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    When I'm not confident at all, at work, I'm a clinger. But when I'm too confident, I'm a power grabber.

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    If I were to pick two I would say the loner or the challenger, more of the former.

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    I don't really like theories like this, because it just seems like someone wrote down their anecdotal observations and made it a "system". Between the Forer Effect, and simply covering a wide swath of behaviors, theories like this are like a mental infection...essentially not falsifiable.

    But since I still strangely enjoy these parlor-game-like categorizations of people. I would say I have pretty strong loner tendencies, and space cadet tendencies...this combination can make me seem very much like a slacker in the short run (though over the long run, I out-produce the average worker).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I don't really like theories like this, because it just seems like someone wrote down their anecdotal observations and made it a "system". Between the Forer Effect, and simply covering a wide swath of behaviors, theories like this are like a mental infection...essentially not falsifiable.

    But since I still strangely enjoy these parlor-game-like categorizations of people. I would say I have pretty strong loner tendencies, and space cadet tendencies...this combination can make me seem very much like a slacker in the short run (though over the long run, I out-produce the average worker).
    I don't think this is even any kind of theory or categorization of workers in general in the sense that all workers fall into one of these seven types...

    It's just 'seven employees that drive managers crazy'. What it says on the tin. I'm pretty sure all seven types exist, but it isn't a way of defining employees on any kind of scale, it's just pointing out these 7 that are bothersome out of possibly many.

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    The Loner, as I prefer working on my own. Keep in mind, the article is about managing difficult employees, and I don't consider myself to be difficult in the work place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I don't really like theories like this, because it just seems like someone wrote down their anecdotal observations and made it a "system". Between the Forer Effect, and simply covering a wide swath of behaviors, theories like this are like a mental infection...essentially not falsifiable.

    But since I still strangely enjoy these parlor-game-like categorizations of people. I would say I have pretty strong loner tendencies, and space cadet tendencies...this combination can make me seem very much like a slacker in the short run (though over the long run, I out-produce the average worker).
    This statement is interesting to me, because I feel the same can be said of mbti. Is not mbti - especially its origins - rather anecdotal and categorical in nature? Isn't that the point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Oh man, I think I'm a clinger! That sucks! I think it comes from only really entering the workforce fully in my 30s.
    Same here, and it was with both feet first in an industry I didn't understand the workings of. So at first I was very clingy, i.e., asking for help all the time and feeling like it was me against the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I don't really like theories like this, because it just seems like someone wrote down their anecdotal observations and made it a "system". Between the Forer Effect, and simply covering a wide swath of behaviors, theories like this are like a mental infection...essentially not falsifiable.

    But since I still strangely enjoy these parlor-game-like categorizations of people. I would say I have pretty strong loner tendencies, and space cadet tendencies...this combination can make me seem very much like a slacker in the short run (though over the long run, I out-produce the average worker).
    It's only a parlor game if you don't apply it to reality. The page I cited gives advice on how managers can deal more effectively with these types of employees. Did you visit the page in the OP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal+ View Post
    Same here, and it was with both feet first in an industry I didn't understand the workings of. So at first I was very clingy, i.e., asking for help all the time and feeling like it was me against the world.
    Yep! I've only been "officially" working for this company (not contracting as a free agent) for about six months. And I never did many of the things I'm currently doing, when I worked for them as a freelancer. I pretty much just wrote stuff for five years prior to this. Publishing is a completely different skillset.

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    Half Slacker, Half Power Grabber

    I don't seek out more work than I feel like dealing with at any one time.

    At different points in my life the slacker or the power grabber have been winning the battle, but I only win when I reasonably balance the two.

    When I say slacking though, I mean reading the news like I do everyday. That takes a while and I'm a pretty quick reader.

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