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Counselor is one of the 16 role variants the Keirsey Temperament Sorter is based on. David Keirsey originally described the Counselor role variant; however, the personality description of Isabel Myers greatly contributed to its development. Counselors correlate with the INFJ Myers-Briggs type.
Counselors are introspective, cooperative, directive, and reserved. Counselors find helping others to personally develop and reach their potential to be personally gratifying as they have a strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others. Counselors often communicate to others in a personalized manner and are positive and kind when dealing with others. Counselors are good listeners and are highly intuitive. They are often able to detect the emotions or intentions of another individual before the individual is aware of them. Counselors are sometimes amazed at their ability to read the emotions of others and this extreme empathetic ability could be the psychological basis for premonitions, mind reading, and other psychic phenomena.
Counselors usually have intricately interwoven personalities and rich inner lives. They tend to keep their innermost thoughts and emotional reactions to themselves which can make them tough to get to know. Counselors tend to be private people, possibly because their ability to take in the emotional experiences of others can cause them to be easily hurt. They have great depth of personality and can understand complex issues and individuals.
Counselors often prefer to work on a one-to-one basis with others or to work intensely with a people close to them. Counselors are happy doing jobs that require solitude and close attention. They are also happy working with others provided that the personal interactions are not superficial and they are given some quiet time in order to reenergize themselves. Counselors usually exert their influence behind-the-scenes rather than being a visible leader. Counselors often work well in organizations. They value staff harmony, are good at consulting and cooperating with others, and they are concerned with the feelings of others. They strive to make an organization run smoothly and pleasantly. Counselors can also act as a barometer of the feelings within an organization.
The following individuals are identified as Counselors:
- Mohandas Gandhi
- Jane Goodall
- Sidney Poitier
- Emily Bronte
- Sir Alec Guinness
- Carl Jung
- Mary Baker Eddy
- Queen Noor
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Keirsey Temperament and Character The Web Site for the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and Keirsey Temperament Theory.
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