As you might imagine idealist talk rarely of what can be seen in the world, but rather talk instead about what can only be seen with the mind's eye. Idealist dream of perfect interpersonal relationships, mutually supportive interactions lifted high above the fray of competition and contention. Fighting in any form is inordinately painful to Idealist and they will do whatever is necessary to avoid it and prevent it. In any enterprise the Idealist first consideration is always to foster caring human relationships-this seems to them necessary if they are to accomplish their ends. Their ideal is to help the people in their circle get along with each other, even care about each other, and thus work with each other for the good of all.
Idealist embrace a very special vision of the world in which they strive to see their potential and the potential of those around them fully realized and appreciated. The "Identity Seeking" personality. Idealist are gifted writers and communicators, and in the course of searching for their own souls, they have discovered many beautiful treasures in the collective soul of humanity. Idealist hunger for self-actualization, unity and uniqueness-to be one with themselves and their surroundings. Causes that involve freeing the human spirit or developing human potential attract idealist. They derive satisfaction from seeing others succeed and want to be facilitators of others success. The crave harmony and are extremely diplomatic when dealing with contention.
Some well know idealist include Oprah, Princess Diana, Albert Sweitzer, Gandi, Ralph Nader and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Think about the people that you know. How many among them is an Idealist? They really aren't hard to spot, although they are one of the rarest of the four temperaments.
Next month we will take a look at rationals.