Styles of the Mind

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, Dustin Jizmejian taught an evening class on Mindstyles, a test made by Anthony F. Gregorc Ph.D.

Here is the story.

We came into class and he gave us the rundown of the test. There were 4 different mindstyles, Abstract Random (AR), Concrete Random (CR), Abstract Sequential (AS), and Concrete Sequential (CS). After we took it, we would find our dominant, mine was AR and CR but more AR. Being equally dominant in all 4 is rare. My friend Micah was an almost diamond. AS is good with Abstract thinking and Sequential thought; CS is good with Concrete thinking and sequential thought; AR is good with Abstract reasoning and Random thought; CR is good with Concrete thoughts in sequential order.

We were broken up into our dominant mindstyle groups. Then we were given questions or proposals that we had to talk about and then answer. We were timed which was a little stressful but still fun. My group’s answers were all abstract or relational. Our answers in each group usually vastly differed from the other 3 groups. After the test, he talked about how each mindstyle related in different situations and to different concepts. He told each group what they were known for, what they listen and read for, how each best communicated, what some of their biggest questions are, what they needed, what they struggled with, what their strengths are, and what they needed God to be for them/ how they best relate to God and want him to relate to them. Then he gave us all warnings of what each of the four groups’ pride issues is. It was an eye-opening experience for me. The entire Semester I had been questioning how I would feel or think, But this class taught me so much about how my mind works, which also showed how my emotions work. I’ll just go through the list he mentioned and what I learned about myself.

AR was known for being very relational, loving feelings, also great at reading a room, even almost taking on the emotions of those around them, which helped explain why my emotions can shift at the snap of a finger. What AR’s listen/read for is friendships, and how it applies to them emotionally, which helped me understand why I only connect to characters in books and movies on an emotional level. AR’s best communicates through, emotions, abstract, and random thought. I’m pretty random sometimes and think best in the abstract so it made sense.

AR’s biggest question is “Am I Loved?”

I ask that all the time in my mind when I am around people. Fortunately for me, my class and I love each other a lot and let each other know it every day. An AR’s biggest need is intentional affection. I for one figured that one out by how often I want a hug, intentional time, etc. AR’s struggle with what both S classes are good at, thinking concretely and sequentially. They also struggle with feeling loved sometimes. An AR’s strength lies in its abstract thinking and empathy toward others. I for one have been called very empathetic, which I suppose is true. They are also one of the most creative mindstyles. What AR’s need God to be for them is loving and intentional, not to mention relational. I get that because before I was a Christian, I didn’t think God loved me and thus didn’t care to follow him. But when he met me (through my Mom) at my lowest point (as of being 21 right now) and showed me he loved me unconditionally. I came to Jesus and have been following him since. Not saying it’s easy, but I love him! The AR’s pride issue is to too often compare their relationships to other peoples and brag when they think that theirs are better. Learning about my Mindstyle has helped to confirm my strengths and show me where I need to grow.

After we finished the class, I left knowing a lot more about myself than when I came in and so did all the other students.

By Matthew Hogan: Matthew Hogan is 21, a Texas resident. He lives in Tyler, Tx, and is the 3rd of 4 children adopted by their grandparents. He is a homeschool graduate who loves Jesus. He enjoys people, community, friendships, creativity (specifically the dramatic arts), and seeking God’s truth. He joined Summit Semester to learn Truth, see where God wants to lead him and reinvigorate his faith.