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In my recent trip to Los Angeles, I attended Dr. Fariba Rofougaran’s book signing. The evening rapidly turned to a fun personality typology test that captured the crowd’s imagination. I had an opportunity to have a one to one opportunity to have a one to one conversation with Fariba.
What is a personality typology?
A Personality typology categorizes people according to a specific set of personality traits, which are a set of personality characteristics. Now, we are either born with these traits or they are so deeply ingrained in us that is extremely difficult, if not impossible to change them.
What can a personality typology do for us?
The most important gifts of personality typologies are awareness, understanding, and acceptance. They make us aware of our patterns of thought, emotion and behavior, and invite us to understand and accept ourselves as we are. And, that goes of course not only for ourselves but also for people around us. These gifts have proven to be already enough to impact your life in a positive way and assist us to realize our potential.
What is the 3F personality typology?
F stands for “force”, referring to the three universal and instinctual forces that have shaped the core of our personalities and exist in us as the source of our full human potential. F also stands for the three types, which are the “Fortune type”, the “Fame” type, and the “Force” type.
Can you explain briefly about these types?
Sure. These three types originate from Persian Sufi teachings to which I have been exposed from early age. Persian mystic literature is a witness of how Sufi teachers would assign practices based on whether their disciple showed attachment to prosperity, prestige, or power in society. This categorization amazingly correlates with sociologist, Max Weber’s three social stratification, with the psyche of the three lower chakras, with the three basic instinctual survival drives, and with the three universal forces of creation, preservation, and transformation. Of course, how these elements tie in to form the three personality types are clearly explained in my book, The Three Forces & You, The Most Fundamental Personality Typology.
Is there a hierarchy or advantage in being of any type?
Not at all. We all inherently carry and need the features of each type, where the Fortune type is the Provider, the Fame type is the Lover, and the Force type is the Protector in us. However, one of the three becomes predominant, which in this system I call the primary type. In fact, our full potential can be realized when all of our three aspects have awakened and are playing a role in our life. As we move to higher stages of our personality development, our secondary and tertiary potential come into play.
What do you mean by higher stages?
Based on the psychological systems of the Sufis and the Tantra Yogis, I present the three stages of personality development, which are the Survival, Heroic, and Divine stages. The same as in the case of the three types, the three stages are not necessarily better or worse than the other. They just equip us with different sets of tools. The more we grow in our personality, the more tools we have at our disposal.
How did you come up with the 3F personality types?
I have not invented this typology, but have rather discovered and developed it. That discovery did not happen overnight or as a result of intentional research. Let’s say I had a box of knowledge at my disposal filled with every bit of valuable findings accumulated from my childhood on. There were pieces in it from the Sufi stories told by my grandfather or a book I had read, some from my academic background in philosophy, literature, and feminist studies, others from three decades of Buddhist and Hindu teachings, practices and travels in the Middle-East and India., some more from my observations in life coaching sessions or my travels, and so on. Now imagine these live organic elements of different shapes and colors moving around in this box intertwining, merging and communicating. Gradually, I started noticing correlations and common denominators. The closer I looked, the more they started forming a picture that increasingly made sense. It was then that I started researching more to verify the validity of my discovery. That picture was overwhelmingly simple, vast, deep and practical.
What makes this typology different from other ones such as the four temperaments, enneagram or Myers-Briggs for example?
Well, this typology is ground breaking in many aspects. For one, its validity lies in that it is developed out of what different traditions and schools from all over the world and throughout time have agreed on. It is the product of the “global village”. Another unique point is that in addition to the traits, this typology describes each type’s value system, strengths, fears, life lessons and life purpose, as well as each type’s ways of relationship patterns, sexuality, sense of humor, and more. Another unique feature of this typology is that it also applies to cultures and civilizations. Additionally, in spite of its depth and broad range of practical applications, it is simple and accessible. I have seen young adults enjoy taking the test, learning from the system and applying it to their relationships and choice of careers, for example; and have witnessed people of older generations interpreting it as a tool for personal growth. Which takes us to the dynamic quality of the 3F typology. What I mean by dynamic is that not only you find out about your traits, but you can observe and understand those traits in the three levels of their potential I mentioned earlier. In other words, if you wish, you can turn it into a journey of unveiling your potentials.