The six profiles is a fantastic diagram to provide warning flags of the beginnings of irrational thinking. One the lower left is the Passive Asset. This kind of thinking says that ‘my ideas don’t matter’. It is an excuse for checking out, not taking initiative, and excusing one’s self from fully participating in the team’s goals. On the lower right is Big Bill; that person who can always one up you in every story or accomplishment. Big Bill thinking says, ” I have all the initiative needed to be a success. All that the team players have to do is support my direction, or get out of the way.” This kind of thinking is an excuse to relegate other team members to the role of support staff at best, or to useless obstacles at worst. In the middle left is the low level rejection thinker akin to Charlie Brown from the Snoopy comic strip. This thinker believes that they are in over their head, that they haven’t got what it takes to succeed, or they are out of their league. These thoughts focus on the self, and ones’ own failures, while negating their successes. It creates excuses for not trying. In the middle right is the Troll lair. This thinking finds fault with everyone else, the system, or the world as a whole. It’s nickname is often ‘black cloud’ thinking. It is a poisonous, toxic environment and tends to repel others who are more optimistic. This thinking stifles initiative because there is no point to contributing to team success. On the top left are the Cave Dwelling thoughts. This extreme form of thinking seeks isolation from the team at every opportunity. Often these thoughts are sub-suicidal. They include thoughts like, “No one would notice if I was gone.” and similar ideas. This is often a difficult type of thinking to recover from alone, and Cave Dwellers often need the team to come to them to help them down off the mountain. On the top right on Snowball Throwing thoughts. These thoughts seek to maliciously destroy the team, or other members in the team. These thoughts couldn’t care less what their jokes, actions or inactions do to other team members.
If each of these profiles is used as a means to assess one’s own thinking in various circumstances, this tool can be a powerful way of recapturing front brain/rational thinking before the irrational thoughts lead to irrational acts. Remember, it is not a tool to assess others. Each person is capable of all six types of thoughts given different situations. Use this profiles as warning flags of irrational thought, and you will go a long way to heading off actions or words you might have to apologize for later on.