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The Type 2 - The Provider

Emotional addiction = Pride

People who have adopted Type 2 are emotionally focused, acutely aware of others, becoming conquerors, who know how to get what they want from people. The motional addiction is Pride, which is unconscious, being justified by a willing attitude and well-intentioned self-image. This emotion sustains a behavior based on the sense of self-sufficiency and capacity. "I can." The name Provider comes from the high sense of ability and the common attitude is that of "I can, I know, I do." Skilled in relationships, they are often known as loved ones.

The main negative consequence of this way of organizing lies in the difficulty in recognizing their real needs. Such self-detachment reveals people centered on others, who become aggressive when left unserved. They develop a low tolerance for anything related to taking care of themselves. They suffer when they have to ask for something or when they cannot live up to the idealized image.

In companies, we find Type 2 usually connected to an area where there are relationships with people. Sales, HR, secretarial and customer service are common areas. Their high level of excitement and involvement with people creates movement where there was marasmus, awakening in people the desire to get involved. But in their compulsion, they become aggressive manipulators, who charge every move they have made towards each other, and can move people against each other.

For greater balance:

When Type 2 recognizes their behavioral pattern as a way of organizing rather than being what they really are, they are open to developing the neutralization of emotional addiction (Pride) and contact with themselves through the virtue of Humility. This tool helps them recognize what they want from themselves, no longer through the attention of the other or the value they give them, allowing a greater integration of their feelings, thoughts and actions.


  • Charismatic

  • Engaging

  • Willing


  • Attached

  • Incriminators

  • Overbearing

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