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Information Overload: A System for Better Managing Everyday Data by Guus Pijpers

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Chapter 5. INFORMATION PROFILE

People differ in the way they collect, analyze, and disseminate information. Yet hardly anyone uses this knowledge when they exchange information. When we communicate, regardless of the format, we mainly think about ourselves. Receivers of information do not generally provide feedback to the sender when receiving unwanted information. Such feedback could help the sender disseminate information in more accurate and timely ways in the future.

An information profile serves as an aid to understand a person's information habits. An information profile is a list of a person's information characteristics. It describes a person's aptitude, attitude, and way they handle information. Just as when you describe a person as being, for example, extroverted, action-oriented, or friendly, you can elaborate on how a person deals with information. An information profile also consists of someone's habits when dealing with information.

I would like to state explicitly that it is a good idea to start with self-evaluation. Only when you know what your own information profile is will you be able to properly recognize other people's.

It would be going too far to describe a detailed information profile right now. I will simply indicate the main components. In an extensive information profile, you will get an answer to the following questions:

  • Attitude. Can you mentally stand up to the danger of too much information? Are you self-confident and in control of the situation?

  • Decisiveness ...

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