Idealism

Enablers often embrace lofty moral ideals, prioritizing advocacy and critique over practical problem-solving. They excel in idealizing and dreaming for a better world but may struggle with the realities of life’s challenges. They love the ideal and hate the real. They soon realize that hating reality cannot produce love for people. People have weaknesses and dark sides to them. Some are more intelligent and competent than others, therefore creating inequality. 

But reality is not going anywhere! So let’s scream it, then vilify and censure the critics.

This detachment from reality and from pragmatic solutions to life problems can be observed in academic pursuits, especially in the Arts, where ideology takes precedence over pragmatism, and virtue signalling outweighs competence.

A significant factor driving this preference for the ideal over the real is the Enablers’ limited success in navigating life’s complexities, such as career and relationships. Consequently, they may be more dysfunctional compared to their peers.

The Enablers are typically found in non-governmental and non-executive roles. They thrive in positions where they can criticize, protest, or assign blame without direct accountability. They perceive themselves as the conscience of society, holding the arrows on the road rather than driving the car to its destination.

Despite their moralistic stance, history suggests that righteousness doesn’t guarantee virtuous behavior. Moralistic people who are unaware of their shadow – or dark side – risk acting upon it. Their outwardly virtuous persona masquerades feelings of disgust, resentment, fear, and hatred.

Enablers are commonly found among UN officials, academics, journalists, human rights activists, and individuals or groups feeling disempowered or less competent in society. They gravitate towards victimhood narratives and oppose the social order that is dictated by ‘oppressive’ forces. They particularly go against those in positions of authority and power, as these represent the causes of their discontent.

Conversely, Enablers are less likely to be found in roles requiring practical solutions to real-life problems – parents, managers, leaders, politicians, business people, and security forces, among others. In these roles one must exhibit accountability and responsibility – characteristics that are less aligned with the Enabler archetype.