Please Understand Me II

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Please Understand Me II

For many years, people have always questioned each other's motives. People have always
questioned why certain people do certain things or why certain people act a certain way.
We have always wondered what makes other people tick; people besides ourselves. Watching
another person perform daily tasks can raise many questions. Questions such as " Why
didn't he do that the other way?" or " How can someone bungee jump?" Temperament,
Character, and Personality have mystified human beings so much, Plato, himself, wrote
about four kinds of character. By understanding each other, humankind may get a better
sense of who everyone is. Stereotypes as the outcast will be better understood for what
they do and why they do it. By understanding character, people will appreciate differences
instead of trying to mold other people into molds of themselves.

The book Please Understand Me II, by David Keirsey, is based on the questionnaire, devised
by Kathryn Briggs called the "The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator."(Keirsey, 1998) Myers
labeled her sixteen personality types with four pairs of letters. E or I, P or J, N or S,
or, F or T. E means extraverted, I means introverted, P means perceiving, J means judging,
N means intuitive, S means sensory, F means feeling, and T means thinking.

…by "extraverted" Myers meant having an "expressive" and outgoing social attitude; by
"introverted" she meant having a "reserved" and seclusive social attitude. By "sensory"
Myers meant being highly "observant" of things in the immediate environment; by
"intuitive", she meant being "tough-minded" or objective and impersonal with others; by
"feeling" she meant "friendly," or sympathetic and personal with others. By "judging" she
meant given to making and keeping "schedules"; while, in the case of "perceiving"
Myers…went her own way and opposed "perceiving" to "judging." (Keirsey, 1998)

Myers came up with four different temperaments. She came up with the Artisans, the
Guardians, the Idealists, and the Rationals.

Artisans can be seen as the most exciting temperament out of the four classifications.
They live their lives to the fullest, and they try to do everything they possibly can.
They are very impulsive and the do things for the fun of it. Artisans can be described as
"over-optimistic, adaptable, artistic, athletic, open-minded, easy going, tolerant,
unprejudiced, and persuasive"(Keirsey, 1998). Artisans are supreme optimists and are
always looking for opportunities, and the best ways to approach situations. They can be
seen as the most resourceful of the temperaments. Role variants of the Artisans are
divided into Promoters, Crafters, Performers, and Composers. Promoters, also known as
"smooth operators," do everything in their powers "to advertise, announce, boost,
convince, entice, or induce" others to give into their endeavors. Crafters know which
tools to use for a situation and how to use the tools in the most effective manner.
Performers love to perform in front of people so they excel at "demonstrating, displaying,
showing, presenting, staging, enacting, or exhibiting their artistic skills" (Keirsey,
1998). Whereas, Composers excel in things that require improvisational skills, such as
cooking.
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