…today’s secret…Personalities by the numbers.
There are 4 basic personalities in the world. Has always been 4. Will always be 4.
You can trace personalities back to the dead Greeks if you want…and then call them anything you want. There are still only 4.
No one personality is better than the other. The world of 7 billion is evenly split between the 4…
Individually, we are some combination of these 4 personalities. All 4 may be evenly found in us or one may dominate the others. That’s why we are different.
For you skeptics…Myers-Briggs identifies 16 personalities, but these 16 are children of the 4…I’m an INTP if you really want to know.
For today, we’ll just call them personalities #1, #2, #3, and #4.
When two strangers meet who are the same personality construct
they become best of buds. I’M OK. YOU’RE OK.
Put two #1s in a room and they will solve the world’s problems in about
ten minutes. Put two #2s in a room and they will schedule the world as they
each came out of the womb with a to-do list. Two #3s will flitter around
the room and solve nothing. Two #4s will still be hugging tomorrow.
And yes, any two likes make for great marriages.
This all happens subconsciously. Have you never walked into a room of
strangers and wonder why within minutes you have found a friend you can
talk with…maybe forever?
Some combination of personalities are diabolical opposites. #1 and #3 will
soon be fighting. #2 and #4, well, their backs will be turned to each other just out of kindness.
Have you never walked into a store and a sales person offers to help you
and you tell them you are just looking…and you know you need help!
Why do these opposites ever marry?
Cities also have personalities.
Cities founded as military forts have tons of testosterone among its peoples. Fort Worth?
Cities founded because oil or gold was there have get-rich-quick mentalities
among its peoples. Denver? Tulsa? Silicon Valley?
Cities founded as trading posts becomes hubs of commerce. Dallas?
Minneaplois’ Mall of America?
So, what’s my point?
In perilous times we tend to judge others much quicker than in less perilous times. The 4 personalities don’t change, their combinations don’t change. We do.
In helping people become the best they can be we helpers need to take a step back during these times and understand more and judge less.
Find a way to press your ear to the chests of your participants, hear their
heartbeats, and smell their breath before jumping to conclusions.
We’ll all be better for it.
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