The Gift of B: More Psycho-Insight

In his Live Right 4 Your Type, Dr. Peter D’Adamo expounds briefly upon the few standout social/emotional qualities he has noticed, among patients and those around him, while emphasizing that these are not hard and fast rules.

As a B, I find it noteworthy – and remarkably true – that the other three bloodtypes manifest interpersonal reactivity when stressed, where B might experience only fatigue, for instance, or, at “worst”, some fleeting internal discouragement or disgust.

We Bs represent only about 10% of the world population. According to Dr. D’Adamo, we are remarkably [emphasis mine] able to relax and reduce our own stress. When maladapting, we simply “become extremely tired, depressed and lacking in motivation”. We are “unconventional thinkers…easygoing…able to take upsets in stride, keep [our] priorities in perspective, and understand [our] limitations, [be] less driven”, and we “make sure to find time to relax”. Unique to our blood type’s description among the four, there’s nothing here about social acting-out, venting against others, obsessing about how to deal with others, feeling defensive or anxious, desperation to please or to appear right.

What Dr. D’Adamo doesn’t deduce, or express, however, is that Bs, therefore, are utterly surrounded by those who manifest complex and incomprehensibly emotionally-driven behaviors in their relations with others and with us — people who blow up, melt down, act out, “play games” — and these explosions, dramas and maneuvers can baffle us because our behavior is not similarly subject to unfathomed depths and motives, not similarly oriented toward manipulation of the other person’s reaction. (Note that the Japanese Bloodtype Personality theorists link B to careers in Psychiatry – a career that would be dangerous, perhaps, for non-Bs to pursue!)

Even during my days of close work with postpartum women, the B client’s most intense emotionality was generally a relatively quiet/retreating non-anxious and non-agitated depression, with a markedly evanescent and easily-dissipated course, when treated with adequate education on the part of a patient, calm teacher. O and A women were far more likely to experience prolonged emotional maladaptations, such as O’s complex transferences with the counselor, and A’s pronounced anxiety.

You other types: Be jealous, perhaps, of the easygoing B. And understand that we often truly have no idea what you are churning or ruminating about (if you expect us to) by identifying with it or with you. That is, We do not identify with that state, but we (a tiny subset of society) are expected to accept that those around us can be subject to numerous hot-buttons, pet-peeves, expectations and demands that drive symbolic, convoluted reactions.

Which is not to say we don’t empathize with or understand what we ourselves do not experience! We may, in fact, do so quite remarkably. Many’s the friend who has told me my insights are uncanny. One MD friend had unsuccessfully consulted 3 psychiatrists in 3 different cities, for a life-wracking problem she explained to me over a snack one day, which, in less than a quarter hour I, in her word, “nailed”. Do all Bs have this honed a skill? Only if we’re observant in the relevant sphere. But I think we, to some extent, do all tend to see the world and its, ahem, realities, from something of a distance; our perceptions do not lose accuracy for their added perspective.

Perhaps we frustrate you with our equanimity. Would it help to view our “[discomfort] with rigid rules” (per Dr. D’Adamo) as a trait of a mysteriously alien Type amongst you, as if the Addams Family or the Solomon Family (from TV’s Third Rock from the Sun) inhabited your world?

We’re here, and we can actually help. Tap us and find out. Don’t hate us. And if you decide to see a shrink, maybe you should choose a B!

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