I am taking a class at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church about Life Gifts... life gifts, spiritual gifts, personality, values; and how to use them for God and community and ourselves. Last Sunday, we talked about the Myers-Briggs scale. In the past, I've thought that I was INTP --- introverted, intuitive, thinking, perceiving. That means I get energy from being alone, I am a big picture information gatherer, I use logic and reason over feelings, and I like it loose and easy in the scheduling department. I have recently decided that while I do value reason and logic, I usually go with Feeling. I want everyone to be happy and get along, and work to make that happen. Sometimes, especially if I'm around a whole lot of Fs, I have to channel the T and say "OK, that's enough whining, 'getting your feelings hurt' is not covered by worker's compensation."
Yesterday, when I was writing on my eating blog about how I came to Eating the Angel Way, I wrote that I used to eat to make others happy. OK, I still do sometimes. I was in line at a covered-dish lunch and the lady next to me said, "I made the beet and Brussel sprouts casserole." So, of course, I put some on my plate. Also, I'll take the food that no one else has tried yet, because I don't want the cook to be hurt. Although I draw the line at fried chicken (WHAT? EVERYONE LOVES FRIED CHICKEN! WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU?) I've eaten sausage biscuits I didn't want because someone offered it to me, donuts, cake, hamburgers... you name it (except fried chicken). Why is that? Because I'm an F! I eat like an F!
Is that cool or what?
Which made me think of some other things about food and eating and personality styles.
For instance, as an NP, I love Eating the Angel Way, except the food diary. I wonder how a Sensing, Judging person (who would want an orderly, step-by-step process) would deal with ETAW? Oh wait, I've seen it. They keep the food diary religiously, then put their colors of food in a chart (I do love me some excel) and then plan how to eat a rainbow and white light food every day.
Is that cool or what?
I wonder how other traits affect the way we eat?
I eat more when I have to be around people and don't get my quiet time. If I don't get my solo-energy boost, I have to get it from food. Preferably cheesy mashed potatoes. I wonder if Extroverts eat more if they are stuck by themselves?
I bet somebody has thought of this. I think I'll use my LifeGift of research and check it out. I'll let you know what I find.
Eat well, drink water, keep your feet warm.