The Model PRACTICAL Conventional • Pragmatic You use existing information and take conventional approaches Meaning Expand You like well-known, established ideas. You focus on what you know already exists. You’re interested in what things do, more than design or style. You notice the outer world, rather than inner thoughts and feelings. You stick with familiar activities that you've done before. Upsides Expand Sticking with clear-cut answers means you can apply them right away. Thinking about the real world helps you deal with the task at hand. Noticing functionality helps you choose what’s useful. Focusing on actions, rather than going inside, helps you get on with things. Doing the same activities helps you get consistent results. Downsides Expand Thinking the answer is obvious means overlooking deeper explanations. Dealing only with the task at hand can make it difficult to be original. Choosing just on functionality sacrifices appreciation of beauty. Ignoring feelings can prevent understanding of yourself and others. Avoiding new things may make it difficult to adapt to change. AVERAGE Practical • Open You're average in seeking new information and trying new approaches Meaning Expand Sometimes you use established ideas, other times you seek new ideas. You like to balance facts with fantasy. You equally value how things work and how they look. Your inner thoughts and feelings are just as important as the world around you. You stick with familiar activities, but depending on the situation you explore new ones too. Upsides Expand You explore new possibilities when you need to, but know when to stick with what's worked before. You are able to balance being Practical and Open, depending on the situation. Downsides Expand Being in the middle of Practical and Open doesn't come with a serious challenge or blindspot. The main challenge is you don’t get the benefits of being strongly Practical or Open. OPEN Intuitive • Intellectual You curiously seek more information and try new approaches Meaning Expand You love learning about abstract ideas. You’re interested in what might exist, but doesn’t yet. You become absorbed in beauty, art or music. You inwardly explore thoughts and feelings. You seek out new activities you haven’t done before. Upsides Expand Seeking complex answers means you discover deeper explanations. Thinking about what’s possible helps you be more original. Noticing aesthetics helps you appreciate beauty in the world. Focusing on thoughts and feelings helps you understand yourself and others. Trying new things helps you accept change. Downsides Expand Thinking the answer is complex means overlooking obvious explanations. Trying to be original can make it difficult to deal with the task at hand. Choosing just on aesthetics can mean sacrificing functionality. Going too deep inside can keep you from getting on with things. Choosing new activities can lead to unwanted results.