The Idealist

Idealists want to express and embody their values and beliefs, so they push for reforms on either a local or a more universal level. They want things to be done according to their own guiding principles.

Through teaching, writing, leading, and mentoring, they attempt to convince less individuated people to give up their groupthink in return for principled, self-reliant thought and action. At the extreme, they can fall into the White Knight syndrome, trying to rescue people who can’t or don’t want to be rescued.

Probable examples of personality type One-wing-Nine are Michael Dukakis, William F. Buckley, Jr., Al Gore, and George Harrison. Other reported examples are Plato, Gandhi, Colin Powell, George F. Will, and C. S. Lewis.


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