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"Of course, it would be a foolish expectation to gain such knowledge quickly,"

Actually, enlightenment is pretty much instantaneous...


I come out at almost 50/50 on almost all aspects of Myers-Briggs, except I never come out as a "J", always as a "P. Unless I'm in a really pissy mood.

I test as Idealist on Kiersey (big surprise)

I am far too impatient to take the EQ thing. Quit on the stupid picture questions. You can't determine people's emotions properly from a photo. I've read Goleman and am reading "Social Intelligence" right now.

Leonardo Cecchini

Hi Kent,

Great post. I have also read 'Emotional Intelligence' which subsequently spurred my curiosity in the field of behavioural finance and psychology in general. I would highly recommend also by Goleman, 'Destructive emotions, a scientific dialogue with the Dalai Lama'

With regards to the tests, I scored 122 on the EQ tests and was rated ENFJ on the Jung typoly test.

From my personal experience, I would suggest that to change one must first truly desire to change. To think that one should change will not suffice. Subsequently unlimited curiosity (which generally means the willingness to learn) is required because as Donna also says and I agree entirely, enlightenment is pretty much instantaneous. I would only add that one does not know or cannot determine when it will occur. I have studied/read extensively in the last few years and can probably condense to about 5 books those that had a meaningful impact on me. But without having read all the others, I would not have been able o appreciate them.

The Financial Philosopher

Great points, Donna and Leonardo:

I especially appreciate your view that "enlightenment is pretty much instantaneous."

I do agree. In hindsight, I should have stated that "improving emotional intelligence is possible but takes self-awareness and time."

Discovery can be instantantaneous but learning and improving is not likely to occur after taking an online survey.

I also agree with Leonardo's suggestion that "desire" comes before learning.

My greater purpose here at TFP is to become the spark that lights the flame of that "desire" and hopefully set people on their own path.

Thanks for the thought-provoking comments. I see myself as a "student" and always appreciate good "lessons..."

new balance

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Thank You. . .


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