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Saturday, 30 May 2015

ILE - Intuitive Logical Energiser

This is the type profile for the Intuitive Logical Energiser (ILE). To see more type profiles, click here.


Albert Einstein
1. Ideas
ILEs are best characterised by their rampant curiosity for the latest idea to enter their heads. When they discover something new, they can intuitively grasp its potential to illuminate alternative avenues and open previously unconsidered windows. Those ideas which are most packed with possibility entice the ILE and can capture their obsessive interest until its potential has been fully explored. The more complex the idea and the more applicable it is to a variety of different situations, the longer the ILEs attention can be held. However, at some point another, shinier idea presents itself and the ILE will dart after the latest fascination, leaving the debris of numerous projects in their wake. ILEs tend to have a very broad range of different, unusual interests and will casually talk about these areas with others, likely sticking in their memories as a particularly curious person. The ILE draws from a large breadth of different topics or fields and is not hesitant to jump between them as and when the opportunity arises, often having something out-of-the-box to say in each situation, whether or not the thing said was entirely relevant.

2. Laws
Aušra Augustinavičiūtė
In their pursuit of limitless potential, the ILE readily and rapidly systemises the content of their ideas into a structural form. Usually when exploring an idea, they will be formulating the integral qualities that make it up, sussing out how it is, why it is, which parts are necessary for meaning to be preserved and which can be dropped while retaining the core. Similarly, ILEs see beauty in the symmetrical nature of theories, and will try to make sure things match up on both sides, with any ends nicely tied. With ease, an ILE can take an abstract concept by the horns and chop it up into its essential parts, before then playing around with its fragments to create new ideas in various degrees of oddity. In each case, the ILE may relish taking ideas to logical absurdities, especially if doing so pushes the envelope in some way. ILEs tend to place an emphasis on people making internal logical sense in their discussions and debates. However, their consistency is usually limited to that particular situation, with ILEs creating a good, clear argument in one conversation, but then debating a completely different line in another. For ILEs, this does not matter so much; multiple choice keeps things interesting, as long as each option is internally well reasoned. Usually this manifests in an ILE adopting a particular, overall position, but being able to explain how should an assumption be false, they would have a rather different, but equally interesting, position.


Steven Spielberg
3. Force
ILEs are never so rebellious as when they feel that they are being limited or deprived by someone else. In such situations, they will be ready to push back and stand up for themselves. When in a position of leadership, ILEs will understand that they have to take charge, and although reluctant, will assert themselves where needed. However, ILEs are not natural fighters and dislike harsh action that silences alternative views. Although capable of great determination and energy when fixated on a particular interest, such willpower quickly dies down when they lose interest and they lack the ability to force themselves to do anything they might find boring. Furthermore, tackling a problem head on seems rather simple to the tastes of the ILE, who would much rather look around the problem, seeing if there is some previously unconsidered way in which things could be achieved more interestingly. ILEs dislike having to make their bodies undergo conscious strain, and greatly prefer relaxing environments where everyone is getting along peacefully. ILEs feel displeasure around aggressive emotions, such as anger, preferring a continuous state of happiness and content. When forced to be forceful by external pressures, an ILE will try to handle the problem, but this often fails at the point of doing so while maintaining the trust and support of their friends. The ILE's attempt to get their way in the social environment lacks subtlety, with people seeing the ILE as manipulative and making them a social pariah. 

4. Relations
Tina Fey
Although able to look through a wider range of ideas and material than most, the ILE is hampered in their ability to derive personal attitudes from what they encounter. It is rare for an ILE to form set value judgements of things, such as whether they feel something is 'good' or 'bad' and even rarer for them to admit to having done so. For an ILE, such feelings are invalid and unjustified, not being worth talking about. As such, ILEs can often repress their personal attitudes and act as if they do not have them, making them non-judgemental often to the extreme. Often an ILE will be friendly to all, and may unscrupulously spend time chatting to people that others may find morally detestable. They may even be friendly with people that they themselves do not like, but will not admit to not liking. Similarly, their own ideals may suggest a defected moral compass, with them occasionally forming logical conclusions that others may find personally abhorrent. ILEs will have little idea of the closeness of others in relation to them and not care to fix this, possibly neglecting their old friends for interesting strangers and disappearing from people's lives without telling them. They may not instinctively know that something said was in confidence and assume it was public information, telling everyone and unwittingly burning a bridge. Similarly, they themselves can alternate between being a completely open book for any and all information, no matter how personal or private, to a completely closed book, not trusting anyone with the truth as they do not even attempt to discriminate between a 'good' person and a 'bad' person. In this way, they tend to make poor close friends and rarely maintain such relations for long before the other person breaks it off. For ILEs, any individual person is far less important than the novel situations they can provide. 


Leonardo da Vinci
5. Senses
ILEs, although often hedonistic in their values, are often in a state of confusion with the physical needs of their body and quite unaware of what they need to feel physically comfortable in their environment. Frequently, they will feel that something is needed to feel truly satisfied, but may take a while to work out exactly what they need. ILEs regularly forget about daily concerns, rush out the door without food, drink or even a coat to keep them warm against the cold. When interested in something intellectual, ILEs might go for hours without eating or sleeping, burning the candle at both ends in absent-mindedness. They may sporadically think they should get some rest but are repeatedly drawn towards some new opportunity they might miss if they were to go to sleep. At the same time, when pleasant comforts are within reach, ILEs can react very positively, but lack moderation, indulging in their pleasures to excess or finding bizarre or perverse ways of seeking pleasure. Such attempts are rarely effective at keeping them happy for long. When in new surroundings with an odd aesthetic that does not match with prior experiences, ILEs may feel a mild discomfort from the unfamiliar clash. However, once settled in a location, such places will often become a point of nostalgia for repeated visitations. ILEs respond ecstatically to people who can provide the right sensations to suit their odd tastes and greatly appreciate being looked after properly in these areas.

6. Emotions
Felicia Day
Although often repressed in their personal feelings, ILEs are fascinated by the variety of different emotional responses they might be able to provoke in others. ILE may go around teasing or provoking others, trying to see what reactions they can get out of people through unexpected or unusual behaviour. In this way, they can build up an understanding of how people work. When maturing, this interest in the emotions of others becomes a desire to create positive responses in others. ILEs often love to be loved, and will go to great efforts to perform to the crowd, gaining pride from convincing people that they are clever, unique individuals. For the ILE who lacks a sense of personal discrimination between 'good' and 'bad' people or things, the excitation of the crowd offer a substitute compass for knowing what is approved of and what is not. Despite this, the wit and charisma of ILEs lacks finesse. Around company ILEs may quickly become goofy or cartoonish, attempting to be the class clown. Unfortunately, they may not know when they have crossed the line with others' sensibilities, causing negative backlash upon saying something unintentionally inappropriate or cruel in jest. Such situations of rejection by the group for tastelessness or immoral humour are often received very heavily by the ILE. When encountering a setback in appealing to others' feelings and emotions, the ILE will fall back on more reliable approaches, such as their ability to impersonally, objectively and pragmatically solve problems.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
7. Time
ILEs may have a variety of schemes through which they might make something of themselves. However, the idea of carefully looking ahead and planning out their life on a single track is too restrictive to ILEs, who do not want to commit themselves to any path. For them, the best idea is the one that seems to have the most potential in the moment, and they will only jump into it for as long as it is interesting to do so. They will not hesitate to leave one thing to try out another and will refuse to allow future projects to be limited by things they have already started. In the back of their minds, there may be some ideal end or goal that they are indirectly working towards, but an ILE's focus will rarely be on this. Instead, ILEs spread their efforts over a large range of areas that are interesting to them, pursuing whichever option might take their interest at the time. Furthermore, ILEs are not the sort of people to be told that something is 'impossible'. For them, there is almost always a way of getting things to work and they will not be willing to reject a desired outcome on the grounds of it being unlikely while they can still see a potential path for it. This causes ILEs to give people, projects and opportunities a chance for much longer than other types. It is not unusual for ILEs to hang onto a range of unlikely and odd-seeming objects in the belief that they might come in handy at some point, leading to much clutter, which can be frustrating to some.

8. Pragmatism
Grace Randolph
ILEs tend to have a good sense of pragmatism and are naturally able to figure how out how things work. They tend to be very good at making objective, intelligent decisions based on the information available. However, they are less motivated to do things for the sake of efficiency or productivity than because they find the area interesting and want to explore its potential, or because it feels fun to do. ILEs have a fluid interplay between their large reserves of factual knowledge and the structure of that knowledge into coherent frameworks for explanation, allowing them to make sense of new information rapidly and flexibly. Few types are as innovative in being able to first of all, identify novel areas for growth, and then, to come up with a solution to problems that will work. Despite this, ILEs prefer hedonistic enjoyment and the exploration of new experiences to any idea of hard work for the sake of efficiency, or the more boring aspects of sticking to the facts, and so they are unlikely to expect or demand such tendencies of others. Their best work is usually at the beginning, when they are first dealing with an exciting or interesting concept, and they know that when their interest wanes, they are much better focusing on something else.


Some famous people we think are ILEs: 

  • Douglas Adams
  • Aušra Augustinavičiūtė
  • Roberto Benigni
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Cicero
  • John Cleese
  • Larry David
  • Felicia Day
  • Daniel Dennett
  • David Deutsch
  • Didius Julianus
  • Tina Fey
  • Gallienus
  • Hank Green
  • Hadrian
  • Prince Harry
  • Boris Johnson
  • John Maynard Keynes
  • John Law (economist)
  • John Lennon
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Elon Musk
  • Bill Nye
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Linus Pauling
  • Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
  • Grace Randolph
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Carl Sagan
  • Andy Samberg
  • Peter Schiff
  • Steven Spielberg
  • John Updike
  • Voltaire
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • Mark Zuckerberg

Some fictional characters we think are ILEs:
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad)
  • Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)
  • Timon (The Lion King)
  • Howard Wolowitz (The Big Bang Theory)

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