Keirsey’s SP “Artisans”
David Keirsey explains the temperaments at great length, but his descriptions can get long-winded and confusing. His SP “Artisan” temperament can be summarized thus:
You talk about people, things, and the general here and now.
You favor practicality and what works over the human aspect and social approval.
You are concerned with the real world and what pays off, but not so much with why and how.
You speak lightly and pleasantly.
You refer to things in a very direct, basic, to-the-point manner.
You speak in concretely illustrative terms.
You explain your views from a fresh, new perspective.
Your strength lies in optimizing your immediate environment; improvising.
Directive Role: Operator (xSTP)
Your goals tend to be expedient and project-oriented; you are more authoritative.
Expressive Role: Promoter (ESTP)
You are the ultimate persuader; advertising, politics – you name it.
Reserved Role: Crafter (ISTP)
You are equipment- and action-oriented, quietly mastering technique-related skills.
Informative Role: Entertainer (xSFP)
Your goals tend to be more creative and artistic; you are extremely spontaneous.
Expressive Role: Performer (ESFP)
You are more people-oriented in your improvisation; you shine when putting on a show.
Reserved Role: Composer (ISFP)
You are more of the artistic type, with a great eye for aesthetics and beauty.
You prefer to learn about hands-on subjects: drawing, woodshop, etc.
You focus on perfecting your method at certain things: playing an instrument, a sport, etc.
You are happiest when working with machines, instruments, and anything you can operate.
When thinking about the moment, you feel that what is pleasurable is good.
You aren’t concerned with anything too far ahead and face each new moment with confidence.
You tend not to find patterns in the past; you view life as risky and entirely a matter of chance.
You like to be at the center of things, in the midst of the action.
You always seize the day and feel there is no time like the present.
You like yourself most when you see yourself as creative in your improvisation; graceful, fluid.
You respect yourself most when you and others see you as bold, daring, and adventurous.
You feel the most confident when you are able to adapt in changing circumstances.
You love adventure and hate boredom.
You go with your first instinct; impulsiveness makes you feel alive.
You ultimately want to have great social impact; you want to feel potent, statement-making.
You are always looking for ways to arouse your senses; variety is the spice of your life.
You derive great pleasure from giving to others.
You dream of becoming an ace in your field, to achieve technical mastery.
In relationships, you seek to lighten up your partner and want to give pleasure and excitement.
As a parent, you want your kids to have freedom above all else.
In leadership positions, you are the ultimate negotiator and troubleshooter.
From Please Understand Me II, by David Keirsey.