approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Richard's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Richard Benjamin comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Richard Benjamin - 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 Richard Benjamin" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Richard a little better. This page describes the disguise Benjamin wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Richard Benjamin 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. Richard 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. Benjamin tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to Benjamin.
Benjamin 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, Richard Benjamin 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 Richard'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 Richard 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. Richard Benjamin empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he is easily moved by others' pain, and Richard Benjamin 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. Richard Benjamin communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
Richard never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
Richard Benjamin 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, Benjamin may seem much more conservative than he actually is. Richard fears making mistakes in social situations, and is extremely sensitive to criticism or rejection. As he matures, Richard Benjamin is likely to grow in confidence, because he will learn to depend more on his own evaluation of himself.
Richard Benjamin appears to be unusual, highly independent, and a free spirit. There is a touch of brilliance, of the creative genius, in his manner. He is also restless and easily distracted, tending to fly from one thing to another, which may give the impression that Benjamin is unreliable.
Richard Benjamin has a big heart, is generous with his affections, and has a strong desire to take care of everyone around him. It is easy for Benjamin to establish personal contacts and relationships because of his ability to fully understand others.
He is very receptive to the influence of his environment, giving other people a chance to exploit or use him. Richard Benjamin has the ability to tune into the events around him, but he also should be careful not to overreact to the intentions of others.
Richard Benjamin has a strong desire to build an image of his that captivates everyone around him, and with his attractive and fascinating personality, he has the ability to influence many people. Richard is likely to have some unusual love affairs.
His pleasant and friendly disposition enables Richard Benjamin to come in quick personal relationships with other people. He enjoys social functions and has a harmonious relationship to his environment.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Square Asc.
Uranus Sextile Asc.
Asc. Opposition Moon/N. Node
Asc. Conjunct Mercury/Neptune
Asc. Conjunct Venus/Pluto
Asc. Opposition Jupiter/N. Node