Our personality model shows that for any group of humans to be successful over a long period of time, there needs to be 8 types of personality, with each being more advantageous in certain circumstances. Whether it is the intelligence of evolution or God, it seems that these 8 styles are necessary in a group if it is to be successful in the long term. Before you consider which of the 8 styles you are, idenitfy whether you focus more (of course you do all of these but not equally):

  • details and practicality (Physical)
  • big picture and imagination (Spiritual)
  • analysis and logic (Intellectual)
  • sympathy and sentiment (Emotional)

Secondly, decide whether you are more introverted (reflective) or extraverted (responsive) in your personality style. In other words are you more energised internally (introverted) or externally (extraverted) – bearing in mind that we are all both but prefer one. Being left or right handed is a good comparison. You will be both introverted and extraverted but not equally so, just as you have two hands but “prefer” using one of them, and therefore probably use that one more and become better with it (unless the environment does not allow you to do so).

8 UHM neuro-style descriptions (can you tell which one you are?)

We are all unique individuals but we are each typified by one of these 8 neuro-styles. Which is yours?

(Physical Introverted) Preserver - prefers to review information

(Physical Extraverted) Adventurer - prefers to experience things

(Emotional Introverted) Artist - prefers to value feelings

(Emotional Extraverted) Helper - prefers to harmonize/relate to people

(Intellectual Introverted) Scientist - prefers to analyze theory

(Intellectual Extraverted) Director - systemize models/organise

(Spiritual Introverted) Seer - prefers to foresee originality (our sense of self and impact of individuality)

(Spiritual Extraverted) Ideator - prefers to brainstorm ideas

If you want to get practical insights to help you succeed professionally or personally then join us on the next Understanding Human Personality public program. 

ADHD and other things

This model explains much in human experience which is hard to explain in other ways. For instance, it suggests that the label of ADHD may be used when a child is one type and a parent another. So the parent thinks "how would I have to feel to behave like that - I would have to have something wrong with me - therefore my child must have something wrong with them..." When it may just be a case of them being different?

Now Richard A Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry and director of psychopharmacology clinic at the Weill Cornell Medical College, USA has stated that sometimes it may be to do with personality too. In particular he notes that ADHD labelled children have the key traits of curiosity, energy and novelty seeking - key characteristics of two of the uhm 8 neurostyles. Psychologist, such as David Keirsey, have had a great deal of success in treating ADHD without drugs but with teachers, parents and children understanding their differences (see the November 2014 Newsletter for more information).

Can you identify which two of the 8 styles are most likely to be labelled as ADHD (those which are most likely curious, energetic and novelty seeking)?

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