Energy Health: let yourself be yourself

Everybody wants to be healthy and happy. I believe we are able to make this sacramental wish come true during the life. Let’s start from the first part of the wish – I suggest looking at our health from the point of our inborn personal features.

The one of these features is psychological Jungian preference – an attitude of Extraversion or Introversion that denotes the main source of personal psychic energy. The second peculiarity is quite biological: it is predominance of the right- or left-brain hemisphere, which everyone has from birth. This predominance usually predetermines a preferred personal life-style, which may tend to be more rational (with inclination to judgment and planning) or more flexible (tending to perceiving the life process).

The combination of two mentioned preferences means what I consider as an “energy health”. This is everyone’s natural ability to be healthy and energetic person, avoiding much psychological and physical trouble as long as we could - and should. Energy health seems to be the first necessary condition for our happiness. We cannot be happy without being psychologically healthy - that’s obvious. But we seem to appreciate our personal energy and psychological harmony only when we start loosing them. In our pursuit of happiness we quite often underestimate the very capability to achieve it - like we overlook our breath ability, while we are mentally or socially active. But, unlike the physical breath ability, which is common for everyone, the energy health is individual and might be considered as an optimal way to attain and enjoy the personal happiness.

I see four kinds of the energy-health-combinations and accordingly - four groups of individuals with a similar personal energy health.

Group 1. Adventurers (ENTP, ESTP, ESFP, ENFP):

Extraverts with right-brain predominance

“No rules – just experience!»

These people may be very different in their interests as well as in their decision making way. But all of them look evidently energetic and healthy when they’ve got a pretty event-trigger life. New impressions and first-hand experience – that’s what are the engine and the guarantee of a good spirits and shape for all Adventurers.

These people are positivists – in both philosophical and everyday sense. They are creative and playful, trusting above all to their own perceiving. The dominant mental process here is either Extraverted Sensing or Extraverted Intuition. For those functions all, what just happens, is positive and thus – good, even when the event has a sad cause and some troublesome consequences. And vice versa: life, full of stability, might be felt as distressing by Adventurers, even when they seem to have everything to be healthy and happy. Any conditions, which have a prolonged duration, lack of occurrences and have “no exit”, are disastrous to Adventurers – so sometimes they have to escape from such a ‘stressful’ reality (literally or in their lively imagination). In most cases, it is invariability that is the main source of chronic depression for these types of personality. The frequent symptoms of a pre-depression condition here are fits of hysterical behavior – usually they signify an Adventurer’s try to shake up the undesirable status quo.

Being healthy, Adventurer has the reputation of a very creative and optimistic, though partly childish person with self-willed behavior.

Tips for Adventurers:

Group 2. Organizers (ENTJ, ESTJ, ESFJ, ENFJ):

Extraverts with left-brain predominance

“Rules, rules – everyday and everywhere!”

Unlike the Adventurers, members of this group believe in rules as a recipe of the world’s improvement and even salvation. Having Extraverted Thinking or Extraverted Feeling as dominant mental process, these people are pretty sure that the world must be organized firmly – i.e., according to the well-defined and common rules (logical or ethical). The guarantee of a good spirits and shape here is an organizing and executive activity – the more rightly is organized the surroundings and the world as a whole, the better is the mood and vitality of any Organizer.

As Extraverts and Judgers, Organizers are just incapable of letting the outer world run itself – that means for them to let things slide into the chaos. Organizers try all ways to follow rules and introduce rational directions to others. Their creativity is usually aimed to making plans and improving rules and instructions, what could keep events moving in the “right” direction. Then, in Organizer’s opinion, risk of a wrong course of events would be minimal to everybody - so life could become more safe and predictable. The question of confidence in the future is extremely important for the Organizers. These people would love to foreknow and control every possible change on their path to happiness. Sometimes their personal happiness-pursuit reminds of a military operation, what means nothing but Organizer is healthy and full of energy. The problem is that even a slightest possibility of plan’s wrecking and failure can undermine the energy health of Organizer – not to mention the case when life seems to get out of hand. The common psychological symptom here is anxiety and an attendant tension. Sometimes this anxiety looks “free-floating” and groundless, but still very exhausting for its owner. Being healthy, Organizer has the reputation of an extremely responsible and reliable, though over-instructive person.

Tips for Organizers:

Group 3. Philosophers (INTP, ISTP, ISFP, INFP):

Introverts with right-brain predominance

“I came into this world not to be in a hurry”

Members of this group mostly appreciate a calm life with a relatively lax agenda. As Introverts, they seek for some regulating and even limitation of their relations with the outer world. As a “right-brain persons”, they like variety of impressions and non-standard approaches. Such kind of combination creates Philosophers - people who take life, like most of us take weather: with both curiosity and philosophical resignation, including portion of humor.

The Philosopher’s dominant mental process is either Introverted Thinking or Introverted Feeling – so these people are born with a mental prototype of the world, which implies personal philosophy, with all the reasons and explanations for life. This philosophy is also the Philosopher’s shelter from the outside “bad weather”. To be healthy, Philosophers have to lead the life without heavy outside push. Any pressure is undesirable to these people. They are ‘in love with contemplation’ and prefer adapt to reality, which is already created in their mind. So the more life offers a variety of wishful environment, the better feels any Philosopher.

Being in chime with both their maxims and the outer world, Philosophers do not express too much emotions and/or assertive guidance to others – they just prefer enjoying life without pomp. The main problem here is an incapacity for existing in a “harsh climate”. That means that Philosopher cannot see any opportunities, promising enough for forming a desirable reality without breaking of his/her innate principles. This non-fitment with the world might cause periods of a deep melancholy, which can develop into severe depressions. Being healthy, Philosopher has the reputation of a very wise and balanced, though partly leisurely person.

Tips for Philosophers:

Group 4. Traditionalists (INTJ, ISTJ, ISFJ, INFJ):

Introverts with left-brain predominance

“Let me stay private, so I would make this world better”

Unlike Philosophers, these people do not take life as capricious weather. The reason is simple – the main source of “weather” lies within these people and provides them a luxuriant spectrum of personal impressions. The nature of those impressions depends on the dominant mental process – either Introverted Intuition or Introverted Sensation. These functions are like “Solaris-ocean”, which retains a cosmic amount of intuitive and sensory information. In fact, members of this group deal with the empiric tradition of humankind. These dealings are like intimate relationships, which require maximum of concentration on inner perceiving. The outer world plays here dual role – this is a given reality, which dictates its rules and, simultaneously, the field for transformation. However, these people are no ‘transformers’ – they are Traditionalists, who desire to associate the world with tradition, as much as they feel it inside themselves.

To feel healthy, Traditionalists should have enough chance for both self-concentration and self-expression. The lack of self-concentration threatens the very existence of these people whereas the lack of self-expression may lead to an estrangement from environment, to the point of autism – and this is not a personal problem only. The outer world may lose a lot of opportunities in case of ignoring Traditionalist’s efforts to enrich life with some deep-seated tradition and even with new good trends.

However, Traditionalists do not possess much stability in cooperation with the outer world. Inner life here goes in conformity with ‘high and low tide’ of the inner ocean - so these people initially prefer obeying and supporting the present rules and traditions. The paradox is that the more Traditionalists need support for independent beginnings, the more they become die-hard when their trend seems to be accepted by the outer world. In the case of success Traditionalist might feel and behave like the ‘Lord of the seas’, forgetting that his/her favorite trend/tradition can be not so much magnetic to other people. Many disappointments of Traditionalists are caused by transference of individual inner perception on the outer world, with attendant illusive expectations. When the gap between reality and inner life becomes too wide, the person might take environment as alien and even hostile. The frequent sign of the energy health impairment here is panic attack, which should be considered as a red-flag warning. Being healthy, Traditionalists have the reputation of a very dutiful and respectful, though partly conservative person.

Tips for Traditionalists:

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