The intersection of individual personality and social context

Stephanie Rogers of PurposePoints

I am an Idealist by temperament and an ENFJ by type. Mostly I communicate, foresee, reveal, mentor, interpret, facilitate, lead, inspire, cajole, and observe. Authenticity, and the journey to become one’s true self, means everything to me. People seek me out to interpret their inner-self and reveal their inner-purpose because they trust me to support them for who they are.  

I am a sociologist with expertise in personality theory. My early career was in urban planning and public policy where I specialized in organizing community participation. In graduate school, I was introduced to the personality theories of Carl Jung (psychological type) and David Keirsey (Temperament). I had the extraordinary good fortune to meet people at the forefront of the research and promotion of these theories through the Association for Psychological Type. I became an associate at the Temperament Research Institute and served as faculty for the Type Resources Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Professional Qualifying Program. In 1996, I formed PurposePoints to offer coaching and consulting services to private clients.

Identity work is not something I set out to do, it found me; or rather the people seeking that kind of assistance found me.   A component of my work is using Carl Jung’s theories of psychological type and David Keirsey’s model of the four temperaments, but what I “do” goes way beyond that and comes from within. I seem to have a gift for helping others to find their true path.

I operate at the intersection of individual personality and social context. I inherently have a sociological, rather than psychological, perspective. I tend to focus on the raw talents, natural gifts, and “callings” of the individual and how they match, or fail to match, the current social, cultural, and historical contexts. Mix that with a lot of listening and reframing, and then add a bit of revealing and knowing, and my clients come to “hear” what was in their heart all along.

The best way I have found to differentiate my work from clinical therapists and psychologists is by describing my clients. My clients are people who generally have fought their way out of a bad place but now, fresh from recovery, they are a bit bewildered by their new surroundings. Many have worked through issues of abuse, addiction, coming out, divorce, empty nest, retirement, etc. They come to me when they are ready to leave their past behind and discover who they want to be in their new found future. Clients seem to like that I have not seen them when they felt broken, but only at the point where they are experiencing a sense of wholeness and renewal. Many clients often continue to work with their therapists while they work with me because they see the two processes as accomplishing different things.

Other clients are simply on a mission of self-discovery or relationship development. They are eager to learn some tools that will help them understand themselves, and those around them, better.

Artisans are a specific set of clients that require a different kind of support. The social marginalization of the Artisan temperament throughout the US and Canada, by families, school systems, higher education, and the corporate world, puts this group at high risk for serious social impact. I have served as an advocate for Artisans for nearly thirty years.

Over the years, the ebb and flow of PurposePoints has shifted to meet the needs of my family and moves from state to state. PurposePoints has maintained a low profile in North Carolina for over a decade; now is the time for greater connection to the community.