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In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we practitioners are always looking to identify the root cause of every disease. Often times one disease can have one hundred causes. It's up to the skilled practitioner to identify which element is out of balance. We have many theories discussing various elements and patterns in the human body, how they reflect physically, mentally and emotionally. We see these patterns throughout the natural world. It is understood that every person is fundamentally different and throughout our lives, we change with the natural seasons and the seasons of our lives. Practitioners are trained to identify these things in their patients, but there is a lot of power in being able to recognize these things in ourselves. Self-awareness is the first step to good health.
Below I will be featuring content that can help lead you toward self-awareness. I speak about these things in my practice, and they also help guide my practice. If anything strikes you as remarkable, I would love to hear about it.
Gretchen Rubin is the author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project—accounts of her experiences test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. Rubin is an enthusiastic proponent of using technology to engage with readers about ideas, and she has a wide, active following on social media. Not only that—The Happiness Project was even an answer on the game-show Jeopardy!
Why is this important? How we respond to expectations, inner and outer, will determine a lot about our health and our relationships with others. If we want to make a change in our life, we have to know the best strategies for doing so. If you respond to sound reason (Questioner) then you need to find people you trust to give you sound advice. If you are an Obliger, find someone or a group to hold you accountable. It's also important to realize that everyone thinks differently. When I discovered this way of self-discovery, I was able to understand why I was having trouble communicating with some people. They didn't have the same motivations as me! Now that I can try to identify their tendency, I am a much better doctor because I can meet people where they are - not where I think they should be!
Gretchen Rubin Presents: The Four Tendencies
When someone (even yourself) gives you a rule to follow what do you do? Are you a Rebel, refusing to follow all directives? Or are you more of an Obliger who will respond to outer rules, but so much to inner rules? In this 99U talk, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin shares the four personality types when it comes to adopting new habits or "rules." Knowing your personality type and its pros and cons are instrumental to adopting new habits and behavior.