Other-Directed Life
  • Very concerned about what others think of him/her.
  • Attempts to please others.
  • Feels compelled by shoulds, oughts and have-to’s.
  • May try to control others.
  • Has difficulty expressing feelings.
  • Decision-making is difficult- is indecisive.
  • May be a caretaker or a taker.
  • Feels resentful and trapped.
  • Often feels tense, anxious, stressed or fearful.
  • May fear being alone or abandoned- is lonely.
  • May feel out of control.
  • Feels confused and uncertain
  • Often feels depressed.
  • Feels as if life is passing him/her by.
Inner-Directed Life
  • Checks in with him/herself frequently.
  • Feels no need to control others.
  • Has a high energy and involvement level.
  • Is willing to take risks in life.
  • Takes time out for him/herself regularly.
  • Has a support system of friends around him/her.
  • Is both responsible and childlike.
  • Is not dependent upon one person for all of his/her emotional well-being.
  • Has workable and realistic expectations in life.
  • Can give and receive love without losing him/herself.
  • Can confront and say “NO” when needed.
  • Is accepting of him/herself
  • Has the courage to be who he/she really is, not what anyone else expects.

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