Do you think a paleo diet selects for one or the other?
But according to the MBTI personality theorists we all pass through periods of extroverted and introverted behavior. These two books are those that I recommend to my students and I wish I'd read them prior to beginning college:
Do What You Are (Chap 7 is great for those over 40 as it covers the infamous midlife crisis.)
Please understand me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence (This is the text most personality typing is based upon and is very dense.)
I started in Physics and soon realized that "One of these things is not like the others." so worked my way through Chem to the Biochem department and then to business school where I found my peeps. I'm now in the "Introverted" portion of my personality path and am much more attracted to details, working alone, and other introverted activities than I was in my 20s. The joke about me during grad school was that I was at every class and every party in the event anyone needed notes or gossip, that's an extrovert!
I also find it to be very interesting how many MBAs have issues with alcohol.
It is no surprise that there are 16 types: (Genetics, anyone? There is some interesting behavioral research on animals regarding personality typing where genetic traits are openly discussed but eugenics has limited human research.)
Here's a great graphic of the personalities:
Expect to see a lot of "N" types in this thread as this trend requires a leap of faith to go against the medical establishment. "N" types tend to be innovators and early adopters.
I did the Myers-Briggs thing years ago, and I discovered something weird. I can change my type by changing what I eat. If I'm eating a more SAD diet, I'm an ISTJ. If I'm eating more low-carb/paleo (I was low carbing at the time, but I low carb without all the extra "junk". Just real food and no grains.) I'm an INTJ. This worked for me really well because I was doing a lot of writing at the time, and I found that I wrote better when I was in that INTJ zone.
It may come as a shock, but I am more of an Introvert. The idea of going out a lot in groups annoys me. I would usually prefer to stay home and read. However, if I do go out with friends: Watch out! In that case, I am pretty much like I am on here: a loud-mouth :)
I have never taken Myers-Briggs, but I suspect I would be an Intuitive type. I am an engineer and I work around a bunch of engineers, but my way of approaching things is much different than theirs. I have never used flow-charts, hate making lists to compare the pros and cons. I go with my gut. This makes me something of an anomaly in my work environment which I find to be too arid. It dries me up which is why I distract myself with Paleohacks so much during the day.
Definite Introvert... INFJ ... I think introverted intuitives would be more likely to spend time on internet forums ... though I could be wrong ... and INFJs ... well, we are already square pegs in a world of round holes ... Paleo just makes us more eccentric ... Weeeeee
I think that if you visit practically any early-adopter internet place, you will find it heavily weighted with Introverted Intuitives. So, what is the personality type of all the Paleo folks who aren't replying here but are out playing with their friends instead? (BTW, can you guess my type?) A way to find Paleo more appealing to all is to have 16 approaches.
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