Sep 102013

Wrapping up my mini-series on the Four Temperaments and personal style idiom, this post is about the sensing perceiver, The Experiencer, aka The Artisan.  It should come as no surprise that I consider this style type straight-up what is popularly known as Sporty. Practical. Utilitarian. Lots of pockets.

Sporty is not to be confused with athletic, which IMO falls into the domain of The Traditionalist (Classic). In case you missed the other Four Temperaments posts, The Conceptualizer and The Idealist are the two intuitive types. Note that the sensing types separate into temperaments based on the J/P attribute, while the intuitives divide on T/F.  Also note that, among the general population, S outnumbers N approximately two to one.  Therefore, I conclude, it behooves us iNtuitives to pay attention to the looks being offered to our corresponding (J or P) Sensing counterparts. Make sense?

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According to the Keirsey Temperament Website, the four types are based in human motivation: what we are interested in and therefore the majority of our communication is about and how we take action to move toward our goals.

Communication: Concrete vs. Abstract: At times, of course, everyone addresses both sorts of topics, but in their daily lives, and for the most part, Concrete people talk about reality, while Abstract people talk about ideas.

Action: Utilitarian vs. Cooperative: These two ways of acting can overlap, certainly, but as they lead their lives, Utilitarian people instinctively, and for the most part, do what works, while Cooperative people do what’s right.

As Concrete Utilitarians, Artisans speak mostly about what they see right in front of them, about what they can get their hands on, and they will do whatever works, whatever gives them a quick, effective payoff, even if they have to bend the rules.

Hmmm. No wonder they are the most likely to be wearing something with holes or stains in it! 🙂

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