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Personality Type 1 - The Perfectionist

Emotional addiction = Anger

People who have adopted Type 1 are action-centered and have a demanding practical sense, which gives priority to the tasks to be performed. The emotional addiction is anger, which is unconscious, being justified by the striving attitude and virtuous self-image - I am doing my part. The name Perfectionist comes from the high level of requirement, which makes them known as picky. "If it has to be done, it does not matter whether you like it or not, it has to be done."

The main negative consequence of this way of organizing lies in the difficulty in recognizing their real needs. Such self-detachment reveals hard and uncompromising people, attached to the dichotomy of right-wrong, just-unjust, adequate-inadequate, believing that effort makes them deserving. "If they were all like me, we would not have to go through this.”

In companies, we find Type 1 usually connected to an area where its effort can be measured. Accounting, finance, organization and methods are some of the common areas. Their practical sense is very useful in situations where the main themes are organization and achievement. But in their compulsion, there will be few who will adapt to their high level of demand. Details become disproportionate. Of course this is not good, if you tried harder, you would understand that good is the enemy of great.”

For greater balance:

When Type 1 recognizes their behavioral pattern as a way of organizing themselves and not what they really are, they open to developing the neutralization of emotional addiction (Anger) and contact with themselves through the virtue of Serenity. This tool helps them recognize what they want from themselves, no longer through right-wrong, allowing a greater integration of their feelings, thoughts and actions.


  • Determined

  • Practical

  • Responsible


  • Hostiles

  • Irritated

  • Stubborn


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