approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Shaquille's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Shaquille O'Neal comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Shaquille O'Neal - 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 Shaquille O'Neal" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Shaquille a little better. This page describes the disguise O'Neal wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Shaquille O'Neal meets life head on and throws himself into new experiences with zest and enthusiasm. He is direct, straightforward, assertive, and usually completely aboveboard in all his dealings. Candid and incapable of guile, insincerity or phoniness, Shaquille projects a confident and sometimes arrogant façade to others. He often lacks tact and sensitivity, and can be completely oblivious to others' needs, and inadvertently selfish. O'Neal is self-reliant and does not depend upon social approval and reinforcement as much as other people do. He likes to be original and does not mind doing it alone. Shaquille O'Neal may feel that he does not fit into groups very well and that he does not naturally blend in and cooperate with others. He likes to be either a leader or a loner.
O'Neal is a doer and thrives on freedom, challenge, and activity. He tends to think in clear, black and white terms, and to be somewhat simplistic in his outlook, which enables Shaquille to act in a very decisive and self-assured manner. When inspired by an idea, Shaquille O'Neal feels such a sense of urgency and excitement about it that he will often forge ahead and try to implement it in a rather bold but poorly planned and crudely executed way. Patience and careful attention to details are not O'Neal's forte. However, he never accepts defeat and will experience brilliant and unprecedented successes and discoveries, as well as painful failures. To Shaquille O'Neal it is far better to make mistakes than to play it safe and never try.
He is scornful of what he sees as weakness or passivity in others and also of the human tendency to imitate and follow. Shaquille O'Neal is not a follower. Others see Shaquille as a strong individual and perhaps brash and brazen as well. O'Neal presents a strong front to the world and generally does not allow others to see his vulnerable or insecure side.
Shaquille O'Neal has a friendly, affectionate attitude towards others and a great deal of personal charm. His attractiveness is one of the first things others notice about Shaquille, and is probably something he cares a great deal about. O'Neal gets along well with people and knows how to please them. Shaquille O'Neal has a well honed sense of style and beauty.
In significant ways, O'Neal's emotional nature and personal needs are at odds with the way he presents himself. As a result of this inconsistency, Shaquille O'Neal may be uncomfortable showing his instinctive responses and true feelings. He may put them aside, maybe even be ashamed of them.
When Shaquille O'Neal is in an emotionally charged situation, those who do not know him well may be quite surprised at his reactions or behavior. The real challenge, though, is to completely accept himself, so that he does not act as if his emotional needs and impulses did not count for very much.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Venus Conjunct Asc.
Moon Quincunx Asc.