Personality Type Analysis

The chart of basic personality types just put forth is of course only half the story! While some of the words used in the personality types chart are completely without "good" or "bad" bias, a few of them are. So for some words, adjustments are required to see the complete picture. Because... some personality types are organizers, and some are known for being hopelessly disorganized. Some types are great empathizers, some are downright cruel. Some have the vision of a developer, some are lost in a fog. Some are as brilliant as an inventor, some are as dumb as a bag of hammers.

But whether smart or stupid, the brain and mind are still the focus. Whether visionary or lost in a fog, the eyes and perception are still the focus. So to know the opposite five types of this system, you could just add a De- or a Dis- or an Anti- or an Un- or a Non- or some other negating prefix in front of each of the words offered here, and create a whole other chart of "bad" types.

But whether subjectively "good" or subjectively "bad," the five basic "Types" of this system remain:

1/9 - Cerebral (Clever, Encyclopedic type... or not... Confused, Idiotic)

2/8 - Perceptual (Poetic, Enthusiastic type... or not... Prosaic, Melancholic)

3/7 - Sensorial (Sensitive, Sympathetic type... or not... Severe, Sarcastic)

4/6 - Visceral (Valorous, Charismatic type... or not... Vulnerable, Sophistic)


5 - Elemental (Eloquent, Diplomatic type... or not... Equivocal, Anarchistic)

If you don't like any of the names on these charts, you could try picking a more abstract name for each type from one of the many keyword charts offered on this site that attempt to describe the fundamental essence of existence with words. Or... you might use one of the words being used to describe the tarot icons of The Numerical Tarot Deck. To see how those tarot icons relate to these five basic "Types" try examining the results page of The All Things Are Numbers Personality Type Indicator!


If you do chose to compare these five "Types" to other charts and diagrams on this site, take careful notice of the numerous binary subdivisions that make up the matrix of The Numerical Tarot deck. Notice how the spectrum of social involvement just described, coincides with the analogies made elsewhere on this site between our model of existence, and that of an atom - with negative outsides and positive insides. Or the Planetary model, with intangible limits and atmosphere on the outside and tangible surface and mass on the inside. Or the resulting suit arrangement of:

4/6 = Addition (Coins)

3/7 = Multiplication (Cups)


2/8 = Subtraction (Staves)

1/9 = Division (Swords)

These analogies, combined with the spectrum of social involvement just described, might hint to the idea that some types may be more devoted to a collective (the positive mass of the model), while some may exhibit more independence (the negative limits of the model). If this design is translated into the perspective of our personality types it could cause the cooperative attitude of the 1/9 and 2/8 types to be more exclusive (i.e. operating and functioning on their own terms, exclusive of the influence of others), and the cooperative attitude of the 3/7 and 4/6 types to be more inclusive (i.e. operating and functioning on mutually agreed terms, inclusive of the influence of others).

Another pattern that might be helpful to superimpose over this chart would be the Geometric and Dimensional models. In each of those models we see yet another binary subdivision of opposites on a matrix that might influence the perspective of each of our types. In this case, we see a pattern of alternation from one number to the next as active steps of progress are separated with passive steps of progress. If this design is translated into the perspective of our personality types it could cause the 1/9 and 3/7 types to communicate in ways that are less direct, passive or abstract, and the 2/8 and 4/6 types to communicate in ways that are more direct, active or absolute.

Of course, you don't really nead to superimpose all these models to see the resulting pattern, the operations of mathematics that are used as suit signs for The Numerical Tarot are enough - two negatives (divisioin, subtraction), two positives (multiplication, addition), each one with a somewhat abstract operation (division, multiplication), each one with a more absolute operation (subtraction, addition).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Interaction Exclusive Exclusive Inclusive Inclusive - Inclusive Inclusive Exclusive Exclusive
Quaternary Division [/] Subtraction [--] Multiplication [X] Addition [+] [=] Addition [+] Multiplication [X] Subtraction [--] Division [/]
Communication Abstract Absolute Abstract Absolute - Absolute Abstract Absolute Abstract
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

The last general observation I might suggest is to take note of how the spectrum of social involvement just described might influence the frequency or rarity of each type within any sample population. If this system represents the stages of a model of existence with a core that radiates out to its limits, then on a human level, this tapering off from a huge mass to a final limit could mean that some types are of greater quantity than others (i.e. clusters of people vs. hermits on the periphery).

Elsewhere on this site I describe a similar tapering effect by defining each stage of existence in terms of levels of comprehensibility to a contemplative mind.

Each parameter or sphere of the model represents a limit, beyond which lies a diminishing return of comprehensibility, or, an increase in incomprehensibility.

The 5 stage represents Elemental thought that centers around the regulation and control of existence and whether it is under control or out of control.

The 4-6 stage represents Visceral finite thought - everyday thinking and comprehensibility from the core of our being.

The 3-7 stage represents Sensorial thought as we contemplate the line between fantasy and reality - between concepts we can grasp, or sense, and concepts that lie just beyond our grasp.

----- Threshold between the positive insides of the model and the negative outsides

The 2-8 stage represents Perceptual thought and concepts that seem comprehensible, like maybe space/time, but because of direct associations to things like infinity, elude the grasp of the finite mind.

The 1-9 stage represents Cerebral thought as we contemplate the limits of existence, beyond which lie concepts, like infinity, which although relatively incomprehensible, can be understood on some level as a containment vessel of existence.

----- Threshold between existence and non-existence

0: Beyond existence, and the nothingness that contains it, we encounter paradox, which is so incomprehensible that to even bring it up as a topic of conversation is to dilute its meaning.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Finality Time Reality Substance Source Substance Reality Time Finality
Quaternary Cerebral Perceptual Sensorial Visceral Elemental Visceral Sensorial Perceptual Cerebral
Infinity Space Fantasy Influence Being Influence Fantasy Space Infinity
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

And while I try to not suggest that any one of these stages is superior to another, sometimes I think they are... at least in some ways. Meaning, that in some instances it almost seems as though one form of thought might be more "popular" than another, simply because of the amount of effort required to master it, the number of people who know it, and the ease with which you can then be understood when using it. While the so-called "higher" forms of thought, in being harder to achieve, are therefore less pursued and therefore less understood within any sample population.

In other words, there is an advantage to following the herd, and fitting in. But if one is destined to be one of these other "higher-thinking" types they face a dilemma. They have to choose between fitting in and being someone they are not vs. cultivating their true self at the expense of not fitting in and being less understood. If our personalities are defined by nature AND nurture, it would be no surprise to me to find an abundance of 4/6 personalities out there, and a sparsity of 1/9 types within any sample population (see Consider the Source, elsewhere on this site). The characteristic tapering effect of all our models would seem to dictate this design. Although... within most cultures (certainly Western cultures), concrete thought seems to dominate over abstract thought, so it's possible that the tapering effect might be foiled, causing 2/8 personalities to be more frequent than 3/7 types. Like so:

1/9 2/8 3/7 4/6 5 4/6 3/7 2/8 1/9
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Or, it may go like so:

1/9 2/8 3/7 4/6 5 4/6 3/7 2/8 1/9
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I've only just invented this particular theory of personality types, I haven't had the time to research it to death, so this is just an educated guess as to the possible quantity of each type that might appear in any random sampling of an ordinary population of people... your mileage may vary.

But how does all this relate to tarot? More...

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