Serious personality type

Basic Desire/ Pleasure:* duty and responsibility
Basic Fear/ Distress: being unprepared for the worst

Basic Passions of the Types

Dr. John M. Oldham has defined the Serious personality style. The following seven characteristic traits and behaviors are listed in his The New Personality Self-Portrait.

Straight face. Individuals with the Serious personality style maintain a sober demeanor. They are solemn and not given to emotional expression.

No pretentions. They are realistically aware of their own capabilities, but they are also aware of their own limitations; they are not tempted by vanity or self-importance.

Accountability. Serious people hold themselves responsible for their actions. They will not soft-pedal their own faults and do not let themselves off the hook.

Cogitation. They're thinkers, analyzers, evaluators, ruminators: They'll always play things over in their minds before they act.

Nobody's fool. Men and women with Serious personality style are sharp appraises of others. In their ability to critique other people, they are as unhesitating as in their own self-evaluation.

No surprises. They anticipate problems and when the worst happens, they're prepared to deal with it.

Contrition. Serious people suffer greatly when they realize they've been thoughtless or impolite to others.

Source: Oldham, John M., and Lois B. Morris. The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love, and Act the Way You Do. Rev. ed. New York: Bantam, 1995.

Careers and Jobs for Serious type

Google Answers: selecting the right career for me

This list represents careers and jobs people of the Serious type tend to enjoy doing.

efficiency expert
bank examiners
organization development
school principals
school bus drivers
file clerk
stock broker
legal secretary
computer operator
computer programmer
technical writer
chief information officer
police officer
real estate agent

Source: U.S. Department of Interior, Career Manager - ISTJ.

Noteworthy examples of the Serious personality type

Many people (and not just those of the Serious personality type) have depressive traits or behave in a depressive manner. But the traits and behaviors of the Serious personality type are not so inflexible and maladaptive or the cause of such significant subjective distress or functional impairment, as to constitute

Depressive personality disorder.

The noteworthy examples of the Serious personality type listed below are examples of a *type*, not of a disorder. It is my opinion that the ideal type which is described above is best characterized as serious, and that the Serious personality type represents the pervasive and enduring pattern of the personalities of the people listed below better than any other type.

Noteworthy examples of the Serious personality type are:

Index of noteworthy examples

Tori Amos

Google Search: Aaron T. Beckbelow

Welcome to the Joseph Campbell Foundation Online

Humanities > Literature > Authors > Literary Fiction > Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales

Humanities > Philosophy > Philosophers > John Dewey (1859-1952) below

Don Quixote

Arts > Humanities > Literature > Authors > Nonfiction > Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Entertainment > Actors and Actresses > Henry Fonda

LookSmart - Anna Freud below

Humanities > Literature > Authors > Nonfiction > Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Grace Kelly (1928-1982)

Rose Kennedy

Arts > Humanities > Literature > Authors > Literary Fiction > George Orwell (1903-1950) below

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

Arts > Humanities > Literature > Authors > Poets > Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1883)

Arts:Humanities:Literature:Genres:Nonfiction:Authors:Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

George Orwell

George Orwell: The Art of Donald McGill

The Don Quixote-Sancho Panza combination, which of course is simply the ancient dualism of body and soul in fiction form, recurs more frequently in the literature of the last four hundred years than can be explained by mere imitation. It comes up again and again, in endless variations, Bouvard and PÈcuchet, Jeeves and Wooster, Bloom and Dedalus, Holmes and Watson (the Holmes-Watson variant is an exceptionally subtle one, because the usual physical characteristics of two partners have been transposed). Evidently it corresponds to something enduring in our civilization, not in the sense that either character is to be found in a ëpureí state in real life, but in the sense that the two principles, noble folly and base wisdom, exist side by side in nearly every human being. If you look into your own mind, which are you, Don Quixote or Sancho Panza? Almost certainly you are both. There is one part of you that wishes to be a hero or a saint, but another part of you is a little fat man who sees very clearly the advantages of staying alive with a whole skin. He is your unofficial self, the voice of the belly protesting against the soul. His tastes lie towards safety, soft beds, no work, pots of beer and women with ëvoluptuousí figures. He it is who punctures your fine attitudes and urges you to look after Number One, to be unfaithful to your wife, to bilk your debts, and so on and so forth. Whether you allow yourself to be influenced by him is a different question. But it is simply a lie to say that he is not part of you, just as it is a lie to say that Don Quixote is not part of you either, though most of what is said and written consists of one lie or the other, usually the first.

Aaron Beck

A Pragmatic Man and His No-Nonsense Therapy - New York Times.

With a colleague, he designed an experiment to test the link between depression and masochism, a basic psychoanalytic notion. But the researchers found no evidence that the depressed patients in the study somehow needed to suffer. Instead, Dr. Beck said, they simply showed low self-esteem, devoid of hidden motives. "They saw themselves as losers because that's the way they saw themselves," he said.

APA Convention2000 - Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis - photo: August, 2000.

John Dewey Books: The Education of John Dewey

Although he was serious and conventional in his personal life, intellectually Dewey traveled far from his pietistic upbringing in the 1860s, traversing Hegelian idealism en route to his arrival to the view that the practical must trump the theoretical. - Gilbert Taylor

Charles Schulz

You were a good man, Charles Schulz - Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Feb 14, 2000)

It was another February, in 1943, when Schulz was drafted. For a few days, he was quartered at an induction center at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis. He was given a weekend pass to visit his critically ill mother across the river in his old St. Paul neighborhood. She had cancer.

On a Sunday night, as he prepared to return to Fort Snelling, Sparky went in to say goodbye to her.

"Yes," she said, "I suppose we should say goodbye, because we probably never will see each other again." She died the next day.

When he told me that story over four decades later, his voice held fresh grief. Schulz simply could not let go of life's sad moments, defeats, major or minor losses.

So, instead, he used them. They were grist for his genius. And he not only tapped into personal troubles; you might say he collected poignant trivia.

"Do you know that Leo Tolstoy's wife copied and recopied his manuscripts for 'War and Peace' seven and a half times by hand?" he asked me one day. I did not.

"Later on, he divorced her." (That obscure bit of literary history found its way into a Peanuts gag.)

President Abraham Lincoln

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Salon Ivory Tower | Was Lincoln gay? Robot Wisdom

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau, Walden, and the Environment [via Mike's Weblog ]

Thoreau's Poetry: "Within the Circuit of This Plodding Life"

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862): A Guide to Resources - Editor's choice.]

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