I have a sinking suspicion I would land in Erudite if I was in the Divergent world.
I love research.
I have my PhD in Governance and Sustainability and research how people make decisions about natural resources.
If I can keep you from nodding off for a quick second, and believe me, I feel sometimes like my research was made to eradicate insomnia, I'll tell you how I do it.
I use a theory developed by Dutch researchers that looks at motivation, information, and power and tries to understand how these three factors influence how people interact.
You can't just go up to someone and say, "Hey, who has the power in this scenario?"
Because inevitably someone who is the true puppet master will shrug and say that she is just a regular gal.
Or someone will claim to be THE person in charge, but you find out from others that nobody takes him seriously.
So I come up with a load of questions that tap away at underlying elements of motivation, information, and power, and ask them of people who work on water projects.
I conduct interviews with stakeholders gauging their motivation, information, and power and then based on various combinations of these characteristics, I have a pretty good idea whether they will cooperate, or enter into an opposition situation.
In other words, I try to predict if they will get along, or if they will fight.
It's actually pretty useful for novel-writing, thinking about how these factors influence people.
Are you still awake. Don't let me lose you now, it's almost over.
The point of all of this is that I got my Erudite on this week.
I did not use research to create an evil plan to take over the Universe.
I worked on an article about a water project in India and I felt somewhat Erudite as I did it.