It’s important to recognise that a man may demonstrate elements of two different levels of solidity, even ones that are quite far apart. That’s acceptable. However, there will always be one level that’s dominant, even if only slightly, and he should be assessed as being at that level, or of that type. You would then regard him as having a dose of the other type, and recognise how that flavours the way he shows up. For example, let’s say an “Optimistic” Ideas Man has an element of the “Winning” Best Man. He’ll tend to pay a lot more attention to his dress style, and other aspects of his public image, than if he had a streak, say, of The Real Man, in which case he’d be less image-conscious and more blunt, assertive, and perhaps even aggressive, in his approach.
Also, remember that a man is unlikely to “change” by moving permanently to another level, or even into the other subtype at the same level as him. However, as he matures and becomes more self-aware, he may be able to turn up—or turn down—the volume on different parts of himself, according to what’s needed in the situation. Let’s say he’s that “Optimistic” Ideas Man with a fairly strong “Winning” Best Man streak. In a business context, for example, he may turn up the volume on his “Winning” Best Man streak, while at home he turns it down.
He may even take this up a notch and learn to “reach into” all the other levels, or types, and “borrow” behaviours from what he’s seen working for those men. For example, our “Optimistic” Ideas Man might notice that the “Strict” Right Man never gets unnecessary tax penalties because he’s always on top of his admin, pays attention to the detail, and gets his returns in on time. If he can stop insisting on being so one-sided—“I hate admin, it’s not me, it’s a bore, I’ll never be like that!”—and instead learn to integrate different styles of behaviour on his own terms, he can smooth off his rough edges and become more tolerable for everybody and easier to live with, and more effective, successful and fulfilled.