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Multiple Natures

The Multiple Natures theory is a concept developed by Steven Rudolph in 2008 that identifies 9 tendencies of behavior.

These include:

·     Protective Nature - the tendency to prevent harm, loss, injury, mistakes or -wrong-doing.

·     Educative Nature - the tendency to teach others.

·     Administrative Nature - the tendency to get work done.

·     Creative Nature - the tendency to ideate.

·     Healing Nature - the tendency to help others out of pain.

·     Entertaining Nature - the tendency to attract attention and amuse others.

·     Providing Nature - the tendency to help others.

·     Entrepreneurial Nature - the tendency to create or extract value.

·     Adventurous Nature - the tendency to take risk or do dangerous things.

So, for an example, a person with a strong Educative Nature would have a tendency to help others understand things, a person with a strong Healing Nature would have a tendency to help others out of pain or imbalance, and so on.

Each person possesses each of these natures, though to differing degrees of strength.

Rudolph developed the Multiple Natures theory during a 21-year stay in India, while studying Ayurveda and Indian philosophy. He has coupled the 9 Multiple Natures together with Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences to create the MN Framework.

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