January 29, 2017

Varying Viewpoints: Everyone has a Part to Play

My last blog post here introduced different personality types. It’s important to remember that we don’t all think the same. On the other hand, each person can add value to her world in a unique way. It doesn’t matter if she’s naturally outgoing or quiet.

Please see more about unique personalities in my book: Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

I’m not thinking of distinct values and cultures. I’m pondering the way we reason on the most basic level. Let’s look at some cases of unique points of view moving life forward:

Albert Einstein

I think most people would agree that it would be hard to find a more brilliant person than this reserved man. He is the most renowned theoretical physicist of all time. Einstein’s list of accomplishments could probably circle a small continent. Here are some highlights:
  • Won the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics
  • Put together one of the most famous equations we know: E= mc2
  • Developed the Theory of Relativity
  • Proposed a Theory of Gravitation
  • Inspired scientists to discover nuclear fission with the help of his Theory of Relativity (This concerned him because he didn’t want nuclear bombs to be made.)

Okay. That’s fine. The facts listed above are common knowledge. But wait! Did you know that the man with the IQ of 160 was reserved? He felt as though there was a pane of glass between him and other people. Einstein couldn’t connect well with others.

This brilliant man also didn’t do well in school. He couldn’t relate to traditional teaching methods. They just didn’t hold his attention.

Personalities in the Workplace

Shauna and Anne are co-workers. Shauna is a high-energy extrovert. She doesn’t hold back any emotions or words. Anne is a reserved, sensitive introvert who isn’t used to dealing with strong feelings on a continual basis.

Personalities in the Bible

Moses was an introvert. The Bible suggests he was prone to doubt and fear—possibly even depression. However, God used this humble man to save the entire nation of Israel against ridiculous odds.

Peter was an extrovert. He was loud, proud and hasty in his words and actions. He even denied knowing Christ three times. Yet, he was chosen as one of the twelve disciples. He was also the first missionary to the Gentiles.

My Conclusion

I Corinthians 12 is the chapter that talks about how there are different areas of the body, but they all contribute to the whole. They cannot stand on their own. Verse 1, (NIV), says, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”

No portion of the body is more important than any other; each of them is necessary. The ear shouldn’t think it isn’t as good as an eye. On the other hand, if our whole body were an ear, how could we smell? There are other examples in the chapter.

People can’t jump to conclusions about somebody because of their mindset. History and everyday life prove that individuals of all personality types can contribute to make the world a better place. 

We all have to work together, sometimes literally. Personality analysis can illuminate others’ needs and motivations. That can tone down confusion and frustration.

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How does your personality add to a more balanced world?