Let's Think About the Thinker: The Logic Type
In this third of the four-part series, we gather some data and analyze the Logic type. If you haven't already taken the short assessment, check out the post, download the form and determine your personal style. Even if Logic is not your dominant style, keep reading to get a better understanding of this fascinating type. Okay, it's my type, but I'm not biased!
People whose dominant personal style is Logic are typically competent, independent and knowledgeable (about a little bit of everything). They are known as problem-solvers, thinkers and analyzers. They are typically less emotionally aware than other types and are sometimes seen as aloof or even arrogant. Their ability to process information and come up with the best solution to a problem is one of their key strengths, as is their insatiable curiosity and desire to learn. Typical careers for Logic types are scientist, college professor, inventor, writer or psychologist. It's not an exact comparison, but the most similar MBTI types are ENTJ, ENTP, INTJ and INTP, although others are possible.
What this means for making choices
First and foremost, in order to make a decision, a Logic needs both data and time to think and reason their way through the issue. When the thinking process is complete, the Logic type will have strong convictions and stand by their choices. They are not wishy-washy and not easily intimidated. On the positive side, they are usually right about their choices. On the negative side, their decisions (and the blunt way they present them) may not take emotions or other people’s feelings into consideration. This is not always a bad thing, as many tough decisions fail to make everyone happy. A little finessing and acknowledging feelings could go a long way toward making their choices more accepted though.
Logic types tend to be overly concerned with appearing incompetent or “looking stupid” in front of others. Because of this, they may withhold their opinions or delay making choices until they are 100% sure – which may be too late.
Logic types are surprisingly good at reading people, as they are observant and pick up and process cues from their environments easily. What makes them different from the Cooperation type though, is that they use what they learn from reading people simply as additional data, it typically doesn’t sway them emotionally.
Communicating their choices and convincing others to rally around them can be a challenge. Because they are so confident in their decisions, they are sometimes viewed as a know-it-all or heartless. Remember, they have thought about the issue way more than anyone else, so they have a response to just about any argument that is presented. They just need to understand that their direct, and in some cases, brutally honest opinions do not always help their case.
Decision challenges to conquer
Hesitance to share their own feelings and acknowledge the feelings of others
Fear of making mistakes or saying things that make them look incompetent – this will make them delay choices or be overly conservative in their choices
Need for excessive amounts of information and thinking time to make decisions – they may make choices too late to act
Absolute intolerance of irrational or illogical behaviors and decisions in others
What about Introversion/Extroversion?
eLogic: Extroverted Logic
Logic types are less likely to be strongly extroverted, as the nature of Logic is to be independent and deep thinkers – most of which has to occur when alone. Certainly there are plenty of eLogic types out there, but their need for connection with others is usually based on a common interest or specific purpose (think club or association meetings rather than meeting for casual lunch or coffee). They often play “devil’s advocate” in discussions and will sometimes walk others through their thought process by “thinking out loud”. All Logic types are fairly cautious about jeopardizing their reputations by being wrong, so if they say something out loud, it is usually accurate.
iLogic: Introverted Logic
Most Logic types fall on the introverted end of the spectrum, again due to the nature of the type. That does not mean they are shy or afraid of people, they just don’t feel the need to bring others into their rich internal worlds of ideas and thoughts. The iLogic types will rarely “think out loud” or express their opinions in large groups. They are also more comfortable keeping their feelings to themselves, and will only open up to the people closest to them.
Advice for the care and feeding of a Logic type
Allow them to be self-sufficient, independent and free to make their own choices
Don’t google it, ask a Logic type! They love to share their ideas and what they know
Do not push them to respond or make a decision before they have had a chance to think – alone
Encourage them to smile more and give them a safe place to express their feelings and make mistakes
Do not: Discount their knowledge, be inflexible or limit their options to solve a problem, force them to use an illogical process, rush their decisions, or make them look stupid
If your type is Cooperation, be careful not to force your expectations about feelings and expressiveness onto a Logic type
Are you a Logic type? If so, do you think this captures your personal style?
Remember, there is no best “type”, each has its own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to making good choices. We can have feelings and display behaviors that align with any or all of these styles, depending on the situation. The key is to understand what are the predominant personality characteristics driving your decisions and use it to make amazing choices!