Tuesday, 2 June 2015

LIE - Logical Intuitive Energiser

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

Bill Gates
1. Pragmatism
The most important thing for LIEs is that they fulfill their potential as usefully and productively as possible, thus ensuring real, long-term improvements to the world around them. LIEs possess naturally inquisitive minds, which they use to read up on whatever information is available. Such an approach allows the LIE to build up a bank of factual data to ensure they are informed on all relevant events they encounter. The point of such knowledge is so that the LIE is prepared to perform competently, possessing the know-how to work in the way that best aids long term progress. Frequently, LIEs will be focused on increasing the amount of return for the effort put into something, looking at available statistics and data before seeing if any improvements can be made to the functioning of procedures and methodologies. As such, LIEs endeavour to improve working processes so that they lead to greater benefit over time. This extends to the LIEs themselves, who will try to transform themselves into machines of highly efficient output. With this comes a sense of initiative; these types know that, provided they put in the work and dedication, they can achieve whatever they set their minds to, applying themselves to solving whatever might be holding them back. Furthermore, the LIE feels obliged to impart knowledge to others. In doing so, the LIE is able to indirectly bring about improvements beyond themselves, giving others the information necessary to do things well.

2. Time

Elizabeth I
The optimisations and fixes provided by an LIE are regularly geared towards the long term. LIEs see the use or benefit of something in terms of what will help things for the years to come, rather than simply aiding daily life. As such, LIEs tend to conduct themselves with a sense of greater purpose than themselves, trying to utilise the limited time they have wisely for making statistically important differences to reality. LIEs usually have a certain amount of trust or faith in the methods they decide on, being rather confident that what they are doing will eventually lead to significant results, even if immediate improvements cannot be seen. This can also result in the LIE having a sense of what they should be doing to optimise things in the long run, being less satisfied with simply doing their current job well and more focused on doing the job that will make important changes on a larger scale. As such, an LIE may move between different careers and projects, going off on their own when they feel their potential is not being satisfied as well as it could be and the job they are taking is not leading anywhere greater. They may give up a secure position that they feel can be better filled by another person or similarly, they may apply for a less comfortable job that they think would be more worthwhile to posterity. Despite this, an LIE will not necessarily appear busy to others, as they are good at knowing when not acting is exactly what is required to do something properly. During these stages of patience, they may be quite dormant.

Jack London
3. Emotions
LIEs tend to be very independent and can often be mistaken for introverts as they rarely put much emphasis on going out to see people or socialise just for the sake of it. While they are happy to see their close friends, just meeting people can feel empty to them. To an LIE, such actions are only worth doing if they serve some purpose or real benefit to their projects, such as an activity related to publicity, marketing or networking. However, should there be adequate justification for LIEs to spend their time this way, they will go about it with practiced competence, managing to make themselves more friendly and convey their ideas and initiatives to others with a catching enthusiasm. Similarly, when in a position of authority over a team, they can become charismatic leaders, reading up on tips and methods to better inspire people to perform to a higher standard. However, such attempts will often be reserved and exercised with caution. The LIE will be very reluctant to give false impressions or engage in hyperbole that may distort someone's factual understanding of the truth. As such, any strategic attempt to enthuse others will be tempered by intellectual honesty. Ideally, they would like to drop the act altogether. Similarly, when others come to them for help, they will approach the issue by coming up with objective solutions to problems. They may feel rather annoyed and feel their time is wasted if the person turns out to simply want to rant.

4. Senses

Relaxation and rest can be difficult concepts for an LIE to appreciate. Due to their desire to perform at maximum efficiency, LIEs are disposed to workaholism, cutting out daily concerns in their pursuit of creating long term benefit. Often, the LIE can look upon their body as an inconvenience, something that has to be dragged complaining through their day of productivity. This can sometimes come at the expense of health, with the LIE sometimes burning out from exhaustion or catching illness from a lowered immune system. In such situations, the LIE may end up overly worrying that the illness will slow them down than for the welfare of their body and might look up methods of suppressing the symptoms so that they can go back to being functional.Similarly, in making their improvements, the LIE may overlook softer details such as contribution to ease and comfort. The fruits of their labour may be ugly and tastelessly designed, fulfilling the necessities without being enjoyable or harmonic with the surrounding aesthetic. Despite being stereotypically associated with financial success, LIEs spend little on luxury, rarely thinking to treat themselves or indulge in luxuries.

Quentin Tarantino
5. Relations
LIEs are usually rather unsure with their personal sentiments and feelings, naturally paying more attention to the objective factual data and far less to subjective opinion. Although often rather interested in ethics and what can be demonstrated to be right and wrong, LIEs are rarely able to make these personal evaluations for themselves with confidence. When upset about something, the LIE is more likely to first notice changes in their behaviour, before taking the time to reflect and figure out what has been bothering them. Furthermore, in their personal dealings, an LIE may think a lot about the quality of the people they are working with, but fail to trust their evaluations of such people. This can manifest in difficulty with the assignment of trust to others in personal relationships, the LIE either trusting too easily and easily being taken advantage of by unsavoury individuals or trusting too little and avoiding letting themselves get close to people altogether. Ideally, the LIE would prefer it if everyone was intellectually honest in their communication of factual data. However, they soon realise that many people shade and twist their words, resulting in them not knowing who to believe on trust. As such, LIEs greatly appreciate help in these areas. Often they will desire a close, meaningful bond with a significant other, someone who accepts and values who they are on the personal level, with no expectation on them to perform, keep the conversation going or to be anything other than honest in providing helpful, accurate information. They will appreciate people who know their minds and are blunt in their opinions of others, validating the LIE's opinions on who can be trusted and who are the bad eggs, as well as vocalising their own feelings more lucidly.

6. Force

Yulia Tymoshenko
More often than not, an LIE will possess a great deal of personal ambition, and desire to amass a certain amount of power or authority from their hard work and initiative. This is more something that they wish to prove to themselves via their accomplishments, usually avoiding status symbols or anything to show their power to others unless it directly benefits how they are treated by othersWhen pursuing a project for the greater good, LIEs can be ruthless in their actions and decisions, being capable of aggressively taking on competitors as a means to success. When angered or frustrated, LIEs may demonstrate a short, explosive temper, especially if people are not adequately following instructions and performing unnecessarily below par. Especially in cases of wilful ignorance or malice from others, an LIE may resort to planning their vengeance. However, LIEs are not naturally intimidating people, lacking the physical presence to consistently command through force of will. Instead, they are usually more cerebral and disposed to reflecting on the right course of action, rather than rushing into things blindly. They are more likely to succeed through their wits, rather than brawn, patiently devising strategies for success, rather than confronting others impetuously.

7. Laws
LIEs are primarily concerned with getting things to work and will focus on the results of their efforts rather than consistency to principles. They may rely on broad principles to guide what they should do, but these guidelines are always going to be flexible and general, based more on trends and observations of reality they have always found to be true, rather than imposing a necessary structure. Although perfectly capable of logical reasoning and making coherent arguments, as well as spotting the contradictions of others in a discussion, the LIE will have little patience for any system or theory that is not applicable in some way. Similarly, they will be prepared to bend, flex or even ignore any ideology or principle unless its benefits have been empirically demonstrated, or if they think it will serve a good use. As such, LIEs may mix and match different approaches for different situations, making concessions that, while one sort of explanation works well here, for the time being, a completely different explanation works there. In such situations, they will act as if both conflicting viewpoints are true, not because they believe both are true, but because they are the most practical explanations currently offered by available evidence and will be subject to eventual change. In this way, integrity of approach is put aside for workable strategies that lead to the best results. Furthermore, LIEs like to apply their initiative to solve problems and may be critical of bureaucracy if it hampers how they are working.

8. Ideas

Ayn Rand
New ideas and initiatives are often thought up by the LIE, who can come across as an risk-taking inventor or creative visionary to others. LIEs tend to be very capable of seeing an opportunity and leaping after it it if they feel it carries some practical merit. Similarly, LIEs tend to have a very broad range of interests, knowing much about different areas and fields as a valuable source of knowledge. However, LIEs see this more as a means to expanding the possible productivity of their projects and will disapprove of wasting time with useless speculation. The breadth of knowledge is instead targeted towards supporting more linear, prioritised issues. Rather than pursuing and exploring what is interesting, for its own sake, LIEs will try to optimise their thoughts towards greater purposes. As such, LIEs tend to be rather single-minded, willingly using ideas to serve their ends, rather than exploring them for their own sake.

Some fictional characters we think are LIEs:

  • Al-Waleed bin Talal
  • Anne, Princess Royal
  • Aristotle
  • Augustus
  • Avicenna
  • Warren Buffett
  • Jeb Bush
  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso
  • Marcus Licinius Crassus
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Edward VI of England
  • Elizabeth I of England
  • Niall Ferguson
  • Henry Ford
  • Frederick the Great
  • Milton Friedman
  • Galba
  • Bill Gates
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Sam Harris
  • Henry VII of England
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Hypatia
  • Julian (emperor)
  • Ibn Khaldun
  • Jack London
  • Michelangelo
  • Dambisa Moyo
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Camille Paglia
  • Jeremy Paxman
  • Pertinax
  • Jordan Peterson
  • William Pitt the Younger
  • James K. Polk
  • Ayn Rand
  • Cecil Rhodes
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Paul Ryan
  • Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Helmut Schmidt
  • Ben Shapiro
  • Shen Kuo
  • Thomas Sowell
  • Bret Stephens
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Themistocles
  • Yulia Tymoshenko
  • Victoria, Princess Royal
  • Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
  • Blaire White
  • Joanne Woodward

Some fictional characters we think are LIEs:
  • Bill (Kill Bill)
  • Gus Fring (Breaking Bad)
  • Lex Luthor (DC Comics)
  • Glenn Rhee (The Walking Dead)
  • Doctor Strange (Marvel Comics)
  • Walter White (Breaking Bad)
  • Sasha Williams (The Walking Dead)

Monday, 1 June 2015

ILI - Intuitive Logical Integrator

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

Isaac Newton
1. Time
The ILI is disposed towards inner reflections on the flow of events. Detaching from trivial concerns, ILIs turn their attention to the more important and far-reaching matters of life. Penetrating the misty vestiges of the past and future through depth of imagination, ILIs tend to synthesise for themselves a profoundly realist, neutral world view that can be perceived as 'bleak' or 'gloomy' by others. Such a world view is frequently in the form of a singular eventuality that current events will head towards given certain variables. For them, the present is only important in so much as it is the midway point between what has happened and what will happen, and that sometimes actions can be undertaken to change or alter that interaction, usually in the form of preventing stupidity that might lead to disaster later on. Often what is completely obvious to the ILI makes very little sense to anyone else and they may be frustrated that other people are too dense to see the issues so clear to them. Frequently, ILIs may feel that they have a responsibility to inform people of these dangers, especially if they may affect the world at large. As such, ILIs regularly come across as critics and augurs for the consequences of foolishness, putting themselves between the short-sighted and the damage they might wreak for years to come. In less important matters, they will likely keep themselves to themselves, not deigning to get involved.

2. Pragmatism
Marie Curie
ILIs tend to be rather well-read. Regularly informing their perception of events is a wealth of useful and relevant information, often historical, that they tend to slowly accumulate over time. However, ILIs do not merely take in the facts to apply them, but undergo a long rumination process, picking out patterns and trends that they see as carrying particular temporal weight and thinking these through until they have an idea on what they mean for the long term. Such information they can usually recall well and use to back up any points or musings they might come up with. Furthermore, should there be a long term outcome that an ILI deems as favourable, or one that they particularly wish to avoid, the ILI can plan out the processes by which these outcomes can be reached or prevented. Often they will enjoy board games that require strategy, and will may be a number of steps ahead of their opponents, creating a plan and adapting any technique at their disposal to fit the plan. However, this ability also allows them to know when something is inevitable or out of their power, and in such situations, the ILI will fatalistically wait it out. In a similar way, the ILI will often be the first to point out when an action is useless or pointless, already knowing that it will not lead anywhere despite the optimism of others. 

Stanley Kubrick
3. Senses
The ILI is best situated when detached from the present day and pondering over themes of times been and yet to come. However, a certain amount of begrudging self-maintenance is kept with the ILI, who usually attends to chores and concerns around the house at a slow, steady pace, freeing up the mind to go elsewhere. ILIs are usually unconcerned with how they look, but will nevertheless know to maintain basic hygiene and standard practices. However, ILIs will have little care for anything luxurious or pleasant. The room they may occupy is a simple holding cell for them to sleep in, its comfort being as important to them as their distant memories of the room years later. They may also possess a good eye for detail when needed, being able to spot errors and and read the fine print, keeping an eye on the specifics of practical tasks without much difficulty. Many may take up work requiring repetitive or detailed activity and perform well, although they will use such physical tasks to go elsewhere mentally.

4. Emotions
Eugénie de Montijo
ILIs do not tend to care what others think of them and often would prefer not to unnecessarily interact with people other than those they care about. Frequently, ILIs fill the archetype of the outsider to any social circle and the teller of unpopular truths, not because they actively desire to be contrary or controversial, but because they do not see the point of sweetening their words for the ears of others at the expense of accuracy and sincerity. For the ILI, this is partially due to a lack of awareness of their own emotional expression and the impression they are giving off to others. Furthermore, the concept of showing emotions, rather than simply feeling them internally, is quite alien to them, sometimes resulting in a listless or austere manner when speaking. When aware that someone is putting on a façade of sunny emotions, the ILI approaches them with scepticism, questioning their angle. The ILI may stubbornly resist attempts by such people to make them to join in with the forced enthusiasm, socially alienating themselves as a result. ILIs may express frustration with seemingly pointless social norms like small talk, avoiding pleasantries and cutting straight to the point in conversation. These tendencies run the risk of spoiling the positive mood, resulting in a loss of popularity for the ILI. Consequently, their fore-warnings can often fall on deaf ears as people may decide not to listen to them and may mistake it for pessimism. However, to accuse ILIs of pessimism is to misunderstand their realism. After all, unjustified negativity is as bad to them as unjustified optimism.

John Adams
5. Force
The ILI tends to possess a sardonic sense of humour and when the situation calls for it, will not hesitate to make harsh or biting comments at those they think deserve it. However, this is usually the limit of an ILI's aggression. Although often appreciative of power and the will to confront or change reality, they themselves are unable to adequately make these changes themselves, having difficulty overcoming the inertia of excessive thinking before any action might be taken. They may not immediately realise they have such a difficulty, until noticing how their slower, more reserved actions will often fail to make the same impact that others have. This is largely because they know when and how to act, but cannot perform actions with the right gusto or force. Rather than jump in and think on their feet, ILIs find it easier to succeed through careful preparation and review of as much information as possible, making sure that whatever they do will ensure good outcomes for the future. This can lead to a certain indecisiveness that can be very apparent in the moment, although once a decision is finally made, it is stuck to. ILIs tend to be risk averse, and will sooner not act at all than act rashly. Frequently, ILIs may encounter difficulty asserting themselves with others, often being resisted by people who need to be forced to comply. In such situations, they may retreat to think about how best to proceed, when the matter could have been solved through force of character. Instead, they tend to appreciate those with the relentless and ruthless energy to get what they want when they want. The ILI will find the positive liveliness of such people refreshing and respect their capability at audaciously getting things done while they are still in the planning stages.

6. Relations
Emily Brontë
Although many appear cold and detached on the outside, ILIs can possess stormy feelings and sentiments that are shut out from public view except in short bursts of temper. ILIs rarely forgive and even more rarely forget the wrongs done to them by other people. They may hold grudges and can dryly state their dislike of certain unsavoury individuals if it allows them to not see the disliked person again. ILIs can have a rather strong moral streak and sense of decency that is often reserved for those they are close to, doing large favours without complaint for the select few they care about. Although being difficult to get close to, ILIs genuinely want to encounter people who they actually like and can be very loyal. However, this goodwill is rarely communicated with the warmth required to be appreciated by most. Rather than occupy any social circle where group approval is required, ILIs get by on close, personal contacts, serving as trusted advisers to those who sincerely find them worth listening to. However, ILIs are rarely proactive in the forming of such relationships and do not actively seek people out. Rather, every now and again, someone sees the sense in what they say and decides to strike up the friendship, allowing it to mature into a close bond over time.

Alan Moore
7. Ideas
ILIs tend to have little patience for brainstorming with others and running through different options. Instead their goal is to deliberately limit the range of possibilities as much as they can, putting together the most probable estimation for how future events are going to turn out from the trends and information available. When faced with alternatives, the ILI will likely respond with stubbornness, seeing their conclusion as the most likely outcome and the only one worth focusing on. This can be interpreted by others as arrogance, although the ILI is unlikely to have a position at all until they have given the matter considerable thought and surveyed all the relevant variables in forming their opinion. Often the ILI will turn out to have been right all along, by which point people would have likely forgotten there was an issue in the first place.

8. Laws

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
People often perceive the ILI to be a source of natural intellect, given to forming a good understanding of phenomena. However, the ILI approaches clear, seemingly straightforward philosophies and theoretical structures with a natural scepticism. For the ILI, nothing is ever so black and white, but perceived in various shades and scales of grey. As such, a system claiming it has everything neatly ordered and understood is a red target that the ILI will likely attempt to dismantle. With an artful command of logical reasoning, the ILI can quickly look for the flaws in a theory and poke it full of holes. After undermining the logical integrity of a theory, the ILI is unlikely to offer a new structure in its place. Instead, the ILI will focus attention on the functional purpose of such tools to assess likely outcomes, stripping away at any framework to leave only the parts that work for them.

Some famous people we think are ILIs:
  • John Adams
  • Scott Adams
  • Clement Attlee
  • Arthur Balfour
  • Emily Brontë​
  • Gordon Brown
  • Claudius
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Marie Curie
  • Domitian
  • Eugénie de Montijo
  • George I of Great Britain
  • Edward Gibbon
  • Gildas
  • Aubrey de Grey
  • Friedrich Hayek
  • Edward Heath
  • Heraclitus
  • John of England
  • Stephen King
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Charles Krauthammer
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Louis XV of France
  • Louis XVIII of France
  • Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Alan Moore
  • Isaac Newton
  • Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Philip II of Spain
  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Karl Popper
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Anna Seghers
  • David Starkey
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Lawrence Summers
  • Tiberius
  • Getúlio Vargas
  • Gore Vidal
  • Virgil
  • William III of England

Some fictional characters we think are ILIs:
  • The Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
  • Daria Morgendorffer (Daria)
  • Piccolo Jr. (Dragon Ball)
  • Eugene Porter (The Walking Dead)