People Styles – what they are
We are all similar, but we are also all different. ‘People Styles’ allow us to predict, usually with a high degree of accuracy, how a person will react in a particular situation. Let me give you an illustration:
Recently I was asked by a colleague ‘why’ another colleague was behaving in a particular manner. My colleague was clearly quite troubled by the third colleague’s behaviour, and was even feeling some personal responsibility for it.
Once I had an understanding of the situation, the answer was quite obvious. The third colleague was clearly severely stressed, and knowing them as I did, I found that their behaviour was exactly what I would expect. I would also say that while this explained the behaviour, it did not excuse it or make it right.
While I am not a psychologist, I do have a sound understanding of human nature. From experience, I know that it is often possible to accurately predict a person’s response to something. The key to being able to do this is to understand their ‘nature’; which means their ‘normal manner of thinking or behaving’.
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