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NT Rational Temperament

September 29, 2019


Welcome to “What’s My Personality Type?” In this video, we’ll learn about another
aspect of personality theory called “Temperament.” Temperament refers to your core needs that
drive your behavior. Within the sixteen Myers-Briggs personality
types, there are four temperaments, the Guardian, the Artisan, the Rational, and the Idealist. This video will focus on the strengths and
blind spots of the Rational. Rationals are those people whose second letter
of their MBTI type is “N” for intuition and whose third letter is “T” for thinking. So the types that fit the Rational category
are INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, and ENTP. While these types can look very different
from each other, they all have some common core needs. The Rationals’ core needs are for mastery,
challenges, logic, and competence. They like to analyze systems and concepts
objectively in order to develop a deep understanding and even expertise in those areas. All Rationals have certain strengths, although
they may look a bit different according to the individual. But for the most part, Rationals tend to be
innovative visionaries who can see possibilities, trends, and the big picture. They are often high achievers who are confident,
strategic, and intellectual. Because they value competence so much, they
have high standards for others and in themselves. They are always willing to take on new challenges,
especially ones that don’t have an established procedure. As independent thinkers, they prefer to improve
existing systems in their own way, or even develop new systems, rather than follow others,
and they tend to be very confident in their own ideas because they have thought everything
through so thoroughly and logically. And finally, because Rationals just want to
come up with the one best solution to the problem at hand, they don’t tend to take
constructive criticism personally, as long as it’s coming from someone they trust and
respect. And when they give criticism it’s rarely
meant personally – they are usually logical and objective to a fault. However, all Rationals can have some blind
spots as well. Because of their intellectualism and ability
to see patterns and the big picture so readily, they can sometimes communicate in a way that
is too complex for others to understand. In addition, their independent mindedness
and desire to create their own solutions can cause them to be overly skeptical sometimes,
challenging rules and authority in a way that might offend bosses, co-workers, and even
friends and family. And because Rationals use an impersonal logic
to form their ideas and opinions, they can sometimes come across as blunt or arrogant
because they are so confident that they are right. This tendency can make it difficult for them
to see how their words affect others, which can sometimes cause unintended hurt feelings. Now not all Rationals will exhibit these behaviors,
but they may be more likely than other types to have this mindset, so it’s important
to be aware of tendencies that may alienate others, especially in organizations or households
with a diversity of opinions, where teamwork is important, and when the feelings of others
need to be taken into consideration. So if you’re a Rational and find that you
have some of these blind spots, you can grow and develop your type by being willing to
generously listen to others, even when you think they might be wrong. You may find that they do have some good ideas,
and working together, you can develop those ideas into something that will work. If you are open to them, other types will
come to rely on your thorough analysis and vision without fearing criticism. So what are some ways you can build on your
remarkable strengths as a Rational to overcome some of your blind spots? Here are some activities you can try to help
yourself communicate and work better with other types:
First, especially if you are part of a team, learn to actively listen to others and resist
the urge to immediately vocalize the flaws you see in their argument. Try to empathize with their viewpoint and
ask open-ended questions to show that you are interested in what they have to say. You may be surprised what you can learn when
you are willing to consider issues from other perspectives and recognize that sometimes
the collective wisdom of the group is greater than any one person’s analysis. Second, when faced with a problem, you will
probably make a decision based on what is the most logical way forward. Your first questions will probably be strategic,
“Why is happening?” “What will be the cause and effect of each
option?” “What will be the impact on the future?” And that’s a perfectly legitimate and rational
thought process, which will help you to narrow to possible solutions, but don’t forget
to factor in how those solutions will affect the people involved. The people part may not initially seem to
be relevant to you, but if you pause to think about the likely personal impacts, you may
see that it really does make logical sense to consider the effect on others’ feelings
as it relates to morale and buy-in to your ideas. So even if it doesn’t seem logical at first,
emotions really should be an important part of your decision-making process. Finally, remember to praise others whenever
you can. Because competence is so important to you,
you probably know whether you’ve done a good job or not and don’t need to be told
by others. And so you may believe that if you don’t
say anything negative, others can assume that you think they’re doing okay. However, many other types really do need to
hear that you approve of their performance, even for doing things that you consider as
part of their day-to-day job. Especially if you are their boss or parent
or partner, they need to see that you recognize their effort. If they only hear from you when something
goes wrong or when you find a flaw, then they may begin to feel demoralized. So even if you have to write a reminder as
a part of your to-do list, make an effort each week to find something that you can praise. If you do, you will probably discover that
their motivation and your relationship will improve. I hope you found this information on the Rational
temperament helpful. If you want more videos on personality type,
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