The Gut Centre is the home of the basic drive to survive, and is driven by Anger. In some senses it is the most basic of emotions, as anger brings about the pumping of the adrenalin needed to respond to an endangering situation with the necessary vigour. Fear also stimulates the release of adrenalin but it may also cause a sort of paralysis – the rabbit in the headlights effect.
Three personalities find their home in the Gut Centre:
- EIGHTs whose strategy to take control of those around them. Underneath it all is the thought, ‘we’ll be alright if you follow me and do what I say’. The EIGHT’s preoccupation is ‘who in this situation has the power and does that person merit that power – could I be more effective if I took the reins?’. They are sometimes called the Asserter. For a classroom example of the Eight personality see Unspoken Words and Translating the Unspoken Words.
- NINEs whose strategy is to create balance and harmony amongst those around them. Underneath it all is the thought, ‘I’ll be alright if everyone and everything around me is in harmony and working together’. They are sometimes called the Mediator.