The People Smarts System Personality Quiz
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The 16 People Smarts Personality Types are built up from the four building blocks of personality of:
These four building blocks are a fusion of the ancient world’s ‘four elements’ of:
And modern science's description of the four principal stress responses, namely:
To create one of the most accurate, useful and scientifically-grounded personality typologies out there!
Pure Motivators are often counted in the ranks of Planet Earth’s biggest trouble-makers and instigators of change. Often utterly fearless (at least externally), the Pure Motivator will say and do things that no-one else would even dream of.
Pure Motivators are incredibly powerful personalities, and rarely brook any arguments or disagreements, especially when they are in an unbalanced, or stressed, state. People are often drawn to Pure Motivators charisma and passion, but getting too close to a Pure Motivator is often a risky proposition.
That’s because Pure Motivators can often find it very difficult to contain their emotions or channel their enormous reservoirs of inner strength appropriately, especially when stressed. Getting caught up in a Pure Motivator’s storm, or rage fit, is something most people will never forget, and in this state, the Pure Motivator can inflict some deep wounds, even upon the people they truly care for.
With their forceful personalities, inability to take ‘no’ for an answer, and often surprisingly deep spiritual side, Pure Motivators naturally gravitate towards leadership positions. On the positive side, they can change the course of history by becoming the leaders of civil rights movements, or finding some way to use their notoriety, money and success to challenge injustice and deprivation.
Most of Planet Earth’s saints and visionaries were drawn from the ranks of the Pure Motivator.
Reacting from a place of unbalanced ‘stress’ is often prevalent amongst Pure Motivators. They can easily become the dictators, mafia Godfathers, immoral politicians and aggressively self-focused entrepreneurs who don’t hesitate to throw the moral rule book out the window, if it means they can get more of what they want.
More than any of the other Motivator personalities, Type 1 is extremely careful about their honor. If they feel they aren’t being given the proper respect and attention, they can pursue the person who they perceive as mocking them or slighting them relentlessly, until they manage to bring them down and ‘teach them a lesson’.
When Type 1 is unbalanced or stressed to an extreme, the Pure Motivator can become a rageaholic, picking fights and manufacturing justifications that will enable them to ‘dump’ their feelings of anger on other people.
Type 2: MOTIVATOR-CONNECTORS:
Nothing can get in the way of a Motivator personality that also excels at connecting to, and communicating with, other people. Motivator-Connectors are quick-thinking, fast-moving and hard to contain. Many Type 2s have a natural propensity for invention, coming up with new ideas, new ways of doing things, or creating new products, as they combine the Motivator’s dislike of following rules with the Connector’s ability to see things from a different dimension.
Motivator-Connectors are heavily represented amongst the ranks of genius inventors, cutting-edge artists and highly successful business people, because MOTIVATION gives them the determination to keep going with the new ideas that result from making new CONNECTIONS, until they blossom into something concrete. MOTIVATION also gives this personality type the strength to fight for their ideas to be taken seriously in the ‘real world’.
Motivator-Connectors can keep blowing dying embers into life long after everyone else gave up and went home. Pugnacious problem-solvers, they will return to a problem again and again until they find a way to resolve it, especially if it’s a matter of pride or honor.
Motivator-Connectors can be energizing, but also exhausting to be around, especially if they are stressed. They can get a party going like no-one else, and when they’re in a good mood, their upbeat outlook and forward-looking vibe is infectious.
But Motivator-Connectors can also be prone to over-extending themselves, and burning out. They can become so giddily enthusiastic about their own ideas or ‘big vision’, they sometimes don’t notice that the more practical and tangible aspects of their business, organisation,or relationships are coming apart, or failing to work as well as they like to tell other people.
This tendency to exaggerate success and paint inspirational, but unrealistically rose-colored pictures can lead to immediate and disastrous collapse, if the Motivator-Connector doesn’t have a more practical Builder, or realistic Philosopher, to help ground them.
The unbridled and creative Motivator-Connector can burn through people and cash very quickly, consuming their resources at assets at a scary pace, and ashing their surroundings before moving on to new pastures.
Because they have the Motivator’s tendency to disrespect boundaries and rules, other people can experience a stressed Type 2 personality as aggressive fighters who are ruthless and often more than a little unscrupulous. The Motivator-Connector can end up making a lot enemies and hurting a lot of people’s feelings.
In the stressed state, Motivator-Connectors can react to others with harsh criticism and impossible demands for perfection. Often harshly competitive, they often only play to win and they can be very demanding and irritable with other people, especially those who they feel have let them down.
Unlike the Pure Motivator, the Motivator-Connector will sometimes prefer to run away than to slug it out, particularly if they don’t feel they have a good chance of winning any confrontation.
While the Pure Motivator often achieves things with sheer grit, determination and the strength of their character, the Motivator-Connector is more interested in shortcuts, loopholes and hacks to achieve meaningful goals, fast – and often, they find them.
They can sometimes switch from the enthusiasm and energy of MOTIVATION to the sullenness and despairing bad moods of PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING very quickly, when their plans or efforts don’t pan out as they hoped.
Until this personality learns how to properly manage and channel their powerful emotions, the Motivator-Philosopher can end up living their life bouncing from one extreme state to another, which can be extremely challenging for the people around them – and extremely difficult to experience as the person going through it.
When Type 3 is in balance, they can combine the Motivator’s raw passion and social magnetism with the much deeper insight, self-awareness and idealism of the Philosopher to really achieve some great things in the world. Their innate pull to the realism and idealism of PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING can be used to tamp down the unhelpful extremes of wishful thinking and impulsive action that can dog the Motivator.
The more philosophical side can take the time to think things through clearly, and to chart a course of action that will enable the Motivator’s passion and energy to be applied in the most useful and beneficial way. This can make the Motivator-Philosopher an extremely effective and fast problem solver, enabling them to pull some miraculous rabbits out of the hat even at short notice.
The Philosopher’s self-reflection can also make the Motivator safer for others to be around by keeping its self-centred and sometimes unscrupulous tendencies in check, while still ensuring that MOTIVATION’s passion and energy is channeled and applied appropriately, generously and helpfully. The balanced Motivator-Philosopher is still a fighter – but they will tend to fight far more for others, and far more for the ideals and justice than purely for themselves and their own narrow interests.
Accessing the Motivator’s passion and ‘righteous anger’ can also help to flip the Philosopher out of a depressed, cynical or bitterly inactive state, and get them back on their feet, out of hibernation and interacting with the world again.
PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING enables this personality type to think deeply into things. When this is combined with MOTIVATION’s natural intuition and flashes of insight into others, the resulting foresight can be almost preternaturally accurate and incisive.
Motivator-Philosophers can be extremely accurate, if often unforgiving, judges of character. When in balance, they will use this knowledge for good, while the unbalanced Type 3 can often be tempted to use their great insight into others for self-serving, manipulative ends.
Motivator-Philosophers are the most introverted of motivator personalities. In the balanced state, they can feel equally at home by themselves as when they are in a crowd of people.
While Type 3 personalities still crave attention, and still want to be noticed, they’re often more interested in their ideas and their contribution to the debate being noted, than in getting kudos for their appearance or obvious status symbols.
Like all motivators, Motivator-Philosophers can be extremely charismatic and interesting speakers, and they can also interact with others a lot around deep ideas and serious questions about the meaning of life. This personality is often disinterested in ‘fluff’ and small talk, and can sometimes prefer to clam-up than to waste their time discussing mundane things about the best type of coffee at Starbucks.
Type 3s can experience life as alternating between ups and downs, and black-or-white, with very little ‘grey’ in between. This is occurring because the Motivator-Philosopher personality is essentially pulling in two radically different directions, exacerbated by the Motivator’s intense emotions. This can make the stressed Motivator-Philosopher’s reactions highly unpredictable.
When stressed, Type 3s can find themselves dealing with the extreme despair and cynicism of the Philosopher, which are then exacerbated by the Motivator’s tendency to pull to dramatic self-expression. The Motivator-Philosopher’s emotional let-down from an ideal not reached, or a goal not accomplished, can be extremely intense.
Because a stressed Type 3 can spend large chunks of their time ‘frozen’ and inactive, they can often bounce out of that state straight into a mad rush to make up for lost time, and to do all the things they missed out on when they were in a despairing, apathetic and frozen Philosopher state.
With the Motivator’s unbridled enthusiasm and lack of boundaries, they can overdo things very quickly, take on too much – and find themselves hitting the wall.
When this happens, the Motivator-Philosopher can slide back down into cynical disappointment as the ideal is not reached, or can’t be maintained, and the cycle starts all over again.
In common with the other motivators, the Motivator-Philosopher likes a captive audience to share their ideas with, and isn’t scared to debate an issue. When stressed or unbalanced, this personality type can act in a condescending way to others, secure in their belief that they inhabit ‘the moral high ground’ – and they often aren’t shy to tell you that.
Like all Motivators, this personality type often has very high expectations, which are often not so reasonable or realistic. When these expectations aren’t met, this can trigger a torrent of contemptuous rage. When stressed, the Motivator-Philosopher can exhibit a pronounced tendency to put guilt trips on others.
Dissatisfaction can be a big challenge for all Motivator-Philosophers. In the stressed state, this can lead to harsh criticism against other people, and a feeling that whatever they do, it’s never ‘good enough’. In the balanced state, this sense of dissatisfaction can be parlayed into a more positive sense of motivation, and an impulse to keep going, even though the end still hasn’t been achieved yet.
They can get an awful lot done quickly, and are typically blessed with some notable organizational abilities. That’s because they combine MOTIVATION’s energy, passion and vision, with BUILDING’s grounded, practical nature, easy sociability, and ability to take a seed and cultivate it into a tree.
When this personality is in balance, it takes on the quality of being an iron fist in a velvet glove. The Motivator-Builder energy is one of uncompromising diplomacy. The Builder side furnishes the ability to relate to others and make room for them to express themselves honestly, while the Motivator’s side ensures that this personality type is still tough enough to not be taken for a ride.
A balanced Motivator-Builder can use their keen social insight appropriately to know when they should be taking things up a notch, to achieve their goal, or when they need to bank the flame and take the pressure off.
Motivator-Builders are adept at ‘playing the game’ extremely well, and often enjoy doing so, combining the Motivator’s forceful ability to persuade, manipulate and cajole others to going along with them with the Builder’s easy sociability and charm. They often aren’t as intimidating as the other Motivator types, because the more threatening negatives associated with Motivators personalities are ‘hidden’ underground.
While Motivator-Builders usually get on better with the world around them than the other Motivators, their more hidden nature can make them much harder to deal with, in some ways, as it’s often not clear what’s really going on or why, or why.
Even day-to-day interactions can become stressful and ‘complicated’ when you’re dealing with someone who is clearly upset, but refuses to discuss why or what can be done to rectify the situation.
Motivator-Builders are the most genuinely interested in developing a two-way relationship with other people of all the motivator types, and are often very friendly and helpful, even to casual acquaintances.
A balanced Type 4 can listen as well as speak, and will also occasionally give way on an issue, and put the other person’s needs or views ahead of their own.
Motivator-Builders often love to chat and excel on the social scene, where they are often seen as being charismatic, genuinely nice, and a big success in their particular field. When balanced, Motivator-Builders can be indefatigable, charming, generous and helpful, and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer when it comes to trying to do something for their community, friends or family.
With BUILDING’s strong pull to keeping up superficial appearances, and MOTIVATION’s emphasis on personal honor and respect, Motivator-Builders are the most easily embarrassed and offended of all the personality types, and they can often still feel the ‘sting’ of being embarrassed publically even many decades later.
Motivator-Builders can struggle with the issue not using their sincerely-meant kindnesses and favors as levers to try to coerce and manipulate others into doing what they want. Type 4 personalities are often totally convinced that they are only doing things 100% for others, and have little awareness that this is not always the case.
Motivators generally find it very hard to accept another person’s point of view, and Motivator-Builders are no exception to this rule, except they tend to be far more ‘gentle’ in how they express their disagreements.
Unbalanced Motivator-Builders can make very convincing con men and scam artists, because part of them really does care about others, and really is interested in what you have to say, which can encourage the people they interact with to trust them more deeply than they would another unbalanced Motivator personality.
That’s why, paradoxically, a caring Motivator-Builder can do far more damage to those around them than the other Motivator personalities when reacting from a stressed state. The warning signs are often camouflaged, encouraging people to draw much closer than they would do with a different Motivator Type who is under stress.
An unbalanced Motivator-Builder can keep smoldering resentments going for years, underground, which can suddenly burst out of nowhere, but then just as quickly can get smoothed over again.
This friendly / fierce dual aspect can often make an unbalanced Motivator-Builder the most head-wrecking personality type for others to be around, as you never really know when the ‘nice guy’ will disappear.
This gives Pure Connectors an unparalleled drive to work hard and achieve. The Pure Connector has hyper-activity at their core, and finds it almost impossible to stop or to sit still. When this energy is focused sharply on specific goals and managed properly, it creates the ‘A’ students, the brain surgeons and brilliant lawyers and business leaders.
Many Pure Connectors will find themselves drawn to being first-responders, or doing other jobs that require them to be permanently switched on and ready to leap into action with a moment’s notice. Often, the Type 5 personality is addicted to an ‘adrenaline high’ and will look for ways to maintain the action and adventure even when they’re off-duty.
Like all Connector personalities, Pure Connectors are normally avid news addicts and can fall into obsessively checking their news feeds and favorites sources of information even multiple times a day, in anticipation of learning ‘the latest’. They can also get obsessed with trying new things, and often take particular pride in being ‘the first’ to have the latest technology, or to introduce a new way of doing things.
The Pure Connector is one of the most high-energy personality types, and when in the balanced state, they can be extremely intelligent, sharp thinkers and extremely fast learners. Pure Connectors love to share information and ideas around liberally, and the can usually gallop their way of sifting through information and then forming the connections required to synthesize it and get it out there, much faster than anyone else.
No-one else can really keep up with the sheer brain power and non-stop energy of a balanced Pure Connector, which can sometimes lead to the people around them getting quickly burned out and exhausted. Pure Connectors abhor feeling ‘bored’, and if this isn’t properly managed and balanced with learning more of the habits of the Philosopher personality type, they can easily fall into the trap of seeking constant stimulation, activity and thrill seeking to keep things exciting and ‘busy’.
An unbalanced Pure Connector may have to deal with rushing thoughts that can lead to obsession, or rushing actions that can lead to compulsion. A lot of this busyness is due to an underlying sense of worry and anxiety which all of the Connector personalities are prone to.
A stressed Pure Connector spends a lot of time trying to deflect and run away from sources of anxiety and stress, which can manifest in constantly switching jobs / relationships / lanes a lot, and looking for external sources of stimulation, including substances.
Lacking the Motivator’s ability to challenge a problem head on; the Philosopher’s ability to sit and contemplate; and the Builder’s inherent stability, the unbalanced Pure Connector is the most prone to escaping into the ‘extreme’ jet-setting lifestyle of the international executive to try to out-run the anxiety; or descending into the never-ending cycle of anxiety-fuelled obsessive-compulsion.
The Pure Connector typically finds it the hardest of all the personality types to slow down, take a breath, and really relax.
Type 6: CONNECTOR-MOTIVATOR
They combine CONNECTION’S ability to act and get things done fast and efficiently with MOTIVATION’s focus on the goal, and passionate enthusiasm for the cause.
While they are less combustible and way more easy-going than their Motivator-Connector counterpart, this personality type can still tap into MOTIVATION’s assertiveness and determination to knuckle down and do whatever is acquired to achieve their goals.
Meanwhile, the CONNECTION element keeps things flexible and fluid, tempering the Motivator’s often unhelpful rigidity. Type 6 also finds it easier to communicate their vision clearly to others and to bring people with them in their pursuit of a goal, instead of the go-it-alone tendency of the Motivator personalities.
This combination of traits can make Connector-Motivators excellent leaders in their field. Type 6 can stand up for themselves, and be ‘hard’ when they have to, but because they still have the CONNECTOR’s dislike of confrontation, they will only press the ‘nuclear button’ on very rare occasions, and only when they feel they have run out of options for talking things through, and sorting things out.
MOTIVATION’s self-interest and focus on attaining specific goals can also keep the Connector-Motivator committed to a task, a job or a situation long after the innovation-loving CONNECTION side would have lost interest, got bored, or been itching for something new – but only as long as the Connector-Motivator can clearly envision the rewards for taking the path they are walking down.
Of all the personality types the Connector-Motivator is the most susceptible to becoming addicted to an ‘adrenaline high’, and they will look for ways to get that ‘buzz’ in all areas of life. Connector-Motivators are heavily represented amongst the ranks of obsessive joggers and gym junkies, and you will often find them bungee jumping, black-run skiing, deep-sea diving and generally looking for action and adventure anywhere they can find it, in all areas of their life.
Connector-Motivators tend to be highly competitive, and will often have an obsessive attention to detail. However, Connector-Motivators are less likely to deliberately play dirty than a Motivator-Connector, especially if there will be an obvious ‘victim’ of their crime.
The Connector-Motivator’s quick thinking, fast moving and drive to achieve as much as possible in as short a time as possible can easily morph from restless over-achievement to aimless thrill seeking and harsh perfectionism.
The more intellectual Connector-Motivators can become get addicted to increasing knowledge, endlessly researching the perfect shade of off-white to paint their walls and agonizing over perfecting the smallest detail of their reports, or even something as simple as a recipe. In the unbalanced state, even the smallest and most human ‘flaw’ in their efforts can have a severely negative impact on a Connector-Motivator’s mood – which of course, only tends to exacerbate their sense of stress.
If the Connector-Motivator’s obsessive need to be the best and do the best becomes pronounced, this can create a paranoid sense that other people won’t do the job properly, and can feed their underlying feelings of anxiety and worry.
The unbalanced Connector-Motivator often lives life in the fast-lane, and they can become compulsive risk-takers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that can also mean that they can easily get enmeshed in stimulating substance addiction.
In common with the other Connector personalities, unbalanced Connector-Motivators can find it very hard to slow down, which means they run a high risk of burning out.
Type 7: CONNECTOR-PHILOSOPHERS
Personality Type 7, the Connector-Philosopher, tends to think before they act
This personality can combine CONNECTION’s energy, optimism and lightness with PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s deep insight, ‘realness’ and fearlessness.
While the gravitas of PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING keeps them grounded in a specific project or interaction, the traction of CONNECTION can still make sure that things move forward at a smart pace, without getting too bogged-down in philosophizing.
Connector-Philosophers like to explore their options and all the angles before deciding on a course of action, and they are often one of the most ‘together’ personality types. A balanced Connector-Philosopher knows roughly where they are heading in life, and also how they are planning to get there, and what they are trying to achieve.
PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s foresight enables them to overcome the CONNECTION tendency to waste a lot of time on pointless and unfocused wild goose chases, and it also gives the Type 7 personality the strength they need to keep going, and to persevere, when things aren’t going so easily.
Meanwhile, their Connector side helps to ‘lighten up’ the Philosopher’s tendency to overthink, and to get bogged-down in abstract theories, and also helps the Connector-Philosopher to communicate their ideas to others in a lighter and more appealing way, which broadens their reach and gets other more involved in their projects and discussions.
A balanced Connector-Philosopher often works very hard towards goals they really believe in, and they can be a lot of fun to be around. But they also know when to step back, take some time off, and to try and re-evaluate how they’re spending their time, and where all their efforts are taking them.
After this time-out, when they get to relax mentally and renew their clarity, the Connector-Philosopher can return to the fray ready and eager to give their all to the project or idea they happen to be working on.
The Connector-Philosopher can struggle to translate CONNECTION’s energy to get things moving and transformed into positive progress and action in the real world. Instead, all that energy can get sucked into endless and repetitive mental over-analysis, and can also manifest itself as increased nervous tension, leaving the Connector-Philosopher feeling permanently jumpy, anxious and ‘wired’. Connector-Philosopher’s can also find themselves running off at the mouth, blurting out things in a stream-of-consciousness fashion that they’d never share with others in a more balanced and calm state.
When stressed, Connector-Philosophers can find it hard to make a decision, as they use PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s tendency to overdo the analytical side of things as a defense to deflect away from the unpleasant or potentially scary things that the stressed Connector side wants to run away from.
An unbalanced Connector-Philosopher can become so worried about the outcome, they get too scared and discouraged to even begin. This inactivity can feed the Connector’s anxiety, and exacerbate the Philosopher’s tendency to become depressed.
Like all the Connector personalities, overworking can be a real problem for the Connector-Philosophers, who often alternate between periods of intense overwork which end with collapse. Under stress, this personality can then enter a ‘frozen’ state where they become unresponsive and unable to cope, until they’ve regained some of the strength required to pick themselves up and start over again.
Until the personality learns how to balance this out, this cycle can repeat itself over and over again.
Mixing the Philosopher’s tendency to spend a lot of time alone with the Connector’s need for new technology and ‘progress’ can lead to a lot of Connector-Philosophers becoming the archetypal tech nerds, who live their whole life ‘online’. They are still energetically interacting, communicating and ‘surfing’, but everything become virtual reality.
Unbalanced Connector-Philosophers often prefer to telecommute, tele-date, and can easily become addicted to their computers, spending an obscene amount of time online and ‘connected’. Care needs to be taken that the ‘pretend perfect’ relationships found online don’t totally replace real, but inevitably flawed relationships.
Type 8: CONNECTOR-BUILDERS
They have the natural gregariousness and curiosity about the world shared by all Connectors, but are anchored into reality by the Builder’s solid respectability and stability.
A Connector-Builder will like to find out all about you – where you’re from, who you know, what you do – and not just to satisfy a fleeting curiosity, but because they’re genuinely interested in other people, and in hearing about their experiences.
The Builder’s tendency to care about others, and to try to ‘do good’ balances out the Connector’s predilection for taking off at the first sign of trouble, or a problem. Balanced Connector-Builders will stick around even when the going gets tough, and they will try to listen and sympathize – before switching back more into the lighter ‘Connector’ mode, to try and take your mind off your misery with a crazy stunt or a last minute outing to somewhere unusual.
Connector-Builders often put a lot of effort into cultivating their relationships, but can still keep things spiced-up and interested. Whenever there’s a risk of a hum-drum or a soul-destroying mechanical routine creeping in to life, the Connector-Builder will find a way of changing things up in a nice way.
Connector-Builders are the people who will fly half way across the world so they can burst out of your cake at a surprise party. They will leave unusual little notes in your lunchbag. They will find out what your dream holiday is and then obsessively research which of the 100 best safaris to take you on.
Their BUILDING dimension means that the Connector-Builder really does care what other people think, and they will pour an awful lot of their CONNECTION energy and ‘magic’ into trying to make the people around them happy. The Type 8 personality is stable in the areas they need to be – holding down a job, and staying loyal in their relationships - but daring and exciting on the fringes, so that life never gets dull or boring.
Indefatigably optimistic, Connector-Builders rarely think about what could go wrong, and also rarely dig deeper for their true feelings or thoughts about things. As long as it’s working in the ‘now’, they’re happy, and prefer to not spend a lot of time thinking about tomorrow.
The main problems for an unbalanced Connector-Builder comes from their tendency to run away from reality, and their insistence to take everything and everyone at face value – including themselves. This personality type is often used – and sometimes abused - as ‘gophers’ and assistants by others, because they can combine the CONNECTORs ability to get things done quickly and efficiently with the Builder’s gentle nature and reluctance to stand up for themselves.
The Builder’s inability to say ‘no’, can combine with the Connector’s obsessive and perfectionistic tendencies to produce an anxious, miserable and stressed workaholic.
When stressed, Connector-Builders tend to experience the most performance anxiety of all the personalities, because they are out there doing a lot, and they have CONNECTION’s drive to want to do it perfectly. At the same time, they also have the Builder’s preoccupation with how others are viewing them, and a tendency to feel bad and somehow ‘not good enough’, if they can’t be all things to all people.
Connector-Builders are the people who work into the night to get a last-minute report done for their boss, or who will wake up 3 hours’ earlier than usual so they can take their friend to the airport without being late for work, as a result of being unable to say ‘no’.
Unbalanced Connector-Builders can sometimes be very superficial, unwilling or unable to look within, and often using levity and humor to deflect the conversation away from anything they deem as being ‘too serious.’
Connector-Builders often need a lot of reassurance and feedback that what they are doing is OK, and if they don’t get it, they can come to feel their lives are meaningless. If that happens, they often look to take their minds off this deep feeling of anxiety and dissatisfaction by filling their days up with even more superficial activities and meaningless ‘busyness’, to try and distract themselves from a deep feeling of inadequacy and unhappiness.
This can make a stressed Connector-Builder prone to experiencing experience crippling anxiety and panic attacks, which they believe come out of ‘no-where’.
Pure Philosophers like their own company, and have such a deep and opulently imaginative inner world that it can be very hard to coax them out of their heads, into interacting with the real world.
First and foremost, Type 9 is a thinker, and they can easily be lost in their thoughts, or their writing, or their creative self-expression for hours at a time, unaware of the hours that are passing. While Type 9 often have a great deal of knowledge and insight about the world in general, they can struggle to apply that wisdom practically, to real life.
Philosopher personalities are idealistic, and value ideas, truth and wisdom above all else. In the balanced state, the Pure Philosopher personality can apply themselves to trying to resolve some of the hardest situations, or finding answers to some of the world’s toughest questions.
Where Connector personalities often have a great deal of broad, surface knowledge about many different subjects, enabling them to make innovative and often unexpected synergies, the Pure Philosopher’s intelligence often manifests itself in very deep, but very narrow knowledge.
They often don’t know much about, and don’t give a hoot about, anything that is not 100% within their realm of interest, but they will know their own specialty backwards and forwards.
Whilst Philosopher personalities generally don’t try to foist their ideas on others – unless they have a pronounced MOTIVATION side – they will stubbornly defend them, especially against people who they perceive as not doing their homework properly. Pure Philosophers dislike wasting their time in superficial or pointless discussions, and can sometimes be curt with others to the point of rudeness, if they feel their ideas or knowledge aren’t being respected.
A Pure Philosopher will continue to tell the truth, as they perceive it, even if it’s unpopular, and is more likely than any other personality to sacrifice themselves for a higher ideal. While Type 9s don’t make friends easily, when they do find a kindred spirit, the friendship will tend to be intense, as
Pure Philosophers tend to form very deep and authentic connections to the rare, right people who can really understand them.
Pure Philosophers can totally tune out the outside world, and exist only in their own bubble. Of course, no-one else can follow them into their heads, so this can be extremely lonely for the people around them.
In the unbalanced state, the Pure Philosopher’s calm consideration of, and detachment from, real life can devolve into a zero-energy state, where the person feels lost and empty, and has zero motivation to get out of bed and to really interact with the outside world.
Pure Philosophers typically react to stress by going even more into themselves and disconnecting from the world around them. In this state, Type 9 personalities can find it hard to really care about anything, as they find life meaningless and pointless. At its extreme, this stressed state can see the Pure Philosopher struggling to motivate themselves for even the most basic self-care, like showering and brushing teeth.
Under stress, this personality’s “numbed-out” contentment with life can easily morph into serious depression. Like the other Philosopher personalities, Pure Philosophers can become easily addicted to their screens, which provides them with an easy avenue to ‘escape’ out of, and disconnect from, the real world, and it’s very real problems.
Type 10: PHILOSOPHER-MOTIVATORS
This personality combines PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’S deep insight and knowledge about what needs to change and improve in the world, with MOTIVATION’s ability to transform the environment, and to convince others that change really does need to happen.
When in balance, the Philosopher’s self-awareness helps to keep a lid on the Motivator’s power and determination, and makes sure that it’s carefully controlled, lazer-focused and aimed at helping the masses, not just the individual themselves.
Philosopher-Motivators can inspire people with the poetry of their words and the beauty of their vision, as opposed to the scare tactics and demagoguery that can sometimes be the hallmarks of the Motivator personalities. In the Type 10 personality, the Philosopher’s idealism manages to balance out the Motivator’s tendency to grab the spotlight and turn all the attention they receive to their own ends.
Part of what makes the Philosopher-Motivator such a successful and quietly persuasive figure lies in the fact that they really don’t want the job. They much prefer to be operating quietly behind the scenes, and can often resent the amount of time a leadership role takes away from their own inner work and free-ranging thought process.
So, a Philosopher-Motivator will often only take on the role of ‘leader’ reluctantly, once they’ve been persuaded that there is no one better qualified to do the job. Once in position, however, they give it their all and take full responsibility for seeing thing through to their conclusion. They can often act in very courageous and uplifting ways, which makes them adored by the masses, and tremendously respected.
The Philosopher-Motivator personality can become bitterly and aggressively cynical, combining the often pessimistic, low-energy outlook of PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING with the anger of unbalanced MOTIVATION. Rage and disapproval against those who don’t meet the unbalanced Philosopher-Motivator’s high standards can be on a constant low simmer under the surface, but rarely expressed, even though it’s consciously acknowledged.
While this personality type can sometimes secretly dislike other people for years, it will normally be expressed as a passive bitterness, as opposed to active vengeance. While the mood of a stressed Philosopher-Motivator can be pretty miserable, there’s usually enough anger to keep them from plunging into the full-throated clinical depressions that can dog other Philosopher personalities.
Sometimes, the Philosopher-Motivator has tried to improve their lot in life, but feels that they didn’t get anywhere significant. They tend to express their anger at the world globally, instead of at individuals. Philosopher-Motivators can be scathing about other people’s flaws, but more from a place of explaining why they want no part of the world, as opposed to the stressed Motivator-Philosopher’s personal interest in making others feel ‘small’ so they can feel bigger in comparison.
Philosopher-Motivators often have an extremely sharp, but dark, sense of humor which is often wickedly funny, but runs the risk of being highly offensive, especially when it cuts a little too close to the bone.
Type 11: PHILOSOPHER-CONNECTORS
When this personality is in balance, the CONNECTION element is able to radically lighten-up PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s penchant for getting a little too heavy and serious about life, and it can also stop the Philosopher-Connector from taking themselves too seriously, and becoming a little pompous.
Philosopher-Connectors can still strive after big ideas and idealistic visions, and still spend a lot of time thinking about what life is really all about, but they won’t get stuck in a doom-and-gloom mindset, and will still be able to laugh at themselves – and the world – more.
The Type 10 personality is the most sociable, of all the Philosopher personalities, often using CONNECTION’s gift of communicating to share some deep ideas that would otherwise be phrased in a the deep, heavy, philosophical way, that most other people simply can’t relate to. A balanced Philosopher-Connector can float new ideas in a way that will appeal to others, and then be able to translate that ‘buy in’ into some real traction in the world.
The CONNECTION dimension brings out the Philosopher’s more fun side, and encourages them to step off their lotus pad and let their hair down, a little.
While Philosopher personalities can generally sometimes find the ‘lightness’ and ‘superficiality’ of the other personalities a little grating, Philosopher-Connectors tend to be the least disapproving and the most accepting of all the Philosopher personalities. This can make the Philosopher-Connector personality an excellent ‘bridge’ between the deep, internal world of PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING, and the more gregarious, social and expansive world of CONNECTION.
PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s propensity to get down and discouraged, and too ‘inward focused’, can be exacerbated into a vortex of despair. PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING and CONNECTION can combine to create a whirlpool of anxiety and depressed thinking, which at its most extreme can suck a person down to the very depths.
Once this cycle of negative thinking, anxiety-inducing worry, and depressed rumination begins, it can be very hard to escape from.
Other issues encountered by an unbalanced Philosopher-Connector can be a tendency to tune people out. This combines the Philosopher’s tendency to daydream and to withdraw from the real world with the Connector’s anxiety-fuelled lack of focus and inability to take in new information, when there are already too many other thoughts crowding around and taking up all the bandwidth.
Practically, this can lead to a stressed Philosopher-Connector finding it hard to focus and engage what really people are saying to them, if it’s not something that they really want to hear. This can take the form of selective memory, where they don’t pay enough attention to things that are objectively important and really matter.
This tendency to ‘blank’ conversations can make this personality type notoriously unreliable, when under stress, and can hold them back from being taken seriously in their chosen career or other endeavors, where their lack of focus and ‘sharpness’ makes it hard for other people to trust them with important matters.
Sometimes, Philosopher-Connectors can get discouraged at the first hint of trouble or challenge, and will want to give up. They can find it hard to stay the course, lacking MOTIVATION’s ability to keep going, and BUILDING’s stoic acceptance, and then will look for excuses to enable them to opt-out and go back to the safe environment of their bubble.
When unbalanced, this personality type can fall prey to the Philosopher’s apathy and lack of excitement, combined with CONNECTION’s avoidance of tackling the real issues they face. When this happens, they can give up on themselves, and their chances of changes things for the better, and can increasingly feel as though they just want to be left alone. They still have the Connector’s need to interact and communicate, however, but they will tend to limit their social activities to impersonal or anonymous interactions online.
Philosopher-Connectors who get stuck in the negative state often find other people’s expectation of them burdensome and heavy, and also resent being given ‘superficial’ advice on how to improve their lot in life.
Type 12: PHILOSOPHER-BUILDERS
When it’s in balance, the Type 12 personality can combine PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s idealism, deep insight and creative ideas for how to do things different and better with BUILDING’s grounded ability to actually get on and make it happen.
The Philosopher-Builder is often found leading an NGO, or spear-heading a charity or organization that is actively trying to make a difference in the world. They are often also drawn to the teaching profession, where they put a lot of effort into nurturing their students and helping them to ‘grow’ and develop in every sense of the word.
Philosopher-Builders can also thrive in the area of practical research and invention, where they can apply PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s ability to really get to the bottom of a subject with BUILDING’s focus on creating something constructive from the process, and turning abstract ideas into tangible inventions and ideas that can really benefit people.
Often highly altruistic and generous to others, a balanced Philosopher-Builder is highly prized as a friend and partner. They can deal with other people’s pain and hurt, but their more practical and optimistic side prevents these conversations from deteriorating into a never-ending ‘pity party’.
Philosopher-Builders will let people cry on their shoulder when they need to, but they don’t want to get bogged down in misery, and are often adept at knowing when to ‘pull the mask’ back on, and encouraging others to pull up their socks, and get back to the business of life.
This is true for themselves, too. Philosopher-Builders can often express some profound thoughts and feelings, but without getting ‘stuck’ in that heavy place for too long, to the point where others can find it weird or uncomfortable, and want to bale out of the conversation, or relationship.
When in balance, Philosopher-Builders are able to regroup from setback and difficulties. They can retreat into themselves and re-evaluate their priorities and abilities without starting to beat themselves up and feeling like a failure. But they won’t stay stuck in that contemplative place for too long, as the Builder gets them back on their feet, and doing something constructive to use their new insights in a positive way.
The Philosopher-Builder is the personality type who is most at risk of being ‘persuaded’ to go on to anti-depressants, and to follow a course of action medically that they haven’t bought into themselves, to keep significant others reassured that ‘everything is OK’.
An unbalanced Philosopher-Builder can struggle with the Philosopher’s clarity and realism about all the things that are really going wrong in the world – and in their life. And at the same time, they can also struggle with the Builder’s tendency to just keep putting a good face on things, and to maintain a superficially ‘perfect’ appearance that life is still great and wonderful.
It can be a killer combination, and that’s why anti-depressants and other medication can be so appealing to a stressed Philosopher-Builder, who can often see no other way of being able to continue to function ‘in this world’ whilst being buffeted by such intense negative feelings.
Like all Philosopher personalities, Philosopher-Builders often have to deal with some very deep sadness and disappointment, often caused by the yawning chasm between how things actually are, and how they’d actually like them to be.
Philosopher personalities have high standards of behavior that are often not so realistic and impossible to maintain over the long term.
Falling and failing are an inevitable part of life, but a stressed Philosopher-Builder can take life’s inevitable bumps and set-backs very hard. This personality type is particularly prone to wearing themselves out trying to maintain an ideal, and / or keep everyone happy, until they hit their inevitable limit and can’t do it anymore.
If they get caught in BUILDING’s inability to truly express their deepest feelings to their nearest and dearest – and often, also to themselves – the unbalanced Philosopher-Builder can then fall into a profoundly depressed state.
All introspective Philosopher personalities can experience social anxiety if they feel like a fish out of water, particularly when they’re forced to in superficial, aggressive or overwhelmingly social environments. However, the Philosopher-Builder can have the most intense feelings of social anxiety, because their more superficial, BUILDING side actually wants to be able to participate in social events successfully.
So when a Philosopher-Builder can’t perform as well as they’d like to, ideally, they feel tremendous shame and embarrassment, and sometimes this can cause them to avoid social interactions in future, to avoid the same problem from happening again.
Type 13: PURE BUILDER
Dependable, reliable, self-sacrificing and frequently very generous with their time, attention and effort, Pure Builders are often a boon for the people in their lives.
Pure Builders typically don’t expect or seek a lot for themselves. They typically dislike controversy for its own sake, and will tend to avoid disagreements or taking a ‘strong stand’ on subject, preferring to keep their interactions with others as light and superficial as possible.
Pure Builders often pride themselves on their reliability and stability, and will resist being rushed or bounced into making what they perceive to be hasty decisions, or rash changes. The Pure Builder can feel very responsible for other people’s experiences, and will selflessly help other people out, to the best of their abilities.
In a balanced state, Pure Builders are uncomplicated and undemanding, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures, like a good meal and a warm bath. They like structure and routine, and once they find something that suits them, it’s very hard to pry them away or to get them to try something new or different.
The Pure Builder’s motto could be summed up as: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
They often have sunny, friendly dispositions, and are happy to roll up their sleeves and ‘muck in’. The Pure Builder delights in being part of a team. He will be the guy at the base of the pyramid, holding the whole edifice steady while others climb up and on to his shoulders.
When balanced, the Pure Builder will know themselves well enough to be aware of their limitations, enabling them to say ‘no’ without feeling guilty, and without being taken advantage of.
However, sometimes their easy-going and kind nature can make it hard for the Pure Builder to really develop a true sense of self, and they can be all too easily swayed by what others say and think. Lacking MOTIVATION’s sharp focus, CONNECTION’s quick thinking and PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s insights and idealism, Builders can often find it difficult to act alone, or exercise independent thought, without seeking permission from others.
Whilst they can express strong preferences about practical issues like what to have for supper, or the best way to fix a blown fuse, Pure Builders tend to steer clear of expressing strong opinions about more abstract ideas, or deep emotions, preferring to go along with the consensus opinion.
Like all Builder personalities, Pure Builders can rarely be persuaded to rock the boat.
The Pure Builder personality can find themselves constantly playing a part and acting the way they believe others want. They can become so focused on trying to get on with others, and to get others to like them, that they end up losing themselves and end up in a place where they don’t know what they truly think or feel.
This can lead to Pure Builders feeling ‘invisible’ in their relationships, even with those who are closest to them, and particularly if they are surrounded by strong Motivators or Philosophers who aren’t scared to express their own ideas and opinions.
This can be a particular issue with unbalanced Motivators who are seeking a captive audience, and are happy to encourage the Pure Builder's unreasonable self-sacrifice and self-effacement if it means they can get their own way.
In general, unbalanced 'Builder' personalities can find themselves gravitating towards ‘Motivator’ types to provide some of the enthusiasm, passion and direction they feel they are lacking, but this type of unbalanced relationship can quickly become unhealthy, and even abusive, especially if the Pure Builder is unable to set firm boundaries.
Type 14: BUILDER-MOTIVATORS
Their superb social skills and genuine good heartedness can combine with MOTIVATION’s forthrightness to put a point across in a compelling way, without making enemies by belaboring it or descending into personal insults and aggression in order to ‘persuade’ people to agree with them.
MOTIVATION gives this personality far more get-up-and-go and focused energy than the other Builder personality types. Builder-Motivators can become real pillars of the community, mobilizing people to come together behind a particular cause or aim, and also willing to do the hard work, personally, required to make that happen.
Incredibly sociable, Builder-Motivators tend to be the ‘hostess with the mostess’, reveling in being the centre of attention for their guests but still genuinely concerned that everyone is having a good time, and not trying to hog all the limelight.
Builder-Motivators are often very family and community orientated, and that is where their down-to-earth organizational abilities and genuine warmth and passion for people can really shine– but this personality has to be careful about not tipping over into the Motivator’s tendency to dominate and bully people into doing things against their will.
Balanced Builder-Motivators can make very good mediators, combining BUILDING’s ability to see other people’s side and build bridges between two camps, with MOTIVATION’s ability to clearly and fearlessly say what needs to be said.
Builder-Motivators are adept at bringing people together around a common cause, or around a dinner table, and they are often heavily represented in community organizations and activities.
In the balanced state, Builder-Motivators can use their MOTIVATION-derived passion and strength of personality to ensure they have appropriate boundaries down and to fend off any danger from predators, while their BUILDING kindness and natural empathy for others can keep MOTIVATION’s sometimes aggressive approach controlled and appropriate.
The Builder-Motivator can assert themselves more than the other Builder types. In the negative state, this can manifest as manipulative demands and passive-aggressive behavior.
An unbalanced Type 14 personality can combine BUILDING’s preoccupation with keeping up appearances, lack of self-awareness and keeping things superficially ‘friendly’ with MOTIVATION’s vanity, flamboyancy, and angry demands that things are done their own way.
But while an unbalanced Motivator-Builder will display far more open anger, when a Builder-Motivator comes under stress, they often react by trying to dominate or control others ‘behind the scenes’, manipulating people with their kindnesses, ‘fixing’ people with their good advice, and pressuring others into changing to become more ‘acceptable’.
Unbalanced Builder-Motivators can easily become addicted to social media, spending hours which can gratify their social side with very little emotional investment. They can also get drawn into trying to garner attention online with catty comments and sharp putdowns, that in real life they would never dream of saying to someone else in a million years.
Stressed Builder-Motivators can also become sticklers for political correctness, as the unbalanced Motivator seeks to try to dominate and control others for not being ‘PC’ enough, while the unbalanced Builder can try to browbeat others into keeping their true feelings and thoughts to themselves, to avoid rocking the boat or making an awkward atmosphere.
Type 15: BUILDER-CONNECTORS
This personality combines BUILDING’s kind-heartedness and practical generosity with CONNECTION’s easy-going playfulness and ability to ‘soar up’ and see the big picture.
Builder-Connectors are extremely gregarious, and many of them are the archetypal ‘social butterfly’, able to flit between different groups of people and to find something in common with each. As such, they are extremely good social connectors, and can effortlessly get along with very different groups of people.
When balanced, Builder-Connectors can combine the Builder’s desire to give and to help others, with the Connector’s desire to move on to new pastures when a situation or relationship becomes unhealthy or negative.
This personality type is more inclined to try new things than the other Builder personalities, and less likely to get stuck in a rut. But CONNECTION’s urge for new adventures is balanced out by BUILDING’s stability, and willingness to stay the course. So the Builder-Connector will try new things, and go to new places, but only after they’ve thought about them for a while, instead of just rushing head-long into whatever adventure or opportunity happens to show up.
Builder-Connectors can struggle to develop any real depth in their relationships, but they can often compensate for that by their openness and willingness to hear different opinions and to learn new things from others, even if they disagree with some aspects.
Sometimes, they can chafe at the responsibilities they’ve taken on (or been lumbered with…) as part of their BUILDING concern and kindness for others, which leads to them developing secret fantasies of running away from it all and catching the first plane out to Barbados. But with typical Builder stoicism, they won’t admit that to anyone else, or make any big effort to try to solve the issue.
In part, this is because Builder-Connectors are often hyper-allergic to confrontation, combining BUILDING’s love of peace and emphasis on social status and ‘getting along’ with everyone, with CONNECTION’s dislike of taking responsibility, and tendency to ‘run away’ from problems, instead of facing them down and dealing with them.
Builder-Connectors can take on too much, and then run out of energy to get it all done, which can cause them to start beating themselves up and feeling pretty bad about all the people they are letting down. In contrast to an unbalanced Connector-Builder – whose desire to bolt often overcomes their kindness and consideration for others – Builder-Connectors tend to stick around, even when the going gets tough.
Unbalanced Builder-Connectors can spend a lot of time engaged in superficial ‘busyness’ to keep their mind off their problems, and are often plagued by feelings of deep anxiety and panic.
While Builder-Connectors are often highly efficient and practical, even they can become exhausted over time, if they don’t learn how to say ‘no’ to other people and to prioritize their time better. This personality can end up spending a lot of their own time and energy trying to solve other people’s problems, while pretending they have none of their own.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a stressed Builder-Connector frequently feels confused, and can find it hard to remember details, especially about conversations or issues that are unpleasant, or that could lead to some sort of conflict. This personality type can also become unreliable and flakey if they feel they are being forced into going along with what other people want.
Type 16: BUILDER-PHILOSOPHERS
When in balance, they spend a lot of time taking care of other people and putting themselves out – but from conscious choice, not as a default option.
Builder-Philosophers are capable of some extremely profound insight into themselves and into others – if they can only access it.
They often excel as being an unthreatening shoulder to cry on, as their inner Philosopher gives them the depth required to move past the surface, while BUILDING’s kindness and genuine interest about other people makes them approachable and easy to talk to.
Builder-Philosophers often have some profound insights, but can still ground their ideas and apply them practically, to produce something tangible, useful, and often quite beautiful, in the ‘real world’.
Where the Philosopher-Builder personality can sometimes get more bogged-down in philosophizing about what needs to happen, and so lack the energy to actually get things moving, a Builder-Philosopher will just get on and do it.
Some truly beautiful things can start to occur when the Builder’s practical kindness and no-nonsense approach to life meets the Philosopher’s deep thinking and idealism. Builder-Philosophers don’t just have good ideas for fixing the world, they actually roll up their sleeves and put their plans into action.
The Builder-Philosopher often has access to deep emotions and intense feelings when alone, but would be embarrassed and wary of expressing any real emotion in public, especially if it’s a ‘negative’ emotion. The chasm between the superficial outer and the profound inner can sometimes give this personality type a pronounced ‘duel character’.
Unlike the other BUILDING personalities, the Builder-Philosopher is never 100% comfortable in superficial, social circumstances, and will always be looking for more meaning in the mundane.
This personality type is most prone to using illnesses as a ‘respite’ from all the unreasonable demands being placed on them, as they don’t want to rock the boat, but still have PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s deep awareness that something is really not right. Often, the easiest way for a Builder-Philosopher to get some time to themselves and to put themselves first without feeling guilty is by getting sick.
Builder-Philosophers generally don’t adopt the passive aggressive behavior of the Builder-Motivator, and they don’t admit their negative feelings to themselves as openly as a Philosopher-Builder. Instead, they tend to focus more on keeping a good face on things, while running themselves into the ground for other people in an uncomplaining fashion.
The Type 16 personality can get really miserable, really fast. That happens when PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s idealist vision of how things should be is taken to an unrealistic extreme, and then combined with BUILDING’s difficulties with setting proper boundaries, and tendency to try to please others.
This can make the Builder-Philosopher extremely susceptible to feeling compelled to help or act out of a misplaced sense of duty, where they force themselves to fulfill the obligations they feel they have towards others, however unreasonable they may be, and at whatever the cost personally.
Because they find it very hard to say ‘no’ – and also believe ideologically that they should be saying ‘yes’ as much as possible – Builder-Philosophers can get stuck with the jobs that no-one else wants to do.
If they spend too much time doing things that bring them very little joy and that feel meaningless, this can deplete the Builder-Philosopher’s energy and joie de vivre and set up a vicious cycle that can be very hard to escape from.
An unbalanced Builder-Philosopher can experience the most social anxiety of all the personality types, combining BUILDING’s need for social status and superficial ‘looking good’ with PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING’s perpetual feeling of not belonging. Even relatively minor experiences of social embarrassment or awkwardness can devastate this personality type, and cause them to feel like they just want the ground to open up, and swallow them.
Often, they take things to heart so much because the Builder-Philosopher often feels personally responsible for other people’s bad moods and negative experiences, even when it’s really nothing to do with them. They often find themselves apologizing to everything and everyone.
As the least externally aggressive and accommodating of all the personality types, Builder-Philosophers can be easily abused by others, but often find it hard to break away. Until they learn more balance, they can spend a lot of time feeling guilty and selfish, especially if they are in a situation where they need to put their own needs ahead of other people’s.
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