How are types and polarities related?
Each type pattern can be characterized by polarities that describe dynamics that are designed to maintain the pattern of the type and ‘feed’ its core. The polarities I reference here are ones that are meant to maintain the self-organizing system that the specific typology describes. There are many other theories that claim to be typologies that may not in fact be typologies, but just polarities or clusters of traits. For example with the four Essential Motivator pattern (aka Temperament), each pattern has a core need, such as the need of the Theorist (aka NT or Rational) for deep knowledge, competency, and mastery that drives them and the value on theories and scientific inquiry that gets at ultimate truth. One Polarity that operates within this pattern is the polarity between Abstract and Concrete language. Those with a Theorist pattern tend to give preference to Abstract language because it is the language of concepts and ideas and the theoretical basis of whatever domain they have decided they must master. They can use Concrete language when they need to, but Abstract language serves the pattern better. Thus the pattern drives the preference for one side of the polarity and often we are blind to that preference until we discover the dynamics behind our type patterns, in this case the core need of the temperament and the language that serves that need and the opposite side that we tend to ignore.