Personality Type - Idealist - A World of Possibilities and Potential

Idealists are passionate about personal growth and discovering their best possible self, but they don't stop there. Genuine and benevolent, a person with this temperament wants to help others find their way in life. They believe that friendly cooperation is the best way to achieve one's goals, and have a unique talent for inspiring people to work together for the common good. Idealists dream of creating harmonious personal relationships; these incurable romantics choose to focus on life's countless possibilities. Kind hearted Idealists have an insatiable hunger for wisdom and spiritual fulfillment, and nurturing meaningful relationships is far more important than material gain. The romantic Idealist is an intense mate; trusting and filled with love, they yearn for the emotional and spiritual bond of a soul mate. They are generous and nurturing parents.

Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and gifted at helping others to realize their potential. You will often see them in nurturing professions like teaching, counseling and the ministry. People with this temperament are upset by conflict and confrontation, and strive to overcome angry barriers between people. Idealists are relatively rare, making up no more than 15 to 20 percent of the population. But their enthusiasm and idealism make them inspirational leaders, with an influence that reaches far beyond their numbers. Mohandas Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt both personify the nurturing Idealist temperament.

There are four distinct types of Idealists. The sensitive Champion is the most vivacious and inspiring of all Idealists, always on the lookout for what is possible. Positive and exuberant, he possesses an unshakeable confidence in the goodness of human nature. The Counselor is a great listener, genuinely interested in helping others with their personal problems. Imaginative and poetic, he excels at consulting and cooperating with others, and will make every effort to help an organization run smoothly. Intensely private, the Counselor prefers to help behind the scenes. The Healer's greatest passion is to heal conflicts that trouble individuals, or divide groups, and thus to bring wholeness and health to themselves, their loved ones, and their community. Profoundly idealistic, they have a strong personal sense of right and wrong, and see the world as full of wondrous possibilities. Frequently they hear a call to go forth into the world and help others, a call they seem ready to answer, even if they must sacrifice their own comfort.

Princess Diana was an Idealist Champion. The Idealist Teacher has a natural talent for leading students to recognize and realize their potential. Warmly outgoing and expressive, a Teacher is remarkably good with language, and does not hesitate to speak out and let his feelings be known. Extraordinarily tolerant, the Teacher is popular and easy to get along with. He can be a charismatic public speaker; this verbal ability gives the Teacher a good deal of influence in groups, where he is often asked to take a leadership role. Oprah Winfrey is an example of an Idealist Teacher.

This article is fourth in a series designed as a guide on your path to self awareness. Based on extensive research, the keys to our nature and unique personalities are found in understanding four basic temperaments: Guardian, Artisan, Idealist and Rational. Coming up next: The Rational personality.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David M. Keirsey, PhD is an Educational Psychologist specializing in human behavior; his lifelong work focuses on four distinct patterns of behavior woven throughout history. The subject of two international bestsellers, The Keirsey Temperament Theory has been used to train educators, psychologists, a number of Fortune 500 companies and even the U.S. military.

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