Point Seven: The Epicure
The preoccupations of Point Seven include:
- The need to maintain high levels of excitement. Many activities, many
interesting things to do. Wanting to stay emotionally high.
- Maintenance of multiple options as a way to buffer commitment to a
single course of action.
- Replacement of deep contact with pleasant mental alternatives. Talking,
planning, and intellectualizing.
- Charm as a first line of defense. Fear types who move toward people.
Avoid direct conflict by going through the cracks. Talk your way out of
- An attentional style of interrelating and systematizing information,
such that commitments necessarily include loopholes and other backup options.
This style of attention can lead to
- Rationalized escapism from difficult or limiting tasks.
- The ability to synthesize unusual connections and parallels between
what appear to be antagonistic or unrelated points of view.
Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life
Harper & Row, 1988, 392 pages