One of the biggest influences on our prepping plans is people, and how they react in different situations. This will include people in our preparedness plans, and people we may come across.
Understanding how to deal with different personality types is critical to getting the best results in any given situation. The way you interact with someone will determine their reaction to the subject.
Some people need a “go it or else” warning, and some people would react very poorly to being ordered to do something. This would be a challenge if you came across someone in a SHTF situation because you haven’t had the time to get to know them.
Learning how to read people is something that will come in very handy in any SHTF scenario. In this article titled “Learn How to Read People and Peel Back the Onion” I went over the different layers of a relationship and how much you should trust someone.
When it comes to prepping groups or even getting your loved ones on board with prepping we need to be able to understand the different personality traits people might have. Talking to someone who is very analytically takes a different approach than talking to someone who takes an pessimistic approach to everything.
In the show this week we talked about some of the different personality types, and how we can handle some of these traits. There are quite a few tests you can take that categorize personality’s differently. Some use elements (water, earth, wind, fire) And the one that Lisa and I took on the show catergorizes different personality’s like so…
Analytical – Analytical people are known for being systematic, well organized and deliberate. These individuals appreciate facts and information presented in a logical manner as documentation of truth. They enjoy organization and completion of detailed tasks. Others may see him at times as being too cautious, overly structured, someone who does things too much by the book.
Driver – They thrive on the thrill of the challenge and the internal motivation to succeed. Drivers are practical folks who focus on getting results. They can do a lot in a very short time. They usually talk fast, direct and to the point. Often viewed as decisive, direct and pragmatic.
Amiable – They are dependable, loyal and easygoing. They like things that are non-threatening and friendly. They hate dealing with impersonal details and cold hard facts. They are usually quick to reach a decision. Often described as a warm person and sensitive to the feelings of others but at the same time wishy-washy.
Expressive – Very outgoing and enthusiastic, with a high energy level. They are also great idea generators, but usually do not have the ability to see the idea through to completion. They enjoy helping others and are particularly fond of socializing. They are usually slow to reach a decision. Often thought of as a talker, overly dramatic, impulsive, and manipulative.
Take the test yourself, it will show you some pretty interesting results. Here are a few more links to articles about personality types…
When we know someone well, how we talk to them almost becomes second nature. Kids know how to approach their parents if they want something and vice versa.
This get’s more challenging the less you know someone and takes a conscious effort on your part to try and understand how you might get the best results.
In a SHTF situation it’s important that we do everything we can to insure our safety. This could be someone in your group that does something wrong, or someone outside the inner circle trying to decide whether or not they want to take what you have.