Many people have asked why is Keirsey Temperament Theory not known broadly as “it should be.”
For a long time, I couldn’t give a good answer.
The answer is: “It’s a Slow Idea.”
My father outlines “The History of Madness” in his lectures. And the Wholistic Theory of Madness is a slow idea, its roots going back to over a century with my father adding the idea of Temperament in the last half century. Fast Ideas about “madness” have been around since Homo Sapens possessed language.
The roots of the Idea of Keirsey Temperament also go back to ancient times.
In addition, there is the idea of: Slow Ideas <=> Fast Ideas
The root of this idea appeared just recently, thanks to Atul Gawande.
The guy makes sense.
“It is very REASONED with compassion too.” Some might say he is Rational in his thinking.
And people are slowly, but surely realizing this.
Charlie Munger for one. Even John Stewart has caught on. 😉 And me too, even though I thought his fantastic idea about fast and slow ideas was the only article I would read of his.
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. — Hannah Arendt
“And one of the things they showed us was how to really focus on making it swift and usable. We made a two-minute surgery checklist; it had just 19 items. Some of them were just make sure you don’t forget dumb stuff: make sure you gave antibiotics, make sure you have blood ready for a high-blood-loss case. And then there were other interesting parts: make sure everybody in the room has been introduced by name and role; make sure the surgeon actually explained to the team what their goals for the operation are; make sure the anesthesiologist and nurses had a chance to explain their plans for the operation. We put that checklist in eight hospitals around the world, ranging from rural Tanzania to Toronto and Seattle, and every single hospital we put it in had a double-digit reduction in complications. The average reduction in death was 46 percent. That made me realize there was something much deeper and more important going on here about this set of problems we’re grappling with in the modern world.”
You see, his main ideas are Slow Ideas. Complex ideas: hard to take hold in the general public zeitgeist.