He’s stepping down from Speaker of the House, and both those on the left and the right are largely applauding. We’re talking about John Boehner, the most well known #7 FEIL in politics since Bob Dole, or even Richard Nixon. Apparently Mr. Boehner told almost no one of his decision before making it last week. So before I went to sleep last night, I told my wife, I said, You know, I might just make an announcement tomorrow. This morning I woke up, said my prayers, as I always do, and thought, This is the day I am going to do this. Yes, that’s what you call ‘in-the-moment.’ A few other #7 individuals in politics have been Gerald Ford, Geraldine Ferarro, and Walter Mondale.

John Boehner is one of the few Empiricals in politics, and particularly one who has held as high a position as he has. Fond of saying I’m a regular guy with a big job, John in many ways is indeed just a regular guy compared to his innumerable #13 FCIR and infrequently found #15 FCIL counterparts, who live their big-picture lives trying to conquer their big-picture dreams. Instead, the ‘sensing’ Boehner has seemingly spent a great deal of time golfing, laying under a tanning lamp (#7s normally care about their looks big time), and trying to keep his more-conservative allies in D.C. happy. Unfortunately, he has not been able to keep those friends happy, which is largely why he is stepping down. He has catered to the left a little too much and too often.

Again, what’s with John’s constant show of emotion? He’s known to cry easily, and he “wept openly as the pope addressed an audience gathered on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Thursday.”  As John candidly shared years ago, I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I’m not going to apologize for being emotionally attached to the things I feel most strongly about. To be sure, Inanimates/thinkers are often wrongly stereotyped as unemotional beings, but nothing could be farther from the truth. While there certainly may be other neurotransmitter and genetic (and nurturing) factors (which we suspect) that have led Boehner to be more outwardly emotional, FEILs can be quite sentimental, particularly over issues that mean a great deal to them. And, while others in politics may plan on shedding a tear for the cameras and voters to notice, it is highly more likely in Boehner’s case that he never actually anticipates crying, but rather gets so caught up in the moment that he cannot help himself. In fact, #7s may try hard not to shed tears in order to look in charge, but it often does not work. This can even cause them to be less in control of their emotions. We need to remember that the least adept cerebral function for #7s is Animate-emotion, and when they rarely tap into it (especially males), watch out; the flood gates can open. After all, they have little experience and neurological capacity in operating this particular shut-off valve (flowing from Q2, FEILs least-accessed and -controlled brain region).

We had to laugh that the leading man set to replace him is Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, who is viewed more favorably for “his cheerful manner.”  Yes, if you want daisies and sunshine, don’t look first to the #7 FEIL. While they are consistently optimistic in life (Left brain dominant), they don’t always wear it on their faces (ala the #3 FEAL). In this regard, it would have been wise for John to get a few goods tips from President Obama (#13 FCIR) on how to sway the masses with charm and make-believe promises.

Written by: Staff
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