Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Type C Personality: Another Way to Blame the Victim?


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I don't know about you but I just love it when people come up with strange new theories for why sick people are to blame for their conditions.

The Type C Personality: Are You Susceptible to Illness?

Michael Jawer and Marc Micozzi wrote a book called The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense, which apparently posits the idea that people who hold their feelings in and don't assert themselves (Type C personalities) are more likely to experience a whole variety of illnesses and diseases, especially those caused by immune system dysfunction. I especially appreciate that they head right for migraines as a prime example of their wonderful theory. How typical. Take a misunderstood neurological condition and find a way to blame our emotions for it. The notion is almost older than time and actually reminds me of the so-called migraine personality, an idea that migraineurs tend to have certain personality characteristics that make them more likely to have migraines. Too bad the energy it takes to dream up new ways to blame people for their genetic predispositions couldn't be put to work helping make life better for people living with these diseases.

I can only speak for myself, of course, but my emotional, mental and spiritual health are truly better than ever, while my physical health keeps getting worse and worse. I know I'm only one person, but I've encountered a lot of people who have had experiences similar to mine, so I know I'm not a total fluke. I'd like to say I'm willing to read the book to learn more about they have to say, but I'm probably better off ignoring the kind of messages that tend to bring me down. There is so much good reading out there about the mind and body that doesn't blame us for our situations. I'd rather use my energy on that and build up my spiritual reserves.

Sources:
The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion Website
The Type C Personality: Are You Susceptible to Illness?

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