What are some useful paradigms for understanding people?
December 25, 2013 3:14 PM Subscribe
Sometimes it can be useful to divide people into categories* for the purpose of understanding the differences in how people behave. For example:
: Askers assume that it always okay to ask for a favour, guessers feel that one should have a good idea of whether the favor will be granted before asking.
: Advocates care about winning an argument, truthseekers search for the truth.
*Givers, takers, matchers
: Givers always try to help people; matchers try to help people, but seek reciprocity; givers only care about what what they can get from others.
So, what are some useful paradigms for understanding different people?
posted by casebash to Human Relations (32 answers total) 112 users marked this as a favorite
*NB: I understand that breaking people into categories isn't a perfect way to understand them. Firstly, categories are never binaries, instead there is a sliding scale. Secondly, I understand that some people may behave one way in one type of situation and another way in other. Thirdly, there will always be some people who fall outside the categories given