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Fearful Frogs and Stinging Scorpions

Published on Nov 18, 2015

The Four Personality Dimensions


'Fearful Frogs' and 'Stinging Scorpions':

Human behaviour based on an ancient fable

There are four behaviours that can reflect an individual's level of caring.*

These include the metaphorical examples:
1. 'General Frog'
2. 'General Scorpion'
3. 'Fearful Frog' and
4, 'Stinging Scorpion'

The first two are balanced.
The second two may be considered
out of balance.

* Notwithstanding other biological/neurological factors

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'General Frog' behaviour is kind, caring and compassionate. Individuals who consistently demonstrate 'General Frog' behaviour are usually those who want to make the world a better place. They often put others' needs ahead of their own and generally care about kindness, fairness,
justice and rules.

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'General Scorpion' behaviour is more impulsive, ambitious or competitive than 'General Frog' behaviour. Individuals who consistently demonstrate 'General Scorpion' behaviour may appear self-interested. This is because they generally put their own needs ahead of the needs of others. They may also be motivated by displays of power, control, authority and self-gratification.

'Fearful Frog' behaviour can be based on an extreme level of overcaring. This level of caring is out of balance and often rooted in fear or negativity.

The person might be afraid of what has happened in the past, what will happen in the future, fearful of disappointing others, or not achieving their goals.

Individuals who demonstrate 'Fearful Frog' behaviour on a regular basis may need help to develop ways of caring less.

'Stinging Scorpion' behaviour is often considered risk-taking, but it is also reckless, impulsive or ruthless. It involves 'stinging' oneself or others in an attempt to get what the individual wants. The person generally has an extreme level of undercaring and
individuals who regularly demonstrate 'Stinging Scorpion' behaviour will often hurt themselves and others with little or no guilt, regret or remorse.

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Everyone can act like 'frogs' and 'scorpions' at different times - depending on the situation and how much they care about it. People can also demonstrate both extremes of each. People generally act, however, more like a 'frog' or 'scorpion' in everyday life. The person's behaviour can reflect their general level of caring about others, themselves and the world around them.

If someone with 'Fearful Frog' behaviour says or does something hurtful (or acts in another 'Stinging Scorpion' way), they will generally feel badly.
Individuals with predominantly 'Stinging Scorpion' behaviour usually don't feel as badly. In fact, individuals with regular malicious 'Stinging Scorpion' behaviour might even enjoy hurting themselves or others!

Individuals with high levels of 'Fearful Frog' behaviour often experience mental or behavioural health problems. These include anxiety, depression, stress, burn-out or self-esteem problems. They are sometimes a victim of bullying, and may have high levels of perfectionism, be highly analytical, or care too much about how things 'should' be!
Individuals with 'Fearful Frog' behaviour generally overthink, overcare, overworry and overanalyse.

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Individuals with high levels of 'Stinging Scorpion' behaviour often demonstrate self-harm, sexual promiscuity, substance abuse/addictions, illegal activity or other behavioural and/or mental health problems. This is because their level of caring about others, themselves and the world in general can be too low. They may need help to develop ways to care more about themselves, others, property, society's or school's rules.

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People with extreme levels of over- and undercaring may need to find the 80/20 Balance. This is learning to care a maximum of 80% for others and minimum of 20% for themselves (for 'Fearful Frogs').
It is also learning to care a maximum of 80% for themselves and minimum 20% for others (for 'Stinging Scorpions').
The 80/20 Balance is based on a mathematical law known as
'Pareto's Principle'.

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People can find 'The 80/20 Balance' by improving their connections. That is, they can connect to nature (earth, air, water or fire). They can connect to themselves through positive self-talk and creative hobbies and interests. They can also connect to the (inner) spirit of themselves, others and the world around them. These connections can be enhanced through the use of
ancient and modern

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