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This is a discussion on Service-oriented, Project-oriented, and Discovery-oriented People within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; People have different ways of finding fulfillment, and specific preferences and needs for what feels fulfilling. While the characteristics are ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Service-oriented, Project-oriented, and Discovery-oriented People

    People have different ways of finding fulfillment, and specific preferences and needs for what feels fulfilling. While the characteristics are similar in that they all pertain to someone's love language, like affirmation, service, or gifting, they can be defined as being service-oriented, project-oriented, and discovery-oriented. All three career orientations are used, though people will have a primary preference and secondary preferences.

    Certain people prefer to feel like they have contributed something as a team, or working as a group member. Others want to be of service, to feel like they are needed. Still others prefer the feeling of stretching what is known or possible, to test and go beyond the limits of human capabilities. The project-oriented group often work well as engineers and programmers, who feel gratified by developing a useful product. The service-oriented group work well as customer specialists, receptionists, artists, writers, and teachers. The discovery-oriented people enjoy theoretical physics, mathematics, and as researchers.

    A person has preference for one, and secondary and tertiary preferences for the others. For example, one might have a preference for the service-oriented profession, helping people find joy, while possessing a secondary preference for discovery. This means the person helps people, while also encourages them to discover new ideas and wonders. Someone might have a primary preference for projects, with a secondary preference for service. This encourages them to develop useful items that are of great service for society, like bridges and roads, transportation methods, and communication devices. Someone who is discovery and project oriented will be encouraged to explore new areas, learn from different cultures, and come up with ideas for societal benefit.
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    With that in mind, it sounds like I skew towards a dominant preference for projects, with a secondary preference for discovery. Is this something you came up with, or were you referencing something?

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by lifeinterminals View Post
    With that in mind, it sounds like I skew towards a dominant preference for projects, with a secondary preference for discovery. Is this something you came up with, or were you referencing something?
    It's something I just thought out, after wondering about what work people find fulfilling, and what they would rather be doing. Having a project-oriented preference, and discovery-oriented secondary preference means you will be attracted to product development, and learning, tinkering and researching while you create something as a team member. I'm Service-oriented primary, and Discovery-oriented secondary, which means I like working with what I know helping others, while bringing wonder, fun, and excitement to people.
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    INTJ

    I am usually skeptical of proposed new personality theories, but I like this one. Tying it into MBTI, F-types will tend towards service, while Te-users would prefer project-orientation and Ti-users would go to discovery-orientation. I can also see this revolving on enneatype.

    For me, I would be Project > Discovery > Service.
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    ISTJ

    Quote Originally Posted by PiT View Post
    Tying it into MBTI, F-types will tend towards service, while Te-users would prefer project-orientation and Ti-users would go to discovery-orientation. I can also see this revolving on enneatype.

    As an E5 Te-Aux, I have difficulty deciding whether Project or Discovery is dominant for me... they're very close. I think that Si can also drive a quest for Discovery... just not the exact same way as Ti would. Si doesn't look at discovery as "food for thought" as a Ti user might, it's a more basic need to expand it's reference library... the more you know the less likely you are to be surprised or disoriented by new things that come your way.

    No question that Service is last for me. It's not that I consciously avoid it or have no empathy for others at all, but I essentially have no innate drive towards it. If I become aware of a need (usually from outside influence) I don't "feel" a need to do something, but I can rationalize that it's a situation in need of improvement to get myself onboard, then I just approach it like any other project.

    With a very slight edge to Project, I would say, for me, it's Project ≈ Discovery >>> Service.
    Last edited by jcal; 05-03-2018 at 10:02 AM.

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    I think thats probably something that changes the older you become.

    Taking into account your theory my preferences go like this:
    Discovery >= Project > Service

    But im still kind of young to be thinking a lot about service, i might have a need for that type of fullfillment when im older. Its probably rarer to see young people who ve got dreams and goals to answer "service" here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiT View Post
    I am usually skeptical of proposed new personality theories, but I like this one. Tying it into MBTI, F-types will tend towards service, while Te-users would prefer project-orientation and Ti-users would go to discovery-orientation. I can also see this revolving on enneatype.

    For me, I would be Project > Discovery > Service.
    I'm thinking heavy T-users would be a better fit for project-oriented types, and heavy N-users would be big on discovery.

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    INTJ

    Quote Originally Posted by jcal View Post
    As an E5 Te-Aux, I have difficulty deciding whether Project or Discovery is dominant for me... they're very close. I think that Si can also drive a quest for Discovery... just not the exact same way as Ti would. Si doesn't look at discovery as "food for thought" as a Ti user might, it's a more basic need to expand it's reference library... the more you know the less likely you are to be surprised or disoriented by new things that come your way.

    No question that Service is last for me. It's not that I consciously avoid it or have no empathy for others at all, but I essentially have no innate drive towards it. If I become aware of a need (usually from outside influence) I don't "feel" a need to do something, but I can rationalize that it's a situation in need of improvement to get myself onboard, then I just approach it like any other project.

    With a very slight edge to Project, I would say, for me, it's Project ≈ Discovery >>> Service.
    When I mentioned Enneagram, one of the things that came to mind was that E5 would predispose someone towards Discovery, since its attitude boils down to "knowledge is power". As such, your response doesn't necessarily surprise me.

    Quote Originally Posted by lifeinterminals View Post
    I'm thinking heavy T-users would be a better fit for project-oriented types, and heavy N-users would be big on discovery.
    That is an interesting idea. The way that it is formulated here, Discovery sounds like a very NT (and particularly INTP) focus. I pulled out the TP part, since Ti-types focus on building a theory of the world based on their personal application of logic. With that said, I could see the N preference playing a factor as well. An archetypal NF-type would probably be interested in a personal/spiritual form of discovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiT View Post
    That is an interesting idea. The way that it is formulated here, Discovery sounds like a very NT (and particularly INTP) focus. I pulled out the TP part, since Ti-types focus on building a theory of the world based on their personal application of logic. With that said, I could see the N preference playing a factor as well. An archetypal NF-type would probably be interested in a personal/spiritual form of discovery.
    Shooting from the hip here, I think this might be at least a loose fit:

    Project-Oriented (P) - May revolve around T in general, likely ST types

    P - ISTP, INTJ, ESTJ, ENTJ

    P/D - INTP

    P/S - ISTJ

    Discovery (D) - May revolve around Pe doms/auxes

    D - ENTP, ESTP, ESFP, ISFP

    D/S - ENFP, INFP

    Service (S) - May revolve around F in general, likely F dom or aux

    S - ESFJ

    S/P - ISFJ

    S/D -ENFJ, INFJ

    --

    Feel free to pick this apart. Nothing's set in stone in my head yet.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    An ENFP can be project-oriented primary, and discovery-oriented secondary, while an INTJ can be discovery-oriented primary, and project-oriented secondary. This might have something to do with MBTI in conjunction with political types, temperaments, learning styles, and love language. More research is needed.
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