Ben has a complex personality. He is astir with contradictory impulses and desires, some of them imperious. Although his rational mind is highly developed and seems to be the source of motivation for his behavior, the most significant realm of his psychology is his subconscious. Therein, a conflict between understanding and feeling is raging, between the psychological functions of thought and sensation (C.G. Jung's terms). Until this conflict subsides, he might feel a sensation of emptiness. He is troubled by and unable to explain this feeling, which leads him to adopt an attitude of doubt and skepticism. This conflict, and its various ramifications, are the main obstacle to his individuation. His task consists of becoming the master of the energies of his subconscious, and developing his consciousness in terms of the hidden and invisible. His evolution will occur through a series of metamorphoses and rebirths. However, at certain points in his life, despite his caution and clear thinking, he finds himself in situations he neither desired nor planned, as a result of explosions and eruptions of the elements fermenting in his psyche. He always survives the worst physical, emotional, or intellectual tests, however, fairly unscathed, because of his ability to be reborn and start afresh.
Ben Graham has a independent and individualistic temperament, sometimes aggravated by outer discipline and authority. His need to preserve his originality and freedom often inspires him to display eccentric and unconventional behavior, even if it shocks the people around him. He is also reluctant to be tied down unnecessarily, so he may exaggerate his detached “lone wolf” aspect. Actually, he is passionately fond of developing a strict and monastic inner discipline. Others generally appreciate his intellectual qualities, the originality of his opinions, and the subtlety and keenness of his insights. However, his taste for paradox and provocation may not be for everyone. He is attracted by exploration and discovery and enjoys modernistic or futuristic settings. Although he is more mind-oriented than sensual, he is quite honest when expressing his emotions, which often feel more platonic than passionate.
Ben Graham thrives on relating to other people. He cannot live without love!
Ben Graham tends to live in an imaginary world; the distant and abstract sometimes interests him more than what is right at hand and realistic.
Ben Graham has a good balance between his need for movement and his tendency to be sedentary. He is just as likely to adapt to situations which require outbursts of initiative as to those which demand patience and perseverance.
Ben Graham was born three and a half to seven days after the rising of the new moon, which is said to be a “crescent moon” lunar type. This “soli-lunar” configuration indicates that he may need to make an effort to free himself from the past. Something related to his childhood, parents, or ancestors is holding him back, impairing his effectiveness and could stand to be overcome.