A Devastating Architect

August 29, 2008

It’s my firm opinion that all of the psychological tests are crap, and people take them only as a kind of scientifically justified horoscopes – that is to read how great and talented they are. Anytime one feels down one can take a test and there’s a good chance one will be flattered.

That’s what I did last night, and boy, am I flattered! I appear to rank with Einstein!

Anyway, they also said something about my manner of communication. If I ever piss you off blame it on the test:

Architects are rare – maybe one percent of the population – and show the greatest precision in thought and speech of all the types. They tend to see distinctions and inconsistencies instantaneously, and can detect contradictions no matter when or where they were made. It is difficult for an Architect to listen to nonsense, even in a casual conversation, without pointing out the speaker’s error. And in any serious discussion or debate Architects are devastating, their skill in framing arguments giving them an enormous advantage. Architects regard all discussions as a search for understanding, and believe their function is to eliminate inconsistencies, which can make communication with them an uncomfortable experience for many.

Ruthless pragmatists about ideas, and insatiably curious, Architects are driven to find the most efficient means to their ends, and they will learn in any manner and degree they can. They will listen to amateurs if their ideas are useful, and will ignore the experts if theirs are not. Authority derived from office, credential, or celebrity does not impress them. Architects are interested only in what make sense, and thus only statements that are consistent and coherent carry any weight with them.

Is that why half of my jokes never come through? Hmm…

Feel devastated? Go ahead, humour yourself!

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