About Rob Collopy
Rob, the founder of Attitudinal Psyche, is a personality expert, teacher, researcher, coach and leader in his field. Rob’s mission is to discover cutting edge patterns in human personality and transmit his findings to others in creative, innovative ways.
Rob began his journey in personality typology in 2012 while taking a deep dive into Jungian typology. He spent years researching, working with individuals and communities, and further developing a deeper understanding of cognitive patterns in the personality. He used his expertise in teaching and inspiring others to push new ways of exploring the depths of the personality and causal links between cognition and language usage.
Rob’s work spans across much of the internet, as he has distributed and gathered numerous rounds of surveys from the community to study the unique linguistic patterns that each cognitive type shows across multiple facets. Many of his ideas, charts, and descriptions are widely used in present-day understanding of cognitive typology.
Rob is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, and offers coaching in both languages. He has worked as an interpreter, and been a leader in business management while integrating his passion for personality typology in his professional life in the corporate world. Rob has completed numerous training courses in management skills, leadership, and business coordination. He incorporates all previous trainings and learned skills in his current ventures.
Rob found “Syntax of Love” by Alexander Y Afanasyev in 2015, which described in depth a personality system called “psicosofya” that played an imperative role in the creation of Attitudinal Psyche. The little-known personality system in the English speaking world is sometimes referred to as “Psyche Yoga”. The core theory of Psyche Yoga became immediately fascinating to Rob, and he quickly had to understand how this theory played out over humanity at a base level.
The core theory of Psyche Yoga posited that humans have four essential mental functions (or aspects): emotion, logic, will, and physics. Furthermore, they spend their mental (or psychic) energy unequally towards the four modules of reality – creating four stairs and 24 possible types. Afanasyev further understood that unique dichotomies in attitude formed from this hierarchy of mental energy. The attitudinal dichotomies seemed to create a divide over the self versus others. This became a key part of how Attitudinal Psyche developed
Rob started researching, conducting surveys, and creating descriptions based on the responses in 2016. The research was centered around an individual’s attitude towards their own handling of the aspects versus their attitude towards how others handle the aspects. He quickly realized that although Afanasyev’s theory was remarkably brilliant, it was incomplete and needed further development and fine-tuning as more discoveries and details were unearthed. The feedback he received from individuals and resulting patterns in the findings were noteworthy. These numerous patterns were previously unwritten about by anyone, as most of the literature on the topic is theoretical, conjectural, and based on perceived patterns in personality rather than directly translated from data of what individuals say themselves about their types. This difference became imperative, because it set the stage for an accurate portrayal of attitudes that transcend the theoretical and represent something real: our fundamental attitudes.
Rob recognized that the most important part of his research was the focus on attitude, rather than how individuals personally organized their mental energy, as these attitudes were always present in the personality regardless of where they spent their energy. Although Attitudinal Psyche uses the same nomenclature (e.g., VFLE) as Psyche Yoga, the type descriptions, attitude relations, type relations, blockings, enneagram correlations, and research findings are all unique and set it apart from Afanasyev’s work. For this reason, Rob has named the system Attitudinal Psyche to reflect its specialized set of research and data that is ever evolving. Attitudinal Psyche types, and Psyche Yoga types should NOT be used interchangeably. However, this does not mean there are no similarities, nor should we ignore the links between the two systems, as they are important.
Rob has continued on from 2016 to present conducting research, working one-on-one with clients, and developing testing methods for Attitudinal Psyche. He has a strong interest in understanding how the types coalesce in relationships, friendships, work environments, and culture – and authored his first e-book “Intertype Relations” based on his findings.
Rob is excited to continue making discoveries and developing the theory further as time goes on.
Why learn and use Attitudinal Psyche?
- Helps you understand why you focus your mental energy on specific areas of life.
- Improves your empathy and compassion towards those who greatly differ in their own attitudes.
- Gives you language to describe why you treat certain aspects of life differently than others.
- Offers insight into communication styles between individuals.
- Helps you improve your relationships at home, work, and community.
- Separates out attitude from cognition, ego, motivation, and core components of other type systems.
- Celebrates the gifts, and makes aware the insecurities of how you inherently handle your priorities.
- Provides strategies to advance team morale, build stronger alliances, and communicate effectively.
- Is revolutionary to use in tandem with Enneagram personality typology.
Rob has studied the Enneagram loosely since 2013. However, since 2019, he has taken an intense interest in fully studying, researching, and adopting the teachings of Katherine Fauvre. He is currently an understudy of Katherine, and uses the knowledge of the Enneagram, Tritype®, and Instinctual Subtype Stacking in tandem with Attitudinal Psyche to give a more complete and fundamental picture of what drives a human to behave, react, feel, and prioritize life in a specific way.
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