There is no typical JW personality type.
Any of us who were in the religion for a number of years will remember all sorts of individuals. There is as much variety among JWs as there is in the general population. Some were arrogant and judgemental but others were humble and kindly.
However I believe there is such a thing as an archetypal JW "mindset".
In a word it is ....
- a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general.
It is possible to prosper in the Organisation whether you are a self-effacing introvert or a self-confident extrovert, but it is not possible to remain in the cult unless your mind is dominated by a sense of angst. Every meeting, magazine article, book and public talk is designed to reinforce this sense of angst.
JWs have a negative attitude to humanity that amounts to cynicism. In this worldview everything is getting worse all the time. Every decade is the lowest point in all of history and the downward spiral is expected to continue until the end. All attempts at improvement are dismissed as pointless.
The pessimism permeates the language used by JWs. Phrases such as, the world, mankind, and the system of things, are heavy with negative connotations.
It is not possible to escape the effects of cult indoctrination until you rid yourself of this mindset.
We are living in the best time in all of human history. It is the fairest, most peaceful and prosperous generation the world has ever known. If you doubt this fact please consider which generation you would prefer.
Human potential is awesome. We are not fallen sinners. We are the zenith of human history. Our technical progress, medical ability, compassion for our fellow humans, and our efforts to relieve suffering is unmatched.
Angst will continue dominate the thinking of ex-JWs until they give up utopian fantasies. Perfection does not exist and it never will. There is a great deal more that must be done to create a better world and further progress is not inevitable.
The challenge is to resist the lazy, self-loathing lure of angst. Join the rest of humanity in the challenge of making a better world. Be part of the solution.