Dynamics of Type 1: Reformer
World View: The world is an imperfect place. I work toward improvement.
Basic Desire: to be right
Basic Fear: of being condemned
Healthy loop controlled by Basic Desire:
Need to be right -> seek truth -> do the right thing ->
Need to be right
In the healthy state, the need to be right induces Type Ones to seek truth and do the
right thing. When Ones are doing the right thing, the need is satisfied and a balance is
In the average state, when Ones' are not working hard to seek the truth and do the
right thing, the need to be right increases, which helps Ones to again work hard to seek
the truth. Thus the balancing loop can help Ones to recover.
Unhealthy loop controlled by Basic Fear:
Fear of being condemned -> correct others -> do the right thing ->
Fear of being condemned
In the unhealthy state, the basic fear of being condemned can cause Type Ones to
correct and condemn others first as a defense, which is often not the right thing to do,
which further increases Ones' basic fear. The cycle continues to build up.
We can see from the diagram that a way to help break the control of the basic fear is
to weaken the unhealthy loop. Ones can refrain from correcting others and start examining
self for truth, which will help Ones to do the right thing, and reduce the fear of being
[Diagrams for 1-Reformer, 2-Helper,
3-Motivator, 4-Romantic, 5-Thinker,
6-Skeptic, 7-Enthusiast, 8-Leader,