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Saturday, 30 May 2015

ILE - Intuitive Logical Energiser

This is the type profile for the Intuitive Logical Energiser (ILE). To see more type profiles, click here.


Albert Einstein
1. Ideas
ILEs are best characterised by their rampant curiosity for the latest idea to enter their heads. When they discover something new, they can intuitively grasp its potential to illuminate alternative avenues and open previously unconsidered windows. Those ideas which are most packed with possibility entice the ILE and can capture their obsessive interest until its potential has been fully explored. The more complex the idea and the more applicable it is to a variety of different situations, the longer the ILEs attention can be held. However, at some point another, shinier idea presents itself and the ILE will dart after the latest fascination, leaving the debris of numerous projects in their wake. ILEs tend to have a very broad range of different, unusual interests and will casually talk about these areas with others, likely sticking in their memories as a particularly curious person. The ILE draws from a large breadth of different topics or fields and is not hesitant to jump between them as and when the opportunity arises, often having something out-of-the-box to say in each situation, whether or not the thing said was entirely relevant.

2. Laws
Aušra Augustinavičiūtė
In their pursuit of limitless potential, the ILE readily systemises the content of their ideas into a structural form. Usually when exploring an idea, they will be formulating the integral qualities that make it up, sussing out how it is, why it is, which parts are necessary for meaning to be preserved and which can be dropped while retaining the core. Similarly, ILEs see beauty in the symmetrical nature of theories, and will try to make sure things match up on both sides, with any ends nicely tied. With ease, an ILE can take an abstract concept by the horns and chop it up into its essential parts, before then playing around with its fragments to create new ideas in various degrees of oddity. In each case, the ILE may relish taking ideas to logical absurdities, especially if doing so pushes the envelope in some way. ILEs tend to place an emphasis on people making internal logical sense in their discussions and debates. However, their consistency is usually limited to that particular situation, with ILEs creating a good, clear argument in one conversation, but then debating a completely different line in another. For ILEs, this does not matter so much; multiple choice keeps things interesting, as long as each option is internally well reasoned. Usually this manifests in an ILE adopting a particular, overall position, but being able to explain how should an assumption be false, they would have a rather different, but equally interesting, position.


Steven Spielberg
3. Force
ILEs are never so rebellious as when they feel that they are being limited or deprived by the will of someone else. In such situations, they may rise to take on the offender with a degree of calculated ferocity. However, ILEs are not natural fighters. Although, capable of great determination and energy when fixated on a particular interest, such willpower quickly dies down when they lose interest and they lack the ability to force themselves to do anything they might find boring. Furthermore, tackling a problem head on seems rather simple to the tastes of the ILE, who would much rather look around the problem, seeing if there is some previously unconsidered way in which things could be achieved more unconventionally, and thus more interestingly. However, ILEs also have a strong urge to prove themselves to others when they feel they are not admired or revered for their talents. When put aside for an opportunity, a ILE may find new reserves of determination and push through with their goals when before they may have been too lazy. ILEs dislike having to make their bodies undergo conscious strain, and greatly prefer relaxing environments where everyone is getting along peacefully. Furthermore, ILEs feel displeasure around aggressive emotions, such as anger, preferring a continuous state of happiness and content. Sometimes an ILE will have to apply their forcefulness in matters of social competition and perceived threats from peers who they feel are manipulating people against them, rarely taking pleasure in such activities. This may be done with a severe lack of subtlety, leading to people seeing the ILE as the manipulative one, making them a social pariah. 

4. Relations
Tina Fey
Although able to look through a wider range of ideas and material than most, the ILE is hampered in their ability to derive personal attitudes from what they encounter. It is rare for an ILE to form value judgements of things, such as whether they feel something is 'good' or 'bad' and even rarer for them to admit to having done so. For an ILE, such feelings are invalid and unjustified, not being worth talking about. As such, ILEs can often repress their personal attitudes and act as if they do not have them. Often an ILE will be friendly to all, and may unscrupulously spend time chatting to people that others may find morally detestable. They may even be friendly with people that they themselves do not like, but will not admit to not liking. Similarly, their own ideals may suggest a defected moral compass, with them occasionally forming logical conclusions that others may find personally abhorrent. Furthermore, ILEs will have little idea of the closeness of others in relation to them and not particularly care, possibly neglecting their old friends for interesting strangers and disappearing from people's lives without telling them. They may not instinctively know that something said was in confidence and assume it was public information, telling everyone. Similarly, they themselves can alternate between being a completely open book for any and all information, no matter how personal or private, to a completely closed book, not trusting anyone with the truth. In this way, they tend to make poor close friends and rarely maintain such relations for long before the other person breaks it off. For ILEs, any individual person is far less important than the novel situations they can provide. Should a contact be angered by them, the ILE will unlikely think they can repair the friendship, misreading a temporary blow-up for new, permanent hatred and simply dropping out of that person's life.  Conversely, should an ILE enter into a romantic relationship, they may be unconditionally uncritical of their partner and ignorant of their own personal needs in the relationship. The partner may mistreat the ILE, who will misinterpret the situation as them having been the cause of upset, seeking appeasement when confrontation was needed.


Leonardo da Vinci
5. Senses
ILEs are often in a state of confusion with the physical needs of their body and quite unaware of what they need to feel physically comfortable in their environment. Frequently, they will feel that something is needed to feel truly satisfied, but may take a while to work out exactly what they need. ILEs regularly forget about daily concerns, rush out the door without food, drink or even a coat to keep them warm against the cold. When interested in something intellectual, ILEs might go for hours without eating or sleeping, burning the candle at both ends in absent-mindedness. They may sporadically think they should get some rest but are repeatedly drawn towards some new opportunity they might miss if they were to go to sleep. At the same time, when pleasant comforts are within arms reach, ILEs can react very positively, but lack moderation, indulging in their pleasures to excess or finding bizarre or perverse ways of seeking pleasure. Such attempts are rarely effective at keeping them happy for long. When in new surroundings with an odd aesthetic that does not match with prior experiences, ILEs may feel a mild discomfort from the unfamiliar clash. However, once settled in a location, such places will often become a point of nostalgia for repeated visitations. ILEs respond ecstatically to people who can provide the right sensations to suit their odd tastes and greatly appreciate being looked after properly in these areas. In this way, ILEs are often perceived as childlike.

6. Emotions
Felicia Day
Although often repressed in their personal feelings, ILEs are fascinated by the variety of different emotional responses they might be able to provoke in others. ILE may go around teasing or provoking others, trying to see what reactions they can get out of people through unexpected or unusual behaviour. In this way, they can build up an understanding of how people work. When maturing, this interest in the emotions of others may become a desire to create positive responses in others. ILEs often love to be loved, and will go to great efforts to perform to the crowd, gaining pride from convincing people that they are clever, unique individuals. Often they will attempt humour before looking to see if their attempts can be validated in the emotional responses from others. Around company ILEs may quickly become goofy or cartoonish, attempting to be the class clown. Unfortunately, they may not know when they have crossed the line with others' sensibilities, causing negative backlash upon saying something unintentionally inappropriate or cruel in jest. Such situations of rejection by the group for tastelessness or immoral humour are often received very heavily by the ILE. Despite this, ILEs are often emotionally stable, feeling little  excitation when on their own, but thinking coolly and pragmatically. Instead, they take more delight in the emotions they can create in others. 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
7. Time
ILEs may have a variety of schemes through which they might make something of themselves. However, the idea of carefully looking ahead and planning out their life on a single track is boring to ILEs, who do not want to commit themselves to any path. For them, the best idea is the one that seems to have the most potential in the moment, and they will only jump into it for as long as it is interesting to do. They will not hesitate to leave one thing to try out another and will refuse to allow future projects to be limited by projects they have already started. In the back of their minds, there may be some ideal end or goal that they are indirectly working towards, but an ILE's focus will rarely be on this. Instead, ILEs spread their efforts over a large range of areas that are interesting to them, pursuing whichever option might take their interest at the time. Furthermore, ILEs are rarely interested in setting out their own actions and goals according to a set time-frame. Rather than plan out when they are doing each thing, ILEs will prefer to do whatever they feel like doing at each moment, often with the exciting parts at the beginning and the more boring parts handled in an adrenaline rush at the end. Often their resourcefulness in the final burst of activity gets them through, although not without considerable risk should there be serious consequences from failure. Such a tendency to procrastinate is usually softened in team exercises where the ILE is motivated not to annoy others and risk rejection from the team.

8. Pragmatism
Grace Randolph
ILEs tend to have a good sense of pragmatism and are naturally able to figure how out how things work. They tend to be very good at making objective, intelligent decisions based on the information available. However, they have no desire to do things for the sake of efficiency or productivity, but rather because they find the area interesting and want to explore its potential. Rather than seek to properly prepare themselves for tasks, so that they can do the best job possible, ILEs prefer to jump straight in and improvise, making a quick and expert use of whatever inspiration they have on the job. Being told to work harder is insulting to the ILE, who will likely have figured out their system of doing things that specifically involves not working so hard, allowing them to get what they need while maintaining a sense of novelty and enjoyment. Similarly, ILEs object to the idea that they are not best fulfilling their potential by directing all of their attention to the task at hand. Their best is usually at the beginning, when they are first dealing with an interesting concept, and they know that when their interest wanes, they are much better focusing on something else. Frequently, ILEs will be highly resourceful and inventive, yet show little interest in reading up on dry articles to improve their designs from the work of others. Instead, ILEs will prefer their own designs and ideas from start to finish, adopting quick fixes here and there when things do not quite work the way they are supposed to.


Some famous people we think are ILEs: 

  • Douglas Adams
  • Aušra Augustinavičiūtė
  • Roberto Benigni
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Cicero
  • John Cleese
  • Larry David
  • Felicia Day
  • Daniel Dennett
  • David Deutsch
  • Didius Julianus
  • Albert Einstein 
  • Tina Fey
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Gallienus
  • Hank Green
  • Hadrian
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Boris Johnson
  • Bill Maher
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Bill Nye
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Linus Pauling
  • Grace Randolph
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Carl Sagan
  • Andy Samberg
  • Peter Schiff
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Voltaire
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic 
  • Mark Zuckerberg

Some fictional characters we think are ILEs:
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad)
  • Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)
  • Timon (The Lion King)
  • Howard Wolowitz (The Big Bang Theory)

Thursday, 28 May 2015

LII - Logical Intuitive Integrator

This is the type profile for the Logical Intuitive Integrator (LII). To see more type profiles, click here.


Immanuel Kant
1. Laws
Central to the LII is their coherent structure of laws and principles through which they formulate an understanding of the world around them. LIIs are motivated by a need to analyse and make sense of their experiences, abstracting from them certain rules or regularities and drawing them into a consistent, theoretical framework. For them, truth is the pinnacle of understanding and such truth can only be reached if everything accepted fits together and makes perfect internal sense. Only then can their structure possibly be correct. Many LIIs will be drawn to fields where they are able to make sense of the fundamentals that ordain our world, with many being found in mathematics, philosophy or even theology. Less intellectual or educated LIIs will nevertheless have an emphasis on the general principles by which they have naturally come to understand their experiences and will insist on trying to make sense of things according to these principles. Some LIIs can dedicate their lives to being system-builders, slowly and painstakingly piecing together a jigsaw in their minds that might revolutionise their chosen field. However, at some level, all LIIs will be driven to create a certain theoretical consistency in their lives, carefully ordering their thoughts and ideas through which to interpret a variety of phenomena.

2. Ideas
Emmy Noether
The structures of LIIs are usually theoretical, being general principles behind interpretations of a multitude of daily events. Abstraction is a key process in an LII's law formation, with the manifold possible happenings and instances in our complex world ideally being successfully and consistently explained by only a few axioms and their logically sound interactions. As such, the LII is often very intellectually curious, and regularly seeks a broad horizon of instances and examples that they can draw together into a systemic framework. This might also make them rather nosy, asking probing questions into people's lives in their drive to better understand and analyse a situation. Often they may resort to unusual thought experiments and previously unconsidered states of affairs in order to demonstrate the conclusions of their reasoning, thus demonstrating how their logic can account for any and every situation. Similarly, their interests and hobbies may be rather offbeat and quirky, with them trying out past-times that others would not think of attempting. 

Woody Allen
3. Relations
The LII is usually capable of being polite and formal around people they do not know so well. They are aware of differences in familiarity and can manage their relations with others to an acceptable level, which means that their small collection of friends is usually maintained over a long time. However, personal ties are by no means a point of precedence for the LII. Rather than side with a friend because of their relationship, an LII will always prioritise detached reasoning and will likely stay impartial in any interpersonal disputes. Loyalty for them will always take second place to the pursuit of truth, and a friend will need to make sure they are in the right for the LII to provide support. Similarly, despite being rather aware of their attitudes or sentiments and whether they like someone or not, the LII will prefer to treat everyone fairly, not varying their treatment of others simply due to having personal favourites in a group.

4. Force
Emma Watson
LIIs tend to be very gentle and abhor any sort of aggression or social pressure. Usually their idea of fairness and order has no place for forceful competition and they may naively underestimate the capacity of others to wilfully act in their interests against the tenets of the system. The LII may see their reasoning as an appeal to the higher virtues, failing to adequately confront the more brutal, primal instincts that demand more for oneself than is duly owed. They will likely show disdain for those who attack others on superficial failings or resorting to crude, unrefined behaviour, such as trying to get one's way through brute force, rather than sitting down and having a rational discussion. Often the LII will be rather brittle, being unable to force people into respecting their principles and snapping under pressure from others. In this way, they tend to make poor leaders, failing to establish dominance and either stepping down as soon as the going gets tough or stubbornly clinging to their principles until ousted. Occasionally LIIs may be sceptical towards the social machinations of others, believing that people are going to gang up on them and try to force them to do something that contradicts their principles.

René Descartes
5. Emotions
When leading the conversation, LIIs can come across as a bit stiff. Emotional expression does not come easily to them and their focus on detached logical thought can result in them being rather disconnected from the emotions of those around them and unable to communicate adequately how they feel to others. This can result in social awkwardness or them boring others when talking about a niche topic interest, as well as being unable to tell that they are failing to impress. However, when a good mood is set by others around them, they can begin to cut loose and become surprisingly expressive in short bursts of happy emotionality. However, they will lack the ability to regulate this themselves. Despite often having something highly insightful and well-thought to say, LIIs are not very good at getting people interested and cannot adequately command people's attention. As such, they greatly appreciate engaging, charismatic individuals who are able to communicate the importance of their messages and, more importantly, welcome them into a social circle they can be themselves in. Furthermore, the doggedness of LIIs with their principles can result in a lacklustre existence. They often need someone who can raise their spirits and keep them in a positive mindset, as well as include them in the social goings on. 

Nicole Kidman
6. Senses
A crucial aspect to helping LIIs emotionally unwind is in the creation of physical harmony in their surroundings and satisfying their more aesthetic tastes. LIIs are naturally out of touch with their physical surroundings and can find it to easily become overpowering. As such, they can be quite picky and sensitive about their sensory experiences, with a fastidiousness over the things they like and a need to satisfy these preferences in a well-balanced moderation, enjoying very particular kinds of food and only liking physical contact in certain areas. Although trying to avoid anything that feels like a chore, LIIs will tend to attempt certain daily tasks as a therapeutic or enjoyable activity, such as cooking, jogging, painting or some other physically creative pursuit. Provided the demands are placed on attention to detail, rather than physical exertion, LIIs can do rather well for themselves. Such hobbies they will pursue with a highly self-critical perfectionism. However, they will be very responsive to the expressed approval of others in these areas and will swell with pride from compliments. LIIs can learn to dress neatly and well, but tend to remain modest, liking to show that they have a sense of taste but rarely feeling the need to change what they wear for new fashions. When they find a look they are comfortable with they may stick with that outfit for years.

Charles I of England
7. Pragmatism
LIIs' pursuit of truth is largely based on the theoretical structures they deduce from basic, self-evident axioms. When it comes to appealing to factual data or seeing how the structure compares to empirical tests, the LII is rather less interested. Although able to analyse the data if necessary to back up their theories, LIIs tend to be dissatisfied with the idea that truth comes from the statistics we happen to observe under arbitrary conditions. Instead of seeing this as the commonly-accepted standard for knowledge, the LII will prefer to acknowledge the only indisputable fact of scientific practice; that it is never perfect but always falsifiable. LIIs strive for perfection in their truth and such a thing can only be acquired through the intellectual purity of mathematical and logical thought. Furthermore, LIIs prefer not to assess the worth of their activities based on how helpful or productive it is. Although capable of working efficiently and creating helpful structures, the LII is unlikely to assess the merits of a system based on how well it works. Instead, their priority will be that all parts of the system hang together in a consistent manner.

Angela Merkel
8. Time
Most LIIs are prone to deep thought and may spend an undue amount of time in their head, thinking about the world around them. They may give the impression of having great insight, being able to deliver sage advice on life, the universe and everything to those around them. However, LIIs endeavour to form a structural and categorical understanding of the world as a fixed entity with set qualities to analyse. The LII wants to explain things in terms of their many attributes, what they are and how they will always be. They object to the idea of trying to reduce the multifaceted, complex structure to a some singular teleological end, where things are looked at in terms of what they will eventually become or develop into. Instead of criticising ideas and initiatives in terms of them leading to bad outcomes, the LII will look at ideas in terms of their reasons, seeing if the rationale is correct or not. As such, LIIs undermine any attempt to justify actions based on what good outcomes they might lead to. To them, the action should be intrinsically correct and done for its own sake. The LII will likely defend such an action, regardless of it possibly leading to bad results later.


Some famous people we think are LIIs: 

  • John Quincy Adams
  • Alfred the Great
  • Woody Allen
  • Bashar al-Assad
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Tony Benn
  • Neville Chamberlain
  • Charles I of England
  • Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Frédéric Chopin
  • René Descartes
  • Freeman Dyson
  • Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
  • Douglas Hofstadter
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Leo VI the Wise
  • James Madison
  • John Major
  • Dmitry Medvedev
  • Angela Merkel
  • Ron Paul
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Sejong the Great
  • Baruch Spinoza
  • Theodosius II
  • Alan Turing
  • John Tyler
  • Alexander Van der Bellen
  • Emma Watson

Some fictional characters we think are LIIs:
  • Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Ross Geller (Friends)
  • L (Death Note)
  • Milton Mamet (The Walking Dead)
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)

Quadra Values: Merry/Serious & Judicious/Decisive

Alphas are Merry and Judicious.
Betas are Merry and Decisive.
Gammas are Serious and Decisive.
Deltas are Serious and Judicious.


What does it mean to be Merry?

Merry types value Emotions (E) and Laws (L).

The valuing of E makes these types appreciative of the mood or emotional atmosphere of the people surrounding them. Emphasis is placed on the sharing and showing of emotion and how those emotions affect the mood of others, with priorities given to emotions that raise and uplift how people are feeling or unite them and bring them together. How one feels personally is of lesser importance, with individuals only choosing to express what affects the mood in a way they think is conducive to group unity.

The valuing of L makes these types appreciative of clear rules, principles and ideologies by which one lives one's life. Having a clear code is important to them as it delineates correct and incorrect actions and structures one's understanding fairly, consistently and impartially. Furthermore it demands a consistency of the individual in not changing their tune to suit the situation. Such types are quick to call out double standards and hypocrisy, demanding consistency in the actions of others.

Valuing E and L together creates a collectivism in Merry types. While E serves to bring people together under a common, uplifting mood, L creates a consistent ideology that all people in this collective can share and sets criteria for group belonging. These types tend to identify themselves by their feeling of belonging to these groups and subscription to the ideologies these groups follow. They tend to try to include more people in their group, but can distance from themselves from those who have ideologies that contradict with theirs.


What does it mean to be Serious?

Serious types value Procedures (P) and Relationships (R).

The valuing of P makes these types appreciative of the working productivity of the events surrounding them. Emphasis is placed on how things are being done and whether they can be improved to function more effectively. These types usually attempt to inform and educate themselves and others, delivering the facts without spin or affectation to make sure people are best equipped to perform tasks to the high standards. Regularly they will focus on the efficacy of why they are doing things, avoiding wastes of time and effort.

The valuing of R makes these types appreciative of the quality and stability of their personal relations with others, trying to judge and assess the inner qualities of a person to see if they are good to be friends with. Such people will attempt to maintain a certain distance between themselves and the other until then. Once deciding on the friendship, these types will prioritize their loyalties to that person, defending them over others when they are in need and emphasizing integrity in these relationships.

Valuing P and R together creates an individualism in Serious types. While R selects the good friends from mere acquaintances, P allows a mix of different points of view and provisions of information that, although inconsistent, can be helpful to the person. As such, instead of groups, Serious types manifest webs of trusted contacts who are valued for the helpful information they contribute, associating with friends and relations in the manner that best suits their needs.


What does it mean to be Judicious?

Judicious types value Ideas (I) and Senses (S)

The valuing of I makes these types appreciative of the unusual and interesting. These types try to broaden their horizons, trying a variety of different experiences and speculating about different possible scenarios. To them, the blatantly obvious is too straightforward to be interesting. Instead, there are always alternatives, other possibilities that should be explored or tried out to see if they have something new to offer. As such, these types like to view the world with wonder and fascination, looking to see where their curiosity will next take them.

The valuing of S makes these types appreciative of comfort and quality of experience. These types want life to run smoothly and enjoyably, placing emphasis on the harmony of the here and now. Decisions are made in regards to what is pleasurable or painless in the moment and lifestyles are usually centered around deriving quality of life and satisfaction from the things one currently has, rather than striving or fighting to get more things. When changes are made, they are to improve the quality of one's current existence.

Valuing I and S together creates a contentedness in Judicious types with their present situation. While I explores the many possibilities the world has to offer, S brings them together into our enjoyment of the present and the quality of life we are living now. As such, the actions of these types are centered around one's lifestyle and the appreciation of that lifestyle in a way that is both enriching and sustaining.


What does it mean to be Decisive?

Decisive types value Force (F) and Time (T).

The valuing of F makes these types appreciative of what is straightforward and blunt. Rather than speculate, these types prefer to tackle issues head on, going straight at it and prevailing through the exercise of their will. Such an approach is accompanied by a desire to establish control and dominance of the situation, forcing the environment to bend, rather than operate unpredictably. Frequently, these types emphasize the audacity and resilience needed to confront reality and make it as you want it.

The valuing of T makes these types appreciative of some higher purpose or meaning to life that outlasts comfort in the present. As such, these types detach from the mundane to think deeply about where life is heading or building up to, tracking their probable life path and trying to avoid distractions that can cause them to deviate from this path. An emphasis is placed on that which is meaningful and profound in the long term, with these types cutting out the daily luxuries in favor of what will lead to the expected outcome.

Valuing F and T together creates a dissatisfaction in Decisive types with their present situation. While F demands the action to confront reality and make it suit one's ambitions, T provides a sense of purpose or preferred outcome to these confrontations. As such, these types pursue long-reaching outcomes and can reject the softer luxuries and distractions of mundane living. Instead they advocate tough dedication in seeing things to the end.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

EIE - Ethical Intuitive Energiser

This is the profile for the Ethical Intuitive Energiser (EIE). To see more type profiles, click here.


Oprah Winfrey
1. Emotions
EIEs are best characterised by the bright and vibrant emotional states they experience and emit to others. For these types, the meaning of life is to feel, not merely to feel content, but to feel intensely and passionately. For them, there is no place for apathy, a lack of care or an absence of feeling. EIEs need to communicate their emotions to others through authentic self-expression, raising the surrounding emotional state by drawing people's attention to how they feel. The mood expressed is often heightened, perhaps to the dramatic, with the intent that this be the clearest, least ambiguous sign of their own emotional state. For this reason, EIEs may dislike displays from others that they think are 'shallow' or 'fake', and even when acting themselves, may see the need to believe or become what they are expressing. With this comes the natural expectation that others will partake in the feeling, the mood growing to encompass the whole community, whether joy at a celebration, despair at a funeral, or rage at an insult. Often, EIEs assess their value through the impressions they have made on others, and may sometimes create an image or persona of themselves to project to the people around them, looking to have that persona accepted and praised by their desired community. Furthermore the EIE tries to create feelings of unity and belonging, manifesting emotions that help bring people together in commonality.

William Shakespeare
2. Time
EIEs see life and existence on a grand scale, often having a sense of where their own lives or society in general is going. As such, they can be very invested in the future benefit of the people they identify with and can take on a personal mission to bring about some sort of meaningful change in others. In other cases, the EIE may simply look ahead to their own path in life and spend much time reflecting on how this will turn out in some predestined fashion. EIEs may use themes such as a purpose, destiny or future catastrophe in mobilising others through speeches, music or artwork, uniting people together in bringing about an important event or avoiding a disaster. Similarly, allusions can be made to an equally grand past, with EIEs either romanticising historic traditions and inviting others to reminisce. In each case, the EIE has a sense of the time to deliver such messages, knowing when, in a series of events, people would best respond to a certain narrative so that their emotions are felt strongly and authentically. This can manifest in them capitalising on trending memes, having a knack for interpreting the ideological clime. Emotionality for the EIE has an ascetic, otherworldly nature, continuously aiming at the sublime, unusual and profound to encourage action for goals in the long term. Often, EIEs will cultivate a certain intellectualism or philosophy behind the emotions they create, giving it high-browed meaning or relevance.

Cleopatra
3. Pragmatism
The EIE is aware of the need to be competent and productive in their different tasks. They recognise that they need to show to others an ability to get things done properly and an awareness of the facts behind issues they are addressing. Because of this, EIEs can be productive organisers, with an ability to not just get people working together but to also make sure they are working effectively for any goal. However, EIEs prefer not to focus on just the facts for the sake of facts, knowing that they can be boring or unappealing to their potential audience. Instead, EIEs prefer to play on sentiment and convey not merely the informative information, but the emotion that gives people the drive to act and the will to bring about meaningful change in the world. EIEs tend to tire of dry facts and procedural steps, preferring not to have to continuously research into improving themselves and their methods. Instead, they desire clarity in an unambiguous framework or ideology, setting out a perfectly consistent order that needs no further improvement.

Nelson Mandela
4. Senses
EIEs tend to possess a fundamental discontent with the world around them and a need to avoid things that seem mundane or trivial. EIEs want to live extraordinary lives with purpose and meaning, and will quickly feel depressed in carrying out the humdrum of daily maintenance. The emotions they like to synthesise are rarely comfortable or restricted to the pleasant, resulting in these types often having a certain instability. Their passions may have them take things to the extreme, causing some EIEs to suffer mentally or physically. Indeed, pain and the darkness are all part of emotional authenticity, and often such dramatic intensity can wear away at their temporal, physical shells. Furthermore, details and the little things can remain a constant thorn in the side of EIEs when creating the perfect persona for people to admire them through. Some EIEs may go to painful lengths to make themselves look like beautiful demigods. Others will reject aesthetic as shallow, setting a more unwashed example.

Lady Gaga
5. Laws
EIEs tend to lack confidence in their reasoning, and so, when faced with an argument threatening their logic, they can often hype up the emotional rhetoric instead of properly addressing the points. The kaleidoscope of emotions and ideas in the EIE is hard to clearly express, often resulting in a sort of nonsensical 'mush'. While delivering rousing, thought-provoking messages to people, their actions may be inconsistent with their arguments, with some expressions seeming to contradict what was previously said. Furthermore, in their desire to meaningfully reach out to anyone and everyone, the consistency of their ideology, what is important and what is of lower priority, may be forgotten. As such, EIEs can be very appreciative of someone consistently and directly laying down the rules, scheduling initiatives and strictly enforcing their commitment, bringing a much needed signal to the noise. Sometimes, the creation of different personae and identification with people's reactions to those personae can lead the EIE to have a poor awareness of who they really are. They can greatly appreciate a no-nonsense confrontation in impermeable logic to help iron out their identities and what they stand for.

6. Force
Bill Clinton
The emotions given off by an EIE may be pleasant and soothing if deemed appropriate, but more often, there is a harsher edge that seeks to inspire more intense emotions in other individuals. EIEs are willing to give out messages that may shock or anger people if that is the mood they feel will lead to greater passion in others. This can manifest in the belief that positive change is best brought out through rebellion or revolution. As such, EIEs are usually able to defend themselves and their allies with confidence. Some EIEs aspire to be seen as strong and powerful, capable of taking the lead when they actually lack the single-minded determination of other types. As a result, they often try to look the part if they cannot be the part, dressing to impress and, when financially successful, trying to demonstrate their elevated status to others through displays of wealth. Occasionally, it can also make them perceive challenges to their ideology as threats to be responded to aggressively, often leading to overreactions in scenarios of conflict.

Joan of Arc
7. Relations
Despite being largely carried by emotional investment, EIEs place a clear priority on the expression of those emotions that meaningfully affect the people around them. Distinctly less emphasis is placed on personal attitudes and sentiments for their own sake, with EIEs often feeling the need to conceal feelings that are not conducive to the mood they want others to feel. When EIEs experience more contrary emotions, they will try to hide them for the sake of others, sometimes leaving company to self-manage before returning. In contrast, emotions they feel that are conducive to the mood will be intensified and expressed to all with great gusto. For an EIE, letting one's vulnerable, personal feelings out and those feelings not being accepted by others makes them feel invalidated and weak. As a result, they would rather express those emotions that can be successfully adopted by others. EIEs can even get carried away with the group mood and may find themselves completely forgetting about their personal likes and dislikes. Furthermore, the EIE can often put less priority on close individual relations in favour of the groups they belong to and the people they are around, loyalty to the people or a community often going before specific ties or contacts
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8. Ideas
Steve Jobs
Often, EIEs can be the zany generators of new ideas, concepts and perspectives. In many ways, they are seen as creative visionaries bringing about novel changes in vogue, excitedly charging after the right opportunity if it presents itself. Similarly they are likely to place themselves in environments of creative novelty, enjoying the forward-thinking quality of such an atmosphere and the potential for great change to come from it. However, any ideas or tangents that are not in line with their sense of greater purpose are clearly given as silly distractions, rather than something to seriously spend time on. EIEs demand that people are completely and enthusiastically united on any task, and tend to not appreciate people leaving the general direction on their own explorations. When something is explained to them in a purely theoretical or speculative manner, they may be frustrated by the lack of concrete detail to relate it to their purpose. Any ideas created must be brought in line with their attempts to meaningfully affect people's emotions and change the world in some way and doing so simply for exploration or experience of such novelty is seen as missing the point, conveying a lack of commitment or direction. 

Some famous people we think are EIEs:
  • Ben Affleck
  • Asma al-Assad
  • Tyra Banks
  • Tony Blair
  • David Bowie
  • Russell Brand
  • Richard Burton
  • Lord Byron
  • Caligula
  • David Cameron
  • Fidel Castro
  • Charles II of England
  • Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
  • Cleopatra
  • Bill Clinton
  • Commodus
  • Constantine the Great
  • Salvador Dalí
  • Michael Douglas
  • Elagabalus
  • Empress Elisabeth of Austria
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Muammar Gaddafi
  • Lady Gaga
  • Henry V of England
  • Herod the Great
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Norbert Hofer
  • Elizabeth Holmes
  • Jesus
  • Joan of Arc
  • Steve Jobs
  • Justinian I
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Leopold II of Belgium
  • David Lloyd George
  • Douglas MacArthur
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Charles Manson
  • Shirley Manson
  • Mehmed the Conqueror
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Moctezuma II
  • Taylor Momsen
  • Piers Morgan
  • Muhammad
  • Laurence Olivier
  • Osho
  • Pericles
  • William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
  • Pompey the Great
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Matteo Renzi
  • Charlie Rose
  • William Shakespeare
  • Wallis Simpson
  • Theodosius I
  • Josip Broz Tito
  • Titus
  • Trajan
  • Leon Trotsky
  • Wilhelm II, German Emperor
  • Kanye West
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Philip Zimbardo

Some fictional characters we think are EIEs:
  • Aphrodite (Greek Mythology)
  • Apollo (Greek Mythology)
  • Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
  • The Governor (The Walking Dead)
  • Lori Grimes (The Walking Dead)
  • Melisandre (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Bernadette Rostenkowski (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Debbie Wolowitz (The Big Bang Theory)

Thursday, 21 May 2015

IEI - Intuitive Ethical Integrator

This is the type profile for the Intuitive Ethical Integrator (IEI). To see more type profiles, click here.


Marilyn Monroe
1. Time
IEIs can be characterised by a continuous search for meaning and purpose in their lives and the world in general. With a tendency to detach from daily affairs, they enter a state of deep self-reflection, looking back through their recollections and looking ahead to the probable future which they feel humanity is heading towards. IEIs tend to possess a dissatisfaction with the superficiality of daily existence, instead believing in some greater calling that must be connected with and understood before being ultimately accepted. Frequently, an IEI will be disposed towards the wanderings of their imagination, running memories through their mind again and again to fathom the steps of their personal journey. IEIs may also try to look ahead and envision a shared utopia for themselves and those they identify with. This continual search results in a tendency of these types to philosophise on the reason for our existence, why we are here and what everything is leading up to. The focus on a single, teleological end directs much of their behaviour, with them having a strong, but often indescribable, feeling of how significant events of the present might help to shape future developments. Similarly, they will often place their actions in terms of their role in the bigger picture, adjusting their behaviour in a way serves meaningful ends. At each point, the journey is set out and IEIs seek to influence themselves and others into staying on track. Often such an approach results in a vague knowing of the importance or urgency of a moment and its relation to future developments. This allows them to know not just when it is urgent to act, but also when an outcome, whether desired or not, is inevitable. 

Mahatma Gandhi
2. Emotions
Usually, IEIs tend to focus on the interpersonal, creating the sense of not only their personal fate but also a shared narrative for others to feel part of. Frequently, they will seek to express their insights to people, often through some art form such as music or writing, or through some political or humanitarian outlet. Often there is an alternative, dark or gothic feel to such expression, providing a sense of the fantastical but which to them feels more real than cheesy cliché. Through such approaches, they seek to inspire others and will derive a strong sense of belonging and identification with those groups and congregations who openly support them in their endeavours. IEIs look ahead to future goals and higher causes and as such, they want to persuade others to join in with achieving these goals. To this end, IEIs can motivate and encourage others with romanticised language, better conveying the specialness and importance of such developments and making people want to assist. This is not to say that all IEIs are very expressive of their emotional states in conversation, as many can be more solemn or taciturn. However, when speaking or writing, the poetic use of language can give them away. Furthermore, they tend to be socially diplomatic and subtly charismatic, adapting themselves to the interlocutor in conversation and even mirroring their needs. In this way, they can be very likeable, often giving the impression that they are on the side of whoever they are talking to and finding the right thing to say that stimulates passion without causing offence. This approach rarely stands out in public settings, but is rather more subtle and supportive than dominant, allowing them to operate smoothly in the background of a community and make no enemies, often surviving any major social upheavals. Rather than drive the group conversation, they will likely focus on individuals, looking to draw them back into the fold. IEIs do well at looking ahead to see social consequences, having a good idea how to mediate and mitigate likely conflicts that would cause a schism in a group or prevent the greater goal from being achieved.

Mother Teresa
3. Senses
To an extent, IEIs can be in tune with the needs of their body and tend to look after themselves well, cultivating a good aesthetic, eating well, dressing appropriately and in general managing to make themselves appear welcoming and appeasing to others. Due to their tendency towards self-reflection, IEIs do not tend to place many demands on their bodies, allowing them to stay in a good physical state. They may even be able to relax and enjoy the moment in the company of their friends. IEIs tend to be naturally diplomatic and able to soothe tensions between people in the moment, should they feel the conflict is petty or not serving some greater goal. However, IEIs may just as easily cause conflict if they feel the peace of the environment is bringing stagnancy and a lack of meaningful development. Furthermore, the imagined, remembered or predicted worlds of the IEI can be filled with physical and aesthetic beauty, often of a slightly ethereal or unnerving nature to contrast with the dullness of present existence. However, at heart, IEIs are ascetics and do not see much value in the simplicity of the day to day. They are fundamentally dissatisfied with the world as it currently is, yearning for something more profound to give themselves to. Relaxation is often an anathema to fulfilling higher goals, and the IEI may look to artistic states of suffering as being more preferable for this reason. IEIs will see daily tasks as mundane and pointless unless it serves some higher purpose, lacking the crucial elements that contribute to the big picture. As a result, IEIs prefer not to indulge in such distractions, instead needing to relate it in some way to their purpose. IEIs instead seek out environments of exciting, more intense activity, where under great pressure, action needs to be taken with no time for leisurely delay. By doing so, IEIs are able to feel that they are getting somewhere, rather than stuck in the lazy temptations of the present.
Andy Warhol

4. Pragmatism
IEIs are given to heartfelt deliveries on their musings and thoughts. Such an approach is not well suited to demands for hard empirical evidence. As such, the narratives given by IEIs can come across as mystical and lacking in factual accuracy or any clear grounding. When they have a clear vision for what is going to happen in the long run, they can feel frustrated when circumstantial facts of the present contradict what they know inside. When presented with new factual information, the IEI will likely discard the information unless it can be shown to be consistent with other sources and able to be tied into a coherent ideology. Otherwise, the IEI will feel quickly confused by conflicting and changing sources of data and not know which to choose. It is often the case that an IEI can talk or write for a long time on their musings, what they think about the world, etc., without actually saying anything factually informative. IEIs tend to strongly dislike feeling quizzed and will try to avoid situations where they may be shown by others to lack knowledge in an important area. IEIs particularly dislike humdrum practical tasks where they can be easily shown to be inept and incapable of doing things properly. When faced with such chores, they will quickly feel the mental and physical strain, despairing over a messy house or unkept area that they are required to clean up but have no idea where to begin. IEIs tend to be clumsy and not so good at carrying out tasks efficiently or particularly well. Often they may seek distraction from their difficulty with carrying out procedure through appeals to humour, proclaiming their 'uselessness' as an endearing trait. However, should a person try to offer advice or instruction in how to do something better, they may be defensive or insulted, feeling that they are being condescended to or treated like an idiot. Additionally will quickly tire of long, dry, factual explanations for how things work, finding such advice not only condescending but also boring and unimportant in the greater scheme of things. IEIs find it naturally hard to motivate themselves and so little is more discouraging to them than being told what they are finally attempting to do is being done wrong. 

Kate Bush
5. Force
The introspective nature of IEIs leaves them quite unaware of the events happening to them in the present. Naturally caught up in their thoughts and reflections, IEIs often have a clearer view of vague future events than what is in front of their face. This causes IEIs to be very indecisive in their daily behaviour, knowing the outcome they are hoping for, but lacking the presence to take needed action and ensure such an outcome. The paralysis can be so severe that IEIs can come across as weak wallflowers, or people who bend too easily to higher authority. However, in order to reach desired outcomes, IEIs feel that reality has to be confronted and pushed onto the right path. As a result, IEIs tend to be attracted to those with strength of will, who have the energy to make things happen. IEIs may make subtle appeals to their emotions and sense of urgency when they feel it is the right time to act, causing the more powerful to fight in their stead. Alternatively, many IEIs will seek to be less passive, looking to strong, wilful people as examples that can inspire them to act, if only for a limited duration. Lacking a connection to the reality of the situation, IEIs can appreciate a firm shake by the shoulders to ground them and an authoritative tone to tell them how things really are. Indeed, no other type can maintain both a compassion for the suffering of the underdog, and a reverence for the brutality of the strong, as the IEI.

6. Laws
Barack Obama
IEIs tend to possess a strong desire to prove their intellect to others, and often approach this need in trying to form a consistent, clear understanding of themselves and the world they occupy. With a naturally fluid and ever-changing perception of events, it is common for an IEI to adopt an ideology or credo that outlines the principles they believe in, providing needed structure to their vision and beliefs. Sometimes, this can lead to fanaticism, with an obsession on their chosen ideology at the expense of real needs and common sense. Often drawn to philosophy and structures of thought, IEIs can spend a lot of time trying to figure out their priorities in life and the standards for them to live by. When deciding on these standards, they can become rather stubborn and resist challenges to their logic, instead being more open to those who can validate or add to their understanding and bring some of the finer points into clarity. Despite this stubbornness, the IEI may decide not to make their disagreement obvious to others, sometimes giving the impression of agreement. However, they can give way if exposed to superior or flawless reasoning. They will only appreciate structural or principle-based logic, rather than any practical 'how-to' advice. This brings a sense of integrity in their ideals, where, despite being agreeable and adaptable, the IEI maintains a sense of their core principles.

Diana, Princess of Wales
7. Ideas
With their focus on a singular, underlying purpose, the IEI has little interest in speculating or brainstorming multiple possibilities. Although they are perfectly capable of considering multiple alternatives, they choose not to unless it is absolutely necessary to the situation. After all, considering back-ups or alternatives to the main vision suggests that the predicted outcome may be wrong, and would only lead to confusion and dissolution of resolve. Rather than dip into a variety of areas and interests, IEIs prefer to focus on a particular area that they feel brings personal meaning to their existence and will devote themselves to that area. However, they may be more happy exploring a range of areas within their scope of devotion if that somehow adds to the meaning of their activity. For them, what could possibly happen is unimportant and meaningless in comparison to the destiny that will happen, with their approach being to actually limit the number of possibilities available and ensure the desired outcome. For an IEI, the possibilities often serve as distractions from the right path and as such, possess no merit.

8. Relations
Plato
IEIs tend to operate on a one-on-one basis, being able to form intense, emotional connections with individuals. Furthermore, they have a good sense of people and tend to be able to make the right friends in the right situations. Nevertheless, IEIs tend to be strongly opposed to the idea of keeping other people at a set psychological distance to themselves. Instead of keeping good people close and bad people at a distance, IEIs prefer to assess whether a person's destiny is tied with their own and others, creating long term relationships with those that do. The purpose for this is less directed towards the individual's worth in relation to the IEI, but rather to pull compatible individuals together into a circle of belonging and camaraderie. Rather than judging the inner character of an individual, IEIs will instead look to see if a person belongs within their desired circle, being able to subtly draw the right people in and leading out those they feel do not belong. With those who they feel belong, IEIs wish to close the gap and connect profoundly and authentically, although successfully closing the gap often requires a clear demonstration of interest and desire from the other person. In this way, the IEI attempts to experience intensity of feeling and longing in a company of significant others, rather than deciding whether a particular person is appropriate to experience such feelings with. Within such circles of belonging, the IEI is able to feel that something momentous and important will come to pass.

Some famous people we think are IEIs:
  • Huma Abedin
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Anne Brontë
  • Kate Bush
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Kellyanne Conway
  • Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Bob Dylan
  • Edward VIII
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Richard Hammond
  • Osama bin Laden
  • Livy
  • Harold Macmillan
  • Karl Marx
  • François Mitterrand
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • Napoleon III
  • Nerva
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Barack Obama
  • Otho
  • Plato
  • Pliny the Younger
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Natalie Portman
  • Grigori Rasputin
  • Maximilien de Robespierre
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Haile Selassie
  • Mother Teresa
  • Melania Trump
  • Andy Warhol
  • H. G. Wells
  • Elijah Wood

Some fictional characters we think are IEIs:
  • Leonard Hofstadter (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire)