approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Willem's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Willem Dafoe comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Willem Dafoe - 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 Willem Dafoe" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Willem a little better. This page describes the disguise Dafoe wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Forward-looking and progressive, he is a person who supports change, innovation, and human advancement, and Willem Dafoe is often strongly committed to a humanitarian cause or social improvement. He is extremely aware of the interrelations between all people, and is always projecting personal issues unto a greater whole. Dafoe sees the political or social ramifications of personal actions, and he wishes to contribute something of value to the world, or at least to his community or group.
The ideals of equality, fairness, human rights, brotherhood, and social justice color Willem's whole outlook and approach to life. He is truly interested in the good of the whole and not only his own personal well-being.
Sometimes he may overlook or ignore his own and others' personal needs, desires, and feelings, especially if they do not conform to his ideals of how one should feel or act. Though he has little patience for conservative narrow-mindedness, Willem Dafoe himself is sometimes dogmatic about his beliefs and ideologies.
He is attracted to the avant-garde, the latest advances in human thought and development, and he is eclectic and cosmopolitan in his tastes. He may consider himself a "global citizen" rather than claiming a narrow, limited identification based on nationality, race, familial heritage, etc. Willem Dafoe is strongly influenced by his peer group and the flavor of the times in which he grew up, more so than by parental or family influences. He is involved and active in groups, community efforts, as well as cultural and progressive movements.
On a personal level, Willem Dafoe is friendly and expresses a kind of impersonal good will towards others. Dafoe probably has many acquaintances but few really close friends, and much of Dafoe's relationships with others are based on a sharing of common ideals and principles, rather than on emotional ties. Others see Willem Dafoe as a good friend and a comrade who is objective, fair and rather detached emotionally. Willem does not often show his emotions, and may be unsure about how to respond to others' emotional expression, for he tends to be very rational.
Willem Dafoe is also very independent and refuses to be possessed by any individual. Willem Dafoe is not comfortable with traditional sexual roles and is inclined to have "liberated" views about marriage, relationships, sharing of child rearing responsibilities, etc. Willem Dafoe needs to have a life outside of the personal, domestic sphere and to be involved with people on a broader scale. The nurturing of family ties, and close, deep, personal relationships may take a back seat to Dafoe's work or outside social activities.
Dafoe draws much of his energy and sense of self from his relationships with others. He is inextricably connected with the significant others in his life; Willem Dafoe may feel at a loss without them, even if he appears to be the powerful or dominant person in the relationship. Willem appears self-assured - as long as he is secure in the important relationships in his life.
Dafoe may seem unpredictable and unreliable in the way he behaves towards others - or his personal relationships may seem constantly in flux, so that Willem Dafoe is always a bit off center.
Willem Dafoe also comes across as an independent sort, someone who does not wish to be controlled or dictated to.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Sun Opposition Asc.
Uranus Opposition Asc.