Providers take it upon themselves to insure the health and welfare of those in their care,
but they are also the most sociable of all the Guardians, and thus are the great nurturers of social institutions such as schools,
churches, social clubs, and civic groups. Providers are very likely more than ten percent of the population, and this is
fortunate for the rest of us, because friendly social service is a key to their nature. Wherever they go, Providers happily
give their time and energy to make sure that the needs of others are met, and that social functions are a success.
Highly cooperative themselves, Providers are skilled in maintaining teamwork among their helpers, and are also tireless in their
attention to the details of furnishing goods and services. They make excellent chairpersons in charge of dances, banquets, class
reunions, charity fund-raisers, and the like. They are without peer as masters of ceremonies, able to speak publicly with ease and
confidence. And they are outstanding hosts or hostesses, knowing everyone by name, and seemingly aware of what everyone's been
doing. Providers love to entertain, and are always concerned about the needs of their guests, wanting to make sure that all are
involved and provided for.
Friendly, outgoing, neighborly - in a word, Providers are gregarious, so much so that they can become restless when isolated
from people. They love to talk with others, and will often strike up a conversation with strangers and chat pleasantly about
any topic that comes to mind. Friendships matter a great deal to Providers, and their conversations with friends often touch
on good times from years past. Family traditions are also sacred to them, and they carefully observe birthdays and anniversaries.
In addition, Providers show a delightful fascination with news of their friends and neighbors. If we wish to know what's been
going on in the local community, school, or church, they're happy to fill us in on all the details.
Providers are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others, which makes them perhaps the most sympathetic of all the types,
but which also leaves them somewhat self-conscious, that is, highly sensitive to what others think of them. Loving and affectionate
themselves, they need to be loved in return. In fact, Providers can be crushed by personal criticism, and are happiest when given
ample appreciation both for themselves personally and for the tireless service they give to others.
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