Masters of Change: Dr. Katherine Benziger

Two decades of teaching and research in psychology working to assist persons to understand, value and use their own and others’ God-given gifts. Teaching personality assessment, neuro-psychology and neuro-psychology to career counselors and human resource professionals. Researching and developing state of the art tools for identifying an individual’s potential giftedness as well as his or her tendency to Falsify Type. More specifically, Dr. Benziger is known as the leading expert on the neuro-scientific bases for Dr. Carl Jung’s model of psychological type, most especially on the scientific roots and costs of what Dr. Jung called Falsification of Type.

The initial validating link between the work of C. G. Jung and neurophysiology was originally suggested to Benziger by Dr. Karl Pribram, former Director of Stanford Behavioral Research labs. Benziger then developed a comprehensive neurophysiologically-based model, which in its present form represents a synthesis of work by Dr. Karl Pribram, Dr. Hans Eysenck of London, Dr. Richard Haier of San Diego and several dozen other less well-known researchers.

Importantly, Benziger’s work, while powerful and useful, focuses on people’s conscious behavior patterns including the use of and respect for: their natural lead or dominant function; their auxiliary and inferior functions. Most especially, Benziger identifies patterns of conscious behavior that indicates the presence or absence of falsification of type. As such, Benziger’s work does not address many highly significant areas of Jung’s work including the dialog with the unconscious, dreams and arch types. Nonetheless, inasmuch as Benziger’s work is proving very useful to non-Jungian therapists, it is assumed that in the hands of a capable analyst, skilled at communing with client’s unconscious, their work would be even more helpful. Significantly, the neurophysiological information Benziger identified as validating Jung, combined with her observations of her own clients, led her to make two discoveries of signal importance to those seeking to apply Jung’s model to help clients.

The discoveries were that:

  1. The extended falsification of a person’s type, or natural dominant function, has unique, powerful, negative neurophysiological ramifications; and,
  2. A significant portion of the adolescent and adult population are falsifying type so completely, that when an effort is made to identify the person’s natural lead function – using an assessment like the MBTI or an interview/evaluation by a trained therapist, the functions identified as the person’s ‘natural lead’ is very often not their natural lead, but rather the mode they’ve chosen to develop and use to survive, fit in or be rewarded. In other words, despite the best intentions of professionals, efforts to apply Jung’s model often went off track or were less than effective, inadvertently encouraging the individual to persist in falsifying their type.

In 1980 she founded KBA “The Human Resource Technology Company”, developing packaging, teaching innovative psychological assessment tools for helping people become healthier, happier and more productive by understanding themselves and others better. Tools are currently used in the United States, Latin America, Europe and South Africa by career counselors, individual and family therapists, teachers and business professionals seeking to make the work environment healthier and more meaningful for their works.

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