• Theme Description

You like to think. You like mental activity. You like exercising the muscles of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions. This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, you may be trying to solve a problem or develop an idea or understand another person's feelings. The exact focus will depend on your other strengths. On the other hand, this mental activity may very well lack focus. The theme of Intellection does not dictate what you are thinking about; it simply describes that you like to think. You are the kind of person who enjoys your time alone because it is your time for musing and reflection. You are introspective. In a sense you are your own best companion, as you pose yourself questions and try out answers on yourself to see how they sound. This introspection may lead you to a slight sense of discontent as you compare what you are actually doing with all the thoughts and ideas that your mind conceives. Or this introspection may tend toward more pragmatic matters such as the events of the day or a conversation that you plan to have later. Wherever it leads you, this mental hum is one of the constants of your life.

  • Action Items

You love to study, and you prefer intellectual discussions.

You like to think and to let your thoughts go in many directions.

You like to spend time alone so that you can reflect and ponder.

Others may write you off as a geek because of your sophisticated level of thinking and use of language.

You typically ask great questions. As a result, people may seek you out for your ability to serve as a valuable sounding board.

Consider beginning or continuing your studies in philosophy, literature, or psychology. You will enjoy subjects that stimulate your thinking.

Although you are a natural thinker, make a point to schedule time for thinking. Use this time to muse, reflect, and reenergize. You need quiet time to refuel.

Keep a journal and take time to write regularly. These ideas will serve as grist for your mental mill, and they might yield valuable insights. Writing might be the best way to crystallize and integrate your thoughts.

Find people who like to talk about the same issues you do. Make time to hang out and talk about these issues.

Sometimes your energetic debate of a philosophical issue can be intimidating to those with lesser talents in this theme. Partner with Empathy or Positivity talents to recognize when others are beginning to feel uncomfortable.

Practice putting your thoughts into plain language so others can better understand your thinking. Remember that others cannot read your mind. Give them a glimpse at what's happening inside your head, and translate it into language they can relate to.

Ask questions and seek answers in discussions and lectures.

Research subjects that interest and intrigue you.

Contemplate academic goals and endeavors.

Make your education even more effective by following your intellectual curiosity. As you allow yourself to ask the questions that naturally come to you, you will refine your approach to learning and studying.

Take time to think and plan before writing a paper or performing an assignment.

Study to understand and learn, not just to memorize.

Take part in study groups that allow you to verbalize and further define your thoughts.

Practice presenting ideas that matter to you.

Get to know your professors, and engage them in discussions.

Try to meet people who share the same interests, and create intellectual conversations with them.

Surround yourself with intellectually stimulating people, and confidently converse with them. You can contribute to their lives as well as they can to yours.

Take classes that promote intellectual and analytical thought.

Choose professors whose reputations indicate that they demand careful thinking.

Study course syllabi to know how much thinking you might have an opportunity to do.

Join clubs that allow you to be part of stimulating conversations.

Read and collect books that pique your curiosity.

Attend conferences and debates about the subjects in which you are most interested.

Read, read, read! Gather books on careers that interest you, read biographies of people in careers that fascinate you, read all the brochures and books available at the career center. Then go online and read some more. Through your reading you will come to a better sense of clarity about the career options that fit you best.

Think about the times in your life when you have felt best about your accomplishments. In your journal, write about what you did that contributed to those accomplishments and how you used your talents in each instance. Later, look for patterns in what you wrote.

A work environment where you have time and space to think and reflect before responding will bring out your best. A fast-paced environment where there is pressure to sell or to follow routine procedures will not be as comfortable for you as one that allows and rewards thought and reflection.

Select work in which you can share ideas and pose questions. Avoid environments where you cannot challenge the status quo or where operating procedures are completely rigid.

Environments in which you can interact with colleagues and have philosophical debates will be most satisfying to you and enable you to be productive.

Choose work that will challenge you intellectually. Talk to editors, theologians, or philosophy professors on campus. Ask what their work is like.