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Needs of the Inventive Type


The needs of the Inventive type are derived from the description of the Inventive personality type and development of the Compensatory Narcissistic personality disorder construct. In Stoic philosophical and psychological theory these needs are vices. They are analogous to Karen Horney's neurotic needs, which are better called irrational needs. They are irrational because they require things not in our power and involve false judgment of what is good or evil. (see G. Sterling).

Irrational needs are vices. The vices listed below are based on certain false values. The source of every vice is a false judgment of what is good or evil. But our judgments are in our power. Therefore, our vices are in our power.

The idealized image is chiefly a glorification of the needs which have developed (Horney, pg. 277).

  • needs to have an image of superiority and high worth
  • needs social recognition, status, and prestige; needs to avoid obscurity, low status, and lack of prestige
  • needs to avoid being out-achieved by others
  • needs glory, honors, and fame
  • needs a good image
  • needs to avoid others' critical judgments and disapproval
  • needs to be highly esteemed
  • needs good health; needs to avoid ill health
  • needs greatness, perfection, genius, or stardom
  • needs a highly valued spouse or partner; needs to be affirmed and confirmed in relationships
  • needs to be their idealized self; needs to avoid being their actual self
  • needs success and others' admiration
  • needs to avoid being slighted and not receiving constant admiration
  • needs love and approval from others
  • needs the attention and admiration of others
  • needs the fulfillment of their grandiose expectations; needs to avoid the lack of fulfillment of their grandiose expectations

Compensatory Narcissistic personality, or character, disorder is comprised of these and other irrational needs, or vices.

Values of the Inventive Type

Karen Horney (1950). Neurosis and Human Growth. New York: W. W. Norton.

Grant Sterling (2005). "Core Stoicism." International Stoic Forum.

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