SL stands for Social Leader, and it refers to someone who enters a state of flow, motivation, and mindfulness when they can successfully guide people to behave as a moral or socially highstanding community.
The Social Worldview
The Social worldview causes us to become aware of meanings, motives and reasons for our history and our character. Social types understand social actions by their character, their environment or their history. Social types can use this social competence to build trust with the people in their community. Social types are experience driven, and tend to know how to behave in order to gain social rewards from their environment. Social types are drawn to the familiar and the known, and prefer to use old knowledge and old experiences to guide their behavior. Social types seek to build a place for themselves in the community, as well as to live up to social expectations. Social types tend to think experientially about the experiences they have, what it looked like, how it felt, categorizing and memorizing it. Because they are often unaware of rules, instructions and hierarchies, they tend to be less incentivized to follow laws and instructions. Social types tend to struggle with escaping old social patterns and feedback spirals. This is because they are instinctually driven to maintain, to restore, and to use old knowledge wisely, causing them to be somewhat nostalgic people. Social types are emotionally driven to connect, to impact the community, and to have good, pleasant experiences. They can also more negatively experience anger, when things don’t work as anticipated, or when people fail at something simple. Besides this, social types can struggle with shame and disgust, which negatively impacts their ability to connect and relate to the world.
Learn more about worldviews and health.
The Explorer Temperament
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 about Explorers in relationships.
Social Explorers & Their behavioral variations
You use social exploration when you 1. Meet and interact with new people 2. React with your gut to things that seem beautiful or good, and 3. Use your instincts to know what is morally right, and you engage in this state with a fairly high enthusiasm and a fairly good concentration.
You show practical fighting spirit when you 1. Enforce routines and structure when others are out of control. 2. Create systems of rules and laws for people to live by, or 3. Actively stand up for laws and rules when other people question them, and you engage in this state with a strong concentration, but low overall motivation.
You rely on the empathic teacher subtype when you 1. Predict how a symbol may grow or change over time. 2. Come up with strategies for how to express nuanced, symbolical messages, or 3. Question existential beliefs and expressions that others take for granted, and you engage in this state with a really high enthusiasm, but an overall scattered focus.
You show intellectual leadership when you 1. Guide people on how to improve their results 2. Think about how problems could be fixed, and 3. Evaluate past decisions and experiences based on what problems and flaws you could find, and you engage in this state with low focus and a low enthusiasm.
Social types have the highest need for social order. It's important they express their need for symmetry, harmony, and a social identity 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 social types value beauty, connection and being part of a community. Social types engage in various rituals with others, working to connect with and learn about the people that are important to them. They often think about morals, how to behave towards others, and how not to behave, striving to be socially competent and an appreciated individual in the community. More negatively, unhealthy social types can suffer from shame, feeling like they are bad, or like there is something wrong with them, causing them to avoid relationships with others, and to go into hiding. Putting on a social façade, they can sometimes push others away, or be overly rude or hurtful to others, making others feel bad about themselves in order to avoid dealing with their shame. It’s important to be open to others, to be appreciative of others, and to show others you care about them, in order to fulfill your social needs!
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.
Social Explorers are ideally paired with people who share a similar worldview (The social worldview) as they share a similar interest for social norms, behavior, fashion and aesthetics. Explorers also commonly form long-term relationships with Leaders, but teaming up with other temperaments also has it's advantages.