Quintessential Character Type 3


Character Role
Accomplished Hero, Authentic Person, Self-Assured Person, Outstanding Paragon, Competitive Status Seeker, Image Conscious Pragmatist, Self-Promoting Narcissist, Dishonest Opportunist, Malicious Deceiver, Vindictive Psychopath, Furious Destroyer, Achiever, Attorney, Celebrity, Executive, Financier, Gossip Columnist, Hacker, Inspirational Speaker, Political Activist, Politician, Power Broker, Public Relations Director, Salesman, Stock Broker, Trend Setter

Ego Fixation

Sacred Ideal

Basic Desire
To feel valuable, to succeed and achieve, approval from others

Basic Fear
Worthlessness, failure, being rejected

Pushing self to always be "the best"


Authenticity, Truthfulness

When this character is pressured or threatened, he gets tied up in details and loses assertiveness.

When this character is relaxed and secure, he reflects on his true feelings and his authentic self.

This character's focus goes to performance, prestige, status, seeking approval.

This character's character flaw is based on the incorrect belief that success, love and acceptance are earned through performance. Image is everything, to the point of deceiving himself about his own true feelings. This can interfere with his ability to care deeply for others. He needs to learn success and love come from being authentic and are not based on accomplishments. 

Self Definition
I am productive. I am successful. I am competent.

This character needs to be admired in order to feel worthy. He attempts to earn admiration by achieving success. He's hard working and competitive, socially competent and charismatic.

He aspires to embody the image of success promoted by his culture. How he presents himself and how he's perceived by others is very important. This need to be admired often hides a deep sense of shame about his genuine nature. He unconsciously fears this shame will be unmasked, if someone gets too close.

He encounters difficulty when he confuses true happiness with an image of success. Even the most successful of this character type secretly experiences a deep sense of meaninglessness. The image of success never quite satisfies.

During childhood, this character connected with a care-giving figure, but not necessarily his mother. His mother may have been absent or involved in her career. So another care-giving figure took care of him, perhaps a nanny, grandparent, teacher, maybe his father.

Whatever the source, the important figure in his life provided the needed nurturing. Later, this care-giving person became otherwise involved. This character had to adapt, ignoring his true self to become something the nurturer would approve of. Such approval never came. 

As an adult, he seeks the approval of those he and society admire, such as the successful, the famous, the wealthy, the powerful. He fears rejection. So, he works very hard to be admired by people he admires.

Having, at least, an average intelligence and education, this character operates with an adequate amount of accurate information. He still focuses on work and achievement, but tends to have some outside interests as well.

At work, this character is industrious, high performing, and intensely goal oriented. He may expect coworkers to work as hard, but realizes this is unrealistic. He's attracted to jobs that have the potential for true greatness or fortune.

This character can be charming and gracious in a relationship. Other characters may be attracted to his charm and successful image, but may later resent his no nonsense "get things done" attitude. He tends to be attracted to Type 5s for friends and generally avoids Type 9s.

With Type 1 - The Reformer
Type 1s support this character's work efforts and projects. This character appreciates Type 1's devotion to excellence. However, Type 1s becomes critical of the way this character downplays important matters and speeds through things. This character, on the other hand, becomes impatient with Type 1's tendency to get bogged down in details and judgmental tendencies. Conflict escalates because both characters tend to avoid feelings.

With Type 2 - The Helper
Type 2s and this character connect in their pursuit to keep life positive, usually with Type 2s supporting this character's goals and accomplishments for which they both hope to be appreciated. Conflict occurs when Type 2s perceive this character as trivializing feelings and relationship issues, while this character starts to perceive Type 2s as being unfocused and needy. Type 2s may begin to feel rejected, while this character feels unrecognized and impatient.

With Type 3 - The Achiever
This character and Type 3s enjoy working together to achieve common goals. They can, however, become competitive, perceiving each other as obstacles to their ultimate success, neglecting feelings and their relationship in general. When this occurs, they can get frustrated, angry, and accusatory, leading to alienation.

With Type 4 - The Individualist
This character benefits from Type 4's authenticity and creativity, while Type 4s benefit from this character's support for accomplishment. However, this character can get impatient with Type 4's tendency to get off track and waste time with feelings. Type 4s hate this character's tendency to avoid feeling and inattention to the relationship. 

With Type 5 - The Analyst
This character and Type 5s support each other in work projects and shared goals. Over time, conflict can build when Type 5s need private time to recharge, while this character wants to keep working. This character can become frustrated with Type 5's over-analysis and seeming procrastination, resulting in further disconnection by Type 5s who perceive this character as rushing through things. As neither character is too in touch with feelings, resolution through expression of personal feelings is unlikely.

With Type 6 - The Loyalist
This character and Type 6s complement each other, if working together toward a goal. When this character pushes ahead, somewhat blindly, however, Type 6s react by being overly cautious and obsesses on worst-case scenarios. This character perceives this as creating obstacles to progress and success. He becomes impatient and pushes forward. Type 6s then feels unheard and discounted, which increases mistrust.

With Type 7 - The Enthusiast
This character and Type 7s often support each other's projects and activities. Since both types avoid facing negative trends, difficulties can reach crisis proportions before they are faced. Conflict heightens when the fun-loving Type 7s begin avoiding the boring work that this character feels must be done. This character may accuse Type 7s of escapism and Type 7s may accuse this character of taking the fun out of life.

With Type 8 - The Challenger
This character and Type 8s can connect in pursuit of shared goals with vigor and determination. However, control and competition struggles can emerge. Since neither character is particularly good with feelings, things can get out of control quickly. This character might shift directions to avoid Type 8's demands and anger, which may further anger Type 8s. Type 8s, sensing deceit on the part of this character, becomes more provocative in an all-or-nothing style of confrontation.

With Type 9 - The Peacemaker
Type 9s support this character's goals and accomplishment agenda. In turn, this character helps to mobilize Type 9s into action. This can proceed harmoniously when this character can pay attention to Type 9's need and when Type 9s can encourage this character to slow down. Conflict arises when this character perceives Type 9s as indecisive and unfocused. This character pressures Type 9s to make decisions. Feeling controlled, Type 9s become resistant.

Introvert Type
Healthy (usually Hero or Love Interest)
This character is permanently in the process of becoming a better person physically, mentally, and especially professionally. He is attractive, well put together, in control, smart, and successful.  People admire and want to be like him. He leads by example. 

This introvert type is more withdrawn. So, this character has concentrated on career. A very competitive player, who has met with a great amount of success, this character desires that corner office and is almost there or has arrived. 

He possesses a strong sense of style, an impressive house, and expensive clothing.  However, he's never completely satisfied with who he is, feeling he can always be better and can always work harder. Given to workaholic behavior, many personal goals have been left uncompleted. 

Dialogue Style
This character has worked hard to climb the ladder and desires to be recognized for it. This introvert type is professionally driven. So he knows the language and jargon of his profession to perfection. No one knows his job or the job he desires better than he does. Everything revolves around obtaining approval from the admired figure. Under pressure, he's great at analyzing the situation and devising a plan. 

Dialogue examples: 
"I'm going to do some networking."
"I have the flu, but I'll be in to work."
"I made a great impression."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm successful."
"I must succeed."

Average Health (usually secondary character)
This character is very concerned with a career and how he appears to the boss. He's likely to be deceptive about his talents and skills, an expert at cover-ups, but appears to be a real gem to the authority figure. His self-esteem is determined by how he appears to those that he admires. 

His fear of failure is excruciating. He's met with moderate success, but the drive to be better consumes him. He may find himself taking undue credit at the expense of the team. Nevertheless, this character knows he is being ingenuous and, at times, can be very hard on himself. 

This introvert type is likely to be filled with self-doubt. Feeling as though he's successfully pulling off this facade, he fears that it could crumble at any moment. He might be the hero's co-worker, under pressure to perform and on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Dialogue Style
This character is constantly worried about how he's perceived by the admired person, the boss, or other successful person. He frequently doubts himself. He'll work all night to finish a project. Working to exhaustion, provides an opportunity for some interesting dialogue. During this weakened state, he's likely to expose himself as what he really is, an average person. 

Dialogue examples:
"How's it going?"
"How are you doing?"
"Is everything still okay?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm successful."
"I must succeed."

Unhealthy (usually Villain)
This character is a deceptive workaholic, who feels he has worked hard and never received a break, especially from any admired figure or institution. This introvert type is less people oriented. He's likely to perceive an institution as the enemy. He feels he's been effective and productive, but has not been rewarded. Resultantly, he desires revenge. 

He is very concerned with outward appearances. He'll put on a happy face and a cheerful disposition, while quietly planning to take the institution for all it's worth, possibly destroying it in the process. He tends to be manic-depressive, slipping into a debilitating depression and then emerging with renewed purpose. He's likely to take on many roles or personas during the story to get the job done

Dialogue Style
This character's dialogue tends to be interestingly two-faced. To the world, he's a successful, self-satisfied, happy person. To his helpers and "friends", he's hell bent on revenge and retribution. He's out to get what he deserves.  

Dialogue examples: 
"I've worked harder than anyone."
"I'll make that company pay."
"They'll see who they're dealing with."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm successful."
"I must succeed."

Story Arc Improvement
This character has a deep-seated fear of rejection, bettering himself in hopes of being accepted. For him, self improvement is a never ending quest. He needs to slow down, allow repressed or subconscious emotions to surface, and learn that external success doesn't bring inner fulfillment. He progresses toward finding his true self and ends with an unshakable self-admiration. Typically, he'll face a situation where he has a choice between being rejected by someone he admires or doing the right thing. He does the right thing.

Story Arc Unchanged
This character is usually a helper to other characters. So, he doesn't usually change. If he does change, he becomes an asset to the hero. He'll find acceptance for himself, an unshakable self-admiration that will manifest itself in the form of standing up to that admired figure and doing what's helpful to the hero. If he becomes a hindrance to the hero, he will lash out at the hero for not acknowledging how wonderful this character is and how he deserves to be loved or appreciated. Possibly, the hero is the admired figure or didn't take this character seriously enough.

Story Arc Decline
This character moves toward an unhealthy psychological state. It becomes increasingly hard to keep the building fury inside him under wraps. The stress increases internal aggression, ratcheting up one notch at a time. Until, finally, it's consumes his consciousness. He desires psychopathic destruction. If his plans of destruction succeed, he'll realize it didn't solve anything and slip into a self-destructive depression. If they fail, then his internal fury manifests itself in the form of irrationality and social inappropriateness, usually in front of the admired figure he desired to impress in the first place.

Extrovert Type
Healthy (usually Hero or Love Interest)
This character appears to embody all the positive values held high by the community in which he was raised. He's popular, good looking, smart, and successful. This character may strive for money or status and can be, at times, a shameless self-promoter. 

However, this attitude is tempered by the drive to become a better person. Constantly working on himself physically, intellectually, and professionally. He's never shy about what status he desires. 

He's worthy of being admired and acts as an excellent motivator for others, being all that he can be, leading by example. The thorn in his side, however, is that he is never finished improving. There's no end in sight and that's frustrating. 

At times, he can be neglectful, choosing work over personal relationships. This extrovert type is friendly. He loves to be the center of attention, has a large set of friends, and wants to reach out to others. He's always charming with a social conscience. 

Dialogue Style
This character is very social, the star and life of the party, the kind of person everyone loves to talk to and just be around, personifying the in-crowd. He does have moments of weakness, though. The fear of rejection will make him work around situations he believes will result in rejection. This character might elect to leave a room instead of meeting who he admires most. He may confess to others he's not the wonderful person everyone perceives him to be, but he's constantly striving to improve. He's a team player who gives others credit for their contributions. Under pressure, he's great at analyzing the situation and devising a plan. 

Dialogue examples: 
"I'm a slave to my calendar."
"I'll work all night if I have to."
"Why doesn't everyone work as hard as me?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm successful."
"I must succeed."

Average Health (usually secondary character)
This character's primary concern is to present a successful image. He cares deeply how he is perceived by others. He's somewhat narcissistic. By appearing to be a great person, he lessens the possibility of being rejected especially by someone he admires. This character wants to exhibit his desirability, reaching out to others and self-promoting. 

He's a great actor and performer, able to turn on the charm when it's time to impress. However, he may show a darker side by taking undue credit for something at the expense of the team. This extrovert type is particularly interested in how his spouse or lover views him, choosing to pursue someone others find sexually desirous. 

At this level, he's attempted to become a better person and met with moderate success. However, it's much easier and effective to deceive himself, build those mediocre successes into something bigger than they actually are. Name-dropping, exaggeration, and maintaining appearances is the name of his game. 

Dialogue Style
This extrovert type is people oriented and as such will be very social. He's desperate to be admired. So he'll name-drop and exaggerate experiences. This character is or wants to be the life of the party, successfully gathering a crowd around himself and acting out the part. His deep seated fear of rejection is only revealed at intimate moments to those he truly trusts. 

Dialogue examples: 
"I need the money."
"Why doesn't everyone work as hard as me?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm successful."
"I must succeed."

Unhealthy (usually Villain)
This character is a deceptive and enraged workaholic type, who's successfully deceived everyone into believing he's a successful and wonderful person. However, his mind rages with a fury of resentment and hatred, feeling that regardless of how hard he's worked, he's never achieved genuine success. This extrovert type is more people oriented. So he'll take it especially hard and more personally than the introvert type. 

Physical appearance is extremely important to him. He'll offer a smile and kind words to an enemy, while secretly planning the enemy's  death. Any threat, to expose him for what he really is, will be met with a quick and decisive action to neutralize or eliminate the threat. 

Dialogue Style
This character is focused on success, being admired the way he always should've been. Life is unfair to him. He's done the work and not been rewarded for it. He may be obsessed with experiences in the past, angry at past admired figures or institutions. At first, all this fury manifests itself in covert and manipulative ways, only known to those who're already aware of his true nature. Not until the end, does he reveal himself to the world. At that point, it all comes out in a torrent, surprising everyone, including himself. 

Dialogue examples: 
"I'll make them pay."
"Wait till they get a load of me."
"Why me?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm successful."
"I must succeed."

Story Arc Improvement
The catch with being driven to be the best you can be is that you never actually reach completion. This character is never good enough no matter how hard he tries. Additionally, he never really developed his true self, but only developed an external persona. That's left him with an internal identity crisis and a deep seated fear of rejection. These elements can come out at times of self-disclosure likely in this extrovert type. His psychological change moves toward self-acceptance, self-admiration, and a release of the fear of rejection. He needs to slow down and let feelings surface, learning that external success doesn't bring inner fulfillment. Once this change has taken place, he may stand up to the admired person to do what he believes is truly is right.

Story Arc Unchanged
This character is usually a helper to other characters. So, he doesn't usually change. If he does change, he may move toward a total breakdown and a revelation of his genuine nature. His authentic self is finally exposed to the world. Followed by the discovery that he's still loved, maybe even more so. If he takes a downward arc toward unhealthiness and becomes a hindrance to the hero, he'll begin to believe all the crap he's been spouting. He'll eventually turn against the hero, lashing out at him and anyone who didn't give this character the admiration that he believes to be deserved.

Story Arc Decline
This character moves toward an unhealthy psychological state. At first, he's deceptive, as well as self-deceptive, but somewhat calm. As the threat approaches, he slides further into delusions of grandeur, unrealistic plans of becoming the admired figure, and a drive to do whatever it takes to win the final battle. He becomes more daring in his covert and manipulative attacks, possibly exposing himself as the villain mastermind. When he loses this final battle, he collapses in on himself, becoming self-destructive and possibly suicidal.

Additional Resources
The Quintessential Character 

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