Transforming Dysfunction to High Performance
In working with thousands of teams across a wide spectrum of industries, Keirsey has emerged as the leader in understanding how team dynamics relates to the overall performance of a group of individuals. Guardians generally work together very well as a team. What happens when their boss is a Rational? We recently worked with just such a team. Find out the problems they faced, and how they overcame them. Read the case study...
Merging Two Teams With Different Styles
How do the new teams formed by the merger of two companies re-form and learn to work together? What if one of the companies is primarily Artisans, and the other primarily Guardians? This case study shows how Keirsey worked with these companies to help them form a new, and cohesive, single team. Read the case study...
The Leadership Factor: Creating a Strategy to Recruit, Select and Retain the Right People For Success
Recruiting, placing, and retaining people in difficult, and sometimes dangerous, situations is a challenging task. A non-profit organization that places humanitarian aid workers recently worked with Keirsey to discover how to best recruit and match people to assignments in third world countries where they would have very limited resources. Find out what they discovered, and the strategies they put in place for success. Read the case study...
If I do not want what you want, please try not to tell me that my want is wrong. Or if I believe other than you, at least pause before you correct my view. Or if my emotion is less than yours, or more, given the same circumstances, try not to ask me to feel more strongly or weakly. Or yet if I act, or fail to act, in the manner of your design for action, let me be….....more
Temperament versus character?
What, we might ask, is this thing called "temperament," and what relation does it have to character and personality? There are two sides to personality, one of which is temperament and the other character. Temperament is a configuration of inclinations....more
Sorting Things Out
Upon arriving at Hogwarts school for wizards, and before sitting down to the welcoming banquet, Harry Potter and all the other first year students (in J.K. Rowling's marvelous series of Harry Potter novels) are asked to take part in the serious and scary business of the Sorting Ceremony....more
Temperament in Leading
Churchill and Gandhi! Churchill, the VIRTUOSO of political maneuvering; Gandhi, the SAGE of diplomatic benevolence. The former wheeling and dealing in unending political skirmishes, the latter in sympathetic bridging of relationships torn asunder. The tactician and the diplomat, diametric....more
Knowing your temperament helps in your search for a career or job, but it only serves as a guide, rather than giving you any fixed answer. Think of temperament as analogous to "culture" in terms of influence. If you are of certain culture, then you will tend to feel most comfortable in your culture...more
The year 1912 was a presidential election year, and former President Theodore Roosevelt was again campaigning for the nation's highest office. By the evening of October 14 his campaign had carried him to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was to deliver a speech in the city's public auditorium....more
Premiering on September 8, 1966, spanning five television series, spinning off nine movies--and still going strong--Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek has proven to be one of the most popular and durable sagas in entertainment history. The reasons for this success are many, but two stand out here....more
Mating and Temperament
All sorts of factors enter into our choosing a mate. Where we live plays a large role in determining the people we meet; likewise our age, race, religion, and educational level influence our range of romantic contacts. For some, there are obligations of social class to satisfy, family expectations to consider...more
Dating and Mating
For the last several years, four single, successful young women have been meeting each week in various restaurants and bars in New York City to talk over their love life. The four are great friends, and over lunch or cocktails they compare notes on their dates and prospects, on their turn-ons and turn-offs....more
Mirror of Fiction
In Greek legend, a brash young sculptor named Pygmalion found the women of Cyprus so impossibly flawed that he resolved to carve a statue of his ideal woman, embodying every feminine grace and virtue. For months he labored with all his prodigious skill (and also with a strange compulsion), rounding ....more
Parenting and Temperament
The Pygmalion Project, almost unavoidable in mating, is perhaps even more of a temptation in parenting. Most parents believe quite sincerely that their responsibility is to raise their children, to take an active part in guiding them, or perhaps in steering them, on their way to becoming mature adults....more
Parent and Child
Since Disneyland opened its gates in California in 1955, it has enchanted millions of children and their parents. Disneyland calls itself the "magic kingdom" and some of the magic must surely come from the park's basic four part layout....more
Drugged Obedience in the School by David Keirsey. Experimental Narcotherapy vs Logical Consequences for Chronic Mischief in Classrooms. Compares drugging mischievous children with cocaine-like narcotics, especially Ritalin, to the abuse it -- lose-it method of teaching self-control to children. Explains the different kinds of drugs and their effects.
Abuse it -- Lose it by David Keirsey. Applications of logical consequences and the abuse it--lose it method for teaching self-control to mischievous children who are all too often stigmatized as cases of "attention deficit disorder"; or "hyperactivity" and then drugged into obedience.
Too much Dope for too much Play and too little Work by David Keirsey. A committee of medics wrote an article about excessive motion, noise, and intrusion on the part of some school children, calling it "hyperactivity." This article was included in the fourth edition of the manual of mental disorders of the American Psychiatric Association, titled DSM-IV. Selling stimulants has become a megabillion dollar bonanza to medics, pharmacists, and drug manufacturers.
The Great A.D.D HOAX by David Keirsey. The problem with "Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)" is that there is no such "mental disorder" to "diagnose" and "treat." The great hoax is that the less competent medical practitioners use this phony "diagnosis" as a warrant to "treat" millions of school children (over 5,000,000) per year by intoxicating them with brain-disabling narcotics.
The Evil Practice of Narcothearapy for Attention Deficit by David Keirsey. Something is wrong with the idea of attention deficit. Not just a little wrong, but terribly wrong, and, as it turns out at the turn of the century, tragically wrong. Tragic because it gives the appearance of legitimacy to the practice of prescribing stimulant narcotics for children who are said to be short on attention.