Introduction to Cathy Woodgold's Explorer Pages

I didn't understand myself until I met up with Teresa Gallagher, Bill Allsopp and others on the Internet. Now I know that I'm a strong NP temperament type. The things I cherish about myself -- creativity, idealism, thirst for knowledge -- make me the way I am.

Teresa set up her marvelous Born-to-Explore web page which has catalysed the e-meeting of many similar people and the creation of the Explorer email list and the Explorer webstar. We felt euphoria at the sudden understanding of ourselves and discovery of other people with the same patterns. We coined the term "Explorer" to describe the type of person we are: though we're all individuals and some find that Dreamer, Discoverer, Hunter etc. fit them better. (The Explorer email list is now called the Freethinkers email list.)

Explorers often have the characteristics to be very successful as scientists, engineers, inventors, artists, writers, entrepreneurs and other professions requiring a lot of creativity and intensely focussed interests.

People with an NP temperament type are often classified as having ADD (Attention-deficit disorder; I have never been so classified.) However, the NP temperament type is not a disorder but is a normal temperament type which, like all the temperament types, has advantages in some situations and disadvantages in other situations. The human species is specialized not only by a split into male and female, but also by a split into those who are excellent at organizing and those who are excellent at creating, etc. Understanding and appreciating the value of the various temperament types can help us to respect and appreciate our differences.

The temperament types are just generalizations. Every individual is unique and has his or her own individual set of strengths, weaknesses, preferences, beliefs etc. The classification of people into temperament types is like the classification of colours into "shades of blue," "shades of green," etc.: there will always be cases which lie on the boundaries of such classification systems.

Learning about the temperament types can help us to appreciate our own strengths and perhaps spend more time improving our strengths to higher levels of excellence and less time trying to be like everyone else.

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