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TYPE ONE: The Perfectionist

Type Nine: The Mediator
Type Eight: The Protector Type One: The Perfectionist
Type Seven: The Epicure Type Two: The Giver
Type Six: The Sceptic Type Three: The Performer
Type Five: The Observer Type Four: The Romantic

“Lost” essential quality: An experience of the essential truth that all people are fundamentally one with each other and everything is perfect as it is.

Compensating belief: Because the world judges and punishes “bad” behavior, you must gain worthiness and love by being as good and perfect as possible.

Attention/coping strategy: Comparing self to others. Noticing error and correcting it. Suppressing anger and impulses. Being as responsible and right as you can be.

Trap: Endlessly trying to gain worthiness by being correct.

Driving energy: Anger, resentment and guilt at whatever appears wrong or doesn’t meet high standards.

Avoidance: Making mistakes, losing self-control, being so wrong that you are unworthy.

Strengths: High integrity, concern for improvement, industrious, responsible.

Paradox: Although it seems like there is one right, best way to be, there are multiple right answers; what is right is not necessarily what is best.

Path of development:

Practices for Growth

Focus on what is wrong or needs correcting

How has my attention been focused on what is wrong or what needs improving? What have I judged as imperfect or mistakes? What body sensations and feelings did I have in connection with these judgments? What actions did I take or need to curb in connection with correcting errors and doing what is right?

Ones’ coping strategy and worth are based on getting things right and improving, so your attention goes to what is wrong or needs correcting.

Inner critical voice

How have I been judging myself? Berating myself? Worrying? How constant was the voice of judgment? How did I treat situations as good or bad? Right or wrong? How did my inner critic make me feel?

Ones develop a relentless inner critic to support their mission of getting life “right.”

Judging others and being judged

How did I judge others? What did this make me feel or do? Did I become resentful? In what ways did I believe that I was being judged or criticized? Did I turn what could be suggestions or advice into criticism? How did I react to what I perceived as criticism?

Judgment is part of the critical mind at work. The belief that you aren’t worthy if you aren’t right makes Ones sensitive to judgments by self and others.

Six healing and growth commitments for Perfectionists:

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