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The two basic personality types

   "he was a generous friend --- and gracious and affable even to 
   strangers;  and he also possessed the accidental advantages of 
   impressive stature and a handsome face.  But his character 
   lacked seriousness or self-control.  He was superficial, 
   ostentatious, and sometimes dissolute.  But many people are 
   fascinated by depravity and disinclined for austere morals on 
   the throne." 
                                        Tacitus. Annals,  p. 368

   Could we say that there are two main personality types?  One is 
   the serious, self-disciplined, frugal, moral type of person and 
   the other is the profligate, superficial, ostentatious, 
   generous type of person?  That these are the two extremes and 
   most people either fall definitely in one, definitely in the 
   other, or somewhere in the spectrum between the two?  Could we 
   also say that there is a general antipathy between these two 
   personality types with the depraved, immoral people not liking 
   the moral types and the moral people not liking the immoral 
   types?  Could we go further and say that all people tend to 
   fall into one of two groups --- the group that likes immorality 
   and depravity, is emotionally inclined toward that type of 
   person and is most comfortable and at ease around that type of 
   person;  and the group that likes morality and is emotionally 
   inclined and most at ease around the moral type of person? 

   Oct 1981

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