A tough concours. It can be difficult to deduce NPA type from a short video, especially if the individual is in a emotional state or is not used to talking to a camera. As in medicine, there is usually a “primary diagnosis” but also a “differential diagnosis” of other possibilities. And as one acquires more information, sometimes it is one of the less likely possibilities that had been relegated to the “differential diagnosis” that turns out to be correct. Comments are welcome.
Here is what we thought:
1. Camille –N, detached. The diagnosis of a detached or resigned type is defined in an individual who, at maturity, “gives up” trying to succeed in competitive social interactions.
2. Frezno NA. The impression here is someone who is sanguine and aggressive, so the choices are NA or NPA+. I thought that the NA diagnosis was more likely because of the earrings, and the fact that “NA type” is more likely in such relationships of chronic abuse. Also, I thought that his description of his partner as “not shitty” (a kind of “inverted denial”) was much more likely in an NA type.
3. Kaye N. My impression was sanguine, non-aggressive. Despite her discomfort, I didn’t think that it was A− trait but rather “forlorn N type”. Alternatively, NP type is possible, but I though the gestalt was non-perfectionistic. Maybe I was over-influenced by the fact that N is the most common type in Thailand and by her eye makeup.
4. Stephen NPA+. To me, the gestalt and speech, especially the forceful voice, were typical of the NPA+ type. In our look at the Australian Aborigines, we did find NPA+ individuals, mainly in the north, presumably “hybrids” of the NA types of the central deserts and the NP clans of the northwestern coast. Stephen’s people happen to be from the south (Adelaide region), and he may well have some non-indigenous ancestors in his family tree.
5. Serguey NPA–. The gestalt was sanguine with A− trait. Two contestants opted for N– (depressed N) and NP−A (reigned NPA−), but these were not among the 10 allowable choices.
6. Peter PA. Paranoid, perfectionistic, non-sanguine. It is true that a good N actor can mimic a PA type, but I assumed that he wasn’t acting. He is the type of individual who keeps a loaded firearm in the glove box of his car in the hope that he will find a pretext for using it.
7. Mounira A. The gestalt was non-sanguine, non-perfectionistic, aggressive. The muted colors of her clothing and the Mideast ethnicity are consistent with A type.
8. Evgueniy A–. Difficult because of the emotional overlay. Perhaps over-influenced by the Russian ethnicity, my impresson was “emotional, depressed, non-sanguine, non-perfectionisitic”, hence depressed A type, or A–. I thought he was non-sanguine from his general appearance and by the fact his tearfulness was very delayed. If he had the N trait, the tears would have been more copious and would have started earlier.
9. Christine NA–. I though that her nervous demeanor and speech hesitation were more consistent with NA– than N. One contestant opted for NPA–, but to me the gestalt was more NA–.
10. Aibek NP. Most contestants thought NPA– rather than NP, so I am in the minority here. I thought his “presence”, with a lack of nervousness, along with very steady eye-contact with the camera, was more consistent with NP.
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