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If psychology is a science, then this is relevant

Post  pinhedz on Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:59 pm

I remember being told once that there were basically three personality types: Id, ego and superego.

Then later on it got more complicated:

Workaholic (Responsible, Logical, Organized)

Persister (Dedicated, Observant, Conscientious)

Reactor (Compassionate, Sensitive, Warm)

Dreamer (Reflective, Imaginative, Calm)

Rebel (Spontaneous, Creative, Playful)

Promoter (Persuasive, Adaptable, Charming)

(The parentheticals only state the positive qualities, so they don't mention that a promoter would sell his own mother to the Arabs, that dreamers procrastinate, or that the personality they call "rebel" is hopelessly irresponsible--and includes most musicians).

The theory says that we all start out as one personality type, but that most of us go through some transitions triggered by traumatic events or radical changes in our circumstances. Each time we change, we retain part of the personality types we have passed through previously.

Thus, one can eventually become a dreamer-persister-workoholic-reacter (which is what I am).

One can become conflicted. scratch

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Post  Guest on Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:26 pm

pinhedz wrote:The parentheticals only state the positive qualities, so they don't mention ... that dreamers procrastinate
Yesterday I thought "tomorrow I'm going to run" and the vision was good. This morning I woke up and dressed in sport clothes... but I'm still here... you know, I can't go and run just like that, I have to fill time first...

The fact that they only tell you the positive aspects of each personality makes it a difficult choice because I feel like I'm overvaluing my values when I say I am a rebel reactor dreamer

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:26 pm

The term "rebel" doesn't exactly fit the personality type it is used to refer to. The "rebel" personality type is simply a fun-loving party animal, and not necessarily anti-establishment. If you hire painters to paint your house, you'd do best by hiring workaholics, rather than rebels (who might have too much fun painting your house affraid ).

The list of positive aspects of the personality types was compiled to train managers, so that they could make the best use of their employees strengths.

But a manager that has a promoter working for him should be advised to watch his back. Suspect

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Post  Guest on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:32 pm

That's what I thought of the rebel meaning here... I'm hardly a rebel in the usual sense

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Post  Andy on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:39 pm

There's a little booklet Immanuel Kant once wrote during one of his rare travels outside of Königsberg in which he characterises humans according to the classic humores-doctrine. I should look up the title.

Which is a bit odd, considering that the ethics he is known for are established on the principe that humans have to be thought off as free agents, independend of such deterministic restrictions.

Kant was a serious physician, a man of science. So it's safe to say that his refering to the humores-doctrine indicates the relevance this doctrine still had in the second half of the 18th century.

Ooh well, he also wrote that the act of marriage basically comes down to obtaining posession of your spouses genitalia - well, their functional role in the process of reproduction, to be accurate.

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