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Even to this day we cannot agree and there is a consistent and heated debate whether we truly – in the genuine sense of the concept freedom – have the "freedom to choose". The dynamics of the concept “freedom of choice”, mainly directed by our self-determination, controlled by our self-worth and impacted upon by LAB-Factors; can best be illustrated by the following example...

Suppose a robber breaks into your house and threatens you at gun point to handover your valuables. Discretion being the better part of valour... you give in and tell him where your valuables are kept. But YOU make the decision and YOU do the telling. But, instead of a robber, it was a kidnapper after your child... it would be quite a different reaction (or at least one hope it would be). However - in both cases - your thoughts, decisions and actions are under YOUR own control... not the robber's. The robber merely provides the necessary external prompts or triggers for us to either react or respond to the situation.

Key In other words, it isn't what happen to us that actually curbs our “freedom of choice”; it is the way in which we think about, interpret and deal with what has happened or is happening to us.

Thus, "freedom of choice" is the ability to realistically and contextually interpret and perceive the event and to calmly (i.e. in a emotional mature manner) determine what is within my control (i.e. what can I do about it), what is within our control (i.e. what can society [we] do about it) and what needs to be accepted... because nobody on this planet of ours is able to influence, control or direct such forces and energies.

The above is one aspect or dimension of the concept “freedom of choice”. Another important dimension are our “natural inborn attributes” or our natural state of beingness, which relate to our experiences of the “placing the stones principle”. The more traumatic events – as in the above example – actually contribute very little to the illusion that we don't have any choices in life. The major contributor and sustainer of this illusion or belief, are the little jackal trap and incident-isolation trap, which in turn raise the following crucial questions...

Question What is the actual impact of assessment results in relation to our “freedom of choice”?

Question Is there anything to any kind of assessment results (such as numerology, astrology, psychological testing, psychic predictions, ...etc.) when it comes to assigning us with a predetermined fate in life?

Question For instance if we were "tested" as a Duty Fulfiller (ISTJ), born a LION or assigned the number 7; does it mean that we were somehow doomed to be a loner and an eccentric who's fate is to be emotionally clumsy with the opposite sex for the rest of our lives?

The answer to the above question is loud, clear and definite NO! Because... despite any assessment result or predictions to the contrary, we are still in charge and control of our own human energies and ultimately our own destiny.

Assessments results are merely an additional source of information and a “handy tool” of analysis, that can be utilized to facilitate self-improvement and self-development (i.e. supportive to self-empowerment and psyche management strategies). When using assessments as an “analysis tool”, we can use different kinds of “instruments” to explore various dimensions of our own character, to recognize or highlight certain behaviours and perceptions that might be dominating and/or derailing our life at the present moment.

For example... Duty Fulfiller's personality archetype dominated individuals, might realizes that they are a bit crotchety and a loner, and may DECIDE to make more of an effort to be more social by joining a club or extent his/her social interaction via Facebook, for example. Administrator's (ENTJ) archetype dominated personalities, might realize that they are arrogant and self-serving and DECIDES to reach out and pay more attention to their loved ones, family and friends. The adventuresome Doer's (ESTP) archetype, might realize that others find him/her detached and disinterested and could set aside some time to really get to know at least one person quite well. Therefore, "taking the good with the bad and then emphasizing the good" or "working on the thing that your are presently lacking" is first of all... still your personal choice and secondly implies taking responsibility for those things that you CAN CONTROL and do something about.

When we were born Nurturer's (ISFJ), it does not imply that we are doomed to being seen as shallow or unfaithful for our entire lives. It is merely a “billboard hint” that we might want to work on these issue and would rather focus our energies on being more steady and loyal.

When interpreting assessment results, there are often dualities at work. If it comes to assessing the quality of personality, characteristics and/or attributes, a lot of assessment results are "two-faced" or "double coined" in nature... meaning that what is a blessing in a particular context, also could be a curse in another context.

For for example... when it comes to the Inspirer's (ENFP) archetype's tendency or trait to relate to a large number of individuals at once... it is a blessing when it comes to having one's talents recognized on stage, but... a real curse when it comes to romance. Because, Inspirer's often finds themselves in the middle of romantic triangles. However, under the auspices of taking responsible choices and being aware of this aspect, each inspirer can exercise his/her free will (i.e. freedom of choice) to work on him-/herself by limiting the so called "in born" tendency to charm the pants off the opposite sex... especially when s/he is already attached to someone special.

Question So just how does assessment results actually relate to our "freedom of choice"?

Basically, assessment instruments and subsequent results is a “tool” that analysis and uses different combinations of results calculated to provide some clues as to our character, strengths, weaknesses, natural talents, attributes, interests, abilities, motivations, competencies, purpose in life, our destiny, ...etc. Thus, assessment results merely identify or highlight some prominent aspect or facets of our present dynamic system of energy channelling and beingness.

Question Does assessments have any value, in light of our “freedom of choice”?

The roots of assessing individuals, dates back thousands of years and many variations of “assessment descriptors” can be found in most cultures throughout human history (e.g. astrology, numerology, psychology, IChing, ...etc.). Various forms of assessments - especially self-assessments - throughout the ages were quite popular, because assessments make us aware of something “out of balance” or, rather, “not yet in harmony”. And YES, when assessment results or predictions are ignored or left unattended, it will probably “predict the future”, quite accurately. However, that's not to say that everything that an assessment report tells us is cast in stone and that we HAVE to do things in a particular manner (i.e. we are just born that way and could do nothing about it). As a matter of fact (driven by personal choice), we could decide to make some changes in our lives and to align ourselves with our natural energies. In doing so, we could be pleasantly surprised at how everything seems to improve miraculously, how things seems to fall naturally into place and we find the elusive happiness we have been seeking for.

Key When we interpret assessment result responsibly and within context, it actually enhance or “freedom of choice” and assist us to regain control over our lives once again.

Used appropriately – to enhance and develop and not to judge and categorize - assessment results can help to “free” us from our perceived limitations that we may have, and which often prevents us from becoming the best person that we can be. Because, assessment results could help us to become aware of our weaknesses, alert us to our strengths and “warn” us when we are steering our lives in the wrong direction and/or are derailed by our thought and perceptions about reality.

Key Assessments of any kind, do not restrict our freedom of choice, it actually allows us to exercise a more informed “freedom of choice”, mainly because of our raised levels of awareness and understanding the dynamic combinations of our own symbiotic energy system.

IN CONCLUSION

We always have a “freedom of choice”; NOT always in terms of what may or may not happens to us, BUT the manner in which we deal with (either respond to or react to) what happens! Thus, the essence of our free will is what we CHOOSE to pay attention too.

BUT...

we do not have free choice over the consequences of our actions and behaviours.

BECAUSE...

in an interrelated, interdependent and dynamic world, the consequences of our choices and actions are fixed.

Thus...

Everything we do are based on the choices we make. It's not our parents, our past relationships, our job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or our age that is to blame. YOU and only YOU are responsible for every decision and choice you make... period!
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