When you know your Disc pattern
it is useful to see how you will go as a advisor. If you are seeking advice and want to find the best person, together with an idea of how helpful they may or may not be, then you will need to pick the behaviour pattern first, using the methods contained in this site.

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Here are all sixteen patterns - as the advisor and how helpful you may or may not be.

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Conducted and composed by Elizabeth Hunter™ - Last Update 2 February, 2020


1. Can it be the Director - ESTJ?

The Director is the Border Collie

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Director when they have a project that seems daunting and they do not know where to start. The Director has a gift for analyzing resources and time and creating a plan of action so projects are completed in an efficient and effective way. They break large projects down into manageable steps which is helpful for people who seem overwhelmed by big tasks.
People also seek the Director's wisdom when it comes to real-life issues like parenting, divorce, careers, etc. Although advice is never sugarcoated, it tends to be paired with a friendly, down-to-earth demeanor that is comforting to some types. People know they can count on the Director for honesty, logic, and an objective perspective on things.

The Director thinks he gives good advice but it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that a Director should be asked:

What’s the best way to accomplish this task?
I have a big project and I don’t know where to begin. Can you help me?
Do you think this is a good choice for my career?
How should I handle this life issue that’s come up?
Am I being unrealistic here?
Are my/their facts straight?

How helpful or not will the Director be:

The Director will help others by taking charge of chaotic situations and making sense of things. Natural managers, they prize being dependable and organized. If there is an overwhelming project you have to do, they will help break it down and plan it out with you. If you are not sure how to present an argument in front of an audience, they will help you refine your points and give you some clues to stay focused. When they are not in work-mode, they also enjoy finding ways to make their loved ones laugh. Playing games, cracking jokes and getting a smile out of someone they love gives them a great sense of joy. They also enjoy helping out in hands-on ways: whether that be fixing your car or or turning up to get you out of a sticky situation.

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2. Can it be the Developer - ENTJ?

The Developer is the German Shepherd

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Developer when there is a big project that needs to be done and nobody knows where to begin. The Developer has a knack for taking big tasks and breaking them down into sequential steps. They are keenly aware of timelines, facts and the most logical, efficient way to do something. Big projects do not overwhelm the DEveloper as quickly as they do other types because they enjoy the process of taking them apart and coming up with an effective way to get them done quickly.
People also seek the Developer's advice when they need insight into a complex problem, plan or idea. They can often predict how well a plan will work out and tell people about implications they have not thought of. The Developer also enjoys discussing abstract topics including religion, politics, philosophy and the deeper meaning of things. When people feel like their questions are too complicated or conceptual for other types, they often come to the Developer.

The Developer thinks he gives good advice but it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that a Developer should be asked:

How should I organize this project?
Is this a good solution?
Can you help me strategise the best way forward?
I have a crazy idea. Do you think it’s feasible?
I need your honest opinion on this plan of action.
What are your thoughts on this theological/political movement or idea?

How helpful or not will the Developer be:

The Developer will challenge you to think outside of the current moment and see the implications of the path you are currently on. Bold and fiercely logical, they enjoy intellectual exchanges and trailblazing pursuits. They will help you to refine your plans, strategies and thought processes. When you are overwhelmed by a daunting project they will step in and break it down for you so that it seems manageable. Giving constructive criticism and streamlining projects is a skill that tends to come naturally to them. They are also deeply loyal and will be quick to defend you against a bully (even though they are one!).

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3. Can it be the Results - ESTP?

The Results is the Jack Russell Terrier

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Results when they need someone who is clever, quick-thinking and spontaneous – people ask advice from the Results when they are in the midst of a crisis and they are out of options. People come when they are overwhelmed with thoughts, fears anxieties and need a comforting reality check.
The Results uses humour, optimism and common sense to put people at ease and make them laugh about their existential worries. They act quickly in a crisis to find immediate solutions and resources. The inner strength, logical outlook and cool, easy-going demeanor make the Results a source of reassurance for many.

The Results thinks he gives good advice but it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that a Results should be asked:

Do you know how to fix this?
Can you help me out? I’m having an emergency here.
I want to have some fun. Do you have any ideas?
Do the details on this look right (clothes/presentation/etc.)?
Can you help me find a solution to this problem?
What’s the best restaurant/bar/nightclub/event?

How helpful or not will the Results be:

The fearlessness and gregariousness of the Results make them popular friends. They enjoy helping people in practical ways; whether that means fixing your computer or helping you drive on a last-minute road trip. They wll also help you to fully immerse yourself in the joy and opportunity in the present moment. Is there a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in your neighborhood that you have never tried? They will take you there. They will turn the song on the radio louder and belt it out just to make you laugh. Their cleverness also shows up when you encounter a complicated real-life problem. These types can help you sort out the logical consequences of the available options and refine the problem to make it clearer.

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4. Can it be the Inspirational - ENTP?

The Inspirational is the Bull Terrier

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Inspirational when chaos erupts and the walls are closing in, friends seek advice because they can show them windows of opportunity they have been blind to. The Inspirational has the ability to think outside the square and look at things from unusual angles which gives fresh perspectives that evade many other people. The Inspirational can look at a dire situation and see a multitude of ways to change that situation into a positive growing experience.
People also seek out the Inspirational when they need an unbiased, analytical approach to a complex problem. The Inspirational is not easily offended and has a vision for truth that you are more than willing to share. When people want “tough advice” the Inspirational knows how to give it in a way that is easily palatable.

The Inspirational thinks he gives good advice but it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that an Inspirational should be asked:

Can you help me brainstorm some solutions?
Is there a better way of looking at this?
I can’t figure this out. Do you have any insights?
What’s a new way that we could do this?
What are some options I haven’t considered?
Can you tell me the truth about this complicated situation?

How helpful or not will the Inspirational be:

The Inspirational will help you by showing you the limitless nature of life. Feel like you are trapped? They will show you a window of opportunity you never realized was there before. They also love to help you troubleshoot complex problems or existential questions. Whether that means unpacking the logic of a particular religion or dealing with a broken phone, they are interested in solving problems and clearing up confusion for the people they care about.

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5. Can it be the Persuader - ENFJ?

The Persuader is the Boxer

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People, especially friends, should come to the Persuader when they have complex personal problems to deal with. The Persuader has a knack for handling a lot of personal information and finding a solution that will get everyone’s needs met. But they tend to cross in to the interference zone. e.g. if a friend is trying to choose a school, but knows their choice will bother their parents, they might seek the Persuader out for a way to “frame” the choice in a way that will make everyone happy. People also seek out the Persuader when they need insight into personal problems. Between intuition and insight into interpersonal dynamics they are often able to sense negative patterns in relationships and ways to change those patterns for the better.

The Persuader thinks he gives good advice and it is actually good advice.

The types of questions that a Persuader should be asked:

I don’t know what to do about my relationship. Can you help me?
Can you help me resolve this conflict?
What do you think this person means?
What’s the future of this relationship?
What’s best for everyone in this situation?
Is this a good plan or idea?
I have so many feelings that I cannot work out. Can I talk to you about them?

How helpful or not will the Persuader be:

Relational and empathetic, the Persuader wants to get to know you deeply to understand where you are coming from and where you are going. They want to know your life stories, your big ideas and what is important to you. They want to interfere. When they have gathered all this information, they will help you to see your unique potential, the dreams and visions you could achieve and the value that you have to bring to the world. Encouraging you to grow and hone your strengths is something at which the Persuader excels. This may be the cause of the label 'The Teacher'. And why the 'The Teacher' thinks that they are always right.

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6. Can it be the Appraiser - ESFJ

The Appraiser is the Great Dane

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Appraiser as they are practical but empathetic regarding relationships, personal problems and organization. The Appraiser has a gift for planning and hosting social events so people tend to ask advice about how to plan the perfect experience or where to find the best food or supplies for a special occasion. The Appraiser tends to understand interpersonal dynamics very well, so people might ask about their relationships or how they can handle a problem or disagreement with another individual. The Appraiser's level-headed outlook and detail-oriented nature is comforting to people who need empathy, but also want to be reminded of what is real and the facts involved in a situation.

The Appraiser thinks he gives terrible advice and it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that an Appraiser should be asked:

I’m having relationship problems. Can I talk to you about them?
I’m hosting an event. Can you help me organize it?
Do you think these paint colours will look good together?
I want to get back together with my ex. Do you think this is a good idea?
What’s the best recipe for this event?
There’s a conflict at work. How should I handle it?

How helpful or not will the Appraiser be:

Dedicated and consistent, the Appraiser helps people to find a sense of belonging and steadiness in a world that often seems chaotic and disruptive. Nurturing but no-nonsense, they are likely to help people in practical ways. If you need a ride somewhere, a hot meal, or you need someone to organize a social event, they are usually willing to help. They also enjoy listening to people’s concerns and troubles and offering relationship advice. Organized and realistic, their naturally diligent but friendly nature is a steady source of security to many.

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7. Can it be the Promoter - ENFP?

The Promoter is the Golden Retriever

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Promoter when they need the ultimate brainstormer and they feel like they are out of options. The Promoter's ability to perceive a wide variety of possibilities in almost any situation is something most valuable. The Promoter can quickly revise plans and find more options as more data is given. The Promoter is also the person that people seek out when they need a fresh perspective on a difficult situation. The Promoter has a unique ability to be able to see the positive in any situation. When the people see nothing but doom and gloom, the Promoter is able to show them the light at the end of the tunnel. But never expect the Promoter to finish anything.

The Promoter thinks he gives terrible advice but it is actually good advice.

The types of questions that a Promoter should be asked:

Do you have any ideas?
Can you help me find some solutions?
Can you help me to see this in a new way?
I have a crazy plan. Can I talk to you about it?
Am I being true to myself in this situation?
Is this person being “real?” Can I trust them?

How helpful or not will the Promoter be:

The Promoter will help by showing you the potential you did not even realize you had. They pinpoint gifts and unique skills that you bring to the table that you might have been blind to before. Opening up possibilities for you is their superpower. They will also be the friend that encourages you to stick up for yourself when you have a tendency to be a pushover. Someone trying to make you feel guilty you into doing something you do not want to do? The Promoter friend will nudge you and give you a special look to remind you that you are worth standing up for. But beware that the Promoter is a woeful finisher.

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8. Can it be the Counselor - ESFP

The Counselor is the Poodle

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Counselor when they require a perceptive, compassionate and realistic advisor. Particularly if they need some common sense given with a good dose of empathy. They come when they need a change, an adventure or a reason to step out of their comfort zone. The Counselor can inspire people to stop worrying about the future, stop fretting over the past and embrace the NOW. The Counselor advises people who are tired of playing it safe – by giving them practical reasons to try something new, travel to that place, approach that person they have a crush on or start that new business. The Counselor can shake people up in the nicest way possible and show them what they can do if they take control of their lives.

The Counselor thinks he gives terrible advice and it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that a Counselor should be asked:

Is there an opportunity I’m missing?
I’m having a relationship problem. What do you think of it?
Am I playing it too safe?
What are the facts here?
I can’t stop over-thinking. Can you help me sort out this problem?
Let’s do something exciting. What are your ideas?
What do people do for fun around here?

How helpful or not will the Counselor be:

The Counselor is a defender of personal freedoms and will help by sticking up for you when other people try to force you to conform. Adventurous and open-minded, they want each person to be free to find their own road in the maze of life. They will help you stand up for what you want, say no to what you do not and be present with you when you feel confused or ambivalent. They will also help you in tangible ways; taking you out for a fun night when you have been down or bringing you a hot meal and a movie when you are feeling sick.

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9. Can it be the Specialist - ISFP

The Specialist is the Saint Bernard

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Specialist when they need insightfulness blended with common-sense wisdom. The Specialist is quick to pick up on emotional distress in other people and are skilled at connecting with them one-on-one. They help people to see the facts and reality of a situation when they are caught up in over-analysis and worry. People come because they can be reminded of what is important in life, what is really happening and help them sort out their true priorities. The Specialist is good at helping people define and clarify what is really important to them so that they can rid themselves of extraneous worries and projects that do not align with their values and mission in life.

The Specialist thinks he gives terrible advice and it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that a Specialist should be asked:

I’m really having a hard time. Can I talk to you about it?
How do you think I should handle this relationship/career?
Does this outfit look good?
Do you think I handled this situation in the right way?
I don’t know how to feel about this. Can you talk it over with me?

How helpful or not will the Specialist be:

Sincere, creative and pragmatic, the Specialist will help you to feel authentically heard. They try to create a safe space for people to express themselves and, when the talking is over, they will offer empathetic, yet practical advice. However, they are not likely to give away 'fluffy' feel-good platitudes. They will really zone in on the core issues you are dealing with. Sometimes their advice is affirming and sometimes it is the 'tough-love' that is really necessary. But you can count on them to be real with you. They also strive to help people in hands-on ways, whether that means bringing a hot meal when you are depressed or showing up during an emergency and assisting.

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10. Can it be the Investigator - INFJ?

The Investigator is the Greyhound

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Investigator when they need insight into the unknown. The Investigator has a unique grasp of how individual ideas and events fit into the grand scheme of life. They spend a lot of time processing and connecting patterns to discern where things will lead in the future. Because of this, people seek the Investigator out when they are going through an existential crisis, when they have a plan but they do not know if it is a smart one or when they are not sure of the path they should take in their personal lives. The Investigator's empathy and warmth combined with intuition helps people to feel comfortable coming over with their problems and struggles. The Investigator's ability to predict and anticipate future events makes people ask about where things will lead.

The Investigator thinks he gives good advice and it is actually good advice.

The types of questions that a Investigator should be asked:

Why am I even here?
What’s the meaning behind this situation?
What should I do with my life?
What’s my purpose?
Does this relationship/career have a future?
What do you think of this person?
I’m struggling. Can I talk to you about it?

How helpful or not will the Investigator be:

The Investigator feels called upon to render service to humanity and they have a near-psychic awareness of the unspoken dynamics between people. This empathy gives them the ability to nurture and care for people in an emotionally supportive way. Curious about the wiring of people’s minds, they enjoy putting together the pieces of someone’s mental experience. They thrive when they can offer insight, affirmation and non-intrusive compassion to people. They also have a gift for helping others actualize a goal or find the future implications of a current decision.

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11. Can it be the Agent - INFP?

The Agent is the Tibetan Terrier

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Agent when they are all mixed up about what they want in life. The Agent has a way of getting to the heart of an issue and understanding the “essence” of someone. They help people clarify what is really important to them, what really matters and what is vital to maintaining their integrity. The Agent does not force people to “put on a happy face”, so many times people come over when they are feeling down or hopeless. That said, the Agent sometimes has to guard against too many people counting on them to be an emotional dumping ground which can get exhausting over time.

The Agent thinks he gives terrible advice and it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that a Agent should be asked:

I feel alone/misunderstood. Can I get your insight on this?
Can you imagine and brainstorm with me?
I’m so excited about this idea/relationship/plan. Can I tell you about it and get your input?
Can I talk to you about something I’m struggling with?
There’s something I’m embarrassed to tell anyone else, but I feel I can trust you. Can I talk to you about it?
Can I tell you a secret?
Did I do the right thing in this situation?
What’s really important in life anyway?

How helpful or not will the Agent be:

Quiet and non-intrusive, the Agent will help you by quietly affirming your values and individuality. They will gently encourage you to seek out your own pathway and be there for you when you travel a road that lies far beyond the beaten path. Though they have very clear values they want to live out, they believe everyone has to find their own way. Holding space for you to understand yourself, helping you clarify your values and honouring your experience is something at which they are masters. They also can help you to see unique possibilities and inspiration for the future that you might not have realized before.

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12. Can it be the Achiever - ISTP?

The Achiever is the Bassett Hound

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Achiever when they need something fixed or they need help in a crisis. The Achiever has a knack for keeping their cool during make-or-break situations, so is often looked to as a source of help during an emergency. The Achiever is also gifted at troubleshooting and understanding the components of things and how they all fit together. This is probably why the Achiever frequently gets calls from family members whose computers are not working or who need their vehicles looked at. People might also approach the Achiever with their secrets because they know it will not turn into gossip and realistic, common-sense advice will be given.

The Achiever thinks he gives terrible advice and it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that a Achiever should be asked:

My car/computer/air conditioner is having problems. Can you look at it for me?
What’s the best product to buy for my particular problem?
Can you help me troubleshoot this problem in my life?
Am I being crazy by thinking this? Tell me the truth.
I’m in some trouble. Can you help me out?

How helpful or not will the Achiever be:

The Achiever will feel a great sense of accomplishment when they can help people in tangible ways. Rather reserved by nature, it can be easy for others to assume that they simply do not care. However, they are more likely to show their concern through action rather than words. They will help friends out when they are not sure how to accomplish a task, fix something that is broken or get out of a crisis situation. They can help you parse through a problem and sort out the possible consequences of each option. They are skilled at leveraging various options to find the one with the most pros rather than cons. Helping a friend or loved one to find clarity is something at which they excel.

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13. Can it be the Practitioner - ISFJ?

The Practitioner is the Alaskan Malamute

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Practitioner when they need a gentle, grounded and empathetic ear. People seek their wisdom when they need a calming voice in the storm of their emotional lives. The Practitioner is often sought after for a calm, reassuring presence. Insight into personal dynamics and relationships helps guide people through relational issues of all sorts. The Practitioner can help people to explain their feelings and put words to their confusion. Afterwards, they help people to sort out their feelings from what actually happened so that they can see where there might be any misunderstandings. Gentleness in giving advice is often admired by people who are more intimidated by blunt criticism. However, conflict is something that the Practitioner will avoid at all costs.

The Practitioner thinks he gives good advice but it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that a Practitioner should be asked:

I’m having a problem in my relationship. Can I talk to you about it?
Can you help me sort out this problem at work?
Two of my friends are fighting. I don’t know what to do. Can you help me examine this?
I need to vent. Can you listen?
Do you think this décor will look good in my room?
Which of these outfits do you think is more “me?”

How helpful or not will the Practitioner be:

Gentle but sensible, the Practitioner will help people to get a sense of stability and security in life. Not only are they deeply empathetic, but they are also highly in tune with details that provide a sense of comfort and normalcy to life. Whether that means bringing you chocolate and your favourite movie when you are getting over a break-up or organizing the dishes in your cabinets so you can find them easier – they try to make life feel manageable and pleasant. They also enjoy listening to your problems and finding shared experiences so that they can help you to feel that you are not alone.

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14. Can it be the Objective Thinker - ISTJ?

The Objective Thinker is the Bernese Mountain Dog

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the OT when they seek wisdom when it comes to the details and organisation of their lives. Whether they want the OT to check over their homework to find any discrepancies or look over a contract to find any potential risks, the OT's eye for detail is nearly unmatched. The OT can help people to find details and facts that will help them or hinder them so that they can have better lives or avoid obstacles. The OT is also skilled at creating plans, organising logistics and configuring contingency plans so that people feel secure and competent in what they are doing. The OT is often sought after for their common-sense and practical wisdom.

The OT thinks he gives good advice but it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that an OT should be asked:

Can you look over this paper/project/contract?
Can you help me assess the facts in this situation?
I have a big project I need to do but I don’t know where to begin. Can you help me?
What’s the history of this situation?
What’s the smartest way to plan for my retirement/marriage/being a parent?
Can you help me organise this project in the most efficient way?

How helpful or not will the OT be:

No-nonsense but devoted, the OT helps the people they care about by making sense of life for them. Establishing order, troubleshooting and breaking down large tasks into user-friendly segments are all things at which they excel. They are also highly dependable. If you are a friend or loved one, they will be there for you when you are in a tough spot. Car broke down on the side of the road? They will show up to help you out. They are also skilled at helping you when you are not sure which option to pick. For example, if you need a new computer but you do not know which one to pick, they will help sort out the options and narrow them down to the best options. Their eye for detail and practicality makes them good at finding the best possible choice in a list of options.

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15. Can it be the Perfectionist - INTP?

The Perfectionist is the Papillon

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Perfectionist when they are struggling to make a decision and there are too many options to choose from. The Perfectionist has a gift for making decisions based on the priority of the category and the data within the category. For example, if someone wanted to figure out which computer to buy, the Perfectionist will take their highest priorities into consideration. They would analyse all the categories (speed, durability, battery life, tech support, etc.) and you would find the option that ranks the highest in each category. Be careful that the process does not take 5 years. People also ask advice when they want an analytical, honest answer regarding a complex problem. Complexity never bothers the Perfectionist and people will know that you will get to the heart of the issue and give honest feedback.

The Perfectionist thinks he gives terrible advice but it is actually good advice.

The types of questions that a Perfectionist should be asked:

What do you think is really true?
I can’t figure this out. Can you help me?
Am I being biased? Who do you think is right here?
This computer is broken! Help! Do you know how to fix it?
What’s the best device/product/solution for me?
Can you sort out the pros and cons with me?
Is there another way to look at this problem that I’m missing?

How helpful or not will the Perfectionist be:

They may seem enigmatic and reserved initially, but the Perfectionist really wants to know about your unconventional ideas, your plans and what makes you tick. They enjoy helping people by challenging them to think critically. They consider that a well-lived life is one that is spent in the search for truth and meaning. They hate seeing people waste their time on half-truths and unsatisfying societal pressures. They will inspire your imagination and your mind in order to help you think for yourself and rid yourself of unreasonable, inaccurate thinking.

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16. Can it be the Enhancer - INTJ?

The Enhancer is the Afghan Hound

When people would seek you out as the Wise Counsel™:

People should come to the Enhancer when they are unsure of the best direction to take for their lives. The Enhancer's insight into various perspectives, patterns and themes can help them to flesh out their own ideas and verify how logical they really are. They know they can count on the Enhancer for strategic wisdom and openness to original thoughts and perspectives. People might also seek wisdom when it comes to the deeper meaning behind things – philosophies, psychology or metaphysical concepts. The Enhancer has patience and interest in these kinds of things whereas many other types find them overwhelming or too abstract.

The Enhancer thinks he gives good advice but it is actually terrible advice.

The types of questions that an Enhancer should be asked:

What’s the best way to make this work?
What do you think of this idea?
Is this plan likely to succeed or fail?
Are there any implications I’m not thinking of?
Can you help me with this project or task?
I heard this interesting theory the other day. Can we discuss it?

How helpful or not will the Enhancer be:

Insightful and intellectual, the Enhancer will help you by giving you a sense of structure, order and clarity in your life. When life feels overwhelming, they can help you logically sort out your problems and find effective solutions. Concerned with fairness and honesty, they will be the person who gives you the tough-advice that ultimately changes your life for the better. These are often the types that help people in broad, global ways. For example, trying to fix the justice system rather than directing all their time into one specific case. When they see injustice, they try to help by fixing the entire system that is creating the injustice so that as many people can be helped as possible.

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