Quintessential Character Type 1


Character Role
Righteous Hero, Wise Realist, Reasonable Person, Principled Teacher, Idealistic Reformer, Orderly Person, Judgmental Perfectionist, Intolerant Misanthrope, Obsessive Hypocrite, Punitive Avenger, Misguided Moralist, Rebellious Revolutionary, Villainous Zealot, Insufferable Ideologue, Beat Cop, Critic, Crusader, Cult Leader, Judge

Ego Fixation

Sacred Ideal

Basic Desire
Control, stability, order, lawfulness, goodness, integrity, honor, correctness

Basic Fear
Chaos, instability, disorder, lawlessness, corruptness, disgrace, dishonor, condemnation

Conscientious, disagreeable, hyper-critical, hypocritical



When this character is pressured or threatened, he becomes angry, resentful, depressed, emotionally volatile. He feels a loss of identity and significance. He feels misunderstood and alone. He’s likely to overindulge in self-hatred, food, drugs, alcohol, sexual deviance, violence, self-mutilation, and even commit suicide.

When this character is relaxed and secure, he becomes less controlled by rules. He feels satisfied and content. He’s more spontaneous, lives more in the moment, more comfortable with letting life happen.

This character's focus goes to improvement and correction of whatever imperfections he perceives in his environment or the world around him.

This character's flaw is based on the incorrect belief that he, and whatever situation he's involved with, can be perfect, if everyone acts correctly. He avoids making mistakes or losing self-control. He must learn perfection is impossible. The world is forever unstable and that's okay.

Self Definition
I am good. I am right. I am a principled and moral person on a mission.

This character is very aware of flaws in themselves, others, and situations in which he find himself. This inspires his need to improve, which can be sometimes valuable and sometimes burdensome to other people. His inability to achieve perfection fuels their feelings of guilt for having failed. It creates anger and resentment towards an imperfect world.

He tends to be highly principled, competent, and uncompromising. He typically makes an excellent leader, able to inspire those who follow him with their own vision of excellence. He’s a skilled organizer and list-maker, who finishes everything on the list. He’s the last to leave the office and the first to return. He’s industrious, reliable, and dutiful.

However, the relentless pursuit of the ideal can make him tense. He’s seldom spontaneous. He tends to be emotionally repressed and uncomfortable with expressing tender feelings. He generally perceives emotionality as a sign of weakness and lack of control.

This character's childhood was unstable. One or both of his parents were undependable. More than likely, his protective father figure was either absent, abusive, or incompetent.

At an early age, he learned it was up to him to define right and wrong and act on those ideals to maintain some sort of internal balance. He aligned himself with the rules to contain his anxiety. In this unstable environment, he found stability in facts, not people, possibly separating even more from the undependable protective figure.

This undependable protective figure was not as intelligent or ambitious as this character and made a lot of mistakes. Perhaps, he was raised by a single parent, who constantly made mistakes, causing the family more trouble. He carries anger and resentment about it. He’s determined not to make such mistakes.

Frequently, he encounters difficulty dealing with other people and is likely to have been divorced, He doesn't get along well with authority figures. He has a history of severing ties with family and friends who fail to live up to his standards.

Having, at least, an average intelligence and education, this character bases judgments on accurate information most of the time, but can at times get things wrong. He tends to have diverse interests in many areas.

At work, this character is honest and focused on the right way to get the job done. He wants co-workers to live up to his standards and is willing to help them achieve this. He’s attracted to causes and jobs that fix things.

This character can be very principled and mature in a relationship. Other people are attracted to his ethical nature and dependability, but eventually may feel he's a bit judgmental at times. He tends to be attracted to Type 7s for friends and generally avoids Type 4s.

With Type 1  - The Reformer
This character and Type 1s connect in support of each other's ideals and efforts. However, they conflict on what is the right way to do things. Anger and resentments can build over these differences. Neither is good at acknowledging successes and offering praise to the other.

With Type 2 - The Helper
This character may view Type 2s as being too dependent. Type 2’s honest advice can be taken as criticism by this character, causing conflict. Type 2s feel unappreciated and judged for being too giving. Discussions about who cares more can escalate, especially since neither character expresses needs very well.

With Type 3  - The Achiever
This character supports Type 3’s work efforts and projects. Type 3s appreciate this character's devotion to excellence. However, this character becomes critical of the way Type 3s downplay important matters and speeds through things. Type 3s, on the other hand, become impatient with this character's tendency to get bogged down in details and judgmental tendencies. Conflict escalates because both characters tend to avoid feelings.

With Type 4 - The Individualist
This character and Type 4s support and admire each other's idealism and sensitivity. However, this character can get resentful of Type 4's self-absorption and moodiness. Type 4s attempt to turn the tables by making this character feel like the one who is lacking by keeping a list of examples of pickiness and control.

With Type 5 - The Analyst
While both characters share the quality of self-sufficiency, this quality creates challenges in communicating feelings. This character can get preachy about how life should be, which makes Type 5s withdraw as a protection. This could create a downward spiral as further judgment from this character about what is wrong inspires more withdrawal in Type 5s.

With Type 6 - The Loyalist
This character and Type 6s often connect in their pursuit of making a better world. However, this character can feel criticized and react with a only-one-right-way stance when Type 6s question this character's loyalty. A circle of blame can result when this character feels nothing can make Type 6s secure and Type 6s feel nothing can satisfy this character.

With Type 7 - The Enthusiast
This character and Type 7s are quite different personalities. This character can perceive Type 7s as irresponsible or inconsiderate and can become very judgmental. In turn, Type 7s can rebel against the criticism, trivializing this character' s legitimate concerns, telling this character to lighten up. This can escalate into explosive outbursts by Type 7s and silent resentment on the part of this character.

With Type 8 - The Challenger
This character and Type 8s often connect in pursuing causes related to fairness. However, conflict arises over their many opposite traits. This character may perceive Type 8s as overly aggressive and insensitive. Type 8s may perceive this character as rigid and inhibited, disconnected from valuable desires and pleasure. Type 8s respond by disregarding limits and becoming confrontational. This character may counter with scathing criticism.

With Type 9 - The Peacemaker
This character and Type 9s often connect in the pursuit of leading an orderly and stable life. This character supports Type 9's development and Type 9s encourage this character in becoming more accepting. However, Type 9s can feel criticized and judged, which can cause Type 9s to feel inferior, building a stubborn resistance which annoys and frustrates this character, leading to further judgment. This pattern escalates because both characters have difficulty knowing their own needs.

Introvert Type
Healthy (usually Hero or Love Interest)
This character is a very principled and self-disciplined person, who strives for personal perfection. He holds himself and society up to strict ideals, seeing life in black and white. Ideas, people, and actions are either right or wrong, good or evil. There's no middle ground.

To him, the world is an unstable, even dangerous, place and it's up to him to stand up for what's right. The introvert type tends to be detached from the world, an outsider on a mission, sometimes showing more affection and connection to non-humans, animals, art, or automobiles. At times, he tends to be stiff, impatient, and sarcastic, standing up for what he believes is right no matter who is on the other side. The police, the boss, god, it doesn't matter. What's right is right.

Dialogue Style
This character knows the way things ought to be and is willing to tell anyone his opinion. Since the introvert type is less relationship-oriented, he’s likely to lack tact in a major way, stepping on toes, offending others, and failing to understand why others get upset. Because perfection is the prime concern, he speaks proper, possibly formal, English. Facts are always more important than emotional attachment.

Dialogue examples: 
"Listen to me, I know what's right." 
"I am not angry!" 
"I said I'd do it, so I did it."
"You said you'd do it, so do it." 
"No matter how hard I try, it's never good enough."

Internal Dialogue: 
"It's up to me to make things right.
"I must be right."
"I must do right."

Average Health (usually secondary character)
This character is a perfectionist and a nitpicker. He always has to be right. Always.

He possesses a very definite idea regarding what's right and wrong. He holds himself to it and expects others to do the same. Self-control and repressing anger is his standard operating procedure. He generally feels that if he has to abide by the rules, then so does everyone else. This can result in repressed anger and self-righteousness. 

He's very concerned with doing things the "right way". He tends to focus less on big problems of the world and more on small ones. Details are very important to him, working out every contingency so everything will "work out right". 

He'll plan things to such detail that other characters may think he has some serious problems.  That's not how he perceives it. This is the way things should be, under control and stable. 

Generally, he needs to relax. When someone convinces him to make an attempt at relaxing, however, it's usually a failure. He's stiff and uncomfortable. 

Dialogue Style
This character is a perfectionist, so he speaks correct English and expects others to do the same. He is very opinionated, likely to offer quick opinions as to what's best, "Put on this tie." "You're wearing that?" "Take this road." He seeks concrete answers to questions. Gray areas really annoy him. Since this introvert type is less people oriented, he is likely to cut right to the chase and offer opinions without being asked. His repressed anger can surface as resentment. He generally feels that good people don't get angry. 

Dialogue examples: 
"That's not how you're supposed to do it."
"No matter how hard I try, it's never good enough."
"I know I'm right. Why should I have to compromise?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm right. I'm hardworking."
"I must be right."

"I must do right."

Unhealthy (usually Villain)
This character perceives the world in terms of good and evil. He's a perfectionist, judgmental, and jealous. At this unhealthy level, he believes he is good and most everything else is evil. He alone knows the truth. Everyone else is wrong. 

This character has completely dissociated genuine feelings. He's a "loner" with a plan, willing to go to extremes for what he believes is right. The problem is that his perception of what's right may be utterly wrong.  He has a very definite plan for ridding the world, and himself, of perceived evil and believes it's all up to him. 

This character is unwilling to listen to anyone, becoming punitive, cruel, and furiously angry. He fails to understand the destruction he leaves in his wake. He's less people oriented, which makes him misanthropic, disliking all people as evil. 

Dialogue Style
This character's a perfectionist, particular about speech and uses perfect English. He knows how to use speech to make people feel perfectly awful about themselves. He knows many facts and much information about seemingly unimportant things. He engages in compulsive worry about his own or others incorrect decisions. When focusing on the errors of others, he's judgmental while rationalizing his own actions. 

Dialogue examples: 
"You have no idea what you're doing."
"You're an idiot."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I'm right, you're wrong."
"I must be right."

"I must do right."

Story Arc Improvement
This character exercises too much control over his feelings and this causes problems for himself and others. He learns releasing control is the key to happiness and success in whatever mission he is involved with. Relaxing this control will allow him to start living life on its own terms. He learns perfection is not necessary for stability or happiness, what he has and who he is, is good enough after all.

Story Arc Unchanged
This character is usually a helper to other characters. So, he doesn't usually change. If he does change, it’s typically defined in relation to the hero. If he becomes a help for the hero, he relaxes the rules and frees the ego to act and help the hero in, for instance, a lie at a perfect moment. If, however, he becomes a hindrance to the hero, as is most likely for this introvert type, he will turn on the hero, perceiving him as the evildoer. If he somehow lost control, possibly by losing something caused by the hero or his own nit-picking, the only solution to his internal conflict would be to lash out at the hero and do away with the "good mission" which caused him the loss.

Story Arc Decline
This character moves toward an unhealthy psychological state. He transitions to hating people and what they do. He may even deteriorate into hate himself. Self-hate, sexual deviancy, self-mutilation are all possible. He comes under the spell of his own mental functions, becoming self-conscious and disliking what he finds out about himself. If he really hits bottom, he may finally see his actions in the light of day and think, "What have I done?" right before the end. Suicide is a very real possibility.

Extrovert Type
Healthy (usually Hero or Love Interest)
This character is a perfectionist in every way. He’s self-reliant, organized, and always punctual. He’s self-disciplined and principled in everything he does. He is very emotionally controlled and he holds himself up to the highest standards.

He believes there's a right way to do things and a wrong way. He wants to do it the right way. He firmly believes that he knows what is right and will stubbornly fight for it. He wants to always be right and is willing to do whatever it takes to make the world a place he perceives as "perfect".

This extrovert type is a people person. So he’s relationship oriented. He wants to get involved with a cause helping people, possibly a cause directly related to someone he knows or has known.

Dialogue Style
This character knows what's right, but may want the other characters to learn it on their own. This extrovert type makes a great teacher. Even if he’s not a teacher, he attempts to teach by example. As a perfectionist, This character speaks correct English. He won't confront someone who's wrong, but takes a more passive stance.

Dialogue examples: 
"I'll show them how it's done right." 
"I can do it myself." 
"I hope everyone likes the wine I brought."

Internal Dialogue: 
"Let's all work together to make things right."
"I must be right."

"I must do right."

Average Health (usually secondary character)
This character is a perfectionist with a very definite sense of right and wrong. He's very principled and moralistic. He perceives things in black and white, but is relationship oriented. He stands up for what is right, but tends to focus on small and unimportant details. He is likely to focus on someone else's behavior and what exactly they're doing wrong.

Very concerned with the "right way" do to things, he's willing to give a quick opinion, but without intending to be mean. When he inadvertently puts someone down, he can't understand why the other person is upset. He attempts to teach others with through example. 

Generally, This character needs to relax. Everyone knows it but him. He thinks he is helping when, in fact, this help may actually hurt the situation. 

Dialogue Style
This character is a perfectionist, so he speaks proper English in all situations, no matter the situation. He knows what's right and will offer the opinion. However, this extrovert type, will offer it in a way that will protect the other persons' feelings a little.  Nevertheless, he stands firmly on his beliefs and, if pushed, will throw away all decorum to make things right. 

Dialogue examples: 
"That's a nice tie. Hey, try this one."
"Isn't that the street we wanted?"
"You've got a beautiful smile. Maybe you should use it more."
"That's not how to do it." 
"I know I'm right. Why should I have to compromise?" 

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm right. I'm hardworking."
"I must be right."

"I must do right."

Unhealthy (usually Villain)
This character is a very interesting type. He has a hatred for evil, particularly the evil in people, yet he has a connection to people. Perhaps at this point in his life, he has lost everyone he felt was of any quality, left to fend for himself in this unstable and evil world. 

Perfectionist and opinionated, convinced he is right and everyone else is wrong, he still perceives himself as a very giving person. Everyone should be happy to have him around looking out for them. He's furiously angered when not recognized for all the good he's doing for the world. However, the "good" he is doing is usually horribly misguided. He can be unbelievably cruel, attacking people on a personal level, hitting them where it hurts most. 

Dialogue Style
This character is sarcastic and cruel, but not to those who are on his side, not yet anyway. As he slips down the arc, he could lash out at anyone, aiming his barbs at any target available. When alone, he engages in compulsive worry about his incorrect decisions. He's judgmental of others, while rationalizing his own behavior. He's a perfectionist. So, he'd always speak proper English and would know how to use language to communicate his opinions about the people around him. Being an extrovert type, he's likely to veil his comments behind supposed compliments.

Dialogue examples: 
"Nice suit. I didn't know they made them that big."
"Give me that. I'll do it!"
"Why is everyone so stupid?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I'm right. You're wrong."
"I must be right."

"I must do right."

Story Arc Improvement
This character transitions from the perfectionist’s need to control toward acceptance of releasing control. He finds being perfect doesn't lead to happiness or personal fulfillment and decides to accept the world as is. He eventually admits there’s a gray area and is willing to let it be. This release of control and acceptance that everything doesn't have to be perfect to be good, can save his soul from a lifetime of confinement.

Story Arc Unchanged
This character is usually a helper to other characters. So, he doesn't usually change. If he does change, this extrovert type tends to help the hero. He would loosen up and put aside the rules to help the hero at a crucial moment, possibly lying or breaking the law. If he changes toward hindering the hero, he will lash out at the hero in a personal way and attack at the very core of the hero's convictions, possibly a personal reason why the hero's on this mission. This going bad can be particularly evil since everyone expects him to be moral.

Story Arc Decline
This character moves toward an unhealthy psychological state. He faces whatever demons are inside and discovers the evilness of this world is coming from within, making him extremely self-hating. He will lash out with incredible fury at the world. He begins to act contrary to what he preaches, becoming sexually deviant, overindulge in food, drugs, and violence. Now he is swimming in the evil of humanity and representing it. This eventually leads to self-hatred and self-destruction.

Additional Resources
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