No two people are exactly the same, even if they share the same personality type and dominant emotion, but there are trends in behavior it’s possible to track and to a certain degree, predict, based upon the secondary emotion at play, and the intensity to which that secondary emotion affects decision-making. You may either recognize yourself or someone close to you among these four common angry brain types:
Type #1: The Authoritarian
Example: Donald Trump
Anger is the sole and only emotion at play in an authoritarian style. While the authoritarian has the ability to put on their “game face” depending on the environment they find themselves in, they are always fully focused on conquering the next problem or challenge. They see people as objects – their emotional intelligence is not high. If you’re an authoritarian, you are a bulldozer that never relents. You want results, and you want them now.
Type #2: The Motivator
Example: Tom Cruise
The blunt force trauma of the authoritarian is softened a little bit in the motivator style. If you’re a motivator, you’re definitely a core dominant, but you also rely on the attracting or influencing emotion to relate to others. You can flip the switch back to the aggressive, no-nonsense pure dominant, forceful you, but you’re more likely to go about things in a more politically correct manner.
You always have a lot going on, but you’re able to quickly charm your way out of trouble and always land on your feet. Anxious yet optimistic, you’ll work at gaining a following and accomplishing tasks through people. If you’re a motivator, you work hard to impress people. You want to connect and control, and you take every opportunity to move forward beyond your current conditions.
Type #3: The Visionary
Example: Han Solo
The visionary has huge ideas and drops everything to pursue them, but fail to pay attention to details along the way. Similar to a motivator, a visionary also has the influencing or attracting emotion at play, just at a higher level of intensity.
They rely less on the dominant or taking orientation and devote more psychic energy into their ability to charm. They can be much more manipulative in getting what they want. They are always thinking ahead and moving at a fast pace.
Type #4: The Machine
Example: Mark Zuckerberg
The machine gets things done, and gets them done right, when both of their dominant styles (taking and preserving) are in harmony with each other. The taking orientation (dominant emotion) tells them to accomplish tasks, but their preserving orientation maintains a high level of quality control, which can stall them on their path to success and cause them to freeze up if perfection is not possible.
They are able to use a variety of creative solutions to overcome hurdles and are typically promoted early and often due to the measurable results they are able to show, but they might run into trouble when forced to exercise a high level of people management skills in their elevated position.
If you’re a machine, you’re going to thrive as a project manager. As a people-focused team leader? It might be more of a challenge.
Want to Learn More?
Do any of these profiles sound familiar? Would you like to delve deeper into what makes you or those around you tick? Take our free initial DISC assessment, then be sure to check out my upcoming book The Angry Brain for more on the anger emotion itself, as well as how it affects behavior and character.