Eight Natural Personality Types
If one Widget dominates it will drag the other widgets in the direction it wants to go. The second most dominant widget will accompany, temper, or modify that direction.
In some of my psychotoons I use eight child characters to represent the eight most common personality types.
Widgets can be smaller or larger than normal because of genetics, brain injuries, beliefs, or learned from trauma. Genetics and injuries are usually very consistent over time and situations where learned perceptions, emotions, beliefs, and behaviors can vary a lot. No one is destined to bad behavior because of their widgets, but it can make social appropriate behavior harder to obtain. I am presenting them with Psychotoons to give you a better working knowledge so you can better cognitively understand them.
Edgar is what we commonly call a nerd. His Dominant Ant looks for details while his large patient Turtle helps him patiently do that. This is basically genetics. His ability to see the bigger picture, Geru, may also be genetic. In the process his Macho fear and Cuddles love are being subdued or ignored. Because of this his Lower Nature may find it easier to act out. They are not anti-social but non-social. The smaller Geru finds it harder for Mr/Ms Do Consciousness to process through and dismiss the trauma or social criticism that comes with lack of natural social skills. And if fear is large, and without Mr/Ms Do and Geru to process, they may be a bit paranoid. They tend to the loyal type.
Ragde is Edgar’s Lower Nature counterpart. He is a bit of a nerd but with a larger energetic Rabbit. This may be due to his Lower Nature being larger and commandeering his Rabbit to join Coyote’s aggression. Also, perhaps, from childhood neglect and his learned behavior of lying or deceiving others has made reality blurred. Therefor his Mr/Ms Do is smaller than his Dragon.
Molly is the emotional one. Her Macho Fear, Cuddles Love, and Wise Geru are large enough to be able to process situations and trauma and therefore Mr/Ms Do Consciousness is larger and the Lower Nature and gang tend to be smaller. Their reasoning is better connected to their empathy. Therefor they tend to be more sociable and less deceptive, less selfish, less blaming, and less aggressive. All of these can be altered by bad experiences. Many gang members started out with this personality type but their large energetic Rabbits, usually genetics, and their Lower Natures have grown from trauma, either from childhood experiences or experiences from gang behaviors and experiences. They become negative manipulators.
Charlotte is Molly’s Lower Nature Counterpart. She is emotional but her emotions are directed towards herself, she is self-centered. Her Lower Nature has subdued her Upper Nature, probably from childhood neglect, abuse, or negative belief systems that devalue her. Gang behaviors or being the victim of human trafficking or such belief systems can have this effect.
Sue is more of an Intellectual and ignores her fear and love thus making her Mr/Ms Do Consciousness smaller. Generally speaking, their Lower Nature is subdued with thinking. But if blaming Crow is large from trauma or negative beliefs, the person may be pointing the finger. If their fear is large too, well, paranoia might lead to conspiracy theories.
Destiny is Sue’s Lower Nature Counterpart. She is on the intellectual side but a blamer and see’s life as driven by Lady Luck. Her perceptive Ant and Bee can be keen but look for the deceptive and negative. Her Dragon is bigger than he Mr/Ms Do Consciousness.
George is the typical all boy, energetic and loving sports. His Rabbit is large. But as long as most other is normal his Mr/Ms Do Consciousness will be healthy and social. Boys in particular may have a slightly larger Lower Nature than girls giving them the mischievous streak that boys tend to have.
Larry is George’s Lower Nature Counterpart. He is energetic and driven but to fight. His Lower Nature is larger than his Mr/Ms Do Consciousness so rather than being mischievous he is aggressive. This is probably from childhood trauma. But Psychopaths, low or no empathy or fear and impulsive, can be genetics. That does not in itself destin them to aggressive behavior. A psychopath with a healthy raising can get a job that requires no fear and is risky, such as being an astronaut.
Together all the above characters in a group make up a fairly normal group personality if the Lower Nature kids do not dominate.
Personality disorders are diagnosed when one’s behavior remains biased and to the detriment of self and others under the usual pressures of socialization, even when they try to conform. There are some biological limitations, learned emotional dysfunction, learned beliefs, and habitual or addicted actions that can contribute to their biased behaviors. Everyone is different. I will go over briefly sixteen recognized behaviors that we label as personality disorders. Remember nothing is written in stone. A diagnosis is a hypothesis about the pattern of people’s behaviors.
We need a model of what is normal to compare with the disorders to show how they differ. An average normal person has healthy Upper Nature that they operate from most of the time. Their widgets are about the same size. When no widget dominates the others they tend to cooperate better and can act quickly without having to compensate for the biased behavior of the dominant ones or lack of help from the weak ones. The Upper Nature, Mr/Ms Do and crew are stronger or larger than the Lower Nature, Dragon and gang. The strength or size of any widget is a product of genetics, learned, beliefs, and habits and addictions.
Freewill is defined by this model as the size of Mr/Ms Do, the consciousness and crew’s ability to do what is needed or right without biases deterring or sabotaging your efforts. Freedom is not the ability to blindly do what you want when you want no mater how it affects you or others, but the ability to do what you want when you want by staging your widgets to meet your needs in a situation without putting yourself and others in danger.
Nerds are basically left brain people who are usually not too social, and patiently work on monotonous details such as computer games. So their Ant and Turtle are usually large and as is their self-centered Raccoon. A large Crow and small Geru can predispose them to blame others and love fantasy or sci-fi. Because their Mr/Ms do is smaller their alter-ego Dragon often says what it wants when it wants without consideration of how it affects others. People labeled nerds may be in the Aspergers Syndrome, mild autism. Extra socializing can cut back a bit on the self centeredness. But abuse can aspirate it.
People listed as Nerds are often passive aggressive as they are very passive and do not know how to be socially assertive. In that case genetics plays a part. But anyone who lets their Dragon rule and refuse to help others while acting innocent of their neglect can be called passive aggressive. A person who believes they can ‘say it as it is’ without considering the affect on others can be a harsher form of passive aggressive edging on aggressive. This is often learned from being abused. They are very defensive, protecting their beliefs at the expense of others. You can say almost anything to others without hurting them if you take the time to figure out how.
ADD is genetic or brain injury. Ant and Bee are too small. They are not perceiving as much as they should. If energetic Rabbit is large they may be ADHD which is ADD and hyperactive. Hyperactivity can be the brains response to create more stimulation as Ant and Bee are not providing it. But the hyperactivity can be genetics or from injury short-circuiting the brain. ADHD may be mild bipolar. The causes of such behaviors are not that evident.
Paranoid behavior has a large fear at its base. Anyone can have too much anxiety or fear but we do not call it paranoia unless they are blaming other. Paranoia could be learned but more often comes from the brain injury. It can be their at birth. When the brain is not seeing the cause of its own fear it can imagine sources, and those sources usually involve other’s influence that is fantasy.
Dependent people often have a huge love attraction to others and feel helpless without the other returning their love. They often feel helpless to do things on their own without the approval of the love object. Woman, by nature of being emotionally love oriented, tend to be more dependent on their love objects. Nature put this in place so they would not abandon their children or the male in their life that made them safer from the predators of the world. This tendency can be aspirated by not having been taught how to be more independent. Men with a lot of anxiety can fall into his category and even become stockers when they are too insecure to live without their love object. Above I have not made fear large as many are not feeling fear but are driven by their need for love. But Macho Fear can be a main player.
Every conscious decision is made by self adoration. Raccoon and Crow, self-centered and fantasy, plays a big part. They have a lot of energy directed to this endeavor. They may or may not be deceptive or aggressive, just oblivious to others. We are all a bit narcissistic, and need to be so we are not taken advantage of by other narcissistic people. So I have made Mr/Ms Do large. But if the Lower Nature gets larger from abuse, neglect, or injury then Mr/Ms Do shrinks and Dragon grows as does Dragon’s gang.
Everyone loves to hear about Psychopaths. The Lower Nature, Dragon and gang are definitely in control. Mr/Ms Do and crew are all weak, except energetic Rabbit who is large and joins the Lower Nature’s capers. The defining feature is the lack of empathy and lack of fear, the two widgets that help us monitor others, empathy to feel their emotions and fear we may hurt them if we are not careful. The ability to read others gives us a guide as what to do for the well-being of others. Psychopaths have neither. Their freewill or Mr/Mr Do Consciousness and crew is ruled by Dragon and gang. This disorder can be genetically low on fear and love with impulsive behaviors. But the size of the Lower Nature, Dragon and gang is more dependent on abuse or neglect as a child when the personality is developing.
The intellectual may be genetically predisposed to be a deep thinker, in other words, a large Geru. But it can be learned, a large Crow, and Crow just takes over. The smaller the Geru the smaller Mr/Ms Do and the larger Dragon gets as Crow grows. This personality disorder is probably mostly learned as Ant, Bee, Macho, and Cuddles shrink.
This disorder is basically genetic and so usually inherited. Much like a Nerd, Geru is smaller than Crow whose fantasy or view of reality is pervasive. They often are a bit Obsessive Compulsive about appearances being perfect to the point they are seen as vain and their houses as gaudy. There seems to be an underlying anxiety that drives them to continue in their behavior even when it is hard on those around them making them appear self-centered with a large Raccoon and Crow, their world appearing unreal and fantasy to others.
This disorder is when the Dragon and gang, the Lower Nature is running amuck. Some may say it is a milder version of Psychopathic. The center crew of Mr/Ms Do, loving Cuddles, patient Turtle, and wise Geru are too small to stop the rampage. But young guys, who are otherwise closer to normal, but feel they should fight the system, often run amuck and do stupid stuff. Those who do not outgrow this adolescent rebellion, which is an effort to be independent, and remain antisocial go on to cause many problems or crimes and are truly antisocial.
Schizophrenic people are not personality disordered, they are psychotic, their brain is not working properly enough to see reality. The disorder, I call Schizy but is usually called Schizoid, has some of the features of Schizophrenic but they tend to be functional enough to live on their own and engage is most human activities. They are not very sociable and tend to not interact a whole lot but are more detached. My hunch is that it is genetic or caused by brain problems from injury. They do not seem to see reality as most others see it. Their love is failing, they may have a lot of emotion but fear stops them. They tend to be shy.
This is another highly talked about disorder, probably because it is so dramatized. Villains in media often display this personality. It is very hard to define and varies a lot. It is labeled Borderline because it borders or has the characteristics of other personality disorders. If there is a common defining factor it is they find it hard to trust. Macho fear has knocked down their Cuddles love. Their sense of reality can be fanciful and dramatic, so Crow is large and wise Geru and Mr/Ms Do, Conscious choice of what works best, are small. The Lower Nature can be large, but they are often more aggressive to themselves then others, being suicidal not homicidal. When energetic Rabbit is large they may be the life of the party or if they get defensive the center of the fight.
A Sociopath is a Psychopath that has crossed the line and hurts others. Like a Psychopath, they have little empathy, small loving Cuddles, and are impulsive, as patient Tuttle is also tiny. So with no remorse and impulsive they do what they want when they want with disregard for others. In this picture I have made Macho fear and fantasy Crow large. It is as if they are delusional and fear others, not fear of hurting them, but fear of being hurt. They are often willing to hurt others for a fantasy cause.
The Manic stage of Bipolar occurs when the body’s salts are unbalanced and energetic Rabbit is going to fast for the rest of the Widgets to keep up. So wise Geru shrinks. I should have shown energetic Rabbit jumping up and down. Raccoon is large in the picture, not because the person is selfish but because they cannot relate to others as their thoughts are going to fast. Crow is not real large as they are not necessarily in a consistent fantasy of odd beliefs, but more like a dream, they are putting reality together with no focus, but their thought are randomly leading the way. I have made conscious Mr/Ms Do larger than Dragon because they are not being ruled by their Lower Nature, and they can be functional until their thought are so fast they not longer see reality.
A severe Bipolar Depression is a shut down of many widgets. They perceive their world enough to barely exist, they still have fear and love but that is not enough to have the energy to think things out, plan, and carry out in actions. They see themselves in a deceptive way, usually with little to no self esteem. How can they function well when almost all widgets are down.
Obsessive Compulsive is usually inherited. They are normal people, or they may have other Personality Disorders also. But it is better described as the widgets are going in circles. Most of us perceive something, feel we need to act, plan how, and carry through and then go on to the next task. They do the same thing but instead of going on to the next task and letting the last task be finished, they do it over and over until they are distressed or unable to go on to the next task.