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1. The Keirsey Temperament Sorter® II Classic Temperament Report Report prepared for: Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II Classic Temperament Report Copyright © 2000-2010…
  • 1. The Keirsey Temperament Sorter® II Classic Temperament Report Report prepared for: Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II Classic Temperament Report Copyright © 2000-2010 All rights reserved. This report is based on Please Understand Me II by David W. Keirsey, PhD Copyright © 1998 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II Copyright 1998 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company. Keirsey Temperament Sorter, Guardian, Artisan, Idealist, and Rational are registered trademarks of Prometheus Nemesis Book Company. Thursday, October 21, 2010 Amy Ryland
  • 2. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 2 of 18 Name: Temperament: Rational ™ Type: Mastermind (INTJ) In a world filled with unique individuals, when it comes to personality there are only four different temperaments and sixteen types of people. Understanding these personality types and mastering your own can be the keys to achieving your goals. Your temperament is the Rational (NT). Rationals are rare, making up no more than 5 to 10 percent of the population. But because of their drive to unlock the secrets of nature and develop new technologies, Rationals have done much to shape the world. Your particular personality type, the Mastermind (INTJ), is even scarcer. Individuals of your type make up little more than 1 to 2 percent of the total population. This report is designed to help you understand how the needs and preferences of your temperament shape who you are and how you behave. Based on more than 50 years of research by Dr. David W. Keirsey, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II has been completed by millions of people worldwide. Contents About Your Rational Temperament Being a Mastermind x About You x Famous Masterminds Work & Career x Your Ideal Work Environment x At Work with the Four Temperaments x Finding the Right Workplace Love & Relationships x About You x About Your Partner What Each Letter Means FAQs Amy Ryland Amy Ryland Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 3. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 3 of 18 All Rationals share the following core characteristics: x Rationals tend to be pragmatic, skeptical, self-contained, and focused on problem solving and systems analysis. x Rationals pride themselves on being ingenious, independent, and strong-willed. x Rationals make reasonable mates, individualizing parents, and strategic leaders. x Rationals are even-tempered, trust logic, yearn for achievement, seek knowledge, prize technology, and dream of understanding how the world works. The Four Types of Rationals Are: x Fieldmarshal (ENTJ) x Mastermind (INTJ) x Inventor (ENTP) x Architect (INTP) About Your Rational Temperament There are four types of Rationals (NTs): Fieldmarshals, Masterminds, Inventors, and Architects. These four personality types share several core characteristics. Firstly, Rationals are pragmatic people who tend to excel in problem-solving and analytical thinking. Rationals are ingenious, independent people who can be both strong-willed and skeptical. Typically focused on the world of ideas, Rationals spend much of their time and energy understanding how things work. Known for being strategic leaders and skilled thinkers, Rationals are generally even-tempered, goal-oriented individuals who yearn for achievement and accomplishment. People of this temperament can make both reasonable mates and effective parents. Indeed they can be the kinds of mentors that can help their children gain confidence and independence. Valuing logic and pragmatism above almost all else, Rationals can sometimes seem cold and distant to others. It's not that they don't care about the people around them; it's simply that they're more oriented toward ingenuity and results than toward interpersonal exploration. An Overview of the Other Three Temperaments Artisans are the temperament with a natural ability to excel in any of the arts -- not only the fine arts such as painting and sculpting, or the performing arts such as music, theater, and dance, but also the athletic, military, political, mechanical, and industrial arts, as well as the "art of the deal" in business. Guardians are the cornerstones of society, for they are the temperament given to serving and preserving our most important social institutions. Guardians have natural talent in managing goods and services -- from supervision to maintenance and supply -- and they use all their skills to keep things running smoothly in their families, communities, schools, churches, hospitals, and businesses. Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self -- always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. They want to help others make the journey as well. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials. Amy Ryland Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 4. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 4 of 18 Being a Mastermind Not only are Masterminds like you rare, but someone once joked that individuals of your type are scarcely encountered outside of professional settings. They must have been referring to Masterminds' skills as expert thinkers and strategists. Indeed, you can bring a great deal of value to an office, factory, school, or laboratory. All Rationals are solid planners, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to complex operations planning. Your type seems to have an innate ability to grasp a project's necessary progression and understand how each step leads to the next. You can also be first-rate when it comes to anticipating potential difficulties and preparing alternatives. By trying to imagine every contingency, you'll almost never set off on a project without more than one plan in mind. If Plan A fails, you'll move directly along to Plan B. Although your combination of big picture thinking and detail-oriented skills can make you a highly capable leader, you may not always be eager to take command. Most times you'll prefer to stay in the background until it's been demonstrated that you're the only person who's equal to the task. Once you do agree to take charge, your kind is thoroughly pragmatic. Masterminds understand that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization. In fact, if you encounter inefficiency, you can be quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Whether at work or in your personal life, you're not the type to feel bound by established rules or traditional procedures. Nor are you easily impressed by flashy trends or new buzzwords. The only ideas that you'll adopt in your own life or accept from others are those that truly make sense to you. Sometimes this decisiveness can come off as being a bit harsh, but often you're willing to risk that for the sake of efficiency. In your career, your hard work and dedication to achieving goals are likely to be rewarded. Masterminds in professional settings often rise to positions of responsibility. Once in such a position, you'll likely continue your goal-oriented ways, sparing neither your own time and effort nor that of your colleagues and employees. As a result, co-workers will likely come to know you as one who is highly effective but also a taskmaster at times. However, this doesn't mean that you're an ogre. Part of being effective means understanding that people work best when they feel good about what they're doing. In most situations you'll verbalize the positive and avoid the negative; you're more interested in moving things forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past. Problem solving can be highly stimulating to Masterminds. So if there's a puzzle or tangled system that needs sorting out, you'll probably be eager to take it on. Decisions often come easily to you. In fact, at times you may hardly be able to rest until you have things settled and decided. However, even your quicker decisions are often based on some kind of research. You're part of a highly theoretical group, one which often insists on looking at all available data before embracing an idea or plan. You may find yourself suspicious of any statement that is either based on shoddy research or not checked against reality. In addition to these traits, it's interesting to note that Masterminds tend to be much more certain and self-confident than other Rationals. Although you may not think about it often, you likely have a well developed strong will of your own that you put to use regularly. Amy Ryland Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 5. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 5 of 18 Famous Masterminds Did you know that Sir Isaac Newton and Ayn Rand were both Masterminds too? It's not so surprising when you think about it. A brilliant scientist and mathematician, Newton not only devised calculus but invented dynamics as well. Like all Masterminds, he was not one to suffer fools gladly. Author and philosopher Ayn Rand was one of the strongest advocates for reason in modern times. Her renowned literary work The Fountainhead is based on rational precepts and her own theory of Objectivism. Amy Ryland Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 6. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 6 of 18 Work and Career Your Ideal Work Environment You are fascinated with developing strategic plans for others to use. In your preferred environment, you work behind the scenes while someone else takes the active leadership role. Often you are driven to step in as leader when you become impatient with the way a project is going. In your ideal job environment, you independently analyze systems and make recommendations about how objectives will best be reached; someone else does the work of delegating tasks, motivating people, or enforcing work duties. You want challenge in your work and become frustrated when asked to merely follow routines, especially if those routines are inefficient. Like other Rationals, you are wired to acquire competence and intelligence. As a result, you tend to thrive in intellectually stimulating, innovative work environments where you can be recognized for your expertise. At Work with the Four Temperaments At Work with Artisans Artisans (SPs) are wired to seize freedom and spontaneity. They hunger for the liberty to act on their impulses, to play, and to create. They make up about 30 to 35% of the population. In business, Artisans are crisis managers and troubleshooters. They can be experts at solving problems and doing what is necessary, whether they are expressly permitted to or not. They are practical, resourceful, flexible, and risk-taking individuals. Co-workers are apt to enjoy their creativity and verbal wit but may perceive Artisans as indecisive or even as troublemakers. You will likely find that you are comfortable working with most Artisans -- their utilitarian focus on getting things done usually meshes well with your own results-oriented goals and objectives. Amy Ryland Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 7. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 7 of 18 At Work with Guardians Guardians (SJs) are wired to seek belonging to a group or community. They often stabilize relationships and institutions through their responsible, conventional behavior. They make up about 40 to 45% of the population. At work, Guardians tend to be administrators and managers. They can be experts at doing what needs to be done in the manner it must be done. They are dependable, accountable, realistic, and service-oriented. Co-workers likely appreciate their desire to belong and contribute but may perceive Guardians as being either slave drivers or sticks-in-the-mud. When working with Guardians, you will need to keep in mind that they respect rules, hierarchy, and traditions more than you do. Be careful of stepping on their toes in your pursuit of a better way. At Work with Idealists Idealists (NFs) are wired to pursue personal growth, authenticity, and integrity. They can yearn both to develop fully as individuals and to facilitate growth in others. Idealists make up 15 to 20% of the population. In work environments, Idealists are usually positive, helpful, and people-oriented. They can be experts at dealing with the human resource concerns of an organization, whether these issues are part of their job description or not. Idealists are warm, idealistic, caring individuals. Co- workers are apt to appreciate their authenticity and loyalty to the human side of the business but may perceive Idealists as not being effective enough or even as being flaky. Idealists are naturally more in tune with the feelings and morale of the team than you are. As you pursue strategic objectives, an Idealist colleague can help you in watching that you don’t inadvertently squash other team members in your path. Amy Ryland Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 8. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 8 of 18 At Work with Rationals Rationals (NTs) are wired to acquire competence and intelligence. Ordinarily they strive to learn, know, predict, and control the resources and ideas in their environment. They make up a little less than 10% of the population. In the workplace, Rationals are often the researchers and strategists. They can be experts at conceptualizing and seeing the big picture, as well as architecting and implementing the necessary systems. They are logical, precise, independent individuals who usually are responsive to new ideas. Co-workers often appreciate their ingenuity and competence but may perceive Rationals as being impersonal and not good with follow-through. If you find yourself in a setting where Rationals predominate, usually a technical or scientific environment, make sure that there are resources designated to “dot the I’s” and “cross the T’s” at the completion of a project. Most Rationals are ready to move on as soon as they feel the heavy lifting is done. Tips to Help You Find the Right Workplace x Seek out a place where you can exercise your intellectual freedom. x Be wary of positions that reward obedience to procedures and policies rather than competence. x Consider getting formal training, certification, or education that would make you marketable doing what you already know. Rationals tend to be about as satisfied in their work as their intuitive counterparts the Idealists. About 75% are satisfied in their present jobs. However, in contrast to the Idealists, Rationals seem to base a great deal of their satisfaction on being provided both challenging work and flexible hours. In addition, their satisfaction was driven by perks like company-sponsored beer on Fridays, pets allowed in the workplace, and stock options. Rationals tend to have a wide set of interests. So although they appreciate and even demand a challenge at work, most Rationals also need time to play at their own outside interests. Amy Ryland Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 9. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 9 of 18 Love and Relationships You're a plan-ahead person who wants to ensure that your life and relationships run smoothly. Establishing a sense of routine helps you to do that. Individuals who are chronically late, slovenly, scattered, or otherwise flaky can turn you off. However, you will sometimes tolerate these qualities if a person is imaginative enough to keep you intrigued. For a romantic partner, you may look for people who are somewhat different than you. As a result, a person who is carefree or gregarious or who easily shows the right emotion at the right time can be very attractive to you. Chances are you enjoy the ways an outgoing or emotionally tuned-in person can engage you and get you out of your shell. About You Other Rationals tend to be more sentimental than you are. While Rationals in general don't tend to like emotional scenes, you are probably the least likely Rational to indulge in one. In general, you probably do/did not like standard dating games. You are not interested in the myriad social rules involved in negotiating the dating scene. However, because your type is so rare and Rationals tend to be admired, it is likely that others will seek you out to get to know you better. One difficulty you may have in a relationship is that you want admiration. However, if you have to ask your partner to admire you, that kind of defeats the purpose. Also, you may not even be aware of what it is you feel is lacking. Your partner may feel admiration but simply not be expressing it. You can tell your partner what you admire about them. Most people will reciprocate naturally. One aspect about you that may cause your partner problems is your lack of emotional output. Most partners want regular emotional affirmation of the relationship. You will probably want to add a habit of regularly praising your mate. It is also important to set up a feedback loop so you will be aware when your partner is especially in need of your attention. Another thing to remember is that while what happens in the real world is of minimal importance to you compared to the world of ideas and systems, your partner is likely to care. About Your Partner If Your Partner Is an Artisan Rational (NT)/Artisan (SP): Rational/Artisan pairings are likely to be irreverent and action- packed, as both types are usually equally willing to ignore convention and be focused on results. Rationals can be fascinated by Artisans' aptitude for fun, improvisation, and spontaneity. Artisans are often impressed by Rationals' theoretical approach to problems because it is so different from their own view of things. However, if Artisan mates push their Rationals too hard, the Artisans' fun and games can come to seem frivolous and illogical to Rationals, and the Rationals' more calm, detached ways may clash with Artisans' typical focus on excitement and worldly pleasure. For the relationship to succeed, both must find separate arenas to express themselves: Artisans in their need for excitement and Rationals in their need for intellectual stimulation. Amy Ryland Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 10. Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II ® Classic Temperament Report Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Provided by Page 10 of 18 What Artisans find romantic on a date: There are two kinds of dates Artisans tend to like: one is an extravagant meal at a place with a fantastic view; another is doing some sort of physical activity, such as a sport, hiking, or a board game that includes some competition and physical contact. What Artisans look for when dating: When Artisans are dating, they tend to look for a calm, practical person to provide them stability. Sexual chemistry is very important as well. Once the relationship becomes established, they want their partner to liven up and quit being so serious. What makes Artisans jealous: Infidelity, such as touching someone else inappropriately, will make them very jealous. Another thing that makes Artisans jealous is if the partner gives gifts to others o
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