3: Dependent

Viewing themselves as incapable and inept when left to their own devices, individuals evidencing prototypal DADepend patterns tend toward passively deferring their self-direction, and therefore their sense of self, to a trusted other they feel will harbor and protect them. Feeling a dearth of self-identity and incapacity to act on volition, the DADepend prototype evinces only a modicum of energization in terms of engaging defenses (moderate pain-avoidant strategy) or seeking fulfilling experiences (moderate pleasure-seeking strategy), and can seem unfocused and motivated, overall. These individuals tend to display the following array of personologic domains:

Behavioral Level

(F) Expressively Puerile (e.g., withdraws from adult responsibilities by acting helpless and seeking nurturance from others; is docile and passive, lacks functional competencies, and avoids self-assertion).
(F) Interpersonally Submissive (e.g., needs excessive advice and reassurance, as well as subordinates self to stronger, nurturing figure, without whom may feel anxiously alone and helpless; is compliant, conciliatory and placating, fearing being left to care for oneself).

Phenomenological Level

(F) Cognitively Naive (e.g., rarely disagrees with others and is easily persuaded, unsuspicious and gullible; reveals a Pollyanna attitude toward interpersonal difficulties, watering down objective problems and smoothing over troubling events).
(S) Inept Self-Image (e.g., views self as weak, fragile, and inadequate; exhibits lack of self-confidence by belittling own attitudes and competencies, and hence not capable of doing things on one’s own).
(S) Immature Contents (e.g., internalized representations are composed of infantile impressions of others, unsophisticated ideas, incomplete recollections, rudimentary drives and childlike impulses, as well as minimal competencies to manage and resolve stressors).

Intrapsychic Level

(F) Introjection Dynamics (e.g., is firmly devoted to another to strengthen the belief that an inseparable bond exists between them; jettisons independent views in favor of those of others to preclude conflicts and threats to relationship).
(S) Inchoate Architecture (e.g., owing to entrusting others with the responsibility to fulfill needs and to cope with adult tasks, there is both a deficient morphologic structure and a lack of diversity in internal regulatory controls, leaving a miscellany of relatively undeveloped and undifferentiated adaptive abilities, as well as an elementary system for functioning independently).

Biophysical Level

(S) Pacific Mood (e.g., is characteristically warm, tender and noncompetitive; timidly avoids social tension and interpersonal conflicts).