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Your Personality, Your Health

Is there a connection between your personality and your health? Current research says yes, and while we cannot state positively that personality actually causes illness, we now know that it contributes to the formation of illness and increases a person's susceptibility to certain kinds of illnesses.

The notion that personality has a connection with illness dates back more than 2,000 years, when Hippocrates, considered the father of Western Medicine, discovered that people with certain personality traits were more susceptible to heart disease, respiratory disorders, and mental illness. Research today is confirming what Hippocrates believed, and is finding that personality can be linked to a variety of illnesses such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, the common cold, arthritis, ulcers, diabetes, asthma and a variety of auto-immune disorders. The reason that personality so strongly affects the health of the body is that it determines what causes us stress and how we respond to that stress. And, stress is the common denominator in most illnesses.

What we have discovered is that personality is responsible for creating the coping mechanisms that help us deal with the challenges, problems and obstacles that life presents. We have discovered that in reality, we are all Type A's, and what creates stress in one personality, is a motivator for another. That explains why some people work through their problems quickly, while others become overwhelmed and burdened by them. We have also learned that people who become ill show very specific patterns of behavior associated with personality. These patterns include:

  • Suppressing emotions that are toxic to the mind and body such as anger, hate, and guilt
  • Worrying and fretting about things they have no control over
  • Denying themselves the things and experiences that create happiness and add meaning to life
  • Lacking a sense of humor
  • Seeing life and its experiences from a negative perspective

Your Personality, Your Health
Using my four-color personality system; Red, Orange, Yellow and Green, my research shows that each of the four colors actually have weak sites in the physical body that are more susceptible to the formation of illness, and are more vulnerable to experiencing specific kinds of illness. Here is what I found:

Red
Weak site: Heart, pelvic area, legs and feet, and entire spinal column.
Potential health issues: Hypertension, heart disease, chronic back pain, sciatica, leg cramps, varicose veins, and insomnia.

Orange
Weak site:  Lumbar and sacral spine, lower digestive tract, pancreas and reproductive organs.
Potential health issues: Hormone imbalances (male and female), fibromyalgia, chronic yeast infections, chronic fatigue, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Yellow
Weak site: Upper digestive tract, stomach, spleen, kidneys and adrenals.
Potential health issues: Irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, ulcers, anemia, headaches, autoimmune disorders, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

Green
Weak site: Chest, lungs, upper back, shoulders, thyroid and neck.
Potential health issues: Thyroid disorders, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, asthma, bronchitis, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), muscle tension, allergies, and tinnitus.

Creating a Disease-resistant Personality
When it comes to illness, it is important to remember that your body will instinctively seek wellness over illness, and that you can help it by forming disease-resistant patterns of behavior. Here are some of the things that you can do:

  • Create a set of beliefs about yourself that see you in control of your life, making decisions for your reasons and not others, and that contribute to building positive self-esteem.
  • Work at not taking yourself so seriously by adding laughter to each day, and remember to smile. It's good for the facial muscles and for the attitude too.
  • Focus on one thing at a time, giving your attention to the present moment, and live each day as if it were your last. This way you will not be as inclined to waste time or sweat the small stuff.
  • End the urgency addiction by doing the things that are important first. Things that add joy to your life, a smile to your face, and that encourage taking the time to stop and smell the roses. 

If you are interested in learning more about the connection between personality and health, please pick-up a copy of the book, Your Personality, Your Health.