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What's Your Personality Type?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Walt Oleksy, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    I've been watching a series of lectures on mind-body medicine by Dr. Jason M. Satterfield, a professor of behavioral medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In one of his lectures, Dr. Satterfield looks at personality types and how they affect health. Those of us who have learned about TMS and techniques for healing know that Dr. Sarno and other TMS practitioners say that our personality type can have a great deal to do with having physical pain. We can suffer from our own personality traits or those of others such as our spouse, partner, parents, children, our boss or others we come in contact with.

    Are we born with our personality traits? Dr. Satterfield says personality traits are generally considered to come either genetically, inherited through our parents or grandparents, or “natural” influences such as our environment. But wealth can have little or no influence on our personality. Wealthy people may have just as many negative personality traits as those born poor.

    Dr. Satterfield says there are four major personality types, alphabetically A, B, C, and D, but Steve Ozanich discusses Type T personalities in great depth in The Great Pain Deception.

    Type A Personality People

    They areambitious, rigidly organized, sensitive, impatient, take on more than they can handle, want others to get to the point quickly, anxious, proactive, and push themselves to get work done as fast as possible and push themselves with deadlines. They are often high-achieving “workaholics” who multi-task, and hate delays and ambivalence. Dr. Sarno says some Type A people may be very ambitious but are not as compulsive in perusing their goals, although they have a strong need to be good, nice, pleasant, accommodating, and helpful. Type A people are thought to be at high risk for heart problems due to the stress they put themselves under.

    I think I am mostly a Type A type, but my book publisher boss is for sure. He is a perfectionist’s perfectionist (although he really is far from perfect) and he is definitely a workaholic. His pressures are put on me, but I have learned to live with them by doing what he wants of me at my own pace. I tell him his ego is larger than ten Grand Canyons but he denies having an ego. I let it go.

    If you have a Type A personality, you may not be able to change it, but you can try to modify it. Lighten up on yourself and your workload. Try to stop multi-tasking. Years ago, we didn’t do much of that, or do it at all. Modern life and technology pushes us into doing more than one or two things at the same time. That surely causes stress and headaches.

    Type B Personality People

    They live at a lower stresses level than Type A and typically work steadily, enjoying achievement but not becoming stressed when they do not achieve. When faced with competition, they do not lose their cool and either enjoy the game or back down. They may be creative, enjoy exploring ideas and concepts, and are often reflective.

    I may be somewhere between Type A and Type B, probably because I’ve learned a lot about myself and how to handle my Type A traits through TMS knowledge. That has taught me deep breathing, meditation, and other calming techniques I never knew or practiced before.

    Type C Personality People

    They love details and can spend a lot of time trying to find out how things work and this makes them very suitable for technical jobs. Type C are not assertive at all and they always suppress their own desires even if there is something that they dislike. The lack of assertiveness results in tremendous stress and are very vulnerable to depression compared to type A and type B. I don’t know anyone with Type C personality.

    Type D Personality People

    The D stands for “distressed.” Type D people have a negative outlook on life and are pessimistic. A small event that is not even noticed by type B can ruin type D's day.

    Type D people might become socially withdrawn as a result of fear of rejection, even if they like to be around people. Type D's are famous for suppressing their emotions and this makes them the most vulnerable type to depression. We know from Dr. Sarno that repressing emotions for long periods of time without venting them someway causes TMS pain.

    I’ve known people with a negative outlook on life and who are pessimistic. A neighborhood couple is like that. I got tired of my spirit being dragged down by them so I rarely talk to them.

    Dr. Satterfield says that our personality types can overlap. For example you might find that you have Type D personality traits but still find that you have some personality traits from another type such as type C.

    The second thing you must be put into consideration is that you will certainly have tons of other personality traits that are not covered at all by a single theory. That’s why one personality type theory is certainly insufficient to help you understand yourself well.

    Dr. Sarno does not mention Type T personality types, but Steve Ozanich mentions them frequently in his book, The Great Pain Deception. He says that Dr. Sarno found that many of his patients were perfectionists, worriers, or highly driven people who were “unknowingly repressing unwanted emotions.” Steve says “These people experience TMS in its most severe chronic forms” which he calls Type T,” referring to tension.

    Steve says Type T people are a blend of A and B. They are prone to chronic pain, fatigue, digestive tract problems, skin problems, “and anything else that may be in vogue.”

    Steve’s discussions about Type T personalities are too lengthy to summarize here. It is suggested you read his book, or at least the sections on Type T.

    This essay should serve merely to be an introduction to learning what personality type we are. Many books and web sites discuss the subject in greater depth. Knowing what our personality type is very important in TMS healing, as you no doubt know.
     
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  2. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    I want to add that often I try to take on the qualities of my best friend's personality. He's always upbeat, cheerful, and
    fun to be around.

    I met him more than 30 years ago when he rang my doorbell in answer to an ad to rent my upstairs apartment.
    It was a dark, cloudy morning in March when I opened the door and saw a young man just out of college,
    blond and handsome and smiling. I was almost blinded by the light I saw around him. I later realized it was
    his aura. Larry and I became instant friends which quickly began to grow into best friends and we've been
    like brothers ever since. He has the best, happiest, healthiest personality of anyone I've ever known.

    Maybe everyone should try taking on the qualities of the friends or family members we admire most.
     
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  3. Sienna

    Sienna Well known member

    Thans for this Walt, I think I also meet the T (A/B) personality type.
    Very good advice about looking at traits of the people we admire and trying to pursue them.
     
  4. njoy

    njoy aka Bugsy

    I am A and T but I quickly default to D if things don't go my way. My fav system is the Enneagram. I'm Type 6 (subtype attack, not hide from fear) wing 5, I think. The problem with the Enneagram is that people (at first) think they are what they wish they were but that usually turns out to be false. Good stuff, though.
     
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  5. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    njoy, I like what you say about attacking fear, not hiding from it.
    And the longer we procrastinate, not attacking fear, the more fear has a hold on us.
    Claire Weekes says stand up to fear, and I think that is the best advice.
     
  6. njoy

    njoy aka Bugsy

    Well, it works for me because otherwise I would have no life. Fear is very inhibiting. The problem is anxiety builds because, I think, I put myself in harm's way. Part of me doesn't want to fight or attack fear so my anxiety increases to bring fear to the surface so I'll hide, not act. At least that's how it seems to me.
     
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