Suppose that someone was an ENTJ according to Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and one of the traits was “Connecting Dots” or “A Natural Bend towards identifying and connecting dots.” Now, Imagine that one trait alone. Imagine that something happens that touches on Temperament and it is 1/4 that has a propensity to Fear. Fear + Identifying and Connecting Dots = could turn into an Extremity of something like this scenario above on steroids which would appear to the “experts” be a form of Autism or Paranoia or even some kind of Delusional Psychotic Break from reality. Or, an irrelevant event to the case study may not register at all at the opposite end of the stick.
Now, remember- we are using only the filters in the list to understand behaviour and motives and emotions. Here- I will depart from using technical jargon that may or may not have come from the DSM-IV-TR. So- in the scenario above we could say- “extremely focused on dots and how they connect” and “extremely fearful.” Now, what we want to know is “Why?” Well, on a very simple plane one connects dots because he/she is an ENTJ who fluctuates between extremism to not registering at all. The fear factor comes from the fact that one aspect of that person’s temperament is fear and fear taking too far is simply a “temperament thang.” Both of these don’t insinuate the “client” in the case-study is insane- rather- they indicate which personality type and temperament they were born from/into.
Suppose the door to setting that individual free are truths that help him/her to understand the “why?” to their behaviour, their emotions, and their goals. The first truth might be taking the client from 1-9 to see which one applies to him/her. It is an altogether relieving and encouraging thing to understand, “ahhhhhh, I was doing that because I am a ___________and also a ___________________ from birth.” So then, if people are born with this or that- can they change? “Yes, they can come to know how they came to thinking the way they naturally think. They can have a revelation of who they truly are. What the individual is doing can be undone at a cognitive level (the level of stubborn thoughts or premise upon which one builds a sand-castle). Ultimately though, the will must be involved revelation or not in committing one’s self to change at the level of thinking.
What happens when people throw eggs and rotten apples at you for expressing something from 1-9 as a trait they don’t like- but you were born with or within it? e.g. The X Generation. As a Christian I have two choices- 1. Rejoice in God that he is using the ill-will to change you into Jesus’ image. 2. Realize, “when I am weak- then I am strong.” You might be someone’s client and are a Christian- so- remember- He’ll get you through the storms of life- come twitching eye-lid or not.