Last week, I explained about why we may imitate our favorite characters using the Social Learning Theory. This week, I’m going to talk about characters and their behavior styles.
There are four behavior styles and each person’s personality is made up of a mixture of the four. Of course, many other factors come into play with who we are, worldview, experiences, upbringing, but these four character traits will always be found in some degree in each person. This also includes animated persons.
The four behavior styles are Extrovert, Director, Facilitator and Tracker. Often, we use the first letter of the word when taking about the trait, For example, when I meet someone with a Director personality, I say that person is a “D”, or if they’re an Extrovert, I’ll call them an “E”. Then, we can write all four of your traits side by side in order of strongest to weakest. My personality would be written – ETDF with Extrovert being my highest trait and Facilitator being my lowest.
The People Trait
Core Motive: Excitement
Extroverts tend to be…
Emotional but… Emotional
Visionary but Impulsive
Fun but Impractical
Engaging but Self Centered
This trait is seen in many anime characters, since it’s the most engaging trait to watch. Here are some examples of characters who have this trait to more of an extreme degree, but this trait, like all of them, have many different faces.
Naruto – Naruto
Naruto is a very loud person. He wants to make every activity fun in order to make it worth wile. Everything he does is overdramatic, and he has a lot of energy put into his self-interests. Unlike most extroverts, many of his self-interests are in the interest of helping others. Extroverts are often self centered, but anime characters don’t tend to live out this aspect of the Extrovert personality to the degree it exists in reality.
Natsu – Fairy Tail
Natsu is very dramatic. He liked to have fun and is driven by his emotional. He is often floating around in a fantasy land (he does happen to live in one) dreaming about what could be. He shows how extroverts tend to be very optimistic. He sees the best in people and wants to give second chances. He is however, usually too trusting, as Extroverts so often are.
The Leader Trait
Core Motive: Authority
Director’s tend to be…
Practical but Unreasonable
Factual but Insensitive
Decisive but Poor Listeners
Move things forward but makes Rash Decisions
Sauske – Naruto
Sauske wants to be in control. He doesn’t like it when others tell him what to do, or that his views and opinions are wrong. Since Directors are usually self-centered like Extroverts, it was easy for Sauske to make the decision to leave the village and peruse his lust of power. His want of strength and power shows his drive for obtaining authority over himself and others in the village. Note that his actions were inspired by events of his past, but his behavior style caused him to interpret his world in a very dark, and painful way that could only be solved with power.
Ichigo – Bleach
Ichigo has angry facial features. His body language gives away his personality even before you hear him speak. Ichigo is factual and intense and makes decisions and opinions easily. After his mother died, he took up authority in his household and moved “life” along where his emotional “E” father could not. When things are painful and difficult, Directors shine in their ability to handle the stress and make decisions. Ichigo has a strong sense of wanting to protect others through authority as opposed to Sauske wanting to protect himself. He strives for power to strengthen himself so he can have the leadership to protect the innocent.
Rukia – Bleach
Rukia is also a D so, it was very odd to see their romantic tension since Ds don’t usually get along. (And they don’t really get along anyway…) Rukia has many of the answers so she reasons that naturally, she should be in charge. She bosses Ichigo around to a degree that could only annoy a fellow D, and directs awkward situations like they’re not awkward at all. It deeply hurts her to be powerless since her personality, like Ichigo, drives her to want to lead others to safety.
The Patience Trait
Core Motive: Harmony and Security
Facilitators tend to be…
Intuitive but Too Sensitive
Thoughtful but slow to speak up
Loyal but a follower
Steady but Slow Paced
Kenshin – Ruroni Kenshin
Kenshin is very powerful, but he is also very humble, contrary to a D trait. Being a “wanderer” he doesn’t like having authority very much, even authority over himself. Like Natsu, as E, he floats around life. Kenshin feels deeply for others and loves easily even after the trauma of his youth. Facilitators tend to be too trusting, but Kenshin has learned to be careful of those around him while still keeping the F’s optimism trait alive. He is one of the most loyal characters I’ve seen with a slow pace and always with a smile. His power comes from his drive to protect people, but that power is out of his comfort zone. He’s often internally scared of what he may do to hurt others, so he uses the reverse blade as a safe guard. His love of people overcomes his distaste of fighting.
Alphonse Elric – Full Metel Alchamist
Alphonse is a very slow paced and kind character. He deeply loves his brother and follows his every request proudly. He see’s his brother suffering, and whishes to take his pain even though he’s not in a very good position himself. His character is so interesting to watch, because his appearance is so opposite who he is on the inside. And ironically there isn’t exactly an “inside” for him…
Armin Arlert – Attack on Titan
Armin is often seen as weak. He is very emotional and often frozen with fear. Being courageous is very difficult for him, as his world is in complete shambles. His actions are motivated by creating peace, but he is often discouraged since those goals seam completely often out of reach. Still, his optimistic character is strong, and allows him to grow in a world that goes against everything he stands for.
-the Organization Trait
Core Motive: Understanding
Trackers tend to be…
Strategic but Lack vision
Practical but Impersonal and Literal
Organized but Cautious
Perfectionist but too Perfectionist
Haruhi Fujioka – Oron High School Host Club
Haruhi is very strait forward. Other may argue this but, the whole show revolves around the fact that Haruhi is a tracker. After breaking that tricky vase, the Host Club presented her with the consequences of her actions. Haruhi is wired follow the rules, that’s why she went along with her punishment instead of refusing under the pretense that they’re rich enough to pay for it themselves. Haruhi will always follow the rules, because she believes that rules are very important. Rules create peace. As she follows the Host Club, she also follows the laws of the “normal people” so her perspective on how wrong these rich people’s views are is very entertaining. But firstly, the show wouldn’t exist if she didn’t follow the Host Club’s rules.
Shikamaru – Naruto
Finding characters with this trait was a little difficult for me. Shikimaru is defiantly foremost a Facilitator, but he has many Tracker qualities, so I included him. Shikimaru is a Tracker because he’s passive and task oriented. He follows a certain process to complete tasks to the best degree he possibly can. He strives to do things correctly the first time because he doesn’t understand why you would waste time on following your gut or not reading the directions. Shikimaru is the person who reads the instructions to fix the fridge where Naruto would just stick his head inside, cut some wires, and stick them in places he thinks they should go. Shikimaru is very intuitive and smart. He anticipates the situation before it plays out, and creates a plan that he’ll follow no matter what. His famous line, “What a drag” shows how Tracker tend to be pessimistic. Motivation is hard to find, when you can’t see very many good things about life.
Along with behavior styles, your core values make up what kind of person you are!
Ambition – Belief in Personal Potential
A common misconception: Ambition means professional success
Example: Naruto Uzimachi
Belief – Worldview
A common misconception: High belief means the need for structure or closure
Compassion – Most significant determinant for organizational fit
A common misconception: Lower compassion means I don’t like people. (Extroverts often have very little compassion, but they love and adore people!)
Example: Alphonse Elric
Discipline – Tenacity
A common misconception: Discipline has to do with physical fitness or appearance
Example: Rock Lee (from Naruto)
This is the work my father does for a living, so I’ve learned a lot about the behavior styles. If you’re interested in finding out what your traits are, my father actually has a version of the test for the public. Visit his website http://www.tworelate.com to take a survey and find out what traits you are!
If you think you’ve figured out what your behavior styles are already, do your traits seam to be similar to your favorite characters? Do you think your behavior styles shows something about how you run your blog, or what kind of articles you choose to read?