Emotions can be felt and seen in the body
Most personality models deal with HOW people ACT... Centaur deals with WHY they REACT.
In the 1980s Sandy Cotter adapted her training in psychology and the body-mind therapy of bioenergetics to work with business managers and leaders. The model, which focuses on how emotions are held within the body, helps people gain insight into the unconscious drivers and the emotional triggers behind their instinctive / automatic behaviours - in the language of our simple brain model, it reveals the personality of their "inner chimp" (or "inner child").
The diagram shows just the gifts and deficits of each character style, and the evocative names which capture them in a positive way. These are archetypal figures that we can all instinctively understand at a deep level. We can easily accept the value of each style, as well as the potential drawbacks when any style grips too strongly. When you learn more you will also understand the crucibles of these character styles, which originally created their drivers and triggers.
As a practical tool, the Centaur model is simple to grasp and easy to use. The 5 character styles make explicit what we already “know” unconsciously, allowing us to work consciously with it.