Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to
contribute to the welfare of others,
and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal
development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy
working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention, Counselors
do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions
are not superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to
recharge their batteries. Counselors are both kind and positive in their handling of others;
they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal
problems. Not usually visible leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close
to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes.
Counselors are scarce, little more than three percent of the population, and can be hard
to get to know, since they tend not to share their innermost thoughts or their powerful
emotional reactions except with their loved ones. They are highly private people, with an
unusually rich, complicated inner life. Friends or colleagues who have known them for years
may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that Counselors are flighty or scattered;
they value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven
personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.
Counselors tend to work effectively in organizations. They value staff harmony and make
every effort to help an organization run smoothly and pleasantly. They understand and use
human systems creatively, and are good at consulting and cooperating with others. As
employees or employers, Counselors are concerned with people's feelings and are able to
act as a barometer of the feelings within the organization.
Blessed with vivid imaginations, Counselors are often seen as the most poetical of all the
types, and in fact they use a lot of poetic imagery in their everyday language. Their great
talent for language-both written and spoken-is usually directed toward communicating with people
in a personalized way. Counselors are highly intuitive and can recognize another's emotions or
intentions - good or evil - even before that person is aware of them. Counselors themselves can
seldom tell how they came to read others' feelings so keenly. This extreme sensitivity to others
could very well be the basis of the Counselor's remarkable ability to experience a whole array of
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