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IAF Celebrity: David Bowie

IAF Celebrity: David Bowie

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I think the bet evidence of Bowie’s MDNA, outside of his body of work, is the documentary Cracked Actor. It’s very clear that Bowie is an IAF.

It is typical for superstar entertainers to be EIA (Empowering Inspiration & Attraction) because of the constant social spotlight. And while the IAF can live in the spotlight, as Bowie did, there is a big difference between the intrinsic motivation of the EIA and IAF in this context.

The EIA embraces the social spotlight for the sake of the masses. The EIA’s Motivational Value System wants to create a social experience and connect as many people as possible. The IAF on the other hand, connects for fulfillment. The IAF, uses the social spotlight to invite people into their own creative and intimate ecosystems. The IAF does not want to just be experienced, they want to be felt. They desire a connection of hearts in the deepest of places beyond information, theory and even popularity. This is Bowie.

Bowie has created (reinvented) several intimate ecosystems through his career. Examples are Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Sane, the Thin White Duke, and of course, Rocket Man. There were more, but you get the idea. Each of these characters had their own ecosystem, from sound to costume, and they all reflected Bowie in some intimate way.

Bowie was an incredibly emotional complex individual. One look into his eyes and you can tell. He never started wanting to be a famous rock star. He was simply looking for fulfillment which started off as a jazz saxophone player. The IAF tends to channel emotional complexity into creative expression. Bowie found this in writing music. Yet he admits he never really knew if he was writing his characters or they were writing him. Even his creative process screams IAF. The IAF is very intuitive about creativity and expression and will often resort to unorthodox ways to unlock it. This includes completely shifting environments for creative energy which is what Bowie did by moving to America after struggling with addictions and burnout in the UK.

They call Bowie a prophet from the future. It’s not that he was an actual prophet per say. He was simply able to look deeper into human nature and create expressions that spoke to people’s hearts of ultimate fulfillment. His own heart propelled him into futuristic visions. But he was also very haunted. The IAF often feels incredibly misunderstood and questions their own minds because of pain in the heart. This can lead to prolonged bouts of self-gratification and a complete loss of reality. One can certainly tell that Bowie has gone to the edge more than a few times.

In the end, he became known as “Meta-Bowie.” His ecosystem became more self-reflective than ever. He didn’t crave the spotlight like an EIA would. Even though the media wanted to shine that spotlight constantly. Bowie recently surprised his audience with an album. And yet again, invited us into his intimate ecosystem.

Another interesting facet to this story is Bowie’s wife and former supermodel Iman Abdulmajid. Her Instragram posts grieving Bowie’s death reveal her potential MDNA as well. I venture to say that she is a UCD (Unyielding Conviction & Design), or at least was taught to be one by her activist parents. Iman has become an activist herself. This would make sense why Bowie claims he knew from the first moment Iman would be his wife. The emotionally complex IAF is often drawn to the black and white UCD.

RIP David Bowie. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite performances:

Please note that these are unofficial profiles only and have not been verified. Description is only based upon public information and may represent either primary or secondary MDNA profiles. This profile is intended for educational purposes only to demonstrate the possibilities of MDNA for those that have been personally assessed.

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