approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Ian's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Ian Thorpe comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Ian Thorpe - 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 Ian Thorpe" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Ian a little better. This page describes the disguise Thorpe wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, he is a person who approaches life realistically and who is not inclined to take foolish chances or get carried away by the overly optimistic or idealistic schemes of starry-eyed dreamers. In fact, Ian Thorpe frequently has a jaundiced view of such things. He is rather worldly-wise at a fairly young age, even somewhat of a cynic. Often the world does not seem like a safe, friendly place to Thorpe, and he tends to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. He is generally calculated and careful, and is rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.
He is pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning his moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. He is willing to work long and persistently for what he wants and he often does things the hard way. Ian does not expect others to take care of him and sometimes refuses or simply does not seek any outside help. He is often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about his approach. He is very responsible, conscientious, and concerned with his duties to others and how he comes across socially - his "rank" so to speak.
To others Ian Thorpe seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. Ian dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Thorpe likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
Ian Thorpe respects tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and he feels that there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people. A wise mentor or father is often Thorpe's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
Ian Thorpe has a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to his personality. He expects much from himself and may not give himself enough leeway to experiment and make mistakes.
He also tends to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve his money and resources rather than spending or enjoying them. Ian Thorpe spends money on things of quality and of lasting value, things which are good investments, but not frivolous, temporary pleasures. There is a bit of the ascetic in him. Ian exercises great self-discipline and self-control and he can "do without" very well. His tastes are generally understated and simple.
Though he may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face Thorpe shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
Despite the fact that his core self is quite a bit different from the face the world generally sees, Ian Thorpe has a strong desire to be seen and recognized, to be acknowledged, and to have a significant influence on people in his environment. He may do remarkable things in order to be noticed. However, Ian Thorpe often does not get the full recognition he wishes for.
Ian Thorpe appears contained, and perhaps wary or mistrustful as well. He watches his step, and frequently withdraws if his environment does not feel welcoming and safe. As a result, Thorpe may seem much more conservative than he actually is. Ian fears making mistakes in social situations, and is extremely sensitive to criticism or rejection. As he matures, Ian Thorpe is likely to grow in confidence, because he will learn to depend more on his own evaluation of himself.
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