approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Vitaly's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Vitaly Potapenko comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Vitaly Potapenko - 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 Vitaly Potapenko" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Vitaly a little better. This page describes the disguise Potapenko wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Vitaly Potapenko 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. Vitaly 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. Potapenko tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to Potapenko.
Potapenko 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, Vitaly Potapenko 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 Vitaly'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 Vitaly 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. Vitaly Potapenko empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he is easily moved by others' pain, and Vitaly Potapenko 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. Vitaly Potapenko communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
Vitaly never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
Vitaly Potapenko has a mature and rather heavy, solemn demeanor, and he tends to take himself and life too seriously. He possesses a great deal of self-control, self-discipline, and a very dominant conscience. He may be dogged by feelings of personal inadequacy and inhibition. Vitaly Potapenko seems authoritarian to others.
Vitaly often comes across to others more abruptly or even antagonistically than necessary to achieve his aims. And naturally, if people perceive that he is trying to compete with them or run them over, some of them will strongly resist Vitaly Potapenko and his objectives. Potapenko might be more successful if he tones himself down a bit and shows some consideration, without completely sacrificing his own needs and wants.
There is a receptive, elusive quality to Vitaly's personality. Potapenko can be difficult to pin down, difficult to know, something of a mystery. At times Vitaly Potapenko may feel frustrated because he feels that he is not being perceived very clearly, that he does not make a powerful impression, that he is easily overlooked or discounted. If he does not wish to be "invisible", Potapenko must make some effort to define and clarify - both for himself and for the rest of the world - who Vitaly Potapenko is. On the other hand, Vitaly Potapenko may purposely create illusions about himself with the intent to deceive - or entertain - others.
He may find it difficult to get ahead because Vitaly lacks the vitality to do so. Vitaly Potapenko tends to wait for better conditions and has the desire to accomplish a lot without straining himself too much. Quite often, though, his plans just seem to hang in the air.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Conjunct Asc.
Mars Quincunx Asc.
Neptune Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Opposition Mars/Neptune