The Social Teachers
ST stands for social teacher, and it refers to someone who enters a state of flow, motivation, and mindfulness when they can successfully predict how people's morals and behavior will change.
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.
The Teacher Temperament
Introverted and adaptable
Teachers spend a lot of time in preparation, thinking over options, analyzing any possibilities they can find. Teachers thrive when they can keep their options open. They are sensitive to unexpected decisions, and work hard to keep all their ground covered. They work hard to avoid critique or negative feedback from others. They are studious, careful, and cautious. They avoid unnecessary risks. Teachers are driven by emotions and reward-seeking behavior, as well as learning to control their response to various emotions. They adapt quicker than any of the other types to changes, but as a result, lack willpower and struggle to uphold their values and decisions in real-time behavior. They are the temperament that struggles the most to maintain a decision as their mind is constantly reevaluating the situation, but they also have the highest tolerance for stress and pain. They are more emotionally resilient and cooperative, and the most open to outside suggestions and opinions. They experiment and test but are more careful than Explorers. They are sensitive to mistakes and issues in their environment and are naturally driven to help and cooperate with others to work through problems.
Learn about Teachers in relationships.
Social Teachers & Their behavioral variations
Active Social Teachers
You rely on the social teacher subtype when you 1. Predict how other people could behave in the future. 2. Come up with strategies for how to handle possible social risks. or 3. Question social traditions and values that others take for granted, and you engage in this state with a medium high attention span and a medium high energy.
Hyperactive Empathic Explorers
You show explorative empathy when you 1. Find new meaningful changes 2. React with your gut to things that seem meaningful or profound, and 3. Use your instincts to know why another person feels a certain way, and you engage in this state with a high motivation but a low attention span.
Stable Practical Leaders
You show practical leadership when you 1. Guide people on what their tasks or chores are 2. Rehearse the instructions before you take on a task, and 3. Evaluate people’s decisions and behavior based on if they lived up to the rules and requirements you follow, and you engage in this state with a high attention span but low motivation.
Passive Intellectual Fighters
You show intellectual fighting spirit when you 1. Enforce methods or improvements even when they are questioned by others. 2. Create projects or groups for the ideas or tools you are interested in, or 3. Actively stand up for new methods or projects when other people question them, and you engage in this state with low motivation and a low attention span.
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 a Teacher, it’s important for your emotional health & your focus to:
- Try to analyze and prepare for different possibilities.
- Try to stay ahead of everyone else.
- Try to analyze your current values and thoughts.
If unable to do so successfully, you risk experiencing lack of motivation or stress. You also risk making unnecessary mistakes.
When Teachers engage in mindsets similar to those of the Leaders, they gain a heightened focus but a lack of motivation. When Teachers instead engage in the mindset of the Explorers, they gain a heightened motivation, but a lack of focus. If Teachers are forced to rely on the mindset of the Fighters, 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!
Teachers help us prepare for what is to come. They make us feel safe, staying ahead of anything that’s happening. They seem to know us and what we will do better than anyone. But teachers sometimes postpone decisions for too long. They avoid voicing their needs to others, and they can be too secretive at times. It’s important for teachers to maintain their needs for staying ahead of the situation, by letting themselves have time to prepare and think ahead, in order to maintain healthy relationships.
Social Teachers 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. Teachers also commonly form long-term relationships with Fighters, but teaming up with other temperaments also has it's advantages.