Drivers, Analyticals, Amiables, Expressives

These four words, drivers, analyticals, amiables, expressives, supposedly describe personality types, temperament, disposition, communication style, personal markers of one’s ways of interacting with others and/or with facts and circumstances.

Drivers are said to be can-do types, hard charging, quick thinking doers and deciders. They make up their minds and quickly render decisions on most things.

Analyticals are logical and fact based people who tend to reach conclusions based on facts established by empirical data. They don’t believe human-caused climate change has been shown to be true because it is based on conjecture with little if any empirical data.

Amiables are nice. They will go along to get along. They don’t like arguments, not even those that are made in good faith. They believe in human-caused climate change because they think everyone else does. With enough pressure they might be persuaded that the 1969 moon landing was a hoax made up with video produced on a sound stage. But even if they don’t believe any of that they might say they do when in the company of others who do believe it was all made up by who, Nixon?

Expressives are loud mouths who love the sound of their own voice and want to tell you all about their summer vacation. Well, some just want to make a point they truly believe and think you’ll be better off if you believe it too. They may be annoying but they’re guileless as well. Their intentions are good.

OK, read all the above and tell me where I’m wrong. — Expressive

You don’t have to agree with me on what I’ve written above. You probably have some valid points to add, some criticisms you’d like to share, I’m eager to hear you. — Amiable

I stated the facts, you can’t ignore them. Unless you’ve got some data that detracts from my analysis you’ve got nothing to contribute.  — Analytical

I’ve carefully looked into this subject and it’s easy to see what this is all about. I’ll give it to you in a nutshell so you’ll see that it’s obvious.  — Driver.

Which personality types are you? Probably not just one of these describes you or anyone else. Most people are capable of being any one of these under different circumstances, or some combination of them. We do tend to be more one than any of the others most of the time.

Even an amiable can become frustrated with someone who can’t seem to make up their mind about anything. An analytical can sometimes understand there are things in this world not susceptible of absolute proof. A driver may sometimes heed caution. An expressive can remain quiet while others are speaking, holding his emotional expressions for later.

The above is for the most part a stream of consciousness narrative. That make me, what? Windshield wipers on a submarine?

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