approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of David's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way David Niven comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner David Niven - his real motivation, which describes the kind of person he is at heart and where his true priorities lie. Study this page and the next one and compare them - there may be significant differences between the two, in which case "the inner David Niven" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know David a little better. This page describes the disguise Niven wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
David Niven appears gentle and soft, and he acts rather reserved with others until he knows them well and feels it is safe to be open with them. David has a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and is deeply attached to the past: his heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes or moves away from what is familiar and safe can be very painful and difficult for him. Niven tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to Niven.
Niven approaches life emotionally and subjectively and he is sensitive to the emotional atmosphere, the subtle undercurrents of feeling in and around him. Instinctive and non-rational, David Niven is often unable to give a clear, simple explanation for his actions. Something either feels right, or it does not.
His emotions and personal loyalties tend to color David's thoughts and opinions. He views life from a very personal perspective and often cannot mentally detach himself from his own personal bias and prejudices. He is apt to be concerned primarily with how something affects him and those dear and close to him, rather than with the principle or the broader social implications. For instance, he may be very patriotic and feel that whatever "my country" does is right without really knowing much about the other nation's policies or point of view. Simply put: if it is good for David and his near and dear ones, then it is good. If it is not good for him and his near and dear ones, it is no good.
He is tenaciously loyal, protective, and supportive of those he cares about, and has a very strong nurturing, paternal nature. David Niven empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he is easily moved by others' pain, and David Niven is often the one that others seek out when they need comfort, reassurance, or help.
His moods fluctuate and change frequently and he is sometimes open and sometimes withdrawn emotionally. David Niven communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
David never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
David Niven has a rather generous, open, broad-minded demeanor, and he likes to do things in a big way. If he does this primarily to impress others, David will find that many people prefer to avoid him. Even without meaning to, Niven can seem a bit arrogant or preachy.
David Niven radiates a sense of pride, self-assurance and a definite awareness of his own importance. It is hard to ignore Niven when he is present, and his personality may overshadow or dominate the scene.
David Niven appears sympathetic and approachable. Because he uses his feelings and intuition to assess people, others sense that Niven understands their feelings or their personal situations. At the same time David Niven really wants people to know how he feels, and their care and support are very important to him.
David Niven feels good about himself and enjoys good relationships with his friends and neighbors. He exchanges ideas with them in a very relaxed and open manner, and he is always willing to learn more about himself, the world and other people.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Jupiter Square Asc.
Sun Trine Asc.
Moon Trine Asc.
Asc. Opposition Sun/Moon