So, I was interviewing a beta dual couple (LSI-EIE) the other day, and the wife was talking about always living at a "10," (out of 10) in terms of energy expenditure, emotion, drama, etc., and that got me thinking about how beta as a quadra is sort of associated with the "living at a 10" quadra. The woman I was interviewing was talking about how it's nice to not live at a 10 all the time, and I think many betas would agree; you can't permanently be at the maximum level of energy, excitement, whatever all the time. Sometimes it's nice to live on a "5" for a while.
We always talk about beta as the quadra of struggle, striving, making it happen, the change-agents, etc. Especially in terms of quadra dynamics, I know gilly talks a lot about betas being the ones willing to completely break with the old order and institute a new one. For my part, I like to use the literary metaphor wherein alpha peeks down into the abyss, beta is in the abyss, gamma is climbing out of the abyss, delta has it's back to the abyss.
But what do betas do to unwind? Obviously betas don't spend their whole lives running like madmen. When they're taking a pause from saving the world or running the corporation or defeating the bad guys?
I guess what I'm really asking is, what is the balance in beta lives between living the extreme and recuperating from it? Is it just that betas recuperate in extreme situations? Even meditation, I suppose, is extreme in a way, as is reading poetry or having sex/seeking a sexual partner or whatever. Are Beta STs, in particular, always in "on" mode, always in motion towards a goal? I know me personally, I can be really intense for a while, but then I just need a break.