I discovered The Emotional Life Of Your Brain a few days ago and was intrigued by how the author identified the six dimensions of Emotional Style:
- Social Intuition
- Sensitivity to Context
These dimensions, in varying amounts, are the building blocks of most emotional states and personality traits. Anxiety, for example, is the result of four styles: a slow Resilience, a negative Outlook, high levels of Self-Awareness, and an unfocused Attention.
To find out where you stand with each Emotional Style, there are ten True or False questions. After you have written your answers, the questions are scored, and your specific Emotional Style is given a rank between 0 and 10. 0-3 is considered low, 4-7 is medium, and 8-10 is high. If you scored a 2 for Attention, for example, you would be considered to have Unfocused (low) Attention.
I have always been fascinated by systems that combine different attributes in different combinations to create nuanced types. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which measures your personality profile, is a great example. Another is Gallup's StrengthsFinder 2.0 test, which uncovers your 5 key strengths. They all have very involved, detailed tests that give you confidence that the authors know their subject matter.
My own observations and discoveries unearthed the three Elements of Creativity (Action, Connection, and Deviation), which combine in different strengths to create the Eight Creative Types. Action is represented by the letter 'a'. It is capitalized if it is strong (A) and lowercase if it is weak (a). Connection and Deviation are represented by upper and lower-case Cs and Ds respectively. These are the results of their combinations:
- Taker (acd)
- Mimic (Acd)
- Empath (aCd)
- Crazy (acD)
- Dreamer (aCD)
- Outsider (AcD)
- Producer (ACd)
- Maker (ACD)
The weakness in my book, at the moment, is the test for uncovering your Creative Type. It is too complicated and contains fairly obvious and transparent questions. I am hoping to learn from Dr. Davidson's book, which has a very in-depth questionnaire for each Emotional Style, so I can improve on my own test. This website might be the best forum for testing this when it's finally complete.