Matthew Merril’s psyche follows an extroverted thrust. He attempts to embody and actualize his ideas and the archetypes he identifies with in his objective life.
Because Matthew Merril is a social being oriented toward other people, his personal interests often mingle with those of his associates or those of the group to which he belongs. He is motivated by a need to work in common with other people and to share life’s pleasures and pain. His commitments to other people are of paramount importance to his personal development. This dependence may present difficulties with individual self-assertion and make it hard for him to make decisions alone. If he wants to achieve inner equilibrium, he must behave in such a way that his actions yield benefits to others as well as himself.
Matthew Merril demonstrates great interest in the outside world, social affairs, and anything else that contributes to the growth and development of society as a whole. Clubs, organizations, and other forms of partnership attract his attention and motivate his behavior. He tries to protect himself from his subjectivity by adopting an impersonal approach to life. Devoted to the common cause, his destiny is no longer his alone. It is almost entirely controlled by the people whose cause he has espoused.
The numerous contradictions and tensions which are a recurrent feature of Matthew Merril’s astral theme balance each other out and endow him with a stable, well-tempered character. Indeed, they are especially likely to protect him from unsolvable frustrations and, in terms of reality, will enable him to acquire a certain social and professional success without too much effort on his part. At that point, he must be careful not to take on too many responsibilities. His confidence in his ability to accomplish things may make him spread himself too thin.