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Three Personality Types

Personality is who you are most of the time, it begins to make itself known very early in your life and it will follow you through all of your trials, tribulations and glorious triumphs. At times when you are particularly stressed, grieving, or, more blissfully, falling in love, your dominant personality may transform itself in significant ways. However, "who you are" is still there and "you" will return to normal when the overriding, life altering situation subsides.

I believe that humanity is divided into three major personality types: Cognitive, emotive and experience seekers. No one is wholly one type; we are a jigsaw puzzle of all three, though one is frequently more dominant than the others. Let's take a closer look at these fascinating types.

Cognitive Personality (CP)

CPs are perceived as being less warm than others. Their strength lies in their ability to think rationally, create options and solve problems. They are more comfortable with their cognitive domain than their emotional domain. This certainly does not mean they are robots. They may care very deeply for the few individuals to whom they feel close. CPs are frequently our scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, researchers and college professors. If a CP goes to the dark side, he might be a Professor Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes's nemesis) or a successful psychopath. By the way, Sherlock Holmes was also a CP.

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity. -- Oscar Wilde

Emotive Personality (EP)

They are warm-hearted folks. They want to help. They are happy when in the company of others and are usually well liked. EPs are creative and imaginative. They possess a wide range of emotions and are not afraid to show them. These are the people you see crying at weddings and movies. Many are caretakers and in nurturing professions such as medicine, religion and mental health. Some CPs are also members of these professions. Normally CPs are drawn to the cognitive challenges, not the cuddly experience. EPs like people and want to be liked in return. This can lead to people pleasing behaviors. Their nemesis is losing sight of their guiding principles while pursuing acceptance and approval.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough -- Mae West

Experience Seekers (ES)

They are risk takers and the people who get things done. If you are in a battle and want a hill taken, send an Experience Seeker. If the hill can be taken, the ES will do it, shrug her shoulders and say, "All in a day's work" and go back to her comrades. ESs are well represented in the military, law enforcement, big business and in the legal profession. In the old west, ESs were the cowboys and the gun slingers. Today, ESs who have gone to the dark side are probably in the Mafia (no disrespect intended, guys). ESs are moderate in temperament. They are not especially warm or cold. They show the emotion that works best for them at any particular moment. They are adaptive and determined individuals. Don't stand between them and their goals. When the wolf is at the door and a blizzard is howling outside, I will call an ES every time.

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world was better for this. -- Don Quixote

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