Everyone has their own different personality type that is based on different characteristic traits. David Keirsey broke different personality types down to four categories: the Idealist, the Guardian, the Artisan and the Rational. Those categories are broke down even farther to determine a more accurate account of your personality. Keirsey developed a temperament sorter to help determine a person’s personality based on a series of questions which he introduced in his book Please Understand Me, but you can take the test online on the website. When you learn about your personality type you can use it to your advantage and know how it will affect your career, relationships, and values. When you find out your personality type you can understand yourself better and how you interact with other people. Idealists are viewed as always having their head in the clouds and able to relate to people, the guardians are known to be fact based personalities, and the artisans are known to be creative and artistic.
Artisans make up about 35 to 40% of the nations population being a good thing because they are the creators and bring excitement. They work best in fields of the arts, but will also excel in athletics, military, mechanical and industrial arts according to the Keirsey website. The artisan can be broken down into the composer, crafter, performer and promoter. The person with the artisan personality is the fun loving type. The person who is spontaneous and always looking for ways to have fun. They can also value their freedom which may make it hard for them to commit to someone or even something. Artisans trust their impulses more than their feelings like idealists do. Artisans are comfortable with things that concrete and solid; things they can easily manipulate into what they want it to be.
Some things that the artisan like is being in the action of things, or things that have a sort of sensation. Competition drives this personality to strive for something different, to be the best. The artisan likes to keep growing and would get bored within a job where they can’t grow in. They hate to be bored and not having anything to do. When this type meets a person they immediately size them up and are concerned with being the best at something, possibly more than just one thing. Sometimes the other personality types may not like the Artisan because artisan have a hard time being serious and others may find their drive for competition to be burdensome and bothersome at times. Yet at the same time their devil may care attitude allows the artisan a way to win people over and they can seem to be incredibly charming and friendly.
When dating, the artisan treat it as an exciting game. Flirting becomes an art form that they try to perfect throughout the years. When wooing an artisan woman, men should keep grand gestures and spontaneity in mind, and physical affection is important to them. The artisan is the least predictable when it comes to romance and hate getting into a rut with someone. Compliments tend to come easy for the artisan and they enjoy making others feel special and like they matter by the artisan. When arguing the artisan will remain loyal to certain people and tend to be easy to get a long with and go with the flow. They will try hard to work with you on anything and are comfortable with compromise. Artisans should be respected for their romantic gestures which should never be taken for granted. They are focused with their bodies and making them well toned as well as their courage and bravery that can make a woman feel protected.
Artisans are pretty independent workers, but they from time to time seek positions as leaders mainly the performer and promoter lean towards these kinds of jobs. Promoters tend to go towards jobs where they would be able to meet new people: jobs like finance, police, military, paramedic. While the performer would lean towards jobs in sales, sports, and entertainment. Crafters are probably the most independent of the four artisan types, they would lean to job where they would be able to use their hand-eye coordination like optometrist or even computer programing. Lastly the Composer is hard to be pigeonholed. They can be in creative fields like painter, fashion designer, potter, or they could be more technical or service industry. They can fit in anywhere they would desire to be in.
If you want to learn more about personality types you can read How To Analyze Keirsey’s Personality Types or visit the Kerisey site and take the test for yourself. Your personality makes up who you are and how you interact with other people. Kristine Dogherty has an interesting article about personality tests Keirsey as well as Myers-Briggs entitled Fun WIth Personality Tests that you should check out if you enjoy personalities.