Author: Jan Scholten
0.9.01 Stage 1. Beginning
The spontaneous start, the impulsive beginning. Things are done without being thought over, without reflection. This leads to naïve, instinctive, simplistic and even childish or foolish behaviour. It can lead to one-sidedness, which seems rigid. Manic. Alone and lonely.
These are people who take the initiative to start something. They feel they just have to make a start somewhere. Their ideas are often highly original. It is often the amateur who starts up something totally new, who acts spontaneously on an impulse.
The actions of this first stage are often quite instinctive and spontaneous.
They are simple in the way they approach their work. They do what they have to do in a straightforward and simple manner. They do not think about it too much. They have no doubts or hesitations, they just get on with it. They may seem a bit primitive or naïve but this is because they concentrate only on what they are doing and they do not get distracted by a thousand and one other things.
They like to be alone, to go their own way. They do not exchange their ideas with others very much because they know already what they want to do and how to do it. So they can give the impression of being very closed. This lack of communication can make them feel lonely, although they often long for a relationship. They tend to choose a relationship with one person only. That is more than enough for them to cope with as anything else would be too confusing.
They do everything by themselves, in their own way. They carry out their plans with a single-minded dedication that may seem very stubborn but this is the way it works best for them, they go at their own pace, steady but sure.
They do not really think before they start, they simply start and see what happens. They have made a choice and that is what they’ll do. They do not allow themselves to be distracted by anything that is not relevant to their task. They are totally fixed on what they want. They do not want to know about the other side of things. They wear blinkers and can only look straight ahead. Things are the way things are and that is it. They may appear closed because the only subject they ever talk about is what they want to achieve. But they are not really closed, it is just that there is nothing else to say as far as they are concerned.
Because they never pause to think about what they are doing they may seem very naïve. They go their own way, childlike and innocent, not bothered by other people.
In the extreme this may lead to foolish and careless behaviour. The problem starts when their way of doing things does not work anymore. They do not have the ability to reconsider their plans, so they carry on regardless, rather irrationally. They often get pitiful looks, as if they are not quite 100%.
The prefix that is associated with this stage is ‘in-’. This often indicates a beginning: to introduce, to initiate, to induce, to incarnate, impulsive.
Sudden, unexpected, unpredictable.
They are often very optimistic and jolly people, going through life quite happily without cares or worries about day to day problems. In the extreme this could turn into mania. When they get the feeling that all their actions come to nothing they get depressed, they become gloomy and give up. They are unable to see what other options are open to them. The optimistic and pessimistic moods might alternate in a type of manic-depressive behaviour.