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)

Thursday, 28 May 2015

LII - Logical Intuitive Integrator

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

Immanuel Kant
1. Laws
Central to the LII is their coherent structure of laws and principles through which they formulate an understanding of the world around them. LIIs are motivated by a need to analyse and make sense of their experiences, abstracting from them certain rules or regularities and drawing them into a consistent, theoretical framework. For them, truth is the pinnacle of understanding and such truth can only be reached if everything accepted fits together and makes perfect internal sense. Only then can their structure possibly be correct. Many LIIs will be drawn to fields where they are able to make sense of the fundamentals that ordain our world, with many being found in mathematics, philosophy or even theology. Less intellectual or educated LIIs will nevertheless have an emphasis on the general principles by which they have naturally come to understand their experiences and will insist on trying to make sense of things according to these principles. Some LIIs can dedicate their lives to being system-builders, slowly and painstakingly piecing together a jigsaw in their minds that might revolutionise their chosen field. However, at some level, all LIIs will be driven to create a certain theoretical consistency in their lives, carefully ordering their thoughts and ideas through which to interpret a variety of phenomena.

2. Ideas
Emmy Noether
The structures of LIIs are usually theoretical, being general principles behind interpretations of a multitude of daily events. Abstraction is a key process in an LII's law formation, with the manifold possible happenings and instances in our complex world ideally being successfully and consistently explained by only a few axioms and their logically sound interactions. As such, the LII is often very intellectually curious, and regularly seeks a broad horizon of instances and examples that they can draw together into a systemic framework. This might also make them rather nosy, asking probing questions into people's lives in their drive to better understand and analyse a situation. Often they may resort to unusual thought experiments and previously unconsidered states of affairs in order to demonstrate the conclusions of their reasoning, thus demonstrating how their logic can account for any and every situation. Similarly, their interests and hobbies may be rather offbeat and quirky, with them trying out past-times that others would not think of attempting. 

Woody Allen
3. Relations
The LII is usually capable of being polite and formal around people they do not know so well. They are aware of differences in familiarity and can manage their relations with others to an acceptable level, which means that their small collection of friends is usually maintained over a long time. However, personal ties are by no means a point of precedence for the LII. Rather than side with a friend because of their relationship, an LII will always prioritise detached reasoning and will likely stay impartial in any interpersonal disputes. Loyalty for them will always take second place to the pursuit of truth, and a friend will need to make sure they are in the right for the LII to provide support. Similarly, despite being rather aware of their attitudes or sentiments and whether they like someone or not, the LII will prefer to treat everyone fairly, not varying their treatment of others simply due to having personal favourites in a group.

4. Force
Emma Watson
LIIs tend to be very gentle and abhor any sort of aggression or social pressure. Usually their idea of fairness and order has no place for forceful competition and they may naively underestimate the capacity of others to wilfully act in their interests against the tenets of the system. The LII may see their reasoning as an appeal to the higher virtues, failing to adequately confront the more brutal, primal instincts that demand more for oneself than is duly owed. They will likely show disdain for those who attack others on superficial failings or resorting to crude, unrefined behaviour, such as trying to get one's way through brute force, rather than sitting down and having a rational discussion. Often the LII will be rather brittle, being unable to force people into respecting their principles and snapping under pressure from others. In this way, they tend to make poor leaders, failing to establish dominance and either stepping down as soon as the going gets tough or stubbornly clinging to their principles until ousted. Occasionally LIIs may be sceptical towards the social machinations of others, believing that people are going to gang up on them and try to force them to do something that contradicts their principles.

René Descartes
5. Emotions
When leading the conversation, LIIs can come across as a bit stiff. Emotional expression does not come easily to them and their focus on detached logical thought can result in them being rather disconnected from the emotions of those around them and unable to communicate adequately how they feel to others. This can result in social awkwardness or them boring others when talking about a niche topic interest, as well as being unable to tell that they are failing to impress. However, when a good mood is set by others around them, they can begin to cut loose and become surprisingly expressive in short bursts of happy emotionality. However, they will lack the ability to regulate this themselves. Despite often having something highly insightful and well-thought to say, LIIs are not very good at getting people interested and cannot adequately command people's attention. As such, they greatly appreciate engaging, charismatic individuals who are able to communicate the importance of their messages and, more importantly, welcome them into a social circle they can be themselves in. Furthermore, the doggedness of LIIs with their principles can result in a lacklustre existence. They often need someone who can raise their spirits and keep them in a positive mindset, as well as include them in the social goings on. 

Nicole Kidman
6. Senses
A crucial aspect to helping LIIs emotionally unwind is in the creation of physical harmony in their surroundings and satisfying their more aesthetic tastes. LIIs are naturally out of touch with their physical surroundings and can find it to easily become overpowering. As such, they can be quite picky and sensitive about their sensory experiences, with a fastidiousness over the things they like and a need to satisfy these preferences in a well-balanced moderation, enjoying very particular kinds of food and only liking physical contact in certain areas. Although trying to avoid anything that feels like a chore, LIIs will tend to attempt certain daily tasks as a therapeutic or enjoyable activity, such as cooking, jogging, painting or some other physically creative pursuit. Provided the demands are placed on attention to detail, rather than physical exertion, LIIs can do rather well for themselves. Such hobbies they will pursue with a highly self-critical perfectionism. However, they will be very responsive to the expressed approval of others in these areas and will swell with pride from compliments. LIIs can learn to dress neatly and well, but tend to remain modest, liking to show that they have a sense of taste but rarely feeling the need to change what they wear for new fashions. When they find a look they are comfortable with they may stick with that outfit for years.

Charles I of England
7. Pragmatism
LIIs' pursuit of truth is largely based on the theoretical structures they deduce from basic, self-evident axioms. When it comes to appealing to factual data or seeing how the structure compares to empirical tests, the LII is rather less interested. Although able to analyse the data if necessary to back up their theories, LIIs tend to be dissatisfied with the idea that truth comes from the statistics we happen to observe under arbitrary conditions. Instead of seeing this as the commonly-accepted standard for knowledge, the LII will prefer to acknowledge the only indisputable fact of scientific practice; that it is never perfect but always falsifiable. LIIs strive for perfection in their truth and such a thing can only be acquired through the intellectual purity of mathematical and logical thought. Furthermore, LIIs prefer not to assess the worth of their activities based on how helpful or productive it is. Although capable of working efficiently and creating helpful structures, the LII is unlikely to assess the merits of a system based on how well it works. Instead, their priority will be that all parts of the system hang together in a consistent manner.

Angela Merkel
8. Time
Most LIIs are prone to deep thought and may spend an undue amount of time in their head, thinking about the world around them. They may give the impression of having great insight, being able to deliver sage advice on life, the universe and everything to those around them. However, LIIs endeavour to form a structural and categorical understanding of the world as a fixed entity with set qualities to analyse. The LII wants to explain things in terms of their many attributes, what they are and how they will always be. They object to the idea of trying to reduce the multifaceted, complex structure to a some singular teleological end, where things are looked at in terms of what they will eventually become or develop into. Instead of criticising ideas and initiatives in terms of them leading to bad outcomes, the LII will look at ideas in terms of their reasons, seeing if the rationale is correct or not. As such, LIIs undermine any attempt to justify actions based on what good outcomes they might lead to. To them, the action should be intrinsically correct and done for its own sake. The LII will likely defend such an action, regardless of it possibly leading to bad results later.

Some famous people we think are LIIs: 

  • John Quincy Adams
  • Alfred the Great
  • Woody Allen
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Bashar al-Assad
  • Bede
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Tony Benn
  • David Brooks (cultural commentator)
  • Neville Chamberlain
  • Charles I of England
  • Charles V of France
  • Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Frédéric Chopin
  • Jeremy Corbyn
  • James Damore
  • René Descartes
  • Freeman Dyson
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
  • Michael Foot
  • Tiberius Gracchus
  • G. H. Hardy
  • Henry VI of England
  • Douglas Hofstadter
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Leo VI the Wise
  • Louis XVI of France
  • James Madison
  • John Major
  • Dmitry Medvedev
  • Angela Merkel
  • Joseph Needham
  • Emmy Noether
  • Ron Paul
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Sejong the Great
  • Mary Somerville
  • Albert Speer
  • Baruch Spinoza
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Theodosius II
  • Alan Turing
  • John Tyler
  • Alexander Van der Bellen
  • Emma Watson

Some fictional characters we think are LIIs:
  • Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Ross Geller (Friends)
  • L (Death Note)
  • Milton Mamet (The Walking Dead)
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)