This is a quote from Please Understand Me II (by Keirsey):
haha, this is so me!The Renaissance physician Paracelsus likened the Artisan type to the Salamander. Paracelsus' Salamander is a mythical, lizard-like creature, believed capable of changing color to blend in with its surroundings. Thus Paracelsus regarded the Artisan as a changeable or inconstant person, and indeed they are capable of mimicking anyone they approach, often convincing others that they are just like them. Perhaps it is this capacity to change themselves to resemble the other that makes Artisans such good actors. Also it may be that this changeability explains their disinterest in their own identity, something their opposite, the Idealist, cannot comfortably exist without. For Artisans, "all the world's a stage" and they the players, taking on part after part, now hero, now villain, with equal facility and equal delight. So the guiding spirit of the Artisan is the mythical Salamander, whispering in the Artisan's ear what part is best played at any given moment in any given context.
I usually don't know what to think about myself or what I feel or who I really am. I might adopt the viewpoint of those around me or at least pretend to. I like to either play with peoples' impressions of me or just go along with them for the heck of it for entertainment purposes.
Anyway, what that passage immediately made me think of was last night at work when I passed a hispanic lady and rattled off some spanish with a perfect accent and everything, basically greeting her and asking her how she was doing, and within the same second finding myself face-to-face with a few of the remodel team, some hip-hop types and I was like "sup" in an ultra cool tone of voice and fist-bumped.
Not only do I have the ability to switch between modes of communication, but it exhiliarates me.
I can switch between groups of people in the blink of an eye and have them all going. Cracking jokes with my friends and the next instant get a whole gaggle of hispanic women loudly laughing with me and oooh-ing over my dancing.