Don’t Worry, Be Happy

That’s not easy to do.Especially for the talented Performer Artisans.

For they are the happiest people in the world, but…

On the side of light: There are the highs, the higher highs, and the highest high.

On the side of dark: Then there are the lows, the lower lows, and the lowest of lows.

Creativity can be an addiction.
— Robin Williams

What happens when you feel that your creativity and grace disappeared, not to be found ever again? There is no faking(acting) fix.  No, the quick fix of drugs and alcohol can’t solve the problem, either.

The curtain rises on the scene
With someone shouting to be free
The play unfolds before my eyes
There stands the actor who is me.  

The Word that Dr. Keirsey used for this is Latin (via French): ENNUI

Freedom just another word for,
nothing left to lose.


  1. a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.
    synonyms: boredom, tedium, listlessness, lethargy, lassitude, languor, weariness, enervation;

    malaise, dissatisfaction, melancholy, depression, world-weariness, Weltschmerz
    “an ennui bred of long familiarity”

“Ennui” is how the Artisans become “depressed.” There are two kinds of “depression” (for two of the Temperaments) and they are quite different. Depression for the Guardian is painful and “red”: they are very sick and very tired: they are demobilized. The Artisan “ennui” is akin to boredom — they find themselves in grey and fog filled landscape, they are beguiled. To them, they feel in their gut, nothing exciting will ever happen again. It scares the Artisan

Robin Williams 1Artisans want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation. They believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time. Artisans are impulsive, adaptable, competitive, and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one. They can also be generous to a fault, always ready to share with their friends from the bounty of life. Above all, Artisans need to be free to do what they wish, when they wish. They resist being tied or bound or confined or obligated; they would rather not wait, or save, or store, or live for tomorrow. In the Artisan view, today must be enjoyed, for tomorrow never comes. [Please Understand Me II]

What is life worth living for without a little excitement?  If a Performer can’t perform gracefully in front of a crowd, and get that necessary approbation, what is one to do?

Performers have the special ability, even among the Artisans, to delight those around them with their warmth, their good humor, and with their often extraordinary skills in music, comedy, and drama. Whether on the job, with friends, or with their families, Performers are exciting and full of fun, and their great social interest lies in stimulating those around them to take a break from work and worry, to lighten up and enjoy life. [Please Understand Me II]

In Memoriam

Robin McLaurin Williams, Performer Artisan, (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles, he was soon discovered and rose to fame as Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–82). Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.

His film career included such acclaimed films as Popeye (1980),[1] The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage(1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. [Wikipedia, revised]

On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams hung himself.

Performers are the people for whom it can truly be said “all the world’s a stage.” Born Entertainers [Performers and Composers], they love the excitement of playing to an audience, and will quickly become the center of attention wherever they are.

The Performers‘ talent for enjoying life is healthy for the most part, though it also makes them more subject to temptations than the other types. Pleasure seems to be an end in itself for them, and variety is the spice of life. And so Performers are open to trying almost anything that promises them a good time, not always giving enough thought to the consequences. [Please Understand Me II]

On the Dark Side, where everyone has in-tentions, albeit, the players on the Stage of Life are unconscious of their dark defensive games.

[Edited and Derived from unpublished work, Dark Escape: David Keirsey and Ray Choineire]

The Toximanic Waster Binger Role [Light Side: Artisan Entertainer Performer]

Certain of the Waster players pollute their bodies by bingeing on all sorts of chemicals. One consequence of this is that one can literally watch their health waste away. The Masochistic Waster’s life itself may finally be wasted, as so often happens in the case of heavy drug users. The nature of the defensive maneuver calls for drugs which are illicit and dangerous. (It is likely, in fact, that the more easily available the drug is, with consequently less risk attached to its acquisition, the more the Waster will abuse it. [e.g., alcohol])  In the process, the Waster will become more and more driven to consume the drugs, an undertaking which is likely to entail increasingly desperate measures and higher risk.

They may dislike confessing to such enslavement, but these claims are far less devastating than, in their minds, the admission of graceless performance

In mid-2014, Williams admitted himself into the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Lindstrom, Minnesota, for treatment related to his alcoholism.  Williams was suffering from severe depression [ennui] prior to his death. His wife Susan stated that he had been sober but was diagnosed recently with early stage Parkinson’s disease which was something he was “not yet ready to share publicly”. A close family friend stated that while Williams would exercise and go cycling to help relieve his depression and anxiety, the knowledge that Parkinson’s would potentially limit his ability to do these activities impacted Williams emotionally. [Wikipedia, revised]

What a waste.

Question: Does drug abuse excerbate the chance of the onset of Parkinson’s?


He was a hell of a brilliant Entertainer.


openquoteI started doing comedy because that was the only stage that I could find. It was the pure idea of being on stage. That was the only thing that interested me, along with learning the craft and working, and just being in productions with people.closedquote

Other Performer Artisans include: Mickey RooneySid CaesarSteve MartinBrittney GrinerJanis JoplinGene KrupaLouis ArmstrongAlex KarrasKim Jong UnPhyllis DillerJim CramerMagic JohnsonJosephine BakerWhitney HoustonMarilyn MonroeMichael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

14 thoughts on “Don’t Worry, Be Happy

  1. Bernie Brightman August 16, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    ISFP, I believe. If you read more about him, he was very shy in young life. In addition when he was not “on”, he preferred quiet, individual pursuits and kept to himself most of the time.


    • Debra September 8, 2014 / 8:39 am

      As an ISTP I feel that Robin being an isfp is sort of fatal. I think in the end he had fame and fortune but he could never acheive true happiness because he felt things deeply. Oh yes, he put on a good front and I am sure he had many happy times and events in his life but in the end to ISFPS they feel the suffering of others deeply. That along with his early childhood must have made him extremely sensitive. I am sure he saw a lot of things that bothered him. Thus turning to addiction to help with the feelings. I know as an ISTP I can drive myself crazy if I dwell on events. I tend to shut myself down to protect. There is a wall between me and my feelings. It is hard to describe.


  2. krakowian August 17, 2014 / 11:33 pm

    I don’t see him as an ISFP (speaking as one myself). I would never have thought of him, even, as an Artisan. He’s too nervous when performing–too much nervous energy. He does act like Weird Al, who is also not an Artisan–more ENTP, I think. I could see Robin Williams as having been an ENTP. The thing is, if you learn about his childhood and early life, you can see that he was never allowed to just be himself. His mom kind of turned him into a performer, by basically ignoring him unless he made her laugh.

    Personally, I find the portrayal of Robin Williams in this description both shallow and condescending. It is written as if, once the author made up his mind that Williams was an Artisan, and Performer, that was all that mattered, and his approach to Robin Williams was more about that, than who he was as a person, and certainly does not take into account the deeper things of a person. It is a disappointing recap of a talented and tragic person. When we were younger, I kind of admired him, but as time wore on, and I saw him trying so hard to please people, and his obvious dependency on others’ approval, that I could no longer watch him perform. It was too sad to me. He was a deeply sad individual, who was dependent on the approval of others for his own self-worth–but the worst was that he could never accept himself for _who_ he was. He deserves more than this. And that is my opinion.


    • David Keirsey August 19, 2014 / 12:14 am

      The blog is brief, not intended as a full portrait. I had no intention to portray Williams as shallow, nor do I feel I was condescending. The man was a performing genius.

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  3. Marissa HV August 18, 2014 / 4:03 am

    I don’t understand… is this trying to say that only Guardians and Artisans can suffer from depression? Because I’m an Idealist and, well, I know from personal experience that that is just not true.


    • David Keirsey August 19, 2014 / 12:05 am

      No, not just the Guardians and Artisans get “depressed”, the problem is the word “depression” is overused.

      It is complex. My father worked on “madness” for sixty years and never finished it to his satisfaction. (many use the word “depression” as a “kind of madness”) The word “Depression” is general term, and has been used in many ways and many contexts. Everybody “gets” depressed, sometimes. The psychiatric community abuses the words, for there is the myth of “mental illness.” The terms for the Four Temperaments on the Dark Side is: 1) Depressive [Guardian], 2) Impulsives [Artisan], 3) Obsessive [Rational], 4) Hysteric [Idealist]. To explain the Idealist’s “form of depression” will demand a great deal of ink. Sorry, I haven’t the time and expertise to explain it at this time.

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  4. B G August 18, 2014 / 7:26 am

    You state –

    “Ennui” is how the Artisans become “depressed.” There are two kinds of “depression” (for two of the Temperaments) and they are quite different. Depression for the Guardian is painful and “red”: they are very sick and very tired: they are demobilized. The Artisan “ennui” is akin to boredom — they find themselves in grey and fog filled landscape, they are beguiled. To them, they feel in their gut, nothing exciting will ever happen again. It scares the Artisan…

    What about depression in the idealists and the rationals?


    • MF September 1, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      “What about depression in the idealists and the rationals?” would be a very good topic for one or more articles!! Really useful 🙂


      • Pandora September 1, 2014 / 5:20 pm

        Excellent suggestion


      • David Keirsey September 1, 2014 / 6:46 pm

        Complicated just like the Artisans and Guardians, but yes someday…..


  5. Pandora August 31, 2014 / 5:38 pm

    I agree that “depression” is overused. It can mean unresolved or “stuck” grief as well. But Ennui best describes my ISTP family member. Boredom is the issue, a high achiever and hungry for mastery and experiences. But I have similar boredom as an INFP. healer and high achiever looking for answers to heal the world !


  6. Ygnacia September 1, 2014 / 3:03 am

    I have also seen him typed at an ENFP – that seems the best fit for him to me. Non-scientifically and solely personal, as an INFJ I can often sniff out ENFP’s, they draw me. He always seemed like one to me.


  7. jackwindows September 4, 2014 / 10:40 am

    I think the biggest difference between a Performer (ESFP) and a Promoter (ESTP) is empathy — obvious warmth, vulnerability, connectivity, approachability, genuine care. Few ESTPs get so described. ESFP Robin Williams had empathy in spades. Who would not want to invite him over to dinner? Follow him to crazy fun activities? Confess just about anything to him? Comedians in general tend to be hard-edged (Promoters or Inventors), so Robin’s caring surely helped raise him to the pinnacle of the entertainment world.


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