As an SiFe I— you are a Worldview type, inescapably drawn to observe the world from a panoramic historical perspective, aiming to understand the essential narratives, events and movements that define the state of the world, whether at the local or global level. You aim to understand the process involved in technological or cultural shifts from one thing to another and you formulate long information chains that link together these shifts by their mutual associations. As you do this, you come across the rich backstory that exists behind every country, institution or modern miracle of innovation. You’re an investigator and you view the world as one long, highly nuanced story composed of many parallel movements and plot-lines that have all converged together to create our present situation. And in your pursuit to understand reality, you often investigate the discrete historical movements that contributed to this overall present, sinking deeply into favorite fields of interest and amassing a reservoir of facts. Over time this will prompt an internal landscape to arise in you that is created from these datasets, allowing you to elaborate on the conditions surrounding a given event or situation with exhaustive breadth. In conversations, this can cause you to drift into long monologues, unraveling a topic and all of its associated information in order to paint a complete picture of what you see.
This exhaustive array of facts will inescapably make you an anticipator of outcomes, for better or worse. Your memorized archive of changes across time will guide you to take the long-term view, manifesting in an appreciation for historical consequences. And because of your internal map of the local or global landscape, you’ll inevitably uncover trends that you sense will lead to hazards or disasters. While others may be quick to propose naïve solutions to immediate problems, you constantly ask yourself “how would this affect the overall landscape in the long term?” and your breadth of information will supply the material from which to wager probabilities and cast predictions. Thus, you tend to have a level of prudence about you, independent of your age. You are generally a cautious person with conservative tendencies, and you notice warning signs quickly.
Sometimes the warnings you identify are connected to large institutions and social bodies. When this happens, your attention may turn to those in power and what they’re doing wrong in their leadership. This will direct your investigation into the details of the political structures of society, such as their foundational documents, the circumstances of their creation, their core doctrines and how they progressed into their current states. As you do so, human nature’s role in the evolution of these structures across time becomes apparent. You come to see how social life dictates the creation of our structures, and in turn people are shaped by it. Thus, you’re driven to understand the societal factors involved in the creation of human character and the human condition more broadly. You notice when people are being, or not being, their best selves and you sense when people’s life-force has been debilitated by broken social systems and dysfunctional philosophies of being. You sense when the current landscape is not set up to maximize our capacity to thrive and excel into the heroic calling we all have in this world. You sense that society needs to have a wiser approach to its operation, and a tradition of teaching in general, if it’s to thrive. To this effect, you like offering guidance and are worried whenever there is no mechanism of guidance in place for society. This is part of your motivation for criticizing politics,as you want them to lead with wisdom. The institutions that we trust with our lives should be dependable, and you see the devastating effects that would result if this isn’t addressed.
But your own involvement in politics will be minor, as you feel you’d be of greater service as a commentator than as an actor on the political stage itself. While you may have a lot to say about the societal situations, in day to day life you have a phlegmatic and lethargic disposition. You are slow, lumbering and steady – prone to drift through datasets in a meandering fashion. You spend your time attending to matters of personal necessity while remaining ever watchful, perhaps woeful, of the situation outside your window. Yet, being so inclined to look out the window with cautious eyes, your relationship to the spontaneous present will be stunted. People may see you as stiff and may encourage you to loosen up more, to let go of inhibitions or take things easier.
Getting into a state of playfulness and innocent flow will be a challenge for you, as doing risky things that require no forethought may seem frivolous and foolish. Yet despite whatever conscious critique you may feel for such frivolity, there will be a secret,perhaps unconscious, envy in you towards those who are blissfully carefree and unburdened by thoughts of the future. And when you’ve had too much of being an “adult,” your inner child will come out. In these moments you have a quirky sense of humor that shows up in silly puns and wordplays. You generate wacky ideas, from building cardboard car models to using face paint, before your own personal playtime is over. Your unconscious may view this missing facet, which can experience a direct contact with life and is able to exist without fear, as a spiritual aspiration within you. Locked within your prudence and maturity is a youthful purity and readiness to just “be.” In rare occasions, this facet will come out of you in episodes of uninhibited play that remind you once again what the purpose of your precautions is for in the first place; it’s for the preservation of the ability to live.
Adaptive > Directive:
As for your emotional disposition, if you are adaptive you have an awareness of the social transactions and negotiations that happen around you, such as who is subordinate to who, what the social order is as well as the political condition of the environment. You use this awareness to troubleshoot disharmonies around you and to re-balance any wrongs you sense. You have an agreeable demeanor, being charming and persuasive in your presentation. You know how to maneuver around social dynamics in a way that shows your compassion towards all people in general in a rather democratic, mediating fashion. You value an ethical approach that is inclusive and mutually uplifting, rather than discriminating or selective.
You also aspire to encourage positive moral behavior, as well as properly adapted strategies for interaction. You notice when people’s character or morality is less than optimal, and you aim to present positive feedback in a way that can be accepted by them while not leading to offense. To that end, you are very careful with your word choice, timely in your delivery, and shepherding of people’s hearts. Guiding people into a growth path which involves cultivating personal strength and nobility will be important to you. You aim to nurture a long-term social arrangement in which the reciprocal exchanges between all parties involved, including yourself, are sustainable and transformative in all areas of life.
Directive > Adaptive:
As for your emotional disposition, if you are directive you have an awareness of the social transactions and negotiations that happen around you, such as who is subordinate to who, what the social order is as well as the political condition of the environment. Through this awareness, you sense your own position in the social order and take measures to either stand your ground if you like where you are or rise above it into a new position. You have a healthy sense of competition and have leadership tendencies which manifest in mentorship and moral guidance of the next generation.
You’re keen to see the are areas needing moral improvement, either in yourself or others, and you speak the truth you see with a forthcoming concern. You believe that character flaws are best addressed by openly revealing them, showing their shortcomings,and getting people to realize why there is a need to change them. You like to see people grow and mature into their best selves,and you often utilize your analytical thought to provide commentary as to how that could be done. And although your analyses can be a little tough sometimes, your heart ultimately wishes for people to maximize their own inner potential. However, sometimes people may see you as overly exacting. Your moral criticisms can be interpreted as personal attacks and this may draft you into heated arguments with others. When this happens, you stand firm as long as you feel your criticisms are valid. But if at any point you realize you were in err, you know when to yield and you do so respectfully. You believe the ability to give criticism comes with the responsibility of taking it, and both are necessary conditions for society to thrive into the best form it can be.