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We just had a Reagan-Gorbachev summit. Gorbachev made a big impression. Everyone seems to like him. Everyone is talking highly of him. Reagan, congressmen, people on the street, world leaders such as Margaret Thacher, everyone. Some congressmen made the comment that he seemed more American than Americans. And if he were over here in American politics running for president no one else would have a chance. He would take the election with ease. People were really impressed with him. Why do people like him so well? What personality traits does he have that causes people to like him? I will list some of them: He is intelligent, thoughtful, reasonable, friendly, courteous, warm, confident, relaxed, open. I mention this because all of these traits are part of a particular personality pattern. They all tend to be found together. They reinforce each other, they fit together well. Ability, intelligence and success in one's pursuits builds confidence and a relaxed outlook on life. Confidence and a relaxed attitude towards life breeds generosity in our feelings toward other people, warmth, friendliness, courtesy and openness. (Openness is an important word here. It is a trait very important to happiness and mental health.) There is an opposite personality pattern. What is it? What are its characteristics? Personal inabilities and handicaps; lack of confidence; defensiveness; emotional problems; being worried, tense and uptight; unfriendliness; closedness; uncommunicativeness; anger at people and society; mistrust of others; fear; insecurity; dissatisfaction with one's self; unhappiness. Why is all of this of interest to me? Because for years I was a captive of the later personality pattern: the one of anger, fear and closedness. Then about 10 or 15 years ago I did some sort of mental flip and instantly went into the other personality pattern --- the one of confidence, friendliness and openness. Dec 1987 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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