Day 1 – Career Assessment

Day 1 of my 4-week Quest for a more Truthful Life, quite simply has to start with a career assessment. Because it’s the easy, lazy thing to do. I always get predictable answers on the free ones, so I’ve decided to splash out on MAPP™ by Get to know yourself through a best-worst scaling-based evaluation. 71 questions for the price of 71 dollars. I’m skeptical, but desperate enough. Much to my surprise, the result is remarkably insightful and accurate, in a non-generic, not-a-fluke kind of way. A synopsis:

Motivated by Ideas & the Big Picture

Dr.Pew is curious about the nature of things and about “what makes things tick”. Her motivational levels are highest when activities allow inquisitive, analytical and experimental thinking. She has a logical mind which “makes sense” of what is perceived. She is focused on seeing the big picture. This includes ideas, concepts, theory, ethics and values. In her thinking, she tends to focus on to the basic nature, utility or strategic potential of what is being observed or considered. This requires intuition, insight, creativity, curiosity, experimentation, and innovation in various degrees. Ideas are at the heart of this talent.

Dr.Pew does not generally see, retain or recall verbatim detail. Instead, she has a deep awareness of concepts, patterns, linkage and relationships. Dr.Pew “Gets the drift” of what is seen, read, or heard. Recall is in general and in relative terms and not in specifics. Numbers are sometimes transposed. She recognizes parts relative to other parts, has an ability to see essential detail and make a visual/mental comparison and discrimination relative to relationships of objects. Dr.Pew prefers to see the big picture by first putting all the ‘pieces’ together, rather than aiming to see the big picture and then breaking it apart into all the various pieces. Dr.Pew’s motivated by sensing and seeing aesthetics, essence, philosophical and psychological meaning, and also considers color, pattern, texture, and spatial measure: size, shape, distance, dimension, perspective, relationship, etc. with the same regard. This includes abstract dimensions and patterns, graphics, layouts, etc.

Communication of Ideas

Dr.Pew is driven to understand the deeper or ‘real’ meaning of ideas and words and she uses them effectively in written or oral communication. She intentionally searches for ideas expressed by the minds of others, for her own use, assimilation, learning, etc. The source can be books, other publications, historical documents, research information, drama, movies, television, the internet, etc. Emphasis is on communication: picking up information from minds of others or communication aimed toward the minds of others. Journalism and writing are major activities for people like Dr.Pew. Literary activity is not exclusively intellectual, academic, or cultural. It may be an end in itself as in a bookworm for instance. When the trait is highly motivated, as it is here, it suggests both literary and communicative abilities that are or could become a usable skill or a developed talent. Dr.Pew is highly motivated to consider creative writing and communicating at professional levels. Preferences are holistic, conceptual, imaginative, and creative. “Ideas trigger more ideas” can probably be said about Dr.Pew. High motivational levels for this worker trait indicate an interactive combination of literary and philosophical traits.

Sparing Relations based on Mutual Interest

Dr.Pew enjoys associating and interacting with people but likes independence as well. So the activity, rather than people, is more than likely the deciding factor. Where mutual interest is the purpose for association, Dr.Pew willingly participates and cooperates. Where interests differ, Dr.Pew will independently pursue those interests. She is not dependent on direct contact or association. Dr.Pew sees herself as talented, self-sufficient, and goal-oriented. Most likely, Dr.Pew regards work activity and goals as more important than association, interaction, or involvement with people. If vocation calls for working with others, or managing others as part of achieving work objectives, Dr.Pew is motivated and equipped to do that. When she has to interact with others because they have particular skills or abilities, she expects performance. But independent, self-directed, self-achieved activity is preferred. Dr.Pew has considerable social independence so organizational association with others tends to be on a mutual-interest or mutual-activity basis.

Autonomous Mind

Dr.Pew needs and values leisure, flexibility, and opportunity to set and go at a self-pace (sometimes insisting on the right). Pushing Dr.Pew on things most likely has the opposite effect. She does not like responsibility for organizational, operational, or administrative management. There is a certain level of avoidance for such a role in any activity.

Influencer, Not a Persuader

Dr.Pew is interested in and consciously prefers to consider the existence, meaning, purpose, potential, and destiny of mankind, people, persons, and self. Dr.Pew has intuition and philosophical curiosity that causes an awareness of personality, intentions, emotions, ethics, values, and moods of other persons, and of self. She has a self-felt, self-accepted responsibility to influence and/or cause good, growth, and gain in the lives of others. Influential communication of ideas is a primary way of achieving those objectives, and the focus of this benevolence tends to be philosophical or academic in nature, but still service oriented. Dr.Pew is motivated to voluntarily communicate to others with the intent or hope that the information will be in their interest and for their benefit. Dr.Pew is motivated to describe, explain, teach, illustrate, and interpret. This is a journalistic trait dedicated to inform people. Social, leadership, influential, technical, service, and functional traits are involved as well: “Mentor: a trusted counselor or guide.”

Dr.Pew is not motivated to persuade but a sense of service responsibility will cause certain willingness, even duty, to communicate persuasively if warranted. Dr.Pew is moderately motivated by being “on stage” in order to pleasantly influence others toward a particular viewpoint, objective, or product. Dr.Pew is comfortable with a spokesperson role, and may even prefer it or be personally energized by it. Dr.Pew is only moderately motivated within this trait though, so she is probably not “stage-struck” toward entertaining or acting to the exclusion of other activities or responsibilities. The preference is more toward influencing rather than promoting or selling. Dr.Pew is ready, willing, and perhaps even able (or trainable) to persuasively influence others with the intent or hope to convince them to agree with what is said. Because this trait is moderately motivated, Dr.Pew is probably not inclined to make a living by selling on a commission basis. Instead, persuasion is interactive with other traits and finds expression in other ways such as teaching, counseling, etc.

Not a Maths Brain

Math may be about the same as a foreign language for Dr.Pew. At least, it is foreign to Dr.Pew’s mental preferences in one-way or another. Mathematical problems seem to become bigger problems if Dr.Pew tries to solve them. Mental gears seem to get jammed in the middle of a math problem, and success in the form of a solution is without internal reward or satisfaction.

Avoids Responsibility

Dr.Pew is not motivated to accept the responsibilities for management or supervisory duties. Instead, Dr.Pew prefers functioning under management by others or to function independent of any supervision. Dr.Pew prefers not to have the responsibility for, or involvement in, negotiating activities: is not motivated or comfortable to be in confrontational, adversarial, or competitive interaction with others, Dr.Pew would rather associate with others on the basis of mutual interest or service or even function independently.