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MOTIV Personality Trait Descriptions

MaterialisticOffbeatThinkingInterpersonal | Vital
Ascetic | Conventional | Haphazard | Withholding | Depressive

Depressive


Motivation: To return to an inorganic state
Purpose: Death drive/instinct
Conflict: pessimism/apathy vs. optimism/motivation
Historic antecedents: Freudian Death vs. Life instinct; Learned Helplessness
Historic example: Sylvia Plath
Film example: Leaving Las Vegas
Counter example: Viktor Frankl
Characteristics: self hating, sad, inclined to think life is not worth living, feels lost, frequently unhappy for no particular reason, feels trapped in body, not comfortable with self, feels they have little control over life, cannot make it a week without feeling unhappy, pessimistic, has exaggeratedly negative beliefs about themself, feels people would not like them if they really knew them, feels defective, anxious, self-conscious, feels like no one really knows them, hides who they really are from others, feels unable to change their circumstances (learned helplessness), pervasive feeling that something is missing inside them, unrelenting feeling of not being wanted, doesn't know what will make them happy, more reserved than outgoing, has suicidal thoughts and/or impulses, feels like they are just surviving, has identity issues, lacks will power, easily discouraged, feels uncomfortable around others, doesn't trust their own judgement, feels like an outsider

*for a low score assume the opposite of the above. the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average. (more info)
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