Quintessential Character Type 6

Type
6

Character Role
Valiant Hero, Engaging Person, Committed Worker, Dutiful Loyalist, Ambivalent Pessimist, Authoritarian Rebel, Overreacting Dependent, Paranoid Hysteric, Self-Defeating Masochist, Cult Follower, Guardian, Insufferable Ideologue, Loyalist, Loyal Skeptic, Loyal Ally, Misguided Moralist, Rebel

Ego Fixation
Cowardice, Worrying

Sacred Ideal
Faith

Basic Desire
To have support and guidance, to be secure

Basic Fear
Being without support or guidance, being abandoned

Tendency
Indecision, doubt, seeking reassurance

Vice/Passion
Fear

Virtue
Courage

Stress
When this character is pressured or threatened, he tends to speak and act without thinking. 

Security
When this character is relaxed and secure, he becomes less suspicious and more trusting.

Focus
This character's focus goes to doubt and fear, identifying danger, hidden motives, and agendas.

Flaw
This character's flaw is based on a lack of faith in himself, others, and the world. He's driven by the fear he won't be able to handle all the dangers present in the universe. During the story, he learns that perfect security is impossible. He may even discover that attempting to find certainty in an uncertain world can cause more uncertainty and anxiety. 

Self Definition
I am loyal. I am dutiful. I am provocative.

At the core of his personality is fear and anxiety, a prevailing worry about everything that might go wrong. This tendency makes him gifted at troubleshooting but prevents much needed peace of mind. He's perpetually looking for something or someone to believe in. However, his tendency to distrust and suspect others works against any sort of true faith in authority.

He finds it difficult to trust others. He likely to be loyal, only after the other person has absolutely proven himself. Once established, his loyalty is usually unshakeable, even in situations where such loyalty probably isn't justified.

Background
This character connected with his protective figure, who may not have been his father. This protective figure not only provided security but guidance and information that was perceived as very accurate and helpful. This character carried the quality of that relationship into whatever new system in which he found himself. 

However, if the relationship was abusive and this character secretly hated the protective figure, he now holds that same feeling for the new protective system. As an adult, he's built a relationship with one person or system and stuck with it. Through it all, he's always questioned his own abilities.

Education
Having, at least, an average intelligence and education, this character is likely to hold knowledge and facts at the ready. He perceives the lack of knowledge as a point of weakness and would rarely admit not knowing something. At times, he may volunteer information he doesn’t really know much about.

Work
At work, this character is loyal, truthful, and team oriented. He tends to be security oriented, concerned with potential problems and predicting moves by the competition. He trusts his team, though. He may be attracted to security work or causes.

Relationships
This character can be reliable and trustworthy in a relationship, usually forming and maintaining long-term relationships. Others are drawn to his loyalty, but can be hurt when his anticipation of problems extends to the relationship. He may question others' intentions, but usually corrects himself before it becomes a problem. This character tends to be attracted to Type 9s for friends and generally avoids Type 3s.

With Type 1 - The Reformer
Type 1s and this character often connect in their pursuit of making a better world. However, Type 1s can feel criticized and react with a only-one-right-way stance when this character questions Type 1's loyalty. A circle of blame can result when Type 1s feel indifferent. It can make this character insecure and he feels that nothing can satisfy Type 1s. 

With Type 2 - The Helper
Type 2s help this character, who seems to need support and reassurance. However, this character starts to question Type 2's motives. While appreciating Type 2's support, this character may withdraw from too much attention. Type 2s, while appreciating this character's loyalty, may feel rejected by this character. This character may become accusatory, while Type 2s get emotional. 

With Type 3 - The Achiever
Type 3s and this character complement each other, if working together toward a goal. When Type 3s push ahead, somewhat blindly, this character reacts by being overly cautious and obsesses on worst case scenarios. Type 3s perceive this as putting up obstacles to progress and success, become impatient and pushes forward. This character then feels unheard and discounted, which increases mistrust. 

With Type 4 - The Individualist
Type 4s are attracted to this character's loyalty. They connect with their shared doubts about fulfillment. This character appreciates the creative flair and emotional depth of Type 4s, but conflict arises when Type 4s seems insatiable in wanting what is lacking. This character may feel unsupported and doubt Type 4's intentions. Attempting to help Type 4s out of suffering, this character tries to fix Type 4s. If that fails, this character becomes controlling and accusatory. This leads to further disappointment by Type 4s. 

With Type 5 - The Analyst
Type 5s and this character appreciate their shared characteristics of thoughtful analysis and respect for boundaries. Still, when Type 5s becomes reclusive, this character may project doubts and concerns about care and trust. If that happens, this character may become intrusive and accusatory out of need for more reassurance and involvement. Type 5s may then perceive this character as making too many demands. In response, Type 5s will likely detach.

With Type 6 - The Loyalist
This character and Type 6s often see the world as a hazardous place they can't quite trust. They're uniquely suited to support and protect each other because they share this worldview. Conflict arises around differing fears and concerns. When conflict arises, they can become mistrusting of each other. If this escalates, difficulties are magnified, resulting in angry accusations. The relationship can polarize around these differences with neither feeling supported or understood. 

With Type 7 - The Enthusiast
This character's negative outlook and Type 7's positive outlook can balance each other. This character enjoys Type 7s's optimism and pleasure orientation. Type 7s enjoy this character's wit and restraint. Conflict occurs when this character begins to think real concerns are being dismissed and attempts to counteract Type 7's excessive optimism. Type 7s becomes impatient with what he perceives as this character's negativity. 

With Type 8 - The Challenger
This character and Type 8s often connect in supporting each other's causes with Type 8s encouraging this character to take more effective action. Conflict occurs when Type 8s become impatient with this character's fears and doubts. This character may feel intimidated and threatened by Type 8's aggression. Angry confrontations may occur, causing this character to withdraw. 

With Type 9 - The Peacemaker
This character and Type 9s often harmonize through their efforts to create a predictable, supportive, and secure relationship. Both tend to go along to get along, but this character can perceive Type 9's distractibility as a lack of caring or an inability to see potential hazards. Type 9s, perceive this character's anxiety or worry as excessive, and may try to convince this character such concerns are irrational. Type 9s may entrench, becoming stubborn and opposing, particularly when this character becomes provocative and accusatory. 

Introvert Type
Healthy (usually Hero or Love Interest)
This character is one of those people you can never quite put your finger on. One minute he's secure, the next insecure. One minute he's angry, the next content. 

The reason for this is the key to his complex character. He simply doesn't trust himself. More specifically, he doesn't trust the way he thinks or his ability to make good decisions. 

As a result, he looks for an authority figure or belief system to give him the answers or guidance to make decisions. The authority figure he associates with is usually a Type 3. Strangely, this character desperately wants to be independent.

He is loyal, compassionate, trustworthy, and positive. He's not concerned with being liked. This introvert type looks to protect the little guy while remaining loyal to an authoritarian system. He's likely to be pulled into a situation he's attempting to avoid. 

Dialogue Style
This character begins as a part of the system, spouting whatever ideals the system or authority may believe. He's attracted to causes which help the little guy. So he'll stand up for anyone who's being abused by authority. Being introspective, he can be a powerful public speaker, but quiet and reserved in private. 

Dialogue examples: 
"I don't think I can do it alone."
"You can count on me."
"What am I supposed to do?"
"Who can I trust?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm loyal. I'm cautious."
"I must be secure."

Average Health (usually secondary character)
This character doesn't trust his own decisions. As a result, he's connected with an authority figure or belief system to do the thinking for him. The authority figure he associates with is usually a Type 3.

Interestingly, this character hates being dependent on anything. Therefore, he tends to be passive-aggressive and sarcastic. Because he's not always certain what he should be thinking, his mood can change from moment to moment. 

He's very hard to understand completely, because he doesn't understand himself or the world. He associates easily with others. So, he makes the perfect friend, loyal and trustworthy. However, at times, he's uneven and unhelpful. 

Dialogue Style
This character can be sarcastic but associative. He sees the success of any system that he associates with as a personal success. Since this introvert type is less people oriented and internalized his relationship with the protective figure as a child, he may integrate elements into the new system that simply aren't there. Adding either a paranoid flavor to his comments or, if the original protective figure was kinder, he may defend a system that isn't so nice. When under pressure, he may blurt out feelings and predictions of disaster with reckless abandon. 

Dialogue examples: 
"My team won."
"This sucks!"
"We're all doomed!"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm loyal. I'm cautious."
"I must be secure."

Unhealthy (usually Villain)
This character has never trusted his own decisions. He relies on others to make decisions for him, associating with an authority figure or belief system. The authority figure he associates with is usually a Type 3.

He's lost all hope of being self-reliant, clinging desperately to whatever system he has become dependent upon. This character is more manic than paranoid. He's desperate to remain associated with this system and willing to do anything it takes to keep that protecting system alive, no matter how wrong it is. 

He can become hysterical, if he perceives his security to be threatened. This introvert type is less people oriented. He adopts a detached approach to what he believes must be done to keep things stable, becoming a sociopath, destructive, possibly even murderous. 

Dialogue Style
This character has spent his life as part of a system. As such, he may hold up that system as law, no matter how negative. Alternately, he may rebel against the system, a system that he perceives caused pain in his life. This character may lose touch with reality, associating his feelings for the childhood protective figure with the present battle. 

Dialogue examples: 
"You never loved me, did you?"
"Why did you make me be like this?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm loyal. I'm cautious."
"I must be secure."

Story Arc Improvement
This character psychologically moves toward self-trust, possibly creating a new system of beliefs for himself and others. He might create a new community, standing up against some other system or authority figure to represent a new way of thinking. He'll convince others to join, eventually eliminating the need for the old system altogether. Alternately, he may release self-doubt completely, learning to trust the inner authority, standing up for what he believes, ready and willing to deal with whatever instability may be coming down the road.

Story Arc Unchanged
This character is usually a helper to other characters. So, he doesn't usually change. If he does change, he assists the hero. He'll move toward self-reliance, becoming less needy and more supportive. He learns to exercise freedom of choice and take responsibility for his own actions, developing faith in himself. If he becomes a hindrance to the hero, he'll panic internally, fearing abandonment. This causes a very clingy and panicked person who won't let go, causing problems for the hero.

Story Arc Decline
This character moves toward an unhealthy psychological state. He's always hated being dependent on others, resentful that he was never supported for his own thoughts and feelings. This combined with his introversion forms a mental state that creates a world-class sociopath. Suspicious and inflexible, he becomes violent against a system or authority figure and himself, becoming sadomasochistic, self-injuring to gain pity, finally leading to a loss of any hope for self-reliance.

Extrovert Type
Healthy (usually Hero or Love Interest)
This character is a loyal and trustworthy ally. He's extroverted, adaptable, and outspoken, making a very good actor. He likes dialogue prepared for him, likes structure, belonging to a system. 

Unable to trust his own decisions, he associates with an authority figure or system that will supply answers. However, he's uncomfortable being dependent on anything at all. Occasionally, this character's likely to provoke confrontations to prove his courage to the authority figure or system

He prefers a team approach to problem solving. He can be hilariously funny. He uses humor as a way to connect to others, who may have power over him or what he perceives to be the answers.

Dialogue Style
This character speaks properly; the English language is a system he uses well. He is loyal to any system he associates with, so would stand up for it against anyone who went against it. This sub-type is also very funny. 

Dialogue examples: 
"It's the law."
"You know what you're supposed to do."
"You like me? Why?"
"What's the plan?"
"The best defense is a good offense."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm loyal. I'm cautious."
"I must be secure."

Average Health (usually secondary character)
This character doesn't trust his own decisions. So, he's associated with an authority figure or belief system he believes can supply superior decision-making capability. The authority figure he associates with is usually a Type 3.

He's extroverted, able to speak, but confines himself to system approved positions. He tows the party line. Because of his insecurity, he tends to uphold the party line in a heavy-handed way, making others uncomfortable. 

Yet, he can turn against the system at any minute with a sarcastic wit. He is part of a system, but hates being dependent on it. This character is trapped, feeling reliant, and desperately hating that reliance. 

Dialogue Style
This character associates well with systems. He closely links his identity and feelings of success with these systems. He's very unpredictable, being charming and calm one minute, then turning sarcastic and cruel the next. When under pressure, he may blurt out feelings and predictions of disaster with reckless abandon. 

Dialogue examples: 
"My Knicks won the championship."
"All my bags are Gucci."
"What's the plan?" 
"Something will go wrong." 
"He's full of crap. I'm not that tall." 

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm loyal. I'm cautious."
"I must be secure."

Unhealthy (usually Villain)
This character is desperately clinging to the last thread of self-reliance he possesses. He's never trusted his own decision-making ability. He's associated very closely with an authority figure or belief system that promised to make the decisions. The authority figure he associates with is usually a Type 3.

Because of a troubled past, he's unlikely to have chosen a system or figure that's a positive force in this world. He may find it impossible to break free from this system, no matter how he really feels. He's people oriented and interactive with the world, but still, somehow, misguided by forces he feels dependent upon and yet trapped by. 

He can become hysterical, if he perceives his security to be threatened. He adopts an aggressively active approach to what he believes must be done to keep things stable, becoming a psychopath, destructive, possibly even murderous. 

Dialogue Style
This character tows the party line and speaks it publicly. He is outspoken, extroverted, willing to walk down any street and hand out flyers or spout propaganda. He identifies strongly with whatever bigotry or negativity is present in the system and brings that to the forefront with an aggressive force that makes him seem psychopathic. Angry at systems and how they keep people trapped, yet part of an opposing system. 

Dialogue examples: 
"I follow all the rules."
"You can count on me."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I feel good when I'm loyal. I'm cautious."
"I must be secure."

Story Arc Improvement
This character psychologically moves toward becoming self-reliant. He learns to trust his own decisions. He either becomes true partners to the authority figure, being equal and treated that way, or he comes to the conclusion dreams of independence are possible only if he can break from the system. However, this type needs a system. So, he'll probably create and represent a new system. This he's extroverted, a real people person and attracts others to his cause.

Story Arc Unchanged
This character is usually a helper to other characters. So, he doesn't usually change. If he does change, he assists the hero. He'll move toward self-reliance, an acceptance of himself and a feeling that he's capable of making decisions. He releases the hero from a role of caretaker. He learns to exercise freedom of choice and take responsibility for his own actions, developing an faith in himself. If he becomes a hindrance for the hero, he'll become very clingy or preachy that it interferes with the hero's plan.

Story Arc Decline
This character moves toward an unhealthy psychological state. Releasing that final thread of self-reliance, he becomes a fanatical and sociopathic member of the system. Perhaps, integrating his own feelings about his childhood protective figure to the mix, misinterpreting the present authority figure's desires and lashing out at anything threatening the system. Alternately, he may attack the system itself for keeping him trapped at the lower ranks for so long. He's unlikely to act on the latter, but that fuels his anger and aggression even more.


Additional Resources
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