OPINION EDITORIAL

 

Inconceivable

 

by James Strauss

 

Human beings are not compatible with their environment; the planet they live on, or one another.  Incompatibility is built into the genetic structure of Homo sapiens for survival reasons humans can’t understand.  That the whole mess dealing with human intelligence has resulted in Homo sapiens dominating the world they live in, is undeniable, but how and why it all works is a subject for philosophical conjecture that’s as old as that very intelligence.  Human beings can’t run very fast (Cheetah’s can hit seventy miles per hour, while the fastest human might reach twenty-five or so), are not very strong (an orangutan can bench press two thousand pounds!) and they are delicate in skin covering and musculature, compared to other planetary predators.  It is only in the areas of intellect and manual dexterity (thanks to four agile fingers and a thumb) that humans excel over every other species.  Apparently, though, intellect and dexterity are enough.  Enough for survival and dominance that is. But what about happiness or bliss, particularly when dealing with the animal problem of competition among its own members, as faced by all species?

Personality is the ‘English’ word used to describe the way human’s manifest and express emotion through words and behavior.  Emotion drives all human intellectual pursuits.  Emotional response controls motivation (why actions are taken), and motivation controls almost all human behavior that’s not simply a physical retreating reaction to pain.  Personality is a well-defined multiplicity of traits much discussed in every culture, but almost totally discounted when it comes to application of what’s known about it to human behavior.   In a nutshell, what is it about the differences among human personalities that allow us to work so closely together, yet so often keep us so distant from one another, even though we might spend tons of time right next to each other?  Many years ago, a man named Wilson came up with four personality designations that fit all humans.  His work has continued to be verifiable over time.  Humans can be classified into one of four personality quadrants:  Amiable, Analytical, Driving or Expressive.  Keep in mind that humans contain levels of all four quadrants with one more dominant than the others.  All four quadrants contain negative and positive traits.  No one quadrant is better than any other.  Think of these generally, and not rigidly specific, as you read this.  Amiables are easy going, quiet personalities that prefer being in the audience rather than the performer, and reflecting over expounding.  Analyticals are detail-oriented people that tend to enjoy analytical pursuits of all kinds.  Drivers are mission-oriented humans in every way,their work is a necessary force governing their existence.  Expressives are expounding performers, entertaining and humorous, if not to everyone around them, then certainly to themselves.  The arrangement of personalities was once humorously, but memorably, described as Analytical’s doing the work of getting man into space with their calculations, while Driver’s guided and directed the actual work, Expressive’s kept the Analytical’s and Driver’s entertained as they worked, and Amiables enjoyed the whole show of what was going on.

Once one assumes that everyone on earth has some predisposition to falling primarily into one of these quadrants, then there is another biting conclusion following long research and results, that kicks into play.

  • Analyticals don’t like Expressives, and Expressives repay that favor.
  • Drivers and Amiables can’t stand one another. Analytical-leaning humans find Expressives to be frivolous and unnecessary.
  • Expressives find Analyticals to be heartless automatons without souls.
  • Driver’s think Amiables are useless, while Amiables think Driver’s are dictating cretins dredged up from some horror film.

Adjacent quadrant’s, and those belonging to the same quadrant, get along just fine.
What does this all mean?
Think about it in your own circumstance, a circumstance wherein no credit or discussion about personality types may have ever occurred or been discussed.
If you tend toward analytical pursuits, and you are married to an expressive character, or working directly over or under one, then the nature of your relationship was carved in stone when you came into contact.  And vice versa.  The same is true for Driver’s and Amiables.  Personality quadrant’s do not measure either the amount of emotion anyone experiences, or the amount of intellect anyone has.  Personality merely defines the way we express our emotions, thereby controlling everything humans do, and by extension everything that happens on the planet-that’s not weather or geologically determined.  Are you an amiable person married to a mission-oriented and/or drive spouse?  It’s not going to work.  It hasn’t been working, has it? Personalities are not known to change except through extraordinary circumstance (like post traumatic stress may cause).

While the social sciences have demonstrated this information on personality to be consistently true,the social sciencesaren’t perceived as interesting subjects for discussion, or viable for presentation in the mass media of today’s world.  And yet, these personality traits and states govern absolutely everything that human beings do.  If you are a brilliant Expressive personality about to go to work at your new job in Los Alamos, New Mexico on a scientific project, don’t go.  You will not only be fired by the analytical population running that place, but you’ll leave miserable and feeling like a failure later on, when in fact, the cause will merely have been that you were not “right” for the job.  Your personality was wrong, it didn’t fit, but you won’t be told that.  In order to experience more bliss, human beings need to start paying attention to the personality requirements of a job, or career. Look at a situation in terms of personality requirements, instead of just income, social status or intellectual suitability.  An employed Expressive physicist in Los Alamos can be just as miserable, as a Driver without a job, or an Analytical running an art gallery, or an Amiable working as a prison guard.

It is nearly inconceivable that humans weren’t built to be alike, and they weren’t really constructed genetically to understand why that is so either.  And understanding that andknowing that it’s so, doesn’t really help.  That same genetic coding that insures our differences does not allow humans to easily believe that it’s all true.  However, once again, the information is all true. The results long-studied and valid, the research all in. But the data remains squirreled away inside papers generated by social scientists, and obscure rare opinion editorials, like this one.

Inconceivable but true.

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