The Motivator

Motivators are exceedingly likeable and charming. They are are naturally enthusiastic people who infect others with their optimism and drive. In fact, they can be optimistic even to the point of disregarding the darker side of life.

In part, Three-wing-Twos’ avoidance of negativity is probably because they have a veritable need to be happy. And to meet that need they have to make sure the people around them are happy, too.

But, at the same time, they genuinely like people and want to help and encourage them. To that end, Three-wing-Twos often play the role that they believe will win others over and even cheer them up.

Three-wing-Twos are always, in a sense, on stage, acting a part. This often means paying attention to wardrobe, spending hours in the gym, learning to speak well, and honing their people skills. All of which speaks to a degree of need for external validation.

Maintaining the right image can, indeed, become a compulsion for this type, but so can genuine self-improvement. They will compare themselves to others and use what they learn to work at being an admirable person and an inspiration to others.

Probable examples of personality type Three-wing-Two are Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Mike Huckabee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Cosby, Anthony Robbins, John Edwards, and Lance Armstrong. Other reported examples are Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Reeve, and Sylvester Stallone.

You will recognize Two-wing-Three characteristics in TV hosts, entertainers, ministers, and motivators. As motivators, Two-wing-Threes typically try to inspire people to advance through their own personal effort as opposed to working toward societal or institutional reforms.

You can see the Three-wing-Two patterns clearly in Bill Cosby’s career. He started out as an entertainer and has hosted a television game show. The Cosby Show had a powerful inspirational element and is credited with helping to change white America’s view of African Americans. Currently, he is a motivational speaker and writer who emphasizes personal boot-strapping rather than institutional change.

As noted, Three-wing-Twos are very often engaged in self-improvement programs. They may strive to demonstrate some virtue, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who achieved fame as a model of fitness. Like motivational guru Anthony Robbins, this personality works hard to acquire the skills and success necessary to make a mark. Three-wing-Twos offer themselves up as models of the kind of individual striving that they advocate.

Although their emphasis on image might imply that Three-wing-Twos will always be superficial, that is not necessarily the case. Their strategy of projecting a positive image is not only adaptive, it can also propel them toward true personal growth. At the end of his acting career, Schwarzenegger expanded his talents toward childhood fitness and nutrition programs and then into politics. Before he could attract followers, Robbins had to improve his own life in a substantial way through practicing what he preached. Oprah is a self-help success story. I am personally familiar with a Three-wing-Two minister who has developed a deep spiritual practice.

Through coming to to identify with and live up to their own self-crafted role, image, status, and achievements, Three-wing-Twos’ craving for admiration often propels them toward becoming authentically admirable people.





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