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. . . This is your story
You seek what’s known and what you can be certain of.
Everyone has a unique point of view which is formed by their blend of the three foundational priorities of mind: Past (Certainty), Present (Probability), and Future (Possibility).
The result of this blending of priorities is a person’s thinking style. It defines the value each of us brings to every aspect of our lives. It is what motivates us and shapes our personalities. It is also at the root of most of our differences in the way we each think.
Your thinking is oriented towards understanding the meaning of things by investigating for the rational truth. You are fair. You judge things carefully, always weighing the evidence before committing yourself to one answer. Therefore, you gather evidence before supporting new ideas. You are always learning and thinking about things—mostly your deep interests, because of this you can bring insight and a reasoned point of view to conversations about what interests you.
You will always be driven by Certainty; you can be trusted with your word. This makes you very valuable to those who need confidence and trust in a person. Use this ability as your foundation and align your efforts with what you do so well.
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Use planning and organizational skills to structure information and knowledge to reach your goals smartly.
- Do take on roles where you’re needed to organize and structure smartly.
- Do use your research and information-gathering skills to be really sure of what you’re doing.
Think innovatively, paint outside the lines, and move quickly on new opportunities.
- Don’t be responsible for coming up with new concepts under pressure until you start using more Future in your perspective.
- Don’t try to guess or bluff your way through—it’s better for you to stick with facts and realistic plans.
What you bring to the world
Your wisdom springs more from your past experiences and keen intellect than street-learned quick-wits. You’ve accumulated what you’ve learned in the past and figured out how truths can be applied to the present. But that doesn’t mean your wisdom is just intellectual and “heartless.” Your wisdom is about finding the truth and being fair and judicious. Let’s put it this way: people with a Dominant outlook see the truth as flexible. Their wisdom is a street-wise wisdom that bends with the situation. But you’re a person who hangs more value on absolutes. So while it might be an issue for some that you apply the same rules across the board, you see your objective wisdom as totally fair.
You learn through example and from research, and this is also how your wisdom develops. Sketched-out diagrams and how-to books, getting in and getting your hands dirty by figuring it out and making it work. You yearn to understand. It’s not enough for you just to wing it. You thrive on being in control of your mind and emotions. Your wisdom is reflective and well thought out. It grows by referencing smart people and really listening to what others have to teach you. Sometimes, it’s trial and error, but often it’s an educated instinct based on past experience, analysis and comprehension.
For you, wisdom is linked to responsibility. In fact, part of your wisdom is in realising that everything around you is somehow linked. Like the butterfly in Africa that flaps its wings and causes the storm in America, you have the wisdom to recognise the connection of everything, even in the face of chaos. As scientists start proving how everything in the universe is connected, they’re just confirming what you’ve known all along.
The Engineer helps the relationship achieve its goals and play it safe
We all have relationships, they’re a natural and important part of most people’s lives. Why is it that even in our most intimate and important relationships we struggle, at times, to make things work, to understand each other, to see eye-to-eye? The simple fact is that we do not think the same way. We each bring our own point of view and use that to further what is important to us in the moment, whether it be in our private life, our work or with friends.
Knowing how we think—specifically our archetype—helps us to hear with more compassion. To listen and hear beyond a person’s words. To understand where they are coming from, what they need, and where they are trying to get to in conversation with us.
Find Out How Engineers Relate With Each Archetype
Choose your friend or partner’s archetype below to gain insights into your relationship.
You understand their need for mining the past for the kind of information that allows them feel comfortable and secure because you also do it.
They might not understand why you need to be so organized and keep so much control. You need to understand that they’re totally focused on playing it safe.
You share a need for control, organization, and structure, and a good base for understanding where the other is coming from.
They might not share your need for the safety of details and complain about your need to know everything. This could become a game of trying to keep control.
If you pool your resources and work together, you’re capable of anything.
You won’t meet anyone more your opposite in how they do things. Be patient with their seeming flakiness. It’s not personal, it’s just how they survive. Don’t try to control them or box them in, it won’t work.
You both use the present and the past, so there’s a good chance you understand what the other person is on about.
You are coming from different angles. You need to understand how each of you uses the present and past so there aren’t confusions about what’s really important.
You share using the past to keep yourselves informed, so you both understand why you ask lots of questions.
You look to organize and structure your life using the past as a tool; they use it to help them decide which exciting new opportunities to follow. Be careful of using the same tool for different purposes.
You share a view of the world. Enjoy it when it works.
Too much of the same thing doesn’t make it better. A little variety is needed to keep things moving along.
You both like to stay ordered and structured, so you understand where the other is coming from.
You both like things your own way, but while you like safety, they prefer excitement. Be careful of control games.
You both use a Past perspective to back up your ideas, giving you a middle ground.
You are coming from a place of looking for control and organization, while they’re looking for new experiences and opportunities.
They will understand your need to be organized and have structure, even if they don’t always share it.
You are probably more of a homebody, looking for some routine in your life and something solid you can rely on, whereas they’re looking more for adventure and new experiences.
They understand where you’re coming from because they use present, past, and future in their perspective.
Since they’re always trying to find a balance, they can lack total commitment. Accept their need to keep finding compromises that make things work.
The Engineer’s Perspective
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