Realist

The natural expression of Realist focuses us on what we internally know at this moment. We attempt to use our own rational framework to explain to others, the logic of what is occurring. We are typically an organized, decisive and structured thinker that focuses on the immediate present. We enjoy being active and outspoken in our ideas. Most of our objections are principle-focused, where we contribute by providing the mental clarity that is not being contributed by others. For our partners it is important that we speak only what is verifiable and is real in this moment. One of our strengths is the ability to separate our perceptions from others, supporting us in being able to construct a clear picture of everyone’s needs. In this way, we develop pride in our ability to influence others.

The Realist attitude reveals our attachment to the present to the exclusion of the distant past or long-term future. Realists only accept how it is right now. We seek to be objective, balanced, willing only to do what’s right and fair. We abhor flashiness and imaginative thinking. Seeing it how “it is.” We are objective about all viewpoints, easily reducing them to their simple components. In the positive pole, we live in the moment and don’t color the situation with a lot of judgments. The “legal” attitude of the U. S. courts.

Realists want to see and tell it as it is. They believe they are objective about all viewpoints because they simplify them into their basic components. They use their personal experience and observations about others to create predictive scenarios of how things are likely to go. Their intelligence is based upon their interpersonal understanding, taking into account motives, image, and stated goals. Many times they are highly cognizant of the capabilities of an individual and believe they can anticipate the best way to engage that person to accomplish their own intentions. There experiences become their guidelines, although they also acquire lots of information, which substantiates their desired course of activity. They apply a sense of firmness of thought and opinion, which they consider objective and neutral, but this may not always be so.

Usually their beliefs are formed by convictions proven true over a period of time. They like to have a basis for understanding and appreciating their current reality and try to focus that knowing in the present moment. In doing so, they are more balanced in dealing with the future and the past. They change if it is prudent and practical, in part because they are afraid to be seen as backward, which drives them to carefully consider new possibilities. They can get caught up in trying to prove how superior their thought process is, leading them to override others’ objections and/or concerns. They enjoy influencing others by framing the discussion in terms of what is true in the moment. They hate indecisiveness and a lack of clarity. Realists want to be able to act in alignment with their thoughts. They try to think beyond people and make conclusions based on principle. They want to experience the laws defining our universe.

The Realist mind sees through supporting issues to arrive at a focus that it can represent in one sentence. A Realist feels at their best when saying things with relatively few words. While typically outspoken on confusing issues, they do not enjoy talking unless it serves to further clarify the situation. Natural Realists jump forward and engage everything with mental endurance. They are extremely adept at acquiring others’ thoughts and making them their own, but they discount others who do not seem to think for themselves and cannot follow instructions when appropriate. Others see them as bold thinkers who can step through many levels without fear of losing themselves in a complicated process.

One of the most challenging aspects is having to choose or limit options by making a decision, but true Realists confront this situation systematically and take action to push themselves forward when fear arises. They are the most likely to gather new, unbiased information and take action on it. Realists do not use their intuition much, but rely on the different perspectives of others around them to establish a central point where everyone can be seen to some degree. They can find delays or procrastination emotionally upsetting, especially when they recognize that no new information will be forthcoming soon. What they want most is movement and action on the part of others around them. Approximately 30% of the world’s population has a primary Attitude of Realist.

Identifying: Natural Realists are best recognized by their capability of operating in a grounded, productive, and consistent way to clarify options so others can make informed choices. The primary indicator is that they believe they know what is best. They tend to over-simplify particularly when they perceive that others are becoming confused. Realists take pride in their ability to effectively influence others

Primary Focus—The most likely Attitude to gather new, unbiased information and perspective, then take action on it.
Responsive Characteristics—Objective, present, see all sides, see what is, non-judgmental, grounded, clear-headed.
Primary Fear—Having to choose or limit options by making a decision.
Reactive Characteristics—Subjective, biased, unwilling to see other points of view, being “right,” choices based on inappropriate data, supposition.
Percent of the population operating from this Attitude: 30%.
How to recognize a person with this Attitude: Grounded, productive, not flashy, don’t work from a vivid imagination, instead prefers to collect data to make informed choices.
Examples: Katharine Hepburn, Sharon Stone, Tom Brokaw, Clint Eastwood, Raymond Burr, General George C. Patton, Henry Kissinger, Bella Abzug, Lyndon Johnson

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