Modern tools of Analytical Psychology must reflect a necessary flexibility. Carl Jung developed a view of human behavior that indicated some predictability in human preferences. During WWII, this was expanded upon by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers in the hopes of best matching women workers to a job.
Subsequently, the Myers-Briggs test has grown to become the largest personality test in the world. It is used extensively by business to identify communication styles and relationship needs.
The idea is that once a person has knowledge of their personality style, they have a superior mastery of their work environment.Myers-Briggs helps a person discover themselves -- a self diagnostic tool. It doesn't magically pick the best job field for a person (as originally proposed in the 1940s).
Compared to Myers-Briggs, a more clinically refined tool was necessary for evaluating traumatic brain injuries (TBI). For example, in the real world of combat injuries the US Military has a field test for TBI.
Some soldiers who don't want to be removed from the field have learned the properanswers and fake "healthy" in brain injury tests.
For those with Brain Injuries the standard tool for evaluation is called a Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS).
When it was originally created it was so broad as to be only marginally useful. It had (5) possibilities running from "Dead", "Vegetative", so on, up to "Good Recovery".
This scale originally let a medical professional sort out the brain injured victims in a crude triage fashion. It was useful because it was applied at time of injury, at 3 months, then at 6 months and again at 12 months.
This kind of healing time is important for the reader to note. It is realistic to expect recovery from depression to take some amount of time -- this is especially true when accompanied by physical injury.
However, the original Glascow Outlook Scale was criticized as being too broad and it was improved to become the GOS-Expanded by adding additional granularity. That phrase of "granularity" is also how I explain my Depression Symptoms Decoded
It is my opinion that the diagnosis of "depression" is too broad, and that much valuableinsight can be gained from decoding the symptoms in detail.
Drilling down into the world of Depression there is a common clinical test called the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). This is a test of 21 questions that allows a doctor to score how depressed an individual feels. This is important as the doctor gains quick insight into the current status of the unhappiness of a patient. Naturally, it is not 100% accurate. Clinical testing shows it is about 90% accurate, because it is impossible to turn human behavior into pulleys and software.
For example, after my injury, I was frightened of having people see me as different. Even though I was brain injured, I was smart enough to pick the best answer in order to make me seem healthy. In reality, I was too scared and anxious to be honest. I was one of those 10% of people who threw off the Beck Depression Inventory.
So, the BDI measures the depth and intensity of depression in patients with psychiatric diagnoses.
The BDI has extensive clinical value, and has measured the "how much" a person is depressed since its original creation in 1961 by Aaron Beck.
However,my work drills down not into just the "how much" of depression, nor the clinical "what type of depression", but the "what healing you need" by taking a serious analytical view of the symptoms of sorrow you display.
My Depression Symptoms Decoded After Injury is different than the medical diagnoses of what type of depression a person experiences (such as post-partum, teen, or the many important diagnostic information as found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV by the American Psychiatric Association).
My goal is to create a tool of self-help for depression that combines the valuable insight of something like Myer-Briggs with the granularity of the GOS and BDI.
The clinical evaluation of my symptom analysis has not been medically tested. You alone will answer for yourself. You alone are responsible for yourself.
However, in the hands of the rigors of the medical community this pioneering work could become a valuable convalescent tool.
It would be impossible to be 100% accurate, just like the BDI cannot be 100% accurate, but its value is self evident.