PX stands for practical explorer, and it refers to someone who enters a state of flow, motivation, and mindfulness when there are changes to an environments rules, structure and order.
The Practical Worldview
The Practical worldview causes us to become aware of systems, laws, and formal means of controlling the environment. Practical types understand actions and events by how they work and what their functions are. They seek to understand how to maintain objects, tools, and how to follow-through accurately on the tasks they have. Practical types are task-driven, and tend to pursue money, status, or some kind of profession or line of work.
Practical types are drawn to the familiar and to the known, and prefer to utilize old knowledge accurately in the present situation, than to experiment with new methods. They seek to build a place in society, a house, a family, and security to make them feel safe. Practical types understand how power affects people and how formal rules and constraints control our behavior and carefully study the power and rules that guide their environment. They help or find ways to make sure people live up to rules or laws.
Practical types are traditional and nostalgic and move with a sense of rhythm. They coach and instruct people on how to complete various tasks and how to use various tools. Practical types are instinctually driven to repeat, restore, and maintain stability, and become angry when stability is threathened somehow. Practical types are emotionally driven to improve, to work hard, and to be powerful, causing them to sometimes become anxious if they fail at these tasks.
Extroverted and adaptable
Explorers have the fastest reaction time of all the types. They are driven by a desire to learn and experience new things. They are daring, confident and ready for the unexpected. They seek awareness and new knowledge. They can act quickly on new knowledge, understanding changes faster than any of the other temperaments. They have quick instincts. They lack the ability for long-term sustained attention associated with executive types and will refocus their attention often. They have a wider scope of interests and a more broad understanding.
They have quick decision making skills but make more flexible decisions than Fighters. They learn with a hands-on approach, and are more likely to experiment and play around than other types. They are good visual thinkers and can quickly spot patterns and important details, but just as Leaders, they can sometimes ignore or fail to react in time to problems and issues despite this. They are quick to realize what they think about something, but sometimes struggle to explain these thoughts to others.
Learn more about Practical Explorers in relationships.
Practical Explorers & Their behavioral variations
You show practical exploration when you 1. Find new chores or routines. 2. React with your gut to things that seem to function according to some kind of rules, and 3. Instinctively know how to get power or respect from others, and you do so with a fairly high focus as well as motivation and energy.
You show social fighting spirit when you 1. Enforce social norms when people break social rules or harm what is beautiful. 2. Create communities or groups for the people you care about, or 3. Actively support people who you care about from social pressure, and you do so with a tremendously high concentration, but an overall low motivation and energy.
You rely on the intellectual teacher subtype when you 1. Predict how complex systems can be changed or improved. 2. Come up with strategies for how to improve your performance at a task, or 3. Question systems or methods that others take for granted.
You show empathic leadership when you 1. Guide people on how to view life. 2. Think about why people are feeling or behaving the way they do, and 3. Evaluate past decisions and experiences based on their symbolical meaning, and you engage in this state with a low enthusiasm and a scattered focus.
Practical types have the highest need for security and order. It's important they express their need for routines, stability, and labour, in order to maintain their health and motivation.
As an Explorer, it’s important for your emotional health & your focus to:
- Try to keep an open mind, and to find new viewpoints.
- Try to make changes and revisions when you feel called to.
- Try to go with your instincts rather than a specific plan.
If unable to do so successfully, you risk experiencing lack of motivation or stress. You also risk making unnecessary mistakes.
When Explorers engage in mindsets similar to those of the Fighters, they gain a heightened focus but a lack of motivation. When Explorers instead engage in the mindset of the Teachers, they gain a heightened motivation, but a lack of focus. If Explorers are forced to rely on the mindset of the Leaders, they lose both motivation and focus.
In relationships, healthy practical types value routine, power, and respect. They have other people’s backs, supporting and letting other people know they can be trusted. They go by a code, making them be seen as reliable and respectable. They seek to build their character and to honour their commitments, and they want others to show them they are respected. Unhealthy practical types can become disrespectful in relationships, beating down on others and making others feel weak. It’s important that they deal with their anger and their feeling that they aren’t given enough for the things they contribute to the world. Make sure you get your physical needs, as well as your physical needs, exercise, and economic security, in order to maintain healthy relationships with others!
Explorers keep our eyes open for changes and new possibilities. They inspire us to make changes. They test out different choices, helping us understand the consequences and possibilities of various decisions. But they sometimes disregard plans and agreements with others, sometimes trying too hard to avoid responsibility. It’s important for Explorers to have free, open relationships, which allow them to try new things.
Practical Explorers are ideally paired with people who share a similar worldview (The practical worldview) as they share a similar interest for structure, order and rules. Explorers also commonly form long-term relationships with Leaders, but teaming up with other temperaments also has it's advantages.