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Dominant subtype (Motivator)

Dichotomies: Terminating, Contacting, Connecting
Formula: PF(E) | TeSe(Fe)
Role: Informal Leader, Engine, Ambitious Hastening Leader

The dominant subtype is distinguished by the following behaviors in the group:

  1. Set to compete
  2. Often recognized by others as a leader
  3. Sets clear goals and is well focused on them
  4. Ambitious, although sometimes claims the opposite
  5. Agrees only to temporary compromises
  6. Needs victory above all else
  7. Behaves decisively in difficult situations
  8. Shows high performance
  9. Indicates what to do and who is going to do it
  10. An authority, but not in the details
  11. Has a wide range of communication, but a narrow circle of close friends


1) Playing a role of a Driver and a Motivator in the group, pushing others either through pressure on the team members to produce results or through telling motivational speeches in order to move teammates to action.

2) Dominant subtype can also be seen when hardworking Logic of Productivity, P, dramatic and motivating Ethics of Emotions, E, and pressuring, but also flexible Force Sensorics, F, are working together, supporting each other, to produce an unstoppable machine that pushes itself and others towards reaching the established goals.

3) Dominant subtype is also defined by its ability to finishing given tasks (terminating); approach people and danger when necessary (contacting); and staying in-tune with the environment, i.e. understanding what is going on around them, so they could react to any sudden changes (connecting).

4) The ability to and preference for setting personal goals they want to achieve.

5) The ability to doggedly pursue those goals.

All temperaments will set their goals according to their needs and interests. Their reason to live is to conquer some lofty and difficult to reach goal in life. Without this challenge, life is meaningless and boring.

LA temperament will go about conquering their goals in the most straight-forward fashion, according to their temperament, as fast as possible. They will move in a straight line towards those goals without deviation, smashing obstacles on the way.

FM temperament needs anchoring around their goals, however, some goals require a series of steps, a series of conquests, until the final goal is conquered (especially in the case of D-ILEs and D-SEEs with their causal-deterministic thinking), or, certain lateral jumps are necessary to try and exploit openings (especially in the case of D-SLEs and D-IEEs, due to their holographic-panoramic thinking). Each time a Dominant FM type will latch onto a new anchor to conquer it, before jumping to the next anchor, until the final prize is won. Each consecutive jump makes reaching the final goal a reality.

BS temperament will conquer its goals in a straight-forward fashion, from point A to point B, but it will do so ponderously slow, especially when compared to their LA duals. Each step will be carefully considered, prepared, and then taken, and the direction of each step will always be towards the final destination, no deviations.

Lastly, even RA Dominant types are able to reach their goals, it just takes them a little longer to find the right approach, some lateral movements, a little to the left, a little to the right, until a winding path of the least resistance is found as to not to exert themselves too much. Compared to the other three temperaments, Dominant RA may not be as fast, but it is possible they will find the right resonance frequency, ie. take advantage of the circumstances, and be able to occasionally even keep up with Dominant LA types.

Dominant-Creative (DC): The Audacious Dynamo

—In-charge and busily forcing those around them to a faster pace (so they are not Creative-Dominant)
—Easily break rules and act spontaneously to get what they want
—Main characteristics: Order subtype (Contacting), Proactive Metabolism
—Blurred characteristics: Terminating, Connecting

Dominant-Normalizing (DN): The Self-Disciplined Authoritarian

—A fast decision-maker who organizes others authoritatively (so not Normalizing-Dominant)
—Conform to strict laws and plans on their own territory
—Main characteristics: Dual subtype (Terminating)
—Blurred characteristics: Contacting, Connecting

Dominant-Harmonizing (DH): The Wholesome Leader

—Skilled at including others under their decisive leadership (so not Harmonizing-Dominant)
—Their goals continually track the peace and safety of those in their charge
—Main characteristics: Revision subtype (Connecting), Reactive Metabolism
—Blurred characteristics: Terminating, Contacting

How to get along with[1]

-Be brief, don't talk a lot, be laconic and exact;
-No dramatizations, no lots of details, no long explanations;
-Show polite firmness, don't abandon your values; don't yell, don't throw objects: politely refuse but still stay in your positions;
-Share ideas and informations, but not your possessions and money;
-Don't contradict them, leave them the last word, never try to question their authority. Don't say "It was I who thought it.", instead say "You're so smart, I gave you some details but the main idea was yours."


[1] Gulenko (2018), How to get along with the Dominant subtype

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