Friday, August 03, 2007

The Two Kinds of People

I always tell my kids that there are two kinds of people in the world ... and they roll their eyes, knowing that Dad has found yet another way to oversimplify something.

Psychologists categorize people as:

  • Sensers and Intuitives
    Do you trust what you see, or what you know?
  • Introverts and Extroverts
    Do you focus your dominant abilities on yourself, or on others?
  • Thinkers and Feelers
    Everyone thinks and feels, but is your dominant mental ability verbal and logical or visual and emotional?
  • Deciders and Waiters
    Choose an option to be done deciding, or wait for a better time?
In addition, there are other ways people differ psychologically:
  • Memorizers and Processers
    Some people who remember events, and others who remember things based on what they thought about the events. This is one aspect of Sense versus Intuition.

Without much commentary, I'll add:
  • Givers and Takers
    Trade for it, or get it by force?
  • Stubborns and Flexibles
  • Spenders and Savers
    Rich people invest, poor people spend.
  • Pitchers and Catchers
    Some people collect possessions, while others do not.
  • Individualists and Collectivists
    Are you your own person, or part of a group?
  • Free or Secure
  • Arrogant and Humble
  • Sinners and Straight Arrows
  • Wolves and Sheep
  • Dogs and Rats
  • Pick up a Penny or Leave a Penny
  • Learners and Veggies
    Do you have a thirst to understand for yourself, or would you rather be told?
  • Workers and Clowns
    Are you more interested in accomplishment or fun? Which do you do first?
  • Speeders and Creepers
    Do you want to get there first, or are you more interesting in getting there at all?
  • Urban and Rural
    Do you want convenience or space?
  • Labelers and Accepters
    There are those who classify people, and those who know that for most of these, and especially for those over which people have any control, there is a continuum from one side to the other.

Finally, I can't leave this subject without noting that there are really 10 kinds of people: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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