According to the Career Key, I should seek work primarily in artistic fields (score: 12), followed by investigative fields (score: 8) and social fields (score: 5). I should not seek work in realistic, enterprising or conventional fields. This means I should be a Biographer, Editor, Editorial Writer, Playwright, Poet, Writer, Architect, Cartoonist, Commercial Designer, Desktop Publisher, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, Painter or Sculptor, Photographer, Actor/Actress, Disc Jockey, Producer, Radio and Television Announcer, Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Archivist or Curator, Developmental Psychologist, Experimental Psychologist, Historian, Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, Marketing Researcher, Political Scientist, Sociologist, or Urban or Regional Planner.
According to the CareerLink Inventory, my recommended careers are as follows:
77% Arts and Humanities (Commercial & Fine Arts) - Sample Occupations: Cartoonist, Animator, Fashion Artist, Industrial Designer, Graphic Artist, Furniture Designer, Illustrator, Floral Designer, Painter, Set Designer, Sculptor, Fashion Designer.
71% Arts and Humanities (Composing/Arranging) - Sample Occupations: Composer, Arranger.
71% Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing) - Sample Occupations: Copy Editor, Writer, Columnist, Editorial Writer.
70% Natural Sciences (Natural Science Research) - Sample Occupations: Chemist, Botanist, Physicist, Microbiologist, Astronomer, Physiologist, Geologist, Zoologist, Geophysicist, Ecologist, Hydrologist, Medical Scientist, Agricultural Scientist, Soil Conservationist, Aquatic Biologist, Range Conservationist, Biochemist, Range Ecologist.
70% Engineering and Technology (Surveying) - Sample Occupations: Land Surveyor, Mapping Scientist, Geodetic Surveyor, Geophysical Prospecting Surveyor, Marine Surveyor, Geographic Information Specialist, Survey Technician.
69% Business (Purchasing & Merchandising) - Sample Occupations: Buyer, Purchaser, Travel Agent.
68% Arts and Humanities (Decorating & Display Work) - Sample Occupations: Art Director, Interior Designer.
68% Business (Accounting & Risk Analysis) - Sample Occupations: Public Accountant, Management Accountant, Government Accountant, Internal Auditor, Insurance Underwriter, Securities Sales Representative/Stock Broker, Financial Planner.
66% Social Sciences (Social Research) - Sample Occupations: Experimental or Research Psychologist, Historian, Social Psychologist, Sociologist, Developmental Psychologist, Geographer, Economist, Anthropologist, Marketing Research Analyst, Occupational Analyst, Political Scientist.
66% Natural Sciences (Mathematics & Related Research) - Sample Occupations: Theoretical Mathematician, Meteorologist, Statistician, Geographer, Actuary Systems Analyst, Physicist, Computer Programmer, Astronomer.
66% Arts and Humanities (Technical Writing) - Sample Occupations: Technical Writer.
66% Engineering and Technology (Drafting) - Sample Occupations: Drafter, Architectural Drafter, Aeronautical Drafter, Electrical Drafter, Electronic Drafter, Mechanical Drafter, Civil Drafter.
65% Arts and Humanities (Creative Arts Instructing & Directing)
64% Engineering and Technology (A-V Recording & Transmitting)
64% Engineering and Technology (Industrial Engineering)
63% Natural Sciences (Scientific Assisting)
62% Social Sciences (Legal Practice)
61% Health Sciences (Nursing & Allied Health Services)
61% Social Sciences (Search & Documentation)
61% Business (Interviewing & Informing)
61% Engineering and Technology (Piloting & Test Driving)
61% Engineering and Technology (Engineering Technology)
60% Social Sciences (Counseling & Social Work)
60% Social Sciences (Preschool & Elementary Teaching
60% Business (Computing/Recording)
60% Business (Promotion & Public Relations)
60% Business (Business Consulting & Analysis)
58% Health Sciences (Therapeutic Work)
58% Engineering and Technology (Engineering & Scientific Coordination)
57% Health Sciences (Health Supervision & Instruction)
57% Natural Sciences (Plant & Animal Raising)
57% Arts and Humanities (News Reporting)
57% Arts and Humanities (Acting)
57% Engineering and Technology (Appraising/Verifying)
56% Social Sciences (H.S., College & University Teaching)
56% Natural Sciences (Laboratory Technology)
56% Business (Typing & Telegraphy)
56% Business (Administration)
56% Engineering and Technology (Machine Operating)
56% Engineering and Technology (Systems Engineering)
55% Health Sciences (Medical & Veterinary Services)
55% Arts and Humanities (Photography)
55% Arts and Humanities (Artistic Restoration)
55% Business (Data Process/Typesetting)
55% Business (Managerial Work)
55% Engineering and Technology (Machine Driving)
55% Engineering and Technology (Craft & Precision Work)
53% Arts and Humanities (Translating, Editing, & Decoding)
53% Arts and Humanities (Announcing & Interpreting)
53% Engineering and Technology (Engineering & Architecture)
52% Engineering and Technology (Manipulating)
52% Engineering and Technology (Industrial Supervision)
50% Personal Services (Animal Care)
50% Personal Services (Hospitality Services)
50% Arts and Humanities (Vocal Performing)
50% Arts and Humanities (Editorial Work) [Yeah, 50% recommended does sound like about how my old job rated . . .]
50% Business (Filing & Classifying)
50% Engineering and Technology (Machine Setting Up)
And my very much un-recommended careers are as follows:
47% Health Sciences (Child & Adult Care)
46% Business (Scheduling & Dispatching)
46% Business (Paying & Receiving)
46% Engineering and Technology (Photo Machine Operation)
44% Social Sciences (P.E. & Recreation Instruction)
44% Personal Services (Barber & Beauty Services)
43% Social Sciences (Investigation & Enforcement)
42% Personal Services (Attendant Services)
42% Arts and Humanities (Dancing)
42% Business (Allocating/Expediting)
42% Business (Info Collecting/Dispensing)
42% Engineering and Technology (Inspecting & Stock Checking)
41% Arts and Humanities (Instrumental Performing)
41% Business (Secretarial Work)
38% Personal Services (Food Preparation)
37% Personal Services (Food/Sales Services)
37% Personal Services (Passenger Services)
37% Business (Stenographic Work)
35% Business (Sales & Demonstration Work)
33% Personal Services (Dressmaking & Tailoring)
33% Personal Services (Service Work Supervision)
21% Social Sciences (Security Services)
According to the CareerPerfect Quick Work Preference Inventory, I am an Integrator (a.k.a. Finisher). This means I like to understand why an assignment is to be done (as opposed to preferring to understand what is to be done, how it is to be done, or who it is to be done with). I want to know the significance (as opposed to the task at hand, the big picture, or the details). My preferred roles are problem-solving and diagnosing (as opposed to taking charge/working independently, coordinating/facilitating or monitoring/analyzing). I am concerned with innovation (as opposed to practicality, teamwork, or documentation). I manage by planning (as opposed to by directing, organizing, or controlling). My managing style is self-directed (as opposed to authoritative, democratic, or systematic). I want to be self-reliant (as opposed to productive, flexible, or accountable). [Ha, that sounds like a terrible prioritization and it is also quite arguably true!] I value questioning (as opposed to experience, participation, or compliance). I follow personal reasoning (as opposed to a strong leader, the combined focus of a group, or established policy). I work well with ideas and input (as opposed to clear goals, broad goals, or systems). My focus is on input (as opposed to outcomes, involvement, or procedures). I want to have time to assess (as opposed to authority, influence, or boundaries). I learn best by listening (as opposed to doing, observing/participating, or repetition).
According to Future-Proof Your Career, my FPYC temperament type is IITS - Desire for mastery, highly creative and innovative, an ideas machine. Likes to come to decisions and achieve closure. "First and foremost you are an ideas person and you like to work systematically to bring your ideas to completion. You tend to be reserved and reflective, but someone who has a decisive, self-assured, confident and independent style. You have a strong desire for mastery and you are highly creative and innovative. You are more comfortable working in situations where there is a measure of order and predictability. You tend to be very definite about your ideas and argue from logical principles in putting across for your point of view. However you can sometimes be seen as dogmatic and you can be insensitive to others who take longer to make up their minds. Sometimes your temperament type can become remote and distanced from work mates and colleagues because of your single-minded pursuit of your vision." My dominant intelligences are Logical Mathematical and Visual Spatial and Linguistic. "You are a person who has an eye for the aesthetic, is good at fixing things and can apply logic to solve problems." My dominant abilities are Art and Design, Technical Mechanical, Written Language, Logical, and Commercial and Scientific. My knowledge worker status is Level 2 Knowledge Worker - Knowledge User, Provider and Creator. "Our definition of knowledge worker . . . includes three separate levels of workers: Industrial Workers, Level 1 Knowledge Workers and Level 2 Knowledge Workers. [Level 2 Knowledge Workers perform] work that uses knowledge as a core component. . . . Knowledge work can be broken down into three categories: Knowledge Use, Knowledge Provision and Knowledge Creation. You seem to be a Knowledge User, Provider and Creator." My Knowledge Age skills are Adaptability (Strong Skill), Business (Strong Skill), Team Work (Strong Skill), Computer (Strong Skill), Learning (Strong Skill), and Communication (Reasonable Skill). My learning preference is Visual. "Visual learners generally enjoy reading, appreciate drama and art, and are good at reading facial expressions and body language. Visual learners also like to write lists and thank you letters."
According to the ICC Web Career Focus 2000 Interest Inventory, I have a strong interest in Communication, Art and Social Science. I have a moderate to strong interest in Entertainment, Math, Science & Technology, Production, Social Service, and Information Management & Analysis. I have a moderate interest in . . . uh, nothing at all. I have a weak to moderate interest in Mechanical Fields, Construction & Maintenance, Marketing & Sales, Medical & Health. I have a weak interest in Business Administration & Management, Business Support, Personal Services, Legal & Law Enforcement, and Plants & Animals. I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in Athletics and Recreation. Now, on to the details of the three fields that most interest me. Communication includes activities where individuals engage in the research, collection, and/or distribution of information primarily for the purpose of educating, informing, or entertaining others. Specific activities include announcing radio or television programs, editing books or films, broadcasting the news, and writing. Further examples: Radio Announcer, Television Announcer, Art Critic, Columnist, Copy Writer, Disc Jockey, Book Editor, Film Editor, Newspaper/Magazine Editor, Editorial Writer, Film Critic, Narrator, News Commentator, Newscaster, Poet, Public Relations Specialist, Reporter, Freelance Writer, News Writer, Script Writer, Technical Writer. Art includes activities where individuals express their feelings or ideas in highly creative ways. For example, some of the most common activities within this field include reading, writing, editing, acting, singing, dancing, directing plays/movies/films, painting, sculpting, decorating, designing, taking photographs, and modeling. Further examples: Animator, Architect, Landscape Architect, Naval Architect, Painter, Sketch Artist, Cartographer, Cartoonist, Commercial/Industrial Designer, Exhibit Designer, Fashion Designer, Floral Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Set Designer, Architectural Drafter, Civil Drafter, Electronic Drafter, Integrated Circuit Layout Drafter, Landscape Drafter, Mechanical Drafter, Tool Design Drafter, Field-Map Editor, Illustrator, Merchandise Displayer (Window Trimmer), Mosaicist, Photogrammetrist, Photographer, Aerial Photographer, Scientific Photographer, Still Photographer, Photojournalist, School-Plant Consultant, Sculptor. Social Science includes activities where individuals attempt to understand the behavior of human beings through the study of their past and present languages, cultures, history, economics, personal and group personality characteristics, artifacts, values, philosophy, accomplishments and failures. Further examples: Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Archivist, Artifact Restorer, Conservation Technician, Conservator, Curator, Economist, Genealogist, Geographer, Historian, Historical Site Administrator, Intelligence Specialist, Market Research Analyst, Museum Research Worker, Museum Technician, Philosopher, Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Psychologist, Developmental Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Experimental Psychologist, Industrial Psychologist, Social Psychologist, Psychometrist, Linguistics Scientist, Political Scientist, Sociologist.
According to MazeMaster Values, my very important values are :
Equity - To be treated fairly and respectfully.
Creativity - Create new ideas that are different from the ideas already being used. Use your imagination to create ideas or things
Independence - Do what you want when you want. Not having to follow other people's direction. Be your own boss.
Competence - To be very good at a job. To demonstrate that you do excellent work.
Influence people - Change peoples' attitudes or opinions.
Freedom of expression - Say or show your ideas freely. Show how your own ideas may improve things on the job.
Moral fulfilment - Feel that the work you are doing is something you believe in strongly.
Job tranquillity - A job that does not have a lot of pressure or stress. Peaceful job site.
According to MazeMaster Skills, the skills that I have now are:
Shape - Carve, chisel or shape wood, metal, plastic or clay.
Use your senses - Use sound, colour, shape, depth perception and taste discrimination.Able to notice slight differences in sound, colour, etc.
File materials - Put items in the correct order alphabetically or numerically.
Write - Use good grammar to make sentences and paragraphs that make sense. Able to express oneself/explain things in writing.
Analyze - Break up a problem into small parts and try to solve it. Examine facts, data or ideas and come to conclusions about them.
Brainstorm - Generate ideas and options.
Respectful of others - Able to work with people from different backgrounds. Initiate change through peaceful, democratic actions. Recognize the importance of principles of equity and equality.
Diagnose - Determine the cause of a problem.
Evaluate - Try out or determine if ideas/options will work. Figure out if things are running they way they should be.
Good judgement - Able to think critically and act logically to evaluate situations, solve problems and make decisions.
Learn - Can learn through observation. Quickly and effectively.
Research/investigate - Gather information in an organized way in order to establish certain facts or principles.
Organize - Make things run smoothly. Put things into logical and efficient order.
Sort - Sort things in the right order. Put things in the correct place or category.
Budget - Plan what things to buy and how much to spend, or how to get the work done at the lowest cost. Make the best use of money or resources.
Synthesize - Put facts and ideas together in new and creative ways. Find new ways to look at problems or do things or create new ideas by putting old ideas together in a new way.
Calculate - Use basic math: add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Create - Originate new ideas or inventions.
Count - Determine how many items there are in a group.
Compose - Write music, stories, recipes or other creative form.
Design/display - Deal creatively with spaces, products, objects, colours or images.
Use numerical reasoning - Understand how to work with numbers or statistics. Use numbers to solve problems.
Improvise/experiment - Make changes to get the job done. Find new and creative ways to make things or accomplish tasks.
Understand charts & graphs - Able to read and understand the information contained in charts and graphs.
Innovate - Find new uses for products or services.
Visualize/imagine - Be able to form a mental mage of concepts,objects, forms, drawings, models, blueprints, etc. Imagine the size and shape of things in your mind.
Confront - Tell others something that they do not want to hear about their behaviour, habits, etc. and ask difficult questions.
Deal with unexpected crisis - Handle unexpected problems quickly.
Negotiate - Bargain with others to solve a problem or reach an agreement.
Persuade - Convince others to do what you want. Get groups to work together.
Promote - Communicate the positive aspects of an idea, person or thing. Show others why something is worth consideration.
Initiate - Take the first step. Get things started.
Initiate and promote change - Make changes happen. Do things in a new and different way.
Make decisions - Choose an action and accept responsibility for the consequences.
Counsel - Help people understand their problems and explore options.
Lead by example - Be a role model for others.
Organize - Coordinate the people and resources necessary to put a plan into effect.
Act quickly - Do something fast when necessary.
Assemble - Put things together to make a finished product.
Build - Use tools or equipment to construct objects, buildings or structures.
Serve - Care or do things for others, provide a service upon request or when others are in need.
Teach/train - Help others learn how to do or understand something.
Explain - Be careful and clear when you are telling people about things, so that they can understand you quickly and easily.
Finger dexterity - Be exact when you use your fingers to hold or move things.
Operate - Run tools, machines, vehicles, electronic devices or other equipment.
Regular attendance - Attend school/work daily and on time.
Present - Present your own ideas to others. Present information, ideas to people so that it can be easily understood.
Operate a computer - Use a computer for games, wordprocessing, graphics, the internet, spreadsheets or programming.
Question/interview - Ask the right questions to get useful information from others or to help them gain insight.
Multi-task - Can handle a number of jobs/activities at the same time.
Read - Understand and get information from written materials.
Prioritize - Able to determine what tasks/responsibilities are the most important when there are many things to do.
Flexibility - Able to perform a variety of roles in group.
Criticize constructively - Give useful feedback to others.
The skills that I need are:
Translate foreign language - Translate from one language to another.
Use intuition - Sense, show insight and foresight.
Follow instructions - Do things exactly as directed. Complete tasks at the right time and in the right order.
Implement - Put a plan into action. Follow through on plans.
Keep records - Maintain up to date written records of money, objects, schedules, things or facts.
Manage Schedules - Get things done on time.
Sensitivity to others - Sensitive to the ideas of others. Understand the impact of personal decisions on others.
Can evaluate the effect of individual behaviours and group success.
Actively participation - Participates in group discussions and offers ideas.
Supports the group's rules/values and decisions.
Observe - Watch people, places, things or data closely. Notice details.
Estimate - Judge the cost, size or number of things. Decide how much something is worth or how long something will take to do.
Keep financial records - Maintain accurate and organized financial information.
Entertain - Act, play music, tell stories or jokes.
Encourage others - Support and motivate others in their work.
Direct/supervise - Oversee or manage the work of others and accepting responsibility for their performance.
Cooperate - Work together with others to reach a common goal. Work as part of a team to complete a task.
Have empathy - Listen, understand and accept the difficulties of others. Be sensitive to the feelings of others.
Liaise - Act as a go between. Represent others.
Mediate - Help others work out their differences. Manage conflict.
Motivate - Get yourself excited about doing something so you do your best.Inspire others to get involved in an activity.
Plan - Develop projects or ideas through systematic preparation, and decide in which order and at what time events will occur. Determine the necessary steps to get things done and meet goals.
Take risks - Willing to venture into unknown directions. Takes a stand on an issue.
Provide care - Tend to the physical needs of children, adults or animals.
Fix - Identify problems and repair cars, equipment, tools, machines, appliances, etc.
Listen - Listen carefully to whatever the other person is saying and respond appropriately. Understand what people are saying and the information they are explaining.
Dependable - Do what you say you are going to do. Others can rely on you.
Time management - Make the most of the time allowed for a job or project.
Speak in public - Speak in front of a group or audience.
Efficient - Effectively reduces waste and re-work.
Personal Development - Are dedicated to personal continuous improvement.
Teamwork - Can work with others to create a solution.
According to MazeMaster Interests, I'm most interested in expressing myself through writing novels, poetry, songs, plays or articles; designing clothing, theatre sets, furniture, products or packaging; expressing myself creatively through drawing, painting, sculpting or music; researching or writing for newspapers, magazines, radio or television; reading news bulletins and announcements or interviewing guests on radio and television; doing makeup or making costumes for performers.
According to the New York CareerZone, since my interests are Artistic followed by Investigative followed by Social, I should seek careers as a Composer, Creative Writer, Curator, Film or Video Editor, Music Arranger or Orchestrator, Instrumental Musician, Poet or Lyricist, Reporter or Correspondent. My next choices should be Postsecondary Art or Drama Teacher, Broadcast News Analyst, Postsecondary English Language or Literature Teacher, Postsecondary Foreign Language or Literature Teacher, Interpreter or Translator, Technical Writer, Advertising or Promotions Manager, Art Director, Cartoonist, Stage/Motion Pictures/Television/Radio Director, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Producer or Singer. [Er, I have a tin ear. They really shouldn't be recommending music-related jobs to me.]
According to the Princeton Review Career Quiz, my interest color is Blue. "People with blue interests like job responsibilities and occupations that involve creative, humanistic, thoughtful, and quiet types of activities. Blue Interests include abstracting, theorizing, designing, writing, reflecting, and originating, which often lead to work in editing, teaching, composing, inventing, mediating, clergy, and writing." My usual style is also Blue. "People with blue styles prefer to perform their job responsibilities in a manner that is supportive and helpful to others with a minimum of confrontation. They prefer to work where they have time to think things through before acting. People with blue style tend to be insightful, reflective, selectively sociable, creative, thoughtful, emotional, imaginative, and sensitive. Usually they thrive in a cutting edge, informally paced, future-oriented environment. You will want to choose a work environment or career path in which your style is welcomed and produces results."
According to the Testing Room Career Interest Profiler, my career should be Creative and Analytical. "It is important for you to express yourself in whatever you do. You have a desire to be creative and imaginative in your work and to have the opportunity to design new products or deal with new ideas. You enjoy art, drama, writing and music. Not only that, you enjoy ideas, theories, and researching. You are likely to enjoy occupations that will allow you to design and create new things and that involve using your intuition and self-expression. You will enjoy occupations that have an intellectual as well as creative aspect to them."
According to the Testing Room Career Values Scale, the thing I value most in my career is Creativity. "You will be most satisfied working in an organization that promotes ingenuity and creativity. People with similar values to yours enjoy developing new ideas, exploring unconventional approaches and using their imagination. You will not be particularly interested in spending a lot of your time on the practical, routine aspects of a job. You will prefer a work environment that is supportive of original and ingenious solutions to problems. The types of work you will enjoy will require creativity and innovation, and will allow you to use your curiosity to identify and evaluate new ideas." [This certainly explains why I was unhappy in my old job; it was a ridiculously extreme complete opposite of that.]
According to the Tickle Career Interest Inventory, my top career area is Fine Arts. It says, "Careers in this field often demand that you be a naturally creative person who possesses a unique perspective on the world, and ultimately you want to share that vision with others. Most likely, you have a deep and rich inner world that needs an outlet. Whether you're into music, drama, painting or another artistic field, you probably possess a heightened appreciation for experiencing the world on a sensory level."
According to the Tickle Right Job/Wrong Job Test, the right job for me will allow me to be Analytical and Creative. "As an Analytical type, you don't want to be limited by established rules and regulations. Your inquisitive nature demands that you sometimes question authority. Otherwise, you might not be able to find fresh approaches, or come up with new solutions to a problem. It's not that you act without weighing the pros and cons of a situation — it's more that you're more willing than others to take justifiable risks if they'll further your career success. You're smart enough to know when you need help and are confident enough in your abilities to ask for it. You understand that sometimes there are no clear right and wrong answers, and that's just fine with you because you tolerate gray areas better than most. In fact, pondering potential outcomes can sometimes be more interesting than coming up with the definitive solution for you."
According to True Colors Career, I am Green: Conceptual. This apparently means: "You are an exceptionally creative problem solver who brings your ability to think outside the box to the workplace. You are a conceptual, analytical, and logical thinker. To you knowledge is power and your insatiable thirst for understanding and information is what drives you. You are an incredible problem solver but once the goal is accomplished you lose interest and need to move on. The challenge is in the ideas and not the details or implementation of your creations. Leave those things to another type that enjoys doing these things. You are an independent worker who detests routine and prefers to work alone on projects and you often gravitate toward leadership roles. You could be a good computer programmer, scientist or researcher. You usually find entrepreneur and independent contract work appealing . . . You are an independent thinker, a natural nonconformist, and live life by your own standards. You like to do things that require vision, problem solving, strategy, ingenuity, design, and change. . . . You value knowledge, intelligence, insight, and justice. You enjoy relationships with shared interests. You prefer to let your head rule your heart. You are cool, calm, and collected. You do not express your emotions easily."
According to the ANSIR Three Sides of You Self-Perception Profiler, which turned out to have extremely little to do with employment . . . well, first I probably need to explain their system. The three sides are thinking style, working style, and emoting style. Each of these styles is divided into 14 possible results. If one takes a "practical" approach to thinking/working/emoting, one is categorized as either an Eccentric or an Idealist. If one takes a "logical" approach, one is categorized as either a Diligent or a Sage. If one takes an "emotional" approach, one is categorized as either an Empath or a Kinsman. If one takes an "intuitive" approach, one is categorized as either a Visionary or an Evokateur. If one takes a "spiritual" approach, one is categorized as either a Philosopher or a Healer. If one takes a "physical" approach, one is categorized as either a Realist or an Extremist. And if one takes an "instinctive" approach, one is categorized as either a Sentinel or a Scintillator. Personally, I think this categorization system has way too many possible results to end up actually categorizing anybody correctly. But anyway, it says my dominant thinking style is Diligent (one of the two ANSIR Logicals). "[Diligents believe] there's a right way and a wrong way of doing everything, and they know the most right way of all. They perform best when given their own realm of responsibility. Born competent and capable, Diligents harbour executive excellence and are the backbone of the business world. For these cerebral beings, reality conforms to the bounds and strictures of logic. Diligents play with ideas and make sport of problems. When Diligent starts a project, they do so from the premise of a clearly defined problem and set objective. They then gather all relevant information, organize a system for its solution, roll up their sleeves, and with notebook in one hand and pen in the other, begin working Step One of their plan. Once all criteria has been met, checked, and rechecked again, they use that as foundation for processing Step Two. Detail and data are their barometer of progress. By criteria of fact do they measure success. This sequential, methodical, and meticulous approach is repeated at each level of development and through to completion. Throughout, they cannot and will not be rushed. They have developed and perfected their purely logical, note-taking approach for a reason. Diligent hates being wrong. When the dominant strength is Diligent, then dominant abilities are intellectual rigour and discernment, and organization." My dominant working style is Healer (one of the two ANSIR Spirituals). "When [Healers] solve problems, they look at its effect and impact on the system as a whole. They have a natural talent for any field or endeavour where healing is involved. These are the ones who change or broaden perspectives. The following excerpts are less specific than indicative of how this Style of strength approaches jobs or tasks. Healers find it odd that when people stub their toe they get angry, curse, and through hobbled grimace and gritted teeth ignore the pain. How much quicker the heal and more pleasant the day if that throbbing toe were held, its pain acknowledged, then comforted by sympathetic hands till pain eases and ends. After all, no matter the shoe, the speed, or the rocky path pointed, that toe never lets the body down. If small this change in thought does seem, apply that small principle to a larger scale, as Healers would, and note what differences result with change of belief. When the body is sick or diseased, the prescribed policy is to view the disease with winner-loser hostility. Rather than stiffening resolve and muscle, and steadying nerve to control pain, rather than declaring all-out war and focusing energy and resources on destroying the invader, flip perspectives instead. Focus light on body's plight, for it's every bit in need of caress, as a stubbed toe. Accept the pain. Validate its existence. The body system may be confused as to which is friend and which is foe — the body for allowing disease to enter or disease for daring. Wars are always confusing. As peace follows surrender in war, heal and cure can follow surrender in body disease. When the dominant strength is Healer, predominant will be system thinking that's people-first focused and skill in finding the root causes of problems." My dominant emoting style is Philosopher (one of the two ANSIR Spiritualists). "Individual first and gender second is their order of priority and importance in choosing a mate. [Hey, they just predicted that I'm bi! I'm impressed.] Dishonesty or deception are not practiced nor tolerated by them. If asked, they readily offer the shirt off their back. That act in and of itself is not unusual, but what differentiates Philosopher from others is that in their giving it's understood, they give but once and they'll neither button nor straighten collars afterwards. They walk with hand extended and arms open to help, but rather than giving, lifting and carrying, what Philosophers do is boost confidence. They expect others to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get back in the race under their own steam and initiative. An aura of confidence surrounds them and draws others like iron filings to magnet. A more inspirational and powerful being than Philosophers has yet to be born. They tend to be non-judgmental about sexual preferences or proclivities, and contemptuous of dictated propriety. What matters is the depth of fulfillment through emotional sharing, where innermost truth is offered and shared at soul-level with others, especially with their mate. Finding a compatible mate is the single greatest challenge for Philosopher."