Idealists are introspective and cooperative. Idealists seek meaning and significance and are concerned with finding their own unique identity. Their greatest strength is diplomatic intelligence. They excel at clarifying, unifying, individualizing, and inspiring.
I am an Idealist.
I acknowledge and embrace it! I just took a Keirsey Temperament test and it confirmed what I've known for a long while now: I am an Idealist.
I find this really funny because a few years back, I took a personality test and one of my teachers made the comment, "Are those really your answers? Those are unreasonable. You must be some kind of idealist." Indeed, I am. I knew it back then, and I know it now. It's truth.
Idealists are abstract in speech and cooperative in pursing their goals. Their best developed intelligence role is either mentoring (Counselors and Teachers) or advocacy (Healers and Champions).
As the identity-seeking temperament, Idealists long for meaningful communication and relationships. They search for profound truths hidden beneath the surface, often expressing themselves in metaphor. Focused on the future, they are enthusiastic about possibilities, and they continually strive for self-renewal.
Sometimes my idealism is to my strength, sometimes to my detriment. I think the greatest thing about it is that even when it is to my detriment, my stubbornness and the "fight" in me doesn't allow me to just stay there. I move forward.
As I look at things I've studied, things I've written, and just the general things I focus on in life, I could not agree more with the following assessment:
Interests: Idealists tend to study the humanities. They seek careers facilitating the personal growth of others, whether through education, counseling, or other pursuits that promote the happiness and fulfillment of individuals and society.
Orientation: The lives of Idealists are guided by their devotion to their personal ethics. They are altruistic, taking satisfaction in the well-being of others. They believe in the basic goodness of the world and of the people in it. They take a holistic view toward suffering and misfortune, regarding them as part of a larger, unknowable truth, a mystical cause-and-effect. With an eye toward the future, they view life as a journey toward a deeper spiritual knowledge.
Self-image: The Idealists' self-esteem is rooted in empathetic action; their self-respect in their benevolence; and their self-confidence in their personal authenticity.
Values: Their general demeanor is enthusiastic. They seek deeper self-knowledge and want to be understood for who they are behind the social roles they are forced to play. They aspire to wisdom that transcends ego and the bounds of the material world.
Social roles: Idealists seek mutuality in their personal relationships. Romantically, they want a soulmate with whom they can share a deep spiritual connection. As parents, they encourage their children to form harmonious relationships and engage in imaginative play. In their professional and social lives, Idealists strive to be catalysts of positive change.Idealists focus not on what is but on what could be. They see the world as rich with possibilities for deeper understanding.
Idealists believe that conflict raises barriers between people, preventing society from reaching its full potential. Idealists seek harmony in personal and professional relationships, working toward solutions that respect the needs of all parties involved.
This is basically me.