A. Extrinsic Characteristics (Fear Related)
Classifying extrinsic factors as “fear related” means that they are common stress sources.
1. Intelligence. This is the innate ability to solve problems and understand observations by employing common sense and logic.
Common Sense is defined by the Merriam Webster™ dictionary as sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the facts. Common sense has been around since humans first walked the earth. It is not based on education, although education may be considered Yoga for the brain.
Isaac Nelson was a potato farmer with an 8th grade education who was able to solve a fluid dynamics calculus problem using common sense and a piece of chalk.
Archimedes of Syracuse discovered “pi” using trial and error and common sense.
Aristotle believed that common sense was an innate feature of the animal soul.
Some believe that common sense is a learned response or condition. Observations have shown otherwise, supporting Aristotle’s view:
Infants placed at the top of stairs for the first time crawl away from, rather than toward, the stairs. This negates a learned response and suggests an innate feature.
Logic is described as a way of thinking that proves an inference. This is easier to understand with examples:
Dark clouds hold rain. Dark clouds are coming this way. Therefore it will rain here today. This conclusion is false because it does not prove the inference under all circumstances.
Jane thinks that logic is boring. All Type C personalities think logic is fascinating. Therefore, Jane is not a C-type. Is this a true or false conclusion?
All computers, cell phones, radios, TV’s, trains, planes, and automobiles use logic circuits. But, logic has been around since long before computers. The armies of the Roman Empire used logic to calculate the distance a stone could be flung or the minimum height for ladders used to scale fortress walls. Even today, military planning is still referred to as “logistics.”
2. Truth. Truth means that something is in accordance with facts or beliefs. Type C persons solve problems. In order to accomplish this, they must know the truth of the facts. However, it is important not to confuse “beliefs” with facts.
Many children believe there is a Santa Claus. The existence of Santa Claus has not been shown to be factually true. On the other hand, the “belief” or state of mind of the child is a fact. Therefore the child’s belief must be true. (Logic Statement)
This creates a conflict in the mind of a Type C personality. But eliminating “beliefs” from the definition does not solve all of the uncertainty. The word “fact” also has room to wiggle. The distance between the sun and the earth is stated as 94.5 million miles. But, is that true? There are deviations in the orbit of the earth. There are differences depending on which point of land is being used, such as sea level. And if sea level is used, then there are additional differences depending on the location and time of day. Sea levels vary with latitude because of the centrifugal force of the rotating earth, and with time of day because of the location of the moon, i.e., tides. As such, there is almost never an exact number or fact.
If neither “beliefs” nor “facts” are certain, then how can any problem be solved?
Welcome to inside the mind of the C-type.
3. Usefulness. This is more of an effect rather than a trait. But the word defines the importance of the Type C personality. Everything in society that is manufactured, serviced, or artificially generated is the result of the efforts from a Type C person. This includes electricity; anything that uses electricity; all mechanical devices, including everything that uses a wheel; all induced chemical reactions; and all artificial or organized biological processes, such as farming. Society could not function as it does or support itself without C-types.
Elisa Otis worked in a sawmill where materials were moved from one floor to another. Every time the power went out, the hoist came crashing down. Elisa came up with an idea to install a braking system that would be held open when the power was on, but would clamp shut when the power went out.
Mr. Otis built a prototype elevator for the 1853 world’s fair. It held several people and he raised and lowered it with a rope. When the elevator platform was at its highest position, a man with a machete ran through the crowd, yelling and slicing the lifting rope. The people on the platform screamed. The elevator dropped 6 inches and then stopped.
A few weeks later, hundreds of orders came flying in. The logical need to develop an elevator that would not crash during power outages, illustrates Mr. Otis’s Type C personality. However, the clever marketing method illustrates that he also had some clever Type B personality traits.
Type C people work in the background and form the foundation for civilization. But a foundation without a structure lacks usefulness. The A-types are the contractors that build those structures. The Type D’s are the inspectors that make sure the safety standards are enforced. After all, an unsafe building is not very useful. Finally, the B-types are in charge of the interpersonal communications, allowing information to flow smoothly. Without communication, the structures would be vacant. Civilization requires a wonderful combination of all personality types.
4. Dependability. This is a quality of being reliable, i.e., being able to perform repeatedly in a timely manner. The number one reason that people are fired is because they do not show up for work on time. The number two reason is unreliable job performance. Dependability is not limited to individual work ethics. It also includes product design and construction.
In 1960, General Motors marketed an automobile called the Corvair. There were major flaws with dependability, including that it had the tendency to flip over when going around sharp corners, it released noxious fumes inside the passenger compartment, and it had a one-piece steering column that acted like a giant insect pin, impaling the driver, during head-on collisions.
5. Control/Power. Type C personalities rely on two of the control/power traits more than any of the others:
They have perfected the use of economic power. This is consistent with the fact that C-types are the owners of most businesses. Ownership is not the same as running or managing the companies, which is more of an A-type personality.
Between 1878-1910, J. P. Morgan was the owner of a large bank. He was educated in mathematics. He personally investigated each type of company that he wanted to control. Money from his bank controlled the steel industry (US Steel), electrical power generation (General Electric), telegraph & telephone (AT&T and Western Union), manufacturing of large equipment (International Harvester), and the railroads (21 railroad companies).
One man and one company had so much power that it shaped the direction of this nation.
Controlling information is the second dominant control/power trait of the Type-C. This type of power is bountiful in this generation. Amazon™, Microsoft™, Google™ (Alphabet), and Apple™ control essentially all of the information being transmitted around the world. They also happen to be the 4 largest companies in the world, based on market value (as of 2019).
Information power is molding a new direction for this nation. This is a fascinating and exciting time to bear witness to what will happen next. No one can say that we live in boring times.