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 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 the will of someone else. In such situations, they may rise to take on the offender with a degree of calculated ferocity. However, ILEs are not natural fighters. 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 unconventionally, and thus more interestingly. However, ILEs also have a strong urge to prove themselves to others when they feel they are not admired or revered for their talents. When put aside for an opportunity, a ILE may find new reserves of determination and push through with their goals when before they may have been too lazy. ILEs dislike having to make their bodies undergo conscious strain, and greatly prefer relaxing environments where everyone is getting along peacefully. Furthermore, ILEs feel displeasure around aggressive emotions, such as anger, preferring a continuous state of happiness and content. Sometimes an ILE will have to apply their forcefulness in matters of social competition and perceived threats from peers who they feel are manipulating people against them, rarely taking pleasure in such activities. This may be done with a severe lack of subtlety, leading to people seeing the ILE as the manipulative one, 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 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. 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. Furthermore, ILEs will have little idea of the closeness of others in relation to them and not particularly care, 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. 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. 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. Should a contact be angered by them, the ILE will unlikely think they can repair the friendship, misreading a temporary blow-up for new, permanent hatred and simply dropping out of that person's life.  Conversely, should an ILE enter into a romantic relationship, they may be unconditionally uncritical of their partner and ignorant of their own personal needs in the relationship. The partner may mistreat the ILE, who will misinterpret the situation as them having been the cause of upset, seeking appeasement when confrontation was needed.

Leonardo da Vinci
5. Senses
ILEs 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 arms 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. In this way, ILEs are often perceived as childlike.

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 may become 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. Often they will attempt humour before looking to see if their attempts can be validated in the emotional responses from others. 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. Despite this, ILEs are often emotionally stable, feeling little  excitation when on their own, but thinking coolly and pragmatically. Instead, they take more delight in the emotions they can create in others. 

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 boring 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. They will not hesitate to leave one thing to try out another and will refuse to allow future projects to be limited by projects 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 rarely interested in setting out their own actions and goals according to a set time-frame. Rather than plan out when they are doing each thing, ILEs will prefer to do whatever they feel like doing at each moment, often with the exciting parts at the beginning and the more boring parts handled in an adrenaline rush at the end. Often their resourcefulness in the final burst of activity gets them through, although not without considerable risk should there be serious consequences from failure. Such a tendency to procrastinate is usually softened in team exercises where the ILE is motivated not to annoy others and risk rejection from the team.

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 have no desire to do things for the sake of efficiency or productivity, but rather because they find the area interesting and want to explore its potential. Rather than seek to properly prepare themselves for tasks, so that they can do the best job possible, ILEs prefer to jump straight in and improvise, making a quick and expert use of whatever inspiration they have on the job. Being told to work harder is insulting to the ILE, who will likely have figured out their system of doing things that specifically involves not working so hard, allowing them to get what they need while maintaining a sense of novelty and enjoyment. Similarly, ILEs object to the idea that they are not best fulfilling their potential by directing all of their attention to the task at hand. Their best is usually at the beginning, when they are first dealing with an interesting concept, and they know that when their interest wanes, they are much better focusing on something else. Frequently, ILEs will be highly resourceful and inventive, yet show little interest in reading up on dry articles to improve their designs from the work of others. Instead, ILEs will prefer their own designs and ideas from start to finish, adopting quick fixes here and there when things do not quite work the way they are supposed to.

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
  • Albert Einstein 
  • Tina Fey
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Gallienus
  • Hank Green
  • Hadrian
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Boris Johnson
  • Bill Maher
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Bill Nye
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Linus Pauling
  • Grace Randolph
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Carl Sagan
  • Andy Samberg
  • Peter Schiff
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • 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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