From as early as 400 B.C. with Hippocrates’ Four Temperaments, we have documentation of people trying to figure each other out. That everyone is different was clear but learning what makes each person “tick” became a singular focus for many physicians, philosophers and psychologists. In the 1920s, Carl Jung developed the foundation for modern day classification of personality and behavioral styles. In the 1950s, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was developed and to this day, is an incredibly common profiling tool. In different sectors, different instruments are preferred. In the business world, you may encounter the DISC theory and Personality Traits. And there are countless others that take similar approaches.
All of that is to say . . .people have been working on this question of what makes us similar and different for a long time. While each has a slightly different take, what is common across them all is that difference is valuable and can be appreciated when understood. These typologies suggest that by understanding ourselves and each other better, we can have happier, healthier relationships in every area of our lives.
Our Roadtrip Personality framework is simply our addition or overlay to these scientifically validated and well-established models. It brings commonalities across four types into the context of a road trip. By recognizing and learning to appreciate how each person is likely to plan and participate in your road trip, you can avoid a lot of frustration and hurt feelings!
If you’re interested in learning more about some of these common personality and temperament typing models, read on. Just keep in mind that each is designed to esteem and strengthen our appreciation and effectiveness, never to pigeon hole or disparage one type or another.
Keep in mind too that everyone one of us is a complex, unique individual with qualities and traits across the spectrum. Okay, end of disclaimer 🙂