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) a 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
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…
Artisans 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]
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), 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]
[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?
On the LIGHTER SIDE:
He was a hell of a brilliant Entertainer.
I 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.
Other Performer Artisans include: Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Steve Martin, Brittney Griner, Janis Joplin, Gene Krupa, Louis Armstrong, Alex Karras, Kim Jong Un, Phyllis Diller, Jim Cramer, Magic Johnson, Josephine Baker, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.