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Posted by: Sky, Thursday, September 11, 2008, 6:12pm
Now, when I read "Live Right for Your Type," I already had a notion from the "Eat Right" book that there was a possible personality component, but seeing the research re-inforce this has made a lot of sense for me.

I grew up a minority in my area. Sometimes, I was the only white kid in the classroom, and this also includes the teacher. Having the first name "Sky" did not help either, nor the blond hair, or glasses.

This led to me growing up alone, isolated, a lot. Thankfully I read books and played video games, but socializing was not easy.

So, I was trapped by my "nurture" environment, which thus exaggerated my "nature," it seems.

I have the worst time in relating to other people, my sense of tact is often off, and the fact that my Type A father and mother (go figure) were college-educated metropolitanites and moved to a small-community-minded area where the average person barely graduated high school, and is culturally Mexican, and the fact that we are not religious, I think you can see how there is a cascading effect present. They did not have a lot of friends beyond a few from work.

So, I have managed to live my life rather peacefully and when I could be socialable. But depression and stress are my hurdles these days. College just seemed to feed these problems.

Interestingly enough, when I joined the Army, there was a big change. I viewed Basic Training as a "monk like" experience, I did not let anger or frustration get to me (I would pull a "Happy Gilmore" and "go to my 'Happy Place'" when we had to drop and do push-ups or stand still for long periods of time). The fact that I chose the "support" side of the military house put me with people who were going on to become nurses, technicians, and journalists; a group of people who were more into the military for a job (this is pre-9/11).

And, amazingly, when in the field, doing a combat mission of some sort, I really seem to be in my element. Maybe because I am fascinated by war and watch the movies, read books, play the games, even write about the subject matter. When it came time to be in the woods, moving, scanning for the enemy, leading others, I seemed to have a knack for it all. The ability to bring intense focus to something (and having only myself to worry about, not having to please someone) seemed to be natural for me. Even casual outings to the rifle range I felt comfortable, especially when it came to working with others.

My parents later visited me at my first training site, and noted that I was "happier" there then I was back in college. However, this was an interesting time, because for some reason my brain began exhibiting depression like symptoms. My ability to concentrate was almost completely gone, interacting with people became extremely difficult, and I became reclusive.

My best guess is that I was "happy" for such a long time, my body was not used to this, and the "stress" of being stuck in a training area for an extended period of time with no real purpose became recognized within me as a sort of stress, and that triggered a downward spiral for myself. It is hard to define, as I did not feel trapped, and was quite healthy and comfortable. (Later, after being kicked out of the school and going to another location, I felt like a prisoner, and along odd sleeping hours, having a hard time relating to the others around me, chronic shin-splints in my legs, and hating where my military career was going did trigger a sort of "crazy" time for me, but I was able to recognize it, keep myself together and calm, and not get taken out of the course and thrown into a padded room, which would have extended my time at the place, and likely further caused harm.)

I share this as an example, I guess.

Dr. Wayne Dyer helps a lot, but the causes were a big mystery, and thanks to Dr. D'Adamo, I now have a much better understanding of myself, and I think of what happened to me over the years. (Especially at how I had such trouble with the physical side of things and kept getting injured.)
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Thursday, September 11, 2008, 10:38pm; Reply: 1
That was a touching story.  If you really want to get a better understanding of yourself..read the GenoType Diet and test yourself to see what you are...A Warrior? A Teacher? An Explorer? I've had many self questions answered since I found out what my genotype is!
So welcome. :)
Posted by: purlgirl, Friday, September 12, 2008, 12:25am; Reply: 2
Sky - Wow you are working really hard to understand yourself and where you have been. I wish you well on your journey.  In reading you story I couldn't help but think of my Warrior sis she is absolutely driven to understand herself and events in her life. She has this tremendous need to be understood or maybe more correctly - a tremendous need to not be misunderstood. I find our different personalities fastinating. We are all wonderfully made and our potential is fantastic.  :D
Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, September 12, 2008, 1:16am; Reply: 3
Sky, welcome to the forums. How long have you been on the diet now?
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Friday, September 12, 2008, 10:28am; Reply: 4
You've come to the right place on this forum/board.
We are all different, but much alike because of our unusual diet.
You will get a lot of support in this community. The nice thing is that you can come & go as you please. But we'll still be here!  :)
Welcome!
Mrs "T"   O+
Posted by: Sky, Saturday, September 13, 2008, 2:15am; Reply: 5
I came across the diet, I think around 6 months or more ago.

(I was working in San Jose and lived with a couple. The man had an austistic son, and as I was complaining about gaining weight, they showed me "Eat Right.")

My big problem now is being in public spaces, and new places, makes me quite nervous, anxious. My brain "goes swimming" it seems.

This has a wierd, sad effect that I tend to "mind wander" when talking, and if "surprised" by a question, I say the first thing which comes to mind, which unfortunately is in line with a "smart-expletive deleted response" that being in the military got me to.

But the other thing is where I live is below sea level (air pressure), with a lot of air pollution and humidity. My brain feels squeezed, almost. It took me two months to start feeling normal, and this is all while on the diet.

But I think it is also the house I am living in (with my parents; oh, the joys of being unemployed). So a coctail mixture of stress, environment, and two socially inept Type A's who exist in a bad relationship as far back as I can remember.

I am almost thinking I should rejoin the Army as a National Guard officer, get a hefty sign on bonus, go Infantry (and all the schools connected with that, Airborne, Ranger, Air Assault, Mountain; really as far as I can go, but I tend to have the worst luck in anything I pursue), do a year *cough*fifteen months*cough* in Iraq, go back to National Guard status, and from there start pursuing some business ventures.
Posted by: Ribbit, Saturday, September 13, 2008, 2:54am; Reply: 6
You sound like IceBear Ron.  Y'all should share stories and commiserate.  

My grandfather on my mom's side was an Army Ranger in WWII.  He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and he also fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He knew Patton personally--said he was a hard, hard man, but well respected.  

You're sure you're a secretor?  With all that mind-swimming you sound like a nonnie! ;)  Many of us are like that.

Good news about the kid with autism on the BTD.  Did that help him?
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Saturday, September 13, 2008, 12:58pm; Reply: 7
Ribbit, Ron changed his name to "Ron-A-Non.  No longer the icebear.
I must have started something lol...
Posted by: medavida, Sunday, September 14, 2008, 1:44am; Reply: 8
  Sky,

Isolation, I can realate to what you are saying....A person can go a bit nuts being to isolated :-/.  Having conversations with people who are not there, creating a fantasy world to entertain ones self (at least in my case).  And then when you actually come in contact with people the capacity isn't there.

  Add poor health, and foggy brain to the mix and socializing becomes almost painful.

  While following the BTD or even trying the Genotype diet is a great way to live, you may want to consider looking into bowel cleansing....

  Finding like minded people to communicate with also helps, like here ;D
Posted by: TJ, Sunday, September 14, 2008, 5:07am; Reply: 9
Sky, I can totally relate to that feeling of "mind wandering" in the midst of a conversation, then being caught off-guard.  AND I can relate to the feeling of social ineptitude.  Been there, done that, and (thankfully) getting better at not doing it as much.  The diet is absolutely the most important thing that has helped me stay in the present with a clear mind.  I've spent a lot of my life fairly isolated, too, by choice, but now I'm enjoying parties and crowds and company more and more as my health--body, mind, and emotions--improves.  Hang in there, this isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, September 14, 2008, 8:10am; Reply: 10
(eek)(oh)(eek)(pick_nose) better to re-read lr4yt and understanding the A's in their real shapements as often being introverts. So I don't think that the army thing is *the* solution ??) :-/.....
and almost none of the A's nor AB's are really scared about being alone, nor do we feel isolated, in contrary..we do need the calm to be at our very best ;) :D

weew drive 55 what a fine statement, I agree completely with you
(clap)(dance)(smarty)(whistle)
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Sunday, September 14, 2008, 4:21pm; Reply: 11
But Isa, what about Warriors? Shouldn't we be somehow connected with the Service?  I almost did join the Air Force.
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Sunday, September 14, 2008, 4:22pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from TJ
I've spent a lot of my life fairly isolated, too, by choice, but now I'm enjoying parties and crowds and company more and more as my health--body, mind, and emotions--improves.  Hang in there, this isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.


TJ, how did you used to eat as compared to now, if you don't mind my asking?
Posted by: TJ, Sunday, September 14, 2008, 8:00pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from 815
TJ, how did you used to eat as compared to now, if you don't mind my asking?

Two bowls of cold cereal and milk for breakfast almost every morning; DiGiornio rising crust pizza (or something similar), various other frozen entrees, sandwiches on whole wheat bread, fast food, occasional fruit, "chips" (I use that generically for any junky, salty snack food), peanuts, pasta and spaghetti sauce, ICE CREAM! :o  It's a wonder I wasn't suicidal.
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, September 15, 2008, 1:33am; Reply: 14
Good grief, Drive.  I think I would be suicidal on that diet.
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, September 15, 2008, 6:14am; Reply: 15
Diana, ther's service and service in all kinds of jobs;) but what I saw in the video, seemed stressful to this young man, and
perhaps just a few weeks without, grounding can do the trick too :D
But who knows, perhaps is the adrenal kick wished??)  :X ;) ;D
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Monday, September 15, 2008, 1:14pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from Amazone I.
Diana, ther's service and service in all kinds of jobs;) but what I saw in the video, seemed stressful to this young man, and
perhaps just a few weeks without, grounding can do the trick too :D
But who knows, perhaps is the adrenal kick wished??)  :X ;) ;D


So then it depends on where a Warrior's head is at...oh.

drive, you ate an almost all processed food diet..I see.
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, September 15, 2008, 4:01pm; Reply: 17
depends where his/her psychepattern are going threw ;) :D ....
but I don't think that this young man is a warrior, I guess merely a teacher ;) ;D....get to the measurements ;) .....

no6 in the enneagram (istp/j) are prone for the kick and are mostly seen as skydivers or even car racers ....(hehe)
Posted by: TJ, Monday, September 15, 2008, 11:09pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from 815
drive, you ate an almost all processed food diet..I see.

That's about right.  It was a terrible, downward spiral.  I was always so tired, which is why I ate food that didn't require much effort to prepare, but that easy food was contributing to the fatigue.
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 12:18am; Reply: 19
Quoted from Amazone I.
but I don't think that this young man is a warrior, I guess merely a teacher ;) ;D....get to the measurements


Oh...That would explain his unsureness and dislike of the service
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 7:23am; Reply: 20
;D ;D yeppers so it is  :D(dizzy)(think)(whistle)

if we exerce jobs we can't stand for, so we have to pay the bill by our *selves* ......don't say yes to anything if you mean no !
Life is too short in not enjoying it ;)...so just be yourself and act alike  :D(dance)(clap)(pray)(shy)(woot) no games anymore nor
letting yourself down coz of .....bla-bla-bla.....
as C.G.Jung mentioned it's all  about of individuation of our *selves*
......I only can guarant you, you won't be disappointed (wiseman)(woot)(hehe)(smarty)(hehe)(kewl) :K)
Posted by: accidental_chef, Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 7:33am; Reply: 21
Quoted from Amazone I.
no6 in the enneagram (istp/j) are prone for the kick and are mostly seen as skydivers or even car racers ....(hehe)


you dont say  ;)!
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 8:36am; Reply: 22
(shy)(hehe)(shhh)(ok)(geek) ;D :D :K)

can't take that on my back dearle..it is in the enneagram  ;) ;D ;D won't use golden feathers of others ;) ;D ......
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 5:47pm; Reply: 23
Isa, I went to the enneagram website. They charge $10 for a quick personality type quiz.  ::) I'm trying to decide if I want to pay it or not.. It tells you your best career for you?
Posted by: TJ, Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 6:52pm; Reply: 24
I'm reading the book right now, and I doubt the enneagram would be good for career typing.  But I could be wrong!
Posted by: Raquel, Thursday, September 18, 2008, 2:51pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from TJ

Two bowls of cold cereal and milk for breakfast almost every morning; DiGiornio rising crust pizza (or something similar), various other frozen entrees, sandwiches on whole wheat bread, fast food, occasional fruit, "chips" (I use that generically for any junky, salty snack food), peanuts, pasta and spaghetti sauce, ICE CREAM! :o  It's a wonder I wasn't suicidal.

:o :o :o :o

I couldn't belive that you were isolated,
now you look like 'the soul of the party'... ;D ;D
we say that phrase in Spanish to the people so nice and funny... ;)

Posted by: TJ, Thursday, September 18, 2008, 4:30pm; Reply: 26
I wouldn't say "soul of the party", but I'm getting closer!  I have noticed that the more well and healthy I feel, the more extroverted I am.  I was sick, self-conscious, and very aware of my imperfections, and therefore, very introverted/withdrawn.  It's typical behavior for an average 1, as Isa might tell you (from the enneagram).

In English we usually say "life of the party", but that's about the same thing!
Posted by: Amazone I., Thursday, September 18, 2008, 6:16pm; Reply: 27
ahem... I think that Don Richard Riso is always correct in his mentionings, but then read also the Keirsey's books of *please understand me* I. and no. II..... please !!
what are you dearest lady, in the D'Adamo's test....  :o :o :o :D...(wiseman)(grin)(sleep)(yawn) and I once put on all kinds of free available psyche tests.... :o :o
Posted by: Raquel, Friday, September 19, 2008, 4:29pm; Reply: 28
Isa I dont know the test???

(from the enneagram). ??) ??) ??)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, September 20, 2008, 12:58am; Reply: 29
http://www.dadamo.com/personality/ei.htm
Posted by: Raquel, Saturday, September 20, 2008, 5:40pm; Reply: 30
Ok I'll do it... ;)
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, September 21, 2008, 8:13am; Reply: 31
better here, more choices  ;D ;) :K) :D

http://similarminds.com/personality_tests.html
Posted by: Raquel, Sunday, September 21, 2008, 12:00pm; Reply: 32
its not working Isa ::)
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Monday, September 22, 2008, 12:45am; Reply: 33
Quoted from TJ
I'm reading the book right now, and I doubt the enneagram would be good for career typing.  But I could be wrong!


Thanks. I don't want to waste another $10. I'm a INFP did I type it right??
Posted by: Raquel, Monday, September 22, 2008, 8:28am; Reply: 34
I'm INFP but sometimes I could be INTP,
maybe because I'm AB ;D

Really I dont belive to much in those test because I think that the psychology is  more complex, I could be more rational or emotional  depends on the situation...
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Monday, September 22, 2008, 3:38pm; Reply: 35
Quoted from Raquel
I'm INFP but sometimes I could be INTP,
maybe because I'm AB ;D
Really I don´t belive to much in those test because I think that the psychology is  more complex, I could be more rational or emotional  depends on the situation...


I tend to agree..My coworker who is a B wanted to know why I was so analytical..(typical A) She also agrees that our boss, the doc was the same. He's an A also. He's short, like 5'4-5". I'm thinking he's a Teacher, but he has high cholesterol..
Posted by: Sky, Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 3:59pm; Reply: 36
Quoted from Ribbit
Good news about the kid with autism on the BTD.  Did that help him?

Some improvement.

The problem is the guy's ex-wife basically feeds the two kids a fast food diet. So I think you see the extremes of a high sugar diet.

The smaller 6 y o is near catatonic. The larger 3 y o is all kinds of hyper.

So, a week of fast food, and weekend of healthy eating. Doesn't exactly work out. But there was some difference after he started introducing pro-biotics.

Quoted from medavida
While following the BTD or even trying the Genotype diet is a great way to live, you may want to consider looking into bowel cleansing....

I had legos, army men and dirt in the backyard, and eventually video games, as well as books. No imaginary friends.

The diet did the colon cleansing for me. Wierd to feel my guts empty out and my stomach feels hollow and odd.
Posted by: Ribbit, Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 10:06pm; Reply: 37
Quoted from Sky



The smaller 6 y o is near catatonic.


I've seen that in children.  It's scary and sad.
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, October 10, 2008, 5:59pm; Reply: 38
babes if you wanna follw me, so I'm guessing also both can be intp,coz intp slides to infj(neighborhood  ;) ) and I saw that
mostly the other test of Peter can show infp but in reality isnt;  :o :B :-/.....this also was my very first approach but then tested almost intp/j.... in other testforms....(evil)(hehe)(shy)(oh)
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