Behind Shepherd's quiet, unassuming and cautious front (described in the previous chapter) lies a much more unconventional, liberal-thinking, freedom-loving soul, described below.
She is a freedom-loving, strong-willed and independent-minded individual, and she insists upon living her own life as she sees fit, even if it means ignoring convention and tradition. In personal relationships, Cybill Shepherd cannot be owned or possessed, and while she is willing to share herself with another, she does not always adjust easily to the emotional give and take of close relationships. Though intellectually open, Shepherd can be enormously stubborn, opinionated and inflexible on a one-to-one level. Cybill has strong convictions and feelings about fairness and equality, and she tries to abide by them; however, her ideals about how people "should" treat one another do not always take into account human weaknesses, differences and needs. Cybill Shepherd probably dislikes sentimentality and traditional gender roles and "games".
She is fair, intelligent, objective and rational and she often let her head rule rather than her heart. Cybill Shepherd seems rather self-sufficient and emotionally detached because she is capable of putting aside her personal feelings and viewing things dispassionately. But once Cybill makes up her mind on an issue, it is difficult to dissuade her, and she can be rather dogmatic.
Cybill Shepherd thinks in broad terms and is concerned with the world beyond her own personal sphere - her town, nation, or even planet. She is likely to become involved in, or show a keen interest in, community endeavors, social organizations and groups of all kinds. She enjoys being part of a group endeavor, and she often assumes the role of organizing, managing or supervising group activities.
Forward-looking and progressive, she harbors great hopes for the future. Cybill Shepherd stays current and up to date, and responds to contemporary cultural trends, both in terms of personal style and ideas. When young, Cybill Shepherd was very influenced by peer pressure and by all the "latest crazes". Cybill has an experimental mind and is attracted to novelty.
Her strong points include her concern for human welfare and social betterment, her sense of fairness and democratic spirit, and her vision. Her faults are her stubbornness and inflexibility, and a tendency to be very obtuse and insensitive when it comes to personal feelings and human needs.
Her energies are directed to either perfecting her techniques, skills, and abilities in work, or in "perfecting", refining, and improving herself as a person. Critical analysis and attention to minute detail are intrinsic in either process. The urge to bring about a state of wholeness or optimal functioning is a strong motivation of Cybill Shepherd's, and she is quite a perfectionist!
Shepherd can easily become overly identified or involved with the function she performs, with her work, or with her own health and "growth process".
The unusual and unorthodox appeal to Shepherd, and she does not allow tradition, convention or other people's expectations to dictate how she is going to live her life. Cybill Shepherd craves freedom, adventure, excitement and discovery, and is not afraid of change. Cybill Shepherd possesses inventive and creative genius.
Her mind is very active and her judgment usually is sound. Although Cybill Shepherd's thinking is influenced by her feelings, she is inclined to think in realistic and practical terms. She is in control