TypeE is a personality profile. It follows the pattern established by the “Type A” designation, which cardiologist Meyer Friedman and Mike Jordan classified in the 1950s. Roughly five to ten percent of the population can be classified as TypeE personalities. Many entrepreneurs, senior executives, business leaders, community leaders, entertainers, artists and athletes – and those who work closely with them – are TypeEs. As a psychotherapist, educator, and coach at a world-class health resort, Alex Giorgio was privileged to work with thousands of these extremely bright, inquisitive and enormously successful individuals. They are continually on the lookout for new ways to improve their bodies, minds and spirits. They relax in my office recliner sharing their lives, goals and deepest secrets. Their amazing stories are literally and figuratively right out of Hollywood. The more Alex worked with these incredible people, the more he noticed common patterns emerging in their stories and in their bodies’ physiology that are different from the norm. Their tales of success and failure and how their bodies handle the excitement and the stress of living such exciting lives are strikingly similar. So similar in fact, that he refered to these people who live their lives on the edge as having TypeE personalities. When this specialized personality type is properly understood and utilized, TypeEs can expect to have a successful, exciting and passion-filled life. However, when they fail to recognize and properly nurture this personality type, they put enormous stress on their body’s physiology and can be in for quite a scary ride personally and professionally. There are several ways to determine if someone has a TypeE personality.
How to Identify a TypeE Personality
- Offer them an “impossible” project
- Use Biofeedback Instrumentation
- ake the Typee Quiz
1. Offer Them an “Impossible” Project
When the typical TypeE personality is asked if they would like to begin a brand new, never-been-done-before, pretty much impossible-to-achieve project, their eyes will light up as a smile leaps across their face. They live and thrive on new challenges.
2. Biofeedback Instrumentation
types generally have an internal stress response system that operates at a level three to five times higher than a non-TypeE personality. This can be either a blessing or a curse, depending on how a TypeE uses it; for creating problems or creating solutions. One way to measure this system is through the use of biofeedback instrumentation.
The Electro-Dermal Response [EDR] instrument, which measures a person’s physiological “aliveness”, is such a biofeedback device. Higher levels of adrenaline are often present as suggested by elevated EDR readings in TypeE’s. The body’s physiology is revved up, ready to create, or when stress is encountered, to engage in a solutions-based fight-or-flight response. The graph below shows the EDR response of a CEO for a major international telecommunications firm. He was also the key player in creating a computer tracking and delivery system for one of the top overnight delivery services during its initial start-up phase. This TypeE’s level was nearly six times higher than normal while doing nothing more than relaxing in my office recliner. That’s an indication that his physiology was poised to create, innovate or meet an unexpected challenge at a moment’s notice.
Electro Dermal Response (EDR) Level Chart
TypeE’s generally have a higher level EDR than others, with a broader range and more fluctuation within that range as indicated by the red graph line. You’ll have an opportunity to measure your own EDR Level later in this Module!
What’s interesting to note is that for most people (non-TypeEs) displaying a similar elevated EDR reading, they would be experiencing a major panic attack. His EDR level can be seen on the graph above indicated by the red arrow on the right. Higher EDR levels and high energy don’t necessarily correlate with a higher risk for illness. In fact, when properly nurtured mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, TypeEs are normally in excellent health. However, when the TypeE personality is swimming in stress, they can find themselves in the TypeE Critical Zone. The TypeE Critical Zone is a stage where you are dangerously close to falling off the exciting edge on which you live. If you find yourself trapped in this Zone for an extended period of time you will need to be alert for signs of impending physiological and emotional problems that are headed your way. Neurofeedback Instrumentation can also be used to detect the unique brainwave activity present in many TypeEs. Brainwaves are usually categorized into four general levels of activity:
- Beta – our active thinking gear
- Alpha – a daydreaming state
- Theta – present in states of hypnosis, dreaming or heightened states of creativity
- Delta – normally deep sleep
Most TypeEs demonstrate greater levels of the Theta brainwave when compared to the general population. This suggests a higher level of creativity, which results in more global thinking for TypeE individuals. 3. Take the TypeE Quiz The fastest method to determine if you or someone you know is likely to have a TypeE personality is to take a TypeE personality test called the TypeE Quiz. In sixty seconds you’ll have the answer to whether or not you’re a TypeE.