Portrait of the Composer (iSfP)
Copyrighted © 1996 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company.
Besides being concrete in speech and utilitarian in
getting what they want, the Composer Artisans are informative and attentive in
their social roles. Composers are just as reluctant to direct others' behavior
as are Performers, though they appear even more so, since they are more
While all the Artisans are artistic in nature, Composers
(perhaps ten per cent of the population) seem to excel in the "fine
arts," having not only a natural grace of movement, but also an innate
sense what fits and what doesn't fit in artistic compositions. Of course,
composing must not be thought of as only writing music, but as bringing into
harmonious form any aspect of the world of the five senses, and so when an
especially gifted painter, sculptor, choreographer, film maker, songwriter,
chef, decorator, or fashion designer shows up, he or she is likely to be an iSfP.
Composers, like the other Artisans, have a special
talent for "tactical" variation, and such talent differs radically
from that possessed by Idealists, Rationals, and Guardians (who have their own
unique and inherent abilities). As the word "tactical" implies,
Artisans keep closely in "touch" with the physical world, their senses
keenly tuned to reality. But, while the Crafter is attuned to the tool and its
uses, the Composer is attuned to sensory variation in color, line, texture,
aroma, flavor, tone-seeing, touching, smelling, tasting, and hearing in harmony.
This extreme concreteness and sensuality seems to come naturally to the iSfPs,
as if embedded "in the warp and woof" of their make.
A full description of the Composer is in Please Understand Me
or Please Understand Me II