When Mystique has the upper hand

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In certain situations, personalities with Mystique have a certain advantage.

They think before speaking. They observe. They watch.

Mystique is the language of listening.

These communicators edit what they say, removing the fluff and excess. They say just enough, then pause to listen before going on. When they do call attention to a situation, take notice. They won’t ask for attention unless it’s merited.

With Mystique, substance wins over style. They’re never gimmicky. Never tacky or flashy or brassy. They don’t pitch fits or throw tantrums.

The Mystique personality worries less about how they look on the outside, and more about what’s going on inside someone’s head.

If you have a complex problem that requires high-level thinking, turn to a colleague or friend who is a Mystique personality.

They’ll dig deeply into a problem or situation, sorting through the variables and nuances. They take the time they need to figure out a solution. When they do present that solution, it will be carefully considered.

Their first impression is only the tip of the iceberg. You might have to take more time to get to know them, because their greatest value can lie hidden under the surface.

Take the time you need to get to know what’s going on under the surface, because there’s more than meets the eye.

Which Advantages do you need on your team to succeed? Find out. Have your team members take the Fascinate Test.

I score low on Mystique. Many outgoing personalities score low on Mystique, especially those with a strong use of Passion and Power. I’m a Passion personality, so I tend to jump right into the conversation. Do you score low on Mystique, like me? Is it your Dormant Advantage?

We’ve learned in our research that Mystique can help organizations balance out their communication, by carefully thinking through every piece of data before offering an opinion.

Do you know a Mystique personality? We want to hear about it. Give us an example of how quiet personalities add value in the comments section below.

(If you have a Primary or Secondary Mystique Advantage, you probably don’t like to toot your own horn… but we want to know more about how you solve problems differently than your super-social friends. Tell us!)

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About the author

Sally Hogshead

Sally skyrocketed to the top of the advertising world in her early 20s, fascinating millions of consumers for clients such as MINI Cooper and Coca-Cola. Since then, she’s published two New York Times bestsellers on the science of fascination, and is one of only 172 living members in the Speaker Hall of Fame. Over a million professionals have taken the Fascination Advantage® personality test to discover how others perceive their communication.

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