As we know, the NPA+ type is prone to irrational temper tantrums and full-blown rages, sometimes leading to physical contact. His perfectionist conventional fairness and sense of duty often require that he apologize, but he hates to do this, as it shakes the foundation of his imagined omnipotence. And when he fails, it is all the more stressful because in his own eyes it is the mighty who has fallen.
As we mentioned (Book 1985, 2014) the normally ebullient NPA+ type is -- albeit rarely -- susceptible to stressful "personality splits" to the submissive NPA− state when circumstances are intimidating. This may astound onlookers who have seen only the extroverted NPA+ side of his personality, as in this account of Lawrence's meeting with President Eisenhower:
At nine o'clock in the morning on June 24th, Strauss and his charges were ushered into Eisenhower's presence in the oval office. Ernest Lawrence, a Nobel laureate and the intimate friend of statesmen and millionaires, suffered a sudden bout of stage fright at his first meeting with the US president. His discomposure astonished Edward Teller. "This awe was something I just could not imagine," he recalled. "He could not bring up a word. I mean he was all tight and excited."