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ELVF - "Andersen" or "The Dramatist"

Psyche Yoga Version:

Alexander Afanasyev used Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen as an example of the ELVF personality. Even if you are unfamiliar with his name, you are most certainly familiar with his stories, as he was the original creator of such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Of course, occupation and works of fiction are not simply enough to type someone (see "Goethe"), but we can deduce a general theme of the stories that might lead to some conclusions. The stories are full of emotionality, weeping, and melancholy (First Emotion + Third Will,) and happy endings were always foreign to Andersen's pen (Fourth Physics.) Unlike his brother in functions, "Pushkin," whose Second Physics gives him a more hopeful and adventurous outlook, "Andersen" sees the world in colourless, tragic tones. While the poetry of "Pushkin," entails happy endings of fantastical victory, "Andersen's" always end in death. 

Now, we move to more concrete and provable aspects of Andersen's personality.It is impossible to speak of "Andersen's" functions without mentioning them all at once, for the influence that they each have on each other is so immense. Andersen was desperate for love and affection, but was immensely afraid of women for his entire life. He loved reading and had a very tender mind, but this tenderness also came with a lot of anxiety. Andersen always feared that he was not yet mature enough for adult life, seeing himself as a mere child. Naturally, this is evidence to Andersen's combination of First Emotion (responsible for his tenderness, need for love, and love of reading,) and Third Will (responsible for his anxieties and insecurities.) 

According to his contemporaries, Andersen had a very gloomy outlook on life, feeling constantly persecuted by the world around him. Rather than fight through this perceived persecution, he would delve into it, feel every last bit of pain he could, becoming immensely depressed and downhearted. Throughout his life, Andersen had to constantly pull himself together to function day-to-day, desperately trying to mask his immense torment. Oftentimes he would stay home all day and cry out of grief. He was completely absorbed in his own state of emotional wreck, and he didn't experience peace of mind for a long time. He would also often worry about his health, fearing many petty ailments that his contemporaries passed off as mere anxieties. (First Emotion, Third Will, Fourth Physics.) 

Unfortunate as this is to say, "Andersen" is the most tragic, pitiful, and depressive of all the personalities. Fourth Physics grants him a naturally poor outlook on life, and paints his world in dark, melancholic colours. Third Will makes "Andersen" hostile and volatile, explosive at the tiniest of happenings. The tragic life of the bottom two functions is then shouted to the high heavens by the megaphone of feelings that is the First Emotion, as its incessant tears provide the most extreme of reactions to this torment. "Andersen" men especially lead terrible lives, as they are deprived of the masculinity of their biology and appear to others as an angsty teenage girl in a grown man's body. 

The only department in which Andersen, and his fellow ELVFs, did not suffer was in his Second Logic. The Second Function in general, being both strong and flexible, is the best side to any psychotype, and the saving grace for anyone who may be considered a madman. In Andersen himself, this Second Logic manifested in a quick and attentive wit that was able to pick up on the pattern of his mind with ease. Through this, he was able to rationalise and make sense of his chaotic and tragic psyche. Expressing such an understanding to a friend, he wrote in a letter, 

"My mind has gone haywire! But this will pass even before you receive my letter..."[1]

As is the case with all First Emotions, "Andersen" is, by all possible definitions, a romantic. He finds wonder and inspiration in everything, and can talk for a long time about everything they see. He is very emotive and his facial expressions are more pronounced than most. Having such a weak will and sense of determination, "Andersen" often compensates for his insecurities through the First Emotion. Should the "Andersen" raise his voice, he means not to be rude, but simply wishes to draw attention to his issues. However, to others this can appear as immense self-absorption and covert narcissism, only further perpetuating this cycle of suffering. 

"Andersen's" lowest point of concern is the material world and its pleasures. As with all Result Physicists, ELVF is lazy and inert, having little energy for cooking, cleaning, or sporting. Birthdays are a difficult time for the "Andersen," as he is out of touch with what he wants from others. In the worst case scenario, he abandons the party in a fit of rage, immensely ungrateful for all that his loved ones have done for him. The strongest side of "Andersen" is his ability to debate and to speak. His Second Logic is strong, confident, and flexible, making him able to talk convincingly, openly, and complexly.[2]

The combination of First Emotion and Fourth Physics makes "Andersen" a spiritual ascetic, who is willing to sacrifice physical pleasures for his otherworldly ideals. Whilst they appreciate the importance of money, they are likely indifferent to it as a means to pleasure and enjoyment. "Andersen," as with his brother in functions, "Ghazali," are immensely focused on human relationships and interpersonal love. In romance, they are likely to develop their relationships more in the realm of intellect and spirituality over any sort of carnal pleasure.[3] 

To summarise all that has been said, First Emotion gives "Andersen" a poetic imagination and the ability to endlessly express an infinite palette of feelings. Second Logic gives him a quick wit and excellent talking skills, able to pick up on new concepts and understandings with ease. Third Will makes him capricious, suspicious, and spiteful of other people, and endlessly insecure about himself and his abilities. And the Fourth Physics makes him weak and brittle, painting his world in dark, tragic, and catastrophic colours. 

[1] Syntax of Love Pages 127 - 129 
[2] Description of the ELVF type 
[3] Description of First Emotion and Fourth Physics 


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