Ooh, the analytical to emotional scale is interesting. Of COURSE Sonya is at the very end of the emotional side with her, er…emotional instability. From what I’ve seen so far, she actually seems to fit the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.
"Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition characterized by difficulties in regulating emotion. This difficulty leads to severe, unstable mood swings, impulsivity and instability, poor self-image and stormy personal relationships. People may make repeated attempts to avoid real or imagined situations of abandonment.
Borderline personality disorder is ultimately characterized by the emotional turmoil it causes. People who have it feel emotions intensely and for long periods of time, and it is harder for them to return to a stable baseline after an emotionally intense event.
Frantic efforts to avoid being abandoned by friends and family.
Unstable personal relationships that alternate between idealization—“I’m so in love!”—and devaluation—“I hate her.” This is also sometimes known as “splitting.”
Distorted and unstable self-image, which affects moods, values, opinions, goals and relationships.
Impulsive behaviors that can have dangerous outcomes, such as excessive spending, unsafe sex, substance abuse or reckless driving.
Suicidal and self-harming behavior.
Periods of intense depressed mood, irritability or anxiety lasting a few hours to a few days.
Chronic feelings of boredom or emptiness.
Inappropriate, intense or uncontrollable anger—often followed by shame and guilt.
(copy/pasted from https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Borderline-Personality-Disorder)"
And as for the MCs, at least for how I am or will be portraying them in my writeups, Analytical to Emotional goes:
Josh, Chelsea, Liam, June, Calliope, Adam, David, Sam J, Mike, Ashley
Josh: While for most people behavior such as drinking like a fish and constant partying and casual sex are the dysfunctional way they’re dealing with emotional trauma, Josh only does it for one reason: he enjoys it…well, that and he doesn’t really accept that any of those statistics about the possible consequences of his lifestyle could apply to HIM. Lacking all of Sean’s iron control on his impulsive psychopathic tendencies, Josh gleefully indulges in every risky impulse he has and is loving every minute of it. His portrayal as a psychopath was inspired by his scene as the cheating ex where he casually and remorselessly cheats and casts aside his 2 year relationship with the MC because Sonya’s quite simply sexier. And unlike Chelsea, Josh is self-assured enough that despite having a rather high opinion of himself, he doesn’t need to get upset every time someone insults him. He knows it isn’t true, so he can be chill and not waste his energy freaking out.
Chelsea: Chelsea is currently pissed at me for not naming her as the most analytical and non-emotional MC…but the fact that this kind of ego-bruising can create an emotional reaction is exactly why I didn’t. Chelsea would never in a million years be able to stay calm and not retaliate verbally if someone attacked her massive ego, even if logic would dictate that it would be wiser to do so. That said, in every OTHER way she is highly calculating and doesn’t let emotion get in the way of her plans, her logic, or her interests. For instance, Chelsea may like April and greatly enjoy their banter, but if it came down to it she would beat her to death without a second thought (unless you count a slightly wistful “what a shame to be minus a verbal sparring partner…but it had to happen to achieve xyz”). Such is the strange interaction between her narcissism and her psychopathy. (Though Chelsea vehemently and often denies having both disorders. )
Liam: Liam…is an interesting case. When his mother walked out on the family on Christmas Day, Liam vowed that he would never allow himself to be destroyed by love or trust like his father was. 99 times out of 100, love ends in suffering and trust is only abused. In a sense, his mother had the right idea…though she was still a bitch, and Liam also vowed to never treat people the way she did. And despite his cynical “f people” attitude and lack of the social skills to know how to “say the right thing” leading to some hurt feelings over the years, he’s mostly fulfilled that vow. He regards the more emotional types as naive fools, but Liam won’t be the one to take advantage of them for that…and is actually repulsed by those who do. He’s also much more secure in who he is than June, though his emotional walls are much higher; he doesn’t need anyone’s approval.
(This is going to be a little weird…I’m not sure how well I can psychoanalyze a self-insert…but here it goes. )
June: For June, analyzing people’s motives and behavior is kind of a fun hobby. She’s also the calmest MC other than Josh. She can get irritated, resentful, sullen, peeved, passive-aggressive…but if there IS anything that can make her descend into a molten rage as she’s seen in other people…she hasn’t experienced it yet. Actually, June kind of secretly looks down on people who let their anger get the best of them. And despite being nice to nearly everyone, it is thought…by some…that things like her grieving for about 2 minutes flat for David and Sam J before completely getting over it when she heard about the powers, suggest some emotional disconnect. That being said, a huge part of June’s motivation is an unfulfilled need for love and acceptance. Not that she has the first clue about how to get it or who to get it from. And not that June always accepts that love and acceptance when its offered. For one, if compliments are given too often or are too over the top she’ll begin to think you’re buttering her up and are full of crap. Given her family, verbal abuse feels so much more natural than people being overly nice. And she doesn’t believe the sappy kind of romantic love that is seen in movies and books exists at all.
Calliope: Calliope will openly express and accept emotion and love, and with people she cares about can be very warm, caring, and sensitive. Even when angered, she doesn’t let the emotion override her reason and is almost always willing and able to talk things out rather than yell and scream. Unlike everyone above, she’s also relatively easy to get close to and doesn’t have a ton of emotional walls up. However, she also has a very callous side, to the point where she very nearly managed to kill Gary in cold blood to achieve her desire of staying in the Family. Her conscience stopped her at the last minute…but Calliope plans to try to find a way around that next time.
Adam: Adam’s clearly bipolar, but he’s much more high-functioning than someone like Mike. He actually mostly managed to channel his rage into sports, and limiting himself to a 3 drink max helped a lot too. Being able to recognize and control his disorder like that takes more a bit of calculated thought. (Though completely losing it on Gary miiight be a sign that his control is waning under the stress of this experience…)
David: Despite having little empathy or compassion for people like Mr. Eldoway or any poor MC who’s uncomfortable with his inconsiderate prying, David is actually incredibly insecure and prone to extremely emotional meltdowns if stressed out and/or disappointed…a huge contrast from his normally mellow (if abrasive) personality. But his own emotions and insecurities have not taught him an ounce of compassion for the emotions of others. Actually, he regularly makes fun of them for being pathetic, like he did with Mr. Eldoway. He thus far remains blissfully ignorant of his own hypocrisy.
Sam J: Sam J’s extreme anxiety definitely counts as being driven by emotion. She’s also not really into long-term planning, she just goes where her emotions and the wind and her crotch rocket take her. And I took her throwing a vase at the MC if they reject her as a sign she has a bit of a temper too, particularly if her insecurities flare up. Her chronically low self-esteem has led to plenty of other self-destructive behavior as well, such as her anorexia and depression (which has led to a few suicide attempts over the years). That said, Sam J still has enough control to hide ALL of this and put on a facade functional enough that no-one would guess she even has a problem…which is more than characters like Mike and Ashley can do.
Mike: Well, his out-of-control rage (his is a clear cut case of Bipolar Disorder) has almost gotten him killed a couple times already. It almost definitely would have, if not for Sean being, um, let’s just say very much on the analytical end of this scale, and not getting angry at little things like being headbutted and being told to go blank himself multiple times. Mike does at the very least have enough calculated thought to be able to make a goal and stay committed to it…though the goal itself (REVENG…um, ahem, “justice”) is highly emotion-based.
Ashley: Her temper is not quite as bad as Mike’s (though it’s still pretty bad-just not bipolar level), but she’s much more impulsive, and this impulsivity combined with an insecure constant need for the attention she was denied as a child leads to a ton of risky/dangerous behavior (drinking, partying, abusive relationships, casual unprotected sex, flirting with people twice her age, etc.). And while Mike’s fury will usually subside back into the realm of sanity if you wait long enough, Ashley’s impulsivity is a constant part of her personality. Additionally, while Mike can still manage to focus on a single stable goal, Ashley’s motivations and goals shift as often as her mood does.