Keirsey’s SJ “Guardians”
David Keirsey explains the temperaments at great length, but his descriptions can get long-winded and confusing. His SJ “Guardian” temperament can be summarized thus:
You talk about people, things, and the general here and now.
You favor cooperation, compliance, and reliance on teamwork; you play by the rules.
You are concerned with conformity, agreement, and making sure discipline is sustained.
You make concrete connections when you speak, thinking in terms of the topic’s relation to the past.
You often speak in orders and tend to sound commanding.
You speak in terms relative to pre-established ideas, events, and experiences.
You explain your views by appealing to what is known and familiar.
Your strength lies in your ability to maintain the stability of existing systems; you hold things together.
Directive Role: Administrator (xSTJ)
You are best at regulating procedures and holding others responsible for their actions.
Expressive Role: Supervisor (ESTJ)
You’re the boss, with an eye for both others’ conduct and the rules they should follow.
Reserved Role: Inspector (ISTJ)
You work behind the scenes to ensure that all goods are up to the standards.
Informative Role: Conservator (xSFJ)
You are best at giving support to and ensuring security for others.
Expressive Role: Provider (ESFJ)
You make sure everyone’s welfare is properly attended to; you help those in need.
Reserved Role: Protector (ISFJ)
You shield others from the dangers and dirt of the world, quietly maintaining order.
You prefer to learn about business and the nature of goods and services.
You focus on maintaining social acceptability and a high standard of ethics for all.
You are happiest when working with supplies and equipment for an organization.
You are hardworking in the present and always working to save for later.
You are always prepared and expect the worst.
You generally view life as predetermined and think that everything happens for a reason.
You like to always be standing guard, keeping an eye on comings, goings, and conduct.
You yearn for “the good old days;” you feel that nothing can compare to how things once were.
You like yourself most when you see yourself as reliable and trustworthy.
You respect yourself most when you and others see you as helpful and charitable.
You feel the most confident when you are well thought-of and considered upright by others.
Your prevalent mood is one of concern for all of your duties and responsibilities.
When in doubt, you trust those in charge; you maintain great respect for power and order.
You ultimately want to be a part of a group, perhaps as a way of finding security.
You devote yourself to maintaining a stable, safe lifestyle.
You derive great pleasure from being appreciated by others for your services.
You dream of becoming a distinguished leader in a well-regarded institution.
In relationships, you seek to work with your partner toward a comfortable, stable life.
As a parent, you want your kids to be civilized, cultured, helpful, and productive.
In leadership positions, you are schedule-oriented and make sure everyone follows the rules.
From Please Understand Me II, by David Keirsey.