Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day.
This Wednesday: Can you add to this list of famous Upholders, Questioners, Rebels, and Obligers?
I continue to be preoccupied with refining the framework of the Rubin Tendencies. In a nutshell,
- Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations (I’m an Upholder, 100%)
- Questioners question all expectations; they’ll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense (my husband is a Questioner)
- Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike
- Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves
To help clarify the categories — and to help us all understand ourselves better — I’m devising a reading list.
I want to provide examples of the Rubin Tendencies from well-known movies, TV shows, and literature, or from memoirs, autobiographies, or biographies.
I just started looking for these examples, and I could use many more suggestions. I highly recommend everything on this list, by the way, even aside from the light they shed on the Tendencies.
–Book: J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter books — the character of Hermione Granger. In particular, her campaign on behalf of house elves in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a good illustration of a classic Upholder looking for the rules beyond the rules.
–Movie: The Bridge on the River Kwai — the character of Nicholson
–No example yet. Help!
Rebel (these are both autobiographical, and I’m sure these two Rebels would be annoyed by the fact that I’ve slotted them into a category):
–Memoir: Geoff Dyer, Out of Sheer Rage
–Magazine article: Elizabeth Wurtzel, “Elizabeth Wurtzel Confronts Her One-Night Stand of a Life,” New York Magazine, January 6, 2013
–Novel: Laurie Colwin, Family Happiness — a brilliant portrait of an Obliger in full Obliger-rebellion
I think — but I’m way behind in watching, so this is very preliminary, and may be disproved by episodes that I haven’t seen yet — that in the TV show Girls, the four characters embody the four Types. What do you think, does this work?
Upholder — Marnie
Questioner — Hannah
Rebel — Jessa
Obliger — Shoshanna
NOTE: I’m using these terms with very specific meanings, so for instance, a person who is doing rebellious things may or not be a Rebel.
As you can see, this list is very preliminary. So your suggestions are most welcome.
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