People exceptionally talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history. Perspective and background are important for people with strong Context talents. They become wiser about the future because they can see its seeds sown in the past.
Moses is the father of historians. He records the creation story, the Garden of Eden, and man's fall. His book of Genesis is all history. He follows Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. He gives detailed information about their lives and God's dealing with them.Read more
I have to say, I had a lot of fun sketching this one out. In my brainstorming this theme, I asked some other Strengths coaches what images came to mind with Context. The one that really caught my attention was "Indiana Jones". He was definitely a teacher who loved history! Indy was a professor of archaeology in search of adventure- what a great starting place to dive into the theme of Context for a teacher!
People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.
Perspective and background is very important to these teachers. They don't necessarily need to be teaching the subject of history. You may have a band teacher who loves the stories of each instrument, where they came from and how they were developed.
Although in it's raw form (undeveloped Context), it can look like you are "living in the past", the mature form of this theme learns from the past.
Words that describe this person would be: historical, orienting, perceptive and studios. They may like to collect valuable memorabilia and have an accurate memory of past events.
Historical context can come from many places... cultural, legal, geography and people. It doesn't have to only be about time.
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We have several sayings about the idea of Context. "Taking something out of context" is when someone takes a statement and extracts it from the larger message. "Let me put this into context" is about explaining the event with the setting and broader circumstances.
These statements might both be said from someone with Context as a dominant theme.
The person with high context will look back in time to understand the present. These are people who believe, "This who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Many times, these amazing people will be history buffs, or will enjoy reading genealogies, biographies, and historical fiction novels. Their Context helps them to look to the past to recognize patterns of thinking and make strong decisions about the present and future.
Do you have Context as a dominant theme? Do you know someone who enjoys keeping records of family histories or the background history of your business? Have you heard them start stories with:
- Here's what we did before...
- In the past...
- At my last position, we...
Let's celebrate those of us that can bring rich historical perspectives to our lives! They will strengthen us and will most likely help us avoid pitfalls or past mistakes!
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