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. . . This is your story
You seek what is known to understand what is possible.
Your unique point of view is formed by your blend of the three foundational priorities of mind: Past (Certainty), Present (Probability), and Future (Possibility). The result of this blending of priorities is your thinking style and it defines the value you bring to every aspect of your life. It is what motivates you and it shapes your personality. It is also at the root of most of our differences in the way we each think.
Your thinking is oriented towards evaluating ideas to judge their merit; you’re curious by nature and driven by facts. You want to know the truth about how things work—how the system works. You are always looking beyond the obvious answers to look true understanding, you seek out the meaningful and discard the rest. You investigate people’s claims and their ideas with curiosity, making quick, intuitive assessments of what is right and what is probably not.
You will always be driven by Certainty and Possibility, a good understanding of what is possible gives you a deep sense of security. Use your curiosity to find out why? as your foundation and align your efforts with what you do so well.
As a Researcher, you have
- A desire to find meaning in all that you invest yourself in
- A need to find evidence that supports yours and other people’s ideas
- A curiosity and eagerness to engage in new things tempered by skepticism
- A need to reduce risks when investing yourself in untested ideas
- Attraction to people whom have proven themselves reliable over time
- Optimism tempered with realism which provides others with confidence in your decisions
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Maximize Your Strengths
Use information and knowledge as the key to playing it safe when seeking future opportunities.
- Do take whatever steps you need to feel confident that you’re not making a mistake.
- Do follow your dreams, backing up your inspiration with the kind of facts and information that give you solid ground to stand on.
Learn how to efficiently organize and control your immediate space.
- Don’t let people pressure you into acting too quickly—only you know when the time is right.
- Don’t let other people’s systems tie you down. Learn how to build your own system so you can decide where to go next.
What you bring to the world
Your wisdom comes from knowledge and experience. Perhaps it starts with the gold-edged pages of a leather- bound book, with line-after-line of recorded wisdom from past minds. You value these experiences others have had, the wisdom they have accumulated and passed on. You have the gift of finding the gold nuggets in the overwhelming amount of recorded past.
But that’s not the final word. You’ll also take your own valuable experiences into account. What you feel/felt, what you think/thought, what you believe/believed, what happens/happened to you. You’ve made your mistakes and grown from them, for there’s nothing like putting our own foot in it to really bring the lesson home. Being told the flame is hot and shouldn’t be touched doesn’t begin to define the sensory experience of touching it.
Book smarts and street smarts. By combining these you’ve got a wisdom that’s learned and intellectual but also organic and flexible. When called upon, you judiciously refer to past knowledge to make a fair, objective assessment of a situation. You’re King Solomon, using your wits and cumulative knowledge to counsel wisely. This is the kind of wisdom that treats everyone equally. In a disagreement, you’re the type of impartial judge we’d look to for guidance.
And then there are those times when you know it’s wiser to put the books aside and go with gut instincts. You’ve got a wealth of personal history to draw on. This subjective wisdom works well in those times when only you understand what’s happening. A personal problem. Advice to a friend. These are the times we’d like to hear the wisdom of what you feel, drawn from your own experience, rather than the written wisdom of someone from centuries ago.
The Researcher generates new ideas based on what is known
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.
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You both understand the need for looking at the details, upholding traditions, being sure of what you’re doing.
You are looking for fun, adventure, and excitement while they’re looking for something solid and safe. Who’s holding back whom?
Working as a team, you can compliment each other and achieve anything.
Getting to that point is some journey. You might not understand their constant need to organize and be in control, just as they don’t get your need to research before starting new projects.
You share an understanding of the dynamics of a Future thinking style. You both love new ideas and experiences.
They are ready to just go for it, while you only want to take steps when you feel sure. You may think they’re pushy; they may think you’re slowing them down.
You share the need for understanding the past.
You are looking for something new and exciting while playing it safe. They’re into playing it safe and trying to organize their lives around this safety. They may argue that you’re never happy with the way things are, you may think they’re in a rut.
Birds of a feather flock together. When you’re keyed into the same tune, you might just flow perfectly together.
You both tackle life in the same way, but that doesn’t mean you take the same path, and if you disagree on something important, you might both be too stubborn to give in.
You both include the past in your perspective. You can agree that whatever you do needs some time before you’re sure it’s the right thing.
They first want to structure, organize, and control everything in their lives. You’re out for new experiences, adventures and ideas.
You share an understanding of the Future thinking style. Both of you are looking for new experiences.
They come at the Future thinking style by first going through the control and organizational needs of a Present perspective. They might not understand your Past perspective need to understand things in depth.
You will share your need for new adventure and understand each other’s need for quiet space.
You are initially looking for safety before you have an experience, whereas they’ll go for the experience first. It might seem like a small difference, but could mean a lot in everyday life.
You both share the joy of new experiences and ideas.
You want to research and understand the new things in your life; they want to organize and control them. Shields may lock when it comes time to decide what to do next.
This could be harmonious. Integrated people understand where you’re coming from, even if they don’t agree with it.
You may find them too indecisive and diplomatic. Do they always have to be so understanding? You’re always ready to take a stand for what you believe in and you’d hope for the same from your partner.
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