Inventive Personality Type
Main Interests of the Inventive Personality Type
Characteristic Traits and Behaviors
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1. Invent: "To fabricate; to make up." (AHD)
Synonyms: "contrive, devise, frame, concoct" (MW, 464)
"contrive, devise, invent, frame, concoct mean to find a way of making or doing something or of achieving an end by the exercise of one's mind. Contrive implies ingenuity or cleverness in planning, designing, or in scheming; it is a matter of indifference whether the end object is good or bad, since the word stresses the manner of making, doing, or achieving rather than the character of the end ... Devise often comes very close to contrive, but in general it throws more stress upon mental effort than upon ingenuity; the term often implies the serious reflection and experimentation that precedes the bringing of something into being, especially something new or quite different ... Invent, though often used interchangeably with devise, commonly retains from its primitive senses some notion of finding, by but the term comes closer in its implication to originating, especially after thought and reflection, but sometimes more quickly, as the result of a happy accident ... Frame ... implies the exact fitting of one thing to another (as in devising or inventing a story, a theory, or a rule); usually the term suggests an exact fitting (as the words to the thought, or of the plot, character, and actions to the story as a whole, or of the expression to the spirit, or of the means to the end) ... Concoct especially suggests a bringing together of ingredients in new or unexpected combinations, arrangements, or order so as to enhance their effectiveness (as in writing, in imagining, or in fashioning) ... " (MW, 188)
Analogous: "fabricate, fashion, form, shape, forge, make: imagine, conceive, envision, ... : design, project, plan, plot, scheme ... : produce, turn out ... " (MW, 464-65)
2. Invent: "To conceive of or devise first; originate." (AHD)
Synonyms: "create, discover"
"Invent, create, discover are comparable terms frequently confused in the sense of to bring into being something new. Invent ... may stress fabrication of something new through the exercise of the imagination ... or it may stress the fabrication of something new and often useful as a result of study and thought; the word therefore often presupposed labor and ingenuity rather than inspiration ... However, invent often stresses the finding, as well as the bringing into being, of something new or hitherto unknown as the result of mental effort ... Create stresses a causing of something to exist; it not only implies previous nonexistence but it often suggests an evoking of something into being or of, or as if out of, nothing ... Discover ... presupposes both the existence of and a lack of knowledge about something; the term therefore implies the finding of such a thing, often as the result of mental or physical effort (as by exploration, investigation, or experiment) ... thus, in discriminative use one invents processes or ways of doing something, as well as instruments, tools, implements, or machines, but one discovers things which exist but have not yet been known (as lands, stars, or natural laws ... " (MW, 464-65)
Analogous: "initiate, inaugurate, institute, found, establish" (MW, 464)
Synonyms: "cunning, clever, adroit" (MW, 444)
"2. Clever, adroit, cunning, ingenious are comparable when they mean having or showing a high degree of practical intelligence or of skill in contrivance. Clever often carries an implication of physical dexterity but it usually stresses mental quickness or resourcefulness ... Sometimes it suggests a native aptitude or knack ... Adroit usually suggests greater shrewdness and astuteness than clever and often implies the skillful (sometimes the crafty) use of expedients to attain one's ends in the face of difficulties ... Cunning ... may retain its older implications of learning and expert knowledge and is then chiefly applied to craftsmen or artists whose work exhibits a high degree of constructive or creative skill ... Ingenious stresses inventive power or skill in discovery; sometimes it implies brilliancy of mind, sometimes little more than cleverness ... " (MW, 152)
Analogous: "inventing or inventive, creating or creative, discovering ... : dexterous, handy, deft: skillful, adept, skilled, expert, proficient, masterly" (MW, 444)
" ... the inventive person figures out how to put things together in a new way so that they will work. Inventiveness is a practical kind of creativity. It calls into play analytical qualities of mind, often in the service of a common-sense idea of what is needed" (Hayakawa, pg. 137).
Invent "may stress the fabrication of something new and often useful as a result of study and thought; the word therefore often presupposes labor and ingenuity rather than inspiration" (MW, pg. 464).
"Ingenious refers to inventive skill; invention, to the act or process of originating; inventiveness, to the ability to invent" (FW, pg. 255).
"Ingenuity is inferior to genius, being rather mechanical than creative, and is shown in devising expedients, overcoming difficulties, inventing appliances, adapting means to ends" (FW, pg. 255).
"Invent is a word much larger in scope than the others here [devise, conceive, contrive, formulate]. It includes the whole planning process -- conceiving, devising, and formulating" (Hayakawa, pg. 160).
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Inventive Personality Type is derived from Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
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