We have all known people who we wondered how they made it in life. They are not like us, and we don’t understand them. We look at them and shake our heads. We wonder why they cannot see themselves as others see them. Whether we admit or not, we may be one of “those” people as well. We all have our “moments” where we seem to live outside of our normal character, but that should not be the norm. When dealing with the public we are constantly made aware of the various types of people in the world and how they react to one another. I would like to mention a few types of people who make the world go around.
1- The Overly-aggressive – We call these people “pushy”. No matter where they are, no matter what is going on, no matter who they have to step on, they are going to have their way. On a plane, they are the ones getting luggage out of the overhead bins and heading down the aisles before the wheels touch down. They can’t wait in line at a store, or be put on hold during a call. They want their fast-food, faster. Many times they do not realize how abrasive they are to others, and sometimes they simply don’t care.
2- The Self-absorbed – These people think that the world revolves around them. They always assume that when people are talking, it is about them. They cannot imagine why you would not want to be around them all the time. Their life is the center of everyone’s universe, so they think. They will always get offended when you do not consider their feelings and opinions first.
3- The Emotional-Enabler – An enabler operates purely out of emotions and feelings. When this person is in authority, they tend to allow certain people to break the rules while holding others overly accountable. By allowing someone to be less than what they should be, the enabler is actually hurting that person and not helping them. An enabler thinks they are a good support system, when in fact; they are doing more harm than good.
4- The Self-Proclaimed Victim – In an effort not to offend, they allow others to offend them instead. By playing the victim they can excuse their own lack of success and opportunity. Everyone is always out to get them. They never get the breaks that others do. They live in a self-defeated world and never seem to grow through their circumstances. As one person said, “Remember, sometimes you are the pigeon, and sometimes you are the statue.” Get on with life. It’s not all bad.
5- The Well-Balanced Personality - Certainly, none of us are superman but we are all super in certain areas. While none of us may be a “10” in everything, we can be a “10” in something. To be well-balanced means you operate in your strengths and learn thru your stresses and weaknesses. You are in a constant state of re-adjusting yourself as you learn and grow. This person seems to succeed more often than fail because they are always learning and never quitting. They look at some of the people previously mentioned and just shake their head and say, “What in the world are they thinking”?
This is not an exhaustive list. Can you name “some other people”?