Tiger Woods, “Achiever” Type Golf Champion


Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods (born in 1975) has been a golf star almost all his life. He was number one in the world most of 1999 – 2010 and is now eighth. He’s won 16 World Golf Championships, 72 major tour events, and many other awards. He was introduced to golf before the age of two by his father and won the Under Age 10 section of the Drive, Pitch, and Putt competition when he was six. When he was eight he won the 9–10 boys’ event at the Junior World Golf Championships and the Junior World Championships six times.

Reading his own blogs, it’s clear that Tiger Woods works hard. He’s a good sport, polite, competitive. Wanting to do his best appears more important than wielding power over others. You’ll experience his extroversion and optimism, typical of Achievers in the Enneagram system.
4-11-12 Tiger Wood blog excerpts:
“One cool thing about winning was my kids got to watch on television. They were at home rooting and were so excited when I was able to show them the trophy the next day. They were excited for about three seconds and then it was on to the next thing.
One thing I would like to say about the Masters last week is that obviously I got frustrated at times and know some of my actions were wrong, especially at No. 16. The Masters means a lot to me, and I was trying as hard as I could. I’m out there competing. I grind every day, and my expectations are to do my best. It’s very disappointing when that doesn’t happen…
Oh man, it was such a great atmosphere to play. The people were so fantastic, nice and supportive. They were trying to get me to play well. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t quite get it done…
Congratulations to Bubba Watson for winning. We used to play a lot of practice rounds together. If you think about it, for a lefty, that shot on No. 10 didn’t sit up too badly for him…”
11-23-10 Tiger Wood blog excerpts:

“It’s nice to be home for the holidays after two weeks on the road…
The first stop on my trip was Japan, where I played in a nine-hole, made-for-television pro-am with Ryo Ishikawa… I’ve gotten to know Ryo pretty well… He’s just a great kid. He just won again recently, which I think was his ninth professional win. When I was his age, I was still playing college golf.
Then I went to Shanghai, China, to play in the WGC-HSBC Champions. I had two good bookend rounds but didn’t quite get it done in the middle rounds…
From there, I went to Thailand to play in the World Salutes King Bhumibol skins tournament at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi against Thongchai Jaidee, Camilo Villegas and Paul Casey. I only won one skin, but the fans were just so nice…
It just takes time to build. You just have to go piece by piece. Before, I couldn’t even do it on the driving range and now I can. Now, after working with Sean Foley, I can do it on the golf course sporadically, then it becomes more consistent. Eventually, it becomes a full 18 holes and beyond that, a full tournament…
Phil Mickelson and I were partners in Ping-Pong most of the time against anybody that wanted to take us on. We didn’t go undefeated, but we won every series…
..the people of Wales were extremely nice and very accommodating. The fans were incredible. They were partisan, obviously, but they were so respectful of both sides and great crowds to play in front of.
I recently hosted the Stanford men’s golf team for a barbecue at my house…
It’s good to see the next generation of players stepping up, because it’s great for the game…
Obviously, this has been a very difficult year for me and my family, on and off the golf course. I got through the year, and I’m in a much better place than I was a year ago and my life has balance. It was a lot more difficult than people could possibly imagine.
That’s all for now. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.”

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A. Bacevich: A Conservative Against U.S.’s Perpetual War


Andrew J. Bacevich, pronounced Base’-a-vich, was born in 1947 in Normal, Illinois. He’s a conservative but is critical of the last few presidents of both parties for their economic and international policies. He went to West Point, was a career officer in the army, has a PhD in diplomatic history from Princeton, and is a professor of international relations at Boston University.

According to Bacevich, American Exceptionalism once meant we were proud of our values and of the way we conducted our affairs; we were proud of being all we professed to be. It didn’t mean forcing our values down the throats of others.

Bacevich says the U.S. occupation of Iraq is a failure and George W. Bush’s endorsement of preventive wars such as it was immoral, illicit, and imprudent.

Basevich criticizes U.S. senior leadership for:

* having Utopian expectations.

* developing an over-reliance on military power, in contrast to diplomacy, to achieve its foreign policy aims.

* keeping military service limited to volunteers, which has produced in the American people a romantic, highly unrealistic, dangerous notion of what combat and military service are like.

* disregarding the need to consult the American people on their actions.

* ignoring political dimensions, considerations, and differences and engaging in target assassinations instead. And much more.

Jake Whitney in Guernica Magazine wrote: “While [Bacevich’s] criticisms [of U.S. policies] may seem akin to those leveled by ‘radicals’ such as Dennis Kucinich, Bacevich maintains that his views are consistent with classic conservatism. In fact, Bacevich began his writing career in right-leaning publications such as the National Review and the Weekly Standard. But his trenchant critiques of U.S. militarism clashed with the views of mainstream conservatives, and in recent years he has been embraced primarily by those on the left.”

Personality type

One of his former students described Bacevich as “short but fair, gruff but encouraging, serious but oftentimes funny in an off-handed way, confident but slightly self-deprecating… he has always been keen on self-criticism and review.” The way he speaks and presents himself is exacting. He’s highly principled and likely to be a Perfectionist in the Enneagram system. He’s especially fair, serious, and speaks clearly and to the point. My second choice is a tie between the Observer and Questioner personalities.

His books include American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of US Diplomacy, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War, and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. His newest is The Short American Century: A Postmortem.

Changing the subject….. have you heard my two sets of ENNEAGRAM PIANO VARIATIONS on YouTube? I play the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill on one and Chop Sticks on the other, each 9 times. They match the 9 Enneagram types.

In a more serious-music vein, my Beethoven Enneagram CD is a way to experience some of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and learn about his personality via the Enneagram. It’s available only on Amazon.com.

For Famous People’s Enneagram and MBTI types, see my Psychology Today blog and my web site.