. On the night Rochester asks Jane to marry him, a fierce storm suddenly unleashes its fury, drenching the lovers, and driving them indoors from the garden. The wind wails and the thunder crashes for two hours, and in the morning Jane finds that “the great horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard had been struck by lightning… and half of it split away.”

Of course, Jane Eyre is one of the most well-loved novels in English literature, and thus Jane’s shocking discovery that Rochester is already married— a revelation that will tear her from his side on their wedding day— is familiar to most readers. But the larger story of Jane’s stormy romance with Rochester, of the powerful forces of personality underlying their attraction, their sudden breaking apart, and their eventual reconciliation, is in its own way a striking exposition of the problems and the joys of Idealist-Rational love.

[Stephen Montgomery. The Pygmalion Project (Vol. III : The Idealist) (Love & Coercion Among the Types) (Kindle Locations 2733-2741).]

At the end of the story, which is a happy ending, Jane and Rochester are able to meet both in reality and  “in thought through new regions” as Rochester had imagined.  Although Bronte’s Jane Eyre is novel, it does reflect reality and possibility of the Different Drums and Different Drummers — both marching together, as long as they Understand Each Other as best as they can.

Jane Eyre: Amazon Instant Video

6 Comments

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6 responses to “In Thought through New Regions

  1. Tantalising, the importance of the role of temperament in day to day life, ‘madness’ and of course, love.

  2. Rick Neisser

    Did Montgomery ever write a vol 4 on Rationals?

    • David Keirsey

      No, Steve Montgomery has not written Volume 4, The Rationals.Maybe someday… But don’t hold your breath.  I am hopeful, but realistic.

  3. Marc

    Sorry to bump this blog, but I absolutely love this quote from the character Jane Eyre:

    “Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”

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