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Risk Attitudes Profiler™


Psychological Portrait

Your need for the excitement of risk is an inexhaustible source of energy for a great part of your life. This energy sometimes drives you to endeavors which have negative impact on and even endanger your life. You are obsessed with your ideas and persist in advocating and spreading them no matter how receptive society is around you. You take pleasure in developing and putting your ideas into effect, and it gives you a reason for living.

There are a relatively small number of such people in the world, but many of them are universally known because their conviction, faith and determination promulgated ideas that influenced history. Famous personages who are close to this type include the biblical Abraham, the apostle Paul, Mohammed, religious reformers and leaders like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Joan of Arc, explorers who changed the understanding of global geography like Columbus and Magellan, Galileo Galilei, Copernicus, philosopher-utopists like Thomas More, inventors like Fulton, social reformers like Emmeline Pankhurst and Mahatma Gandhi, and revolutionists like Robespierre and Lenin. There are also among them founders of various religious sects and of political movements.

Inspired may have ideas that are not necessarily earth-shaking or important to all of mankind, but they occupy people of this type completely. These ideas may be of an invention, a scientific hypothesis or a special philosophically substantiated way of life or nutrition, such as Zen Buddhism or vegetarianism. Among people of this type are also found passionate collectors of paintings, books, stamps, etc., whose main goal is to obtain a rare painting, book or stamp.

The distinctive characteristic of such persons is their complete preoccupation with their idea; it becomes their purpose in life and they see their lives as the means to implement this idea or as the time period in which they can reach their goals. Their idea extremely important to them and without them they cannot imagine their lives.

Neither past nor present is actual for this type of people; the Inspired are pointed only towards the future, the time when their goal will be reached. Obstacles and dangers do not stop them; on the contrary, they stimulate them.

They treat people around them according to how these people see their ideas and goals: if they share their goals, Inspired will treat them well; if they are indifferent to their ideas, Inspired will be indifferent or cold to them; and if they do not approve of them, or worse, are opposed to them, Inspired will hate them and regard them as enemies.

People of this type, if obsessed by social, political or religious ideas, see all of mankind, or at least, their nation, as the object of their concern, and they see it above individual people. They are ready to sacrifice individual people for the sake of a "common happiness". They are also ready to sacrifice themselves for it. They would not show mercy to others nor would they to themselves.

People of this type are egocentric in the sense that they consider themselves the center of all events - but they are not egotistical. They do not have purely personal interests.

Food for them is, for the most part, not a source of pleasure but only the means to satisfy hunger. They are capable of enjoying food but they often have special tastes: food must be cooked in a special way, or served at a specific temperature, etc. They do not care for entertainment, except perhaps talking about their subjects of interest. However, their interests often range beyond the limits of their main idea or obsession and their knowledge in different spheres is striking. They will have their own point of view on all subjects and it is almost always interesting to listen to what they have to say.

They are often surrounded by followers or disciples who are equally passionate about their ideas, but have only one or two really close friends. People of this type are indifferent to the opposite sex although they can experience a type of love, possibly towards one of their admirers, who becomes their main comrade-in-arms.

People of this type, to some extent, are attached to their family, but they are authoritarian towards family members. They are intolerant of the slightest neglect in serving their cause by their family members. People of this type suffer major setbacks and even tragedies stoically, turning aside to immerse themselves ever deeper in their cause.

Ways of Personal Growth

Your strong points are purposefulness, will, courage, and resolution. The weak points of your personality are narrowness of the perception of life, emotional dryness (sometimes becoming hard-heartedness), propensity to conflicts, and intolerance.

For you, the sense of life is in the struggle for the triumph of your idea or your business. Its achievement is your dream and goal. However, as you concentrate so narrowly only on them you do not notice the wider spectrum of the colors of life, miss many joys and, above all, impoverish yourself as a personality. You should discover and develop in yourself an interest and taste for the many diverse sides of life.

It is good for you to have a family. Although you are busy with your work, you should not distance yourself from them. Your family will fill your life and give your character the warmth that you probably lack. A sense of responsibility for your family will make your propensity toward risk-taking less dangerous.

Acquisition of new knowledge and skills come easily to you, but only within the narrow limits of things that relate to your idea or business. Try to widen these limits. As you are a creatively thinking person, try to apply this ability to spheres other than the one you are involved in. This will widen the circle of your creative interests and restrain you from becoming fanatic about one idea only. Try to discover and develop an interest in other sides of life sports, art, handicrafts, any hobby, whatever your inclination or talent. Many famous people enjoyed skills in fields quite different from their main interests: Spinoza the philosopher learned how to grind lenses for eyeglasses; Einstein played the violin; and Winston Churchill knew bricklaying.

Complete inactivity will exhaust your energy more than any effort. However, it will replenish itself during discussions and arguments with your opponents and of course when you achieve success and realize your ideas. But it is equally helpful to apply the hobbies and activities mentioned above which will also help you to overcome stress and frustration.

Strategy for Successful Behavior

Before acting on any idea which you think is brilliant, or any initiative which you consider promising, ask yourself the following questions: first, is your idea really new? and, second, is it too far ahead of your time? Compare the value of the idea with the possible negative consequences which may arise as a result of its implementation. Equally, you must evaluate the means you require to carry it out. Weigh chances for success against the probability of failure. When the negative aspects outweigh the positive ones, find the wisdom and courage to reject your plans.

In starting up activities towards the realization of your initiative, provide yourself with a guaranteed material and legal base. Be careful not to break the legal and moral law during your activities. Consider seriously the form of promotion for your ideas. The wrong type of promotion will antagonize people who don't share your outlook. Determine the group of population for whom your ideas can be interesting, and state these ideas in terms that will be clear and convincing for them. Try to enlist a group of supporters and sympathizers.

It is very important for you to use the correct style of communication with those you want to bring to your way of thinking. A mistake here can become a serious obstacle towards the realization of your plans. Be careful to rein in your intolerance of those who are differently minded and those whom you do not like for any reason. You don't have to see an enemy in everyone who doubts the rightness of your cause. Suppress your irritation, and avoid tactlessness and rudeness in communication with your employees and especially with your subordinates. Do not talk about your idea in every place and with everyone you meet you may become a bore. Talk about it only when people wish to listen to you and, even better, when they impel you to speak.

Speak often to people with whom you are working, or whose co-operation you would like to enlist, on subjects which interest them. Take every opportunity to show personal interest in the people with whom you speak.

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