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Posted by: TJ, Saturday, July 9, 2011, 4:04pm
Children's Personalities Linked To Their Chemical Response To Stress

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Is your kid a "dove" cautious and submissive when confronting new environments, or perhaps you have a "hawk" bold and assertive in unfamiliar settings?

...When the researchers exposed the children to a mildly stressful simulated telephone argument between their parents, distinct patterns of hormonal reactions emerged. Children exposed to high levels of interparental aggression at home showed different reactions to the telephone quarrel. Doves with parents who fought violently produced elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone that is thought to increase a person's sensitivity to stress.

Hawks from such stressful home environments put the [sic] breaks on cortisol production, which is regarded as a marker for diminishing experiences of danger and alarm.
Posted by: paul clucas, Sunday, July 10, 2011, 2:44am; Reply: 1
At least there is recognition that the temperament is independent of environment.  Still the article does not link the child's response pattern to ABO/secretor genetics.
Posted by: Goldie, Sunday, July 10, 2011, 10:47am; Reply: 2
In this instance I think it is a step in some direction.. one that can be recognized early on in a child..

I am a hawk.. but inside I worry.. actually I never experienced FEAR.. but at looking at me I might have been in a constant fear, so felt, but never shown, never expressed..

I think under my bravery, wich to me is who I am, I am chicken.  What used to work was jump and hope that someone or something will catch me.. it did until now in older age where the chicken part is showing more with fewer options left open.. NOW I DO have to be brave, but by now life experince has tought me to fear openly.. and that is parailzing..


did you look at the artikle on how to stop anxiety? its on the same page...   I have not yet, but would hope others do and report back..

actually I need to consider more about the connection to ABO -- but the connection to food is certain..

Until I started to drink cocoa powder I was timid!  now I feel empowered to be my own younger self!  it worked wonders for me.. either that or the UNIVERSE shifted, since I did nothing else different.. (have no need for coffee any more)  
Posted by: TJ, Sunday, July 10, 2011, 7:54pm; Reply: 3
I am more dove-ish myself.  The article says doves are more cortisol-prone.  I assume the hawks are all about the adrenaline!  Cortisol -> A and B, Adrenaline -> AB and O.
Posted by: Easy E, Sunday, July 10, 2011, 10:34pm; Reply: 4
I think it could be looked into further...perhaps the genotype plays a role as well.  I dislike conflict of a fighting nature and avoid it.  But at the same time i feel more alive and passionate if it is something i am defending.  My dad is AB and my mom is O.  My dad handles stress like a mom cannot handle even a little bit.  She also has lupus.  

Feeling trapped and powerless will result in cortisol increases.  Feeling you have power to control the situation will give you more energy and i guess adrenaline.
Posted by: Easy E, Monday, August 8, 2011, 12:56pm; Reply: 5
Actually, i don't think what i said is correct!  I watched a special about the presidents and aging, and they all have or had elevated cortisol levels compared to the general population, and the president is one of the most powerful people in the world!  Obama has elevated cortisol levels in his blood as president.

It is a job i would never want to have!!  My blood would be like 25 percent cortisol, 25 percent adrenaline, 48 percent blood, and 2 percent alcohol!!!
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, August 8, 2011, 1:31pm; Reply: 6
your president seems to be an AB so far....(naughty)for the cortisol levels but perhaps a fine adrenal junky'?) ;) ;D I observed Peter is also right here in his statements.....(clap)(ok)(smarty)
Posted by: Easy E, Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 11:51am; Reply: 7
Blood type regardless, all presidents have elevated cortisol levels.  All of them are human beings, and will all produce elevated cortisol levels in sustained stress.  Perhaps some would be more than others, but the cortisol levels in all of them are high compared to what is a baseline, before they were president.
Obama's is quite high, hence the aging, as is all by the end of the term:)

Perhaps some develop much more than others.  But all, ABO type presidents will exhibit an increase in cortisol levels. They do urine tests for cortisol levels, as well as many other regular health exams i'm sure!
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