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The Portland Chapter of the Association of Psychological Type is for anyone interested in learning more about personality type for professional or personal applications. Together we learn about the patterns of human behavior so we can understand ourselves and others better. We are a community of welcoming folks. It doesn’t matter how little or how much you know about type, come to a meeting and learn something new.

Upcoming Events

February 3, 2018

Relationships: What’s Type Got To Do With It?  Register Here

Doors open at 9:30 am with registration & coffee; Event is from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215 (Free Parking)

Non-Members $20.00, Students $5.00, Members Free

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were an easy to use formula to tell us who our perfect partner would be? If only we could bypass the trial-and-error and go straight to our soul mate. It can be tempting to turn to psychological type for a predictive tool and there are romantic type matching theories created by type fans that attempt to do just that. However, the original type theorists and researchers in the field of psychology have a different perspective on how type can and cannot be used in relationships. In this program we will address how type can influence key relationship factors such as communication and connection, and how we can use that to improve our relationships.

By the end of the program, participants will learn to:

  • Appreciate the joys of both similarity and complementarity of type in relationships.
  • Notice when type difference may be causing miscommunication and conflict.
  • Practice skills at communicating across type.

Erin Currie is a geek for all things psychology. As a licensed psychologist who has worked as a therapist, consultant, professor and author, her unifying mission has been to make psychology accessible and useful to all people. She is currently teaching at Portland State University and Portland Community College. She is a member of the Psych Geeks writing group: psychology and popular culture professionals who write essays that use psychology to take our understanding of our favorite characters and stories to new depths. Her most recent contributions was to the book Wonder Woman Psychology. As the programming chair of the Portland Association for Psychological Type she works to find presentations on Jungian Typology that help type fans and professionals find find new ways to use type in their daily lives.

December 2, 2017 – New Location and New Time

Creativity for Every Type: Sensing & Intuition  Register Here

Doors open at 9:30 am with registration & coffee; Event is from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215 (Free Parking)

Non-Members $20.00, Students $5.00, Members Free; OPTIONAL FEE – $8.00 for the KAI Assessment, payable to Louise Neilson by check or cash

Everyone is Creative!

In this highly interactive workshop you will determine your own creative style using the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI), an individual self- assessment tool. The KAI measures your preferred style, not level or capacity of creativity. This cognitive/creative style inventory indicates how you prefer to approach and solve problems. Your responses indicate whether you are creative in a productive way…productive in a creative way…or a combination of both.

KAI scores have strong correlations to the S-N scale of the MBTI, and some correlations to the E-I scale. Adaptors and Innovators are both capable of generating original, creative solutions, but usually do so in characteristic ways. While some prefer and excel at the idea-generation part of creativity, others excel at the less acknowledged aspect of creativity, decision-making.

Knowing your cognitive/creative style will help you understand…

·  how your style preferences are evident in likely behavior patterns.

·  your preference for either a more adaptive or a more innovativeapproach to life, work and change.

·  correlations between your style and your type.

Bio – Louise Neilson is a practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI), which measures styles of creativity.

During her checkered past, Louise has taught gifted inner-city middle-schoolers, owned a specialty ceramic tile wholesale production company, and organized dress-up nights and ping pong tournaments at an annual residential art camp.

Louise Neilson has a master’s degree in creativity. She has taught at Marylhurst and PSU, including Conflict and Creativity Seminar. 

She is author of Mediating with Picasso: Relying on Your Inherent Creativity When You Need It Most, and an accompanyingWorkbook. 

October 7, 2017

 An MBTI Murder Mystery + Pumpkin Soup and Poetry  Register Here

Doors open at 9:30 am with registration & coffee; Event is from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

Free Parking

Come join us for some Autumn fun! Together in small groups, we’ll solve a Murder Mystery; we’ll taste some Pumpkin Soup cooked specifically to your MBTI Type. We’ll awaken our senses with a bit of Poetry!


  1. Working together in our Detective groups, we naturally use – and today we’ll further develop and experience our problem-solving skills as we collaborate to solve the mystery. Will your understanding of Type functions help you and your team to detect the culprit? (Knowledge of Type is not essential for the exercise, please come if you only want to discover what Type is about.)
  2. Clarify your understanding of Type differences and the attitudes, extraversion and introversion, of the four functions of Type — with Pumpkin Soup! We’ll discover how different MBTI Types make Pumpkin Soup – differently.  Bonus – we’ll have a taste of the Soup! And, you get to take home your Type Recipe.
  3. Do we undervalue the Sensing Function; are we truly aware of and do we grasp the depth of the value of the concreteness of things and of living in the moment? Let us experience this beautiful, sometimes lost to us in the hurry of today’s world, Sensing Function with its potential for bringing a sense of calm and equanimity – – – with a bit of poetry.

Cost: PAPT Members $0, Non-Members $20, Students $5 (payable at the door)

Educational Credits Available: Two CEs for Master Practitioner

Past 2016-2017 Events

August 27, 2017

PAPT Goes To The Movies & Potluck   Register Here

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Oswego Pointe Apartments – Theater Room, 5033 Foothills Rd, Lake Oswego

Join us for a fun and casual summer event. We will discuss and debate the 8 cognitive functions as expressed by five characters in the Dead Poets Society. Please join us if you’re curious! You do not need to be versed on or familiar with the 8 functions to participate.

Afterward we will enjoy a potluck lunch and continue the conversation. Please add a comment to the Meetup event telling the group what dish you will be bringing.

While we cannot determine with certainty the personality types of these characters, we will have an interesting and lively debate. At the end of our discussion, we will write down our best guess for each character’s 4 letter type and one lucky person will win a prize! Again, please note that only an individual can determine their own type and our discussions are intended only to educate ourselves further on the functions.

We suggest that you watch the movie beforehand. Most likely the movie will be at your local library or you can find it here online: Dead Poets Society.  Visit PAPT’s Meetup page for additional video clips from the movie that will be discussed.

Cost: PAPT Members $0, Non-Members $5 payable at the door

May 13, 2017

Arlene Richter

The Gift of Shadow: Mask and Holy Grail   Register Here

Two CEs for Master Practitioner and NBCC pending

Doors open at 8:30 am, Program starts at 9:00 am

Marylhurst University, Villa Maria Bldg, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR

Our May Program is about the concept of Shadow as C.G. Jung articulated, and as he and Jungian scholars have written about. There will be oral interpretations of poems and brief Jungian quotes. We’ll discuss Shadow aspects: what is the Shadow; what’s in the Shadow; you’re asking me to integrate my Shadow?!  Is my Shadow a Friend or a Foe?

With deep compassion for ourselves, we’ll look at the Shadow’s beginning in childhood and its journey through adulthood, the second half and third phase of life, and in our culture.

We’ll come to recognize and appreciate the gifts that flow from the understandings and insights we gain. There will be discussion and exercises to facilitate reflection on our own Shadow and Shadow exercises to take home for those who want to do deeper personal Shadow work.

We’ll learn how the “Mask,” as metaphor for Persona, can help or hinder us.

“The Holy Grail is the highest priority and value,” said Murray Stein. What is the meaning of the Holy Grail; what is its connection with Shadow; how do we discover our own Holy Grail?

Presenter, Arlene Richter, M.Ed. MBTI® Master Practitioner; PAPT Board Member since 2010; OFJ member; Contact

March 11, 2017

Annie JPG

Parenting and Type    Register Here

  • 8:30 am  Doors open
  • 9 – 11:30 am  Program session
  • 12 – 12:30 pm  Town Hall – Future of PAPTi

Location: Marylhurst U., Villa Maria Bldg, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR


This program is for moms, dads, and all others who are in relationships with children/parents, extended family and friends, and want to better understand how to honor their relationship differences.  Come ready to get concrete information about the strengths, struggles, and what “time for me” means for each preference.  Annie will share the work of Janet Penley, founder of Mothers of Many Styles (M.O.M.S.) and author of “MotherStyles – Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Style.” As a parent, she experienced that learning about Parenting Styles and looking at the ways to understand differences within families allowed her to honor her family’s differing needs.  In sharing these Parenting Styles, Energy Plans by Type will also be created. And, Type Reporter information will be shared about the ways to help our children develop their non-preferences for the times in their life when they will need to use them.

Annie is a mom of one son and is passionate about sharing the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) concepts as they relate to family and other relationships to allow for understanding, acceptance and growth – “the constructive use of differences.”  She felt fortunate to have this information while raising her son.

Annie has recently retired as a Salem Neighborhood Services Counselor assisting Neighborhood Associations and citizens to solve problems, participate in decisions, achieve their goals and connect with others who could assist them.  She previously worked as the Coordinator of Student Organization Services and Activities at Lamar University and with the Craft Center at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo where she earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees along with her California Community College Counselor and Instructor Credentials.


 How to get more out of type, improve our Programs and meet your Needs!

We invite you to join us in a discussion, beginning at 12:00, about how our Parent Organization, APTi (Association for Psychological Type, International) can help us all get more out of Type!

This will take the format of a “Town Hall” session and PAPT will provide light snacks, a pre-lunch treat, for you to enjoy while discussing and giving your input at this brief meeting from 12:00 – 12:30.  Gary Monti from APTi will be Skyping in to listen to your needs, frustrations, wishes -anything you have to say that impacts making our PAPT Chapter experience even better. Gary and fellow APTi member, Keith McCormick, are collecting much-needed information at the Chapter level, information that will help APTi channel resources to better serve us.

Thirty minutes goes by quickly so be prepared and to make the session even more valuable, see if you can talk with other Chapter members ahead of time and share thoughts. Let’s see what we can put in – so we can get something fantastic out.

February 11, 2017

Arlene Richter

I think I’m a P, or am I a J? Clarifying Type’s J/P Dichotomy: The What, Who and Why of Procrastination

Doors open at 8:30 am, Program starts at 9:00 am

Marylhurst University, Villa Maria Bldg, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR

Register Here

The fourth dichotomy, or pair, in the type code is often confusing. This confusion gives rise to misinterpretations – “are you a J or a P?”  Let’s put this confusion to rest and arrive at a clear understanding of the two dichotomies – Judging/Perceiving and Extraversion/Introversion and the functions of the type code as C.G. Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers intended.

This program/workshop will be rich with experiential exercises, information, fun, and will give you tools for your profession of helping people using type and bring depth to your personal understanding of type.  We will:

  • Clarify Extraversion/Introversion and Judging/Perceiving as Attitudes, not Functions and discover why this is crucial to understanding type and your own MBTI type code.
  • Clarify the concept of Ambiversion and its misconception in type.
  • Sort out the P for perceiving from P for procrastinating
  • Discuss who really procrastinates, the reasons we procrastinate and what we can do to manage or minimize it.

Arlene Richter, M.Ed. MBTI® Master Practitioner, has been the Workshop Chair at our local Chapter, APTi, from 2011 to 2015; she continues to be an active member and serves on the Board.

Since her certification in 2007, Arlene has been fascinated and intrigued by and has delved deeply into the study of Jungian Personality Type, continuing to study applications of Type and present workshops in the areas of: Spirituality, Teams, Problem Solving, Small groups, In-depth studies, study groups and on-line courses in the “Eight Functions of Type” and, most recently, the study of the Archetypes according to the work of Jungian scholar, John Beebe, Ph.D. She has co-facilitated courses on-line on the eight functions of type with Bob McAlpine of Type Resources. Previous careers: Xerox Corp, Secondary Teacher Language Arts. Arlene greatly enjoys family times, hiking with friends and has been secretary of NFNW hiking club for 16 years.

November 12, 2016

I Think I’m a Purple Bear…? Understanding Psychological Type in the Growing Field of Personality Assessment

There are many formal assessments that use personality to address work style, relationship style, etc. There are also countless free personality quizzes that pop up in our social media feeds. Now, from the comfort of their couches our clients can find out their “MBTI code,” their workplace spirit animal, their personality color, and which Harry Potter character they would be. Although they’re fun, by flooding the personality assessment market, these tests make the job of the consultant, coach and counselor more difficult as our clients come to us with an array of conflicting personality identifications. Many come to distrust psychological assessment as a result. So what’s a Psychological Type practitioner or Type fan to do?In this presentation Dr. Currie will compare Jungian Typology as assessed by the Myers Briggs Type Indicator to other major theories of personality and their figurehead assessments, as well as pop psychology assessment. The goal of this presentation is to provide:

  • A brief overview of where Jungian Typology fits into the field of Personality Psychology.
  • An understanding of the essential similarities and differences between Jungian Typology and its primary “competitor” the Big Five theory of personality.
  • A brief overview of the standards for research on psychological assessment and how the MBTI and other personality assessments measure up.
  • Using the above information, opportunity to practice addressing concerns and criticisms of Jungian Typology and the use of the MBTI in consulting, coaching, and counseling practices.
Erin Currie, PhD is driven to use her psychological superpowers for good and to fight evil. By day she is the mild mannered Consultant/Founder of MyPsychgeek, LLC. She uses her superpowers to help individuals and small businesses find their own unique superpowers through personalized professional development and team development. By night she uses her superpowers to give her inner geek free reign as she explores the psychological premises behind the behaviors of her favorite TV, movie and comic book characters. She recently contributed chapters in Game of Thrones Psychology and Doctor Who Psychology. In Doctor Who Psychology she uses Jungian Typology to explore the progression of the Doctor’s personalities as they change with each regeneration. For the sake of transparency, her personality color is purple, except for when she’s yellow and red; and she would be Serious Black if she were a Harry Potter character.

September 10, 2016

New-to-Type or Want to Go Deeper? 

Pam is a Master MBTI(R) Type Practitioner and has been using type for 22 years. She has facilitated workshops across the U.S., in Singapore, Taiwan and in Ireland. Pam uses type daily and in her coaching and consulting work with Brave Heart Consulting.
This program is for all type enthusiasts – whether you’re new to type or you’re certified or a master practitioner. Pam will bring us up-to-date on the basics of and the attitudes of type. She promises fun, and – what a treat – all participants will get access to the “Type Verifier,” the on-line best fit verifier and type coach.



  • experience a type workshop with interactive exercises
  • acquire a good foundation in type
  • deepen your knowledge of type
  • have fun while you learn

May 14, 2016

Understanding the Hero: Your Dominant Function

Activate your type hero as you join us on a journey of self-discovery and gain a more profound understanding of type and the dominant function.

Answer the call – to recognize and bring into consciousness the strengths, pitfalls and uniqueness of your own heroic function.

Increase your understanding of what functions are (not traits) and how consciousness of them facilitates living a more fulfilling and authentic life.

Objectives – Explore, Discover, Experience:

  • The relevance of archetypes through the ages, in our time, in our lives
  • What C.G. Jung and current Jungian authors say about the dominant/heroic function
  • Explore the richness and significance of developing your dominant function
  • Discover the choices, challenges, opportunities of your heroic archetype
  • Experience how the hero engages helpers along the way

March 12, 2016

Growing Your Type Expertise: Highlights from APTi’s recent Conference 

The theme of APTi’s Biennial Conference was “Growing Type Expertise”. Pam Rechel and Evelyn Lemoine  will give you highlights from keynote sessions and breakouts that have left lasting impacts. There was truly “something for everyone,” with sessions that engaged both seasoned and new type practitioners. You’ll get a flavor for the breadth and quality of the topics of the conference, and the presenters will share thoughts with you about the best of the best.

  • Learn how to grow your own type expertise!
  • Experience those aha moments, facts and insights that you can use personally and in your practice.
  • Find resources available to the type community, including OPP, Britain’s counterpart to CPP.
  • Discover how the type community is adapting and changing through its embrace of multiple type lenses.
  • Learn how to counteract type’s critics.
  • Be jazzed up to want to attend the 2017 Conference.



Pam Rechel is President of Brave Heart Consulting, Inc. She specializes in coaching and consulting with leaders and teams to build resilience in the midst of constant challenge and change. 





Evelyn Lemoine, MBTI Certified, has worked at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, HR for 25 years. She’s an active APTi member since 2002, a founding member and Secretary of the WA State Chapter, and Chair of APTi’s Chapter Development Council.



January 9, 2016

CheriFredrickson-1307_smlweb-199x300Type, Temperament and Leadership  

Cheri Fredrickson, an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Trainer at The Transformative Leader, LLC, will be illustrating the benefits of type and temperament to leadership – and how they influence an organization in a 2-hour program at Marylhurst University.

Shaping organizational culture and improving performance are primary leadership responsibilities. The MBTI is a useful tool to help leaders see how personal preferences  may influence an organization and determine how to create a more balanced culture and improve effectiveness and performance.

Drawing from years of experience, Cheri will help you:

  • Understand how a leader’s individual preferences influence the culture of an organization
  • Learn about potential blind spots associated with different preferences
  • Identify ways to create an optimally balanced culture designed to improve organizational effectiveness

Whether you are in a leadership position, influence leaders, or work as a member of a team, you can be sure you will get some helpful tips for creating a more satisfying and effective experience for you and the people you work with.

Exploring and Developing the 8 Functions of Type – A study group

Gary and Margaret Hartzler are two of the pioneers who started the organization of APTi. They are also among those “experts-in-the-field” who began writing about the eight functions of type, based on Jungian concepts. Subsequent to their visit to our Portland Chapter, a colleague, Linda Elliott and I created an “Eight Function Study Group.” Our two groups were wildly successful.
The study groups explore one function per session. This gives time to integrate the function in our daily activities and to discover the negatives that confront us when we use the function in an unconscious way. The study sessions involve, first – reviewing your best fit type, then:

  • Readings to discovering how respected type theorists have described the functions
  • Experiencing the function through guided exercises
  • Engaging in discussion led by the facilitator
  • Homework to create a collage expressing your understanding of each function

If you’d be interested in joining a study group: Minimum of six people willing to make a 4 month, 2 evenings a month, commitment – Cost TBD, CEUs for Master Practitioner – Contact Arlene Richter