B. Intrinsic Characteristics
1. Having Friends is the most important. Most Type B personalities view money, power, courage, ambition, etc. as unimportant unless it is shared with family and friends. This makes Having Friends a dominate trait.
Humans are social animals. Interactions are necessary in order to supply meaning to life.
- Friends teach friends.
- Friends promote friends.
- Friends help friends
- Friends cure loneliness.
- Friends often form romantic bonds.
In most animal species the social animal outlives the isolated animal. In humans, at age 50 married people lived 70 percent longer than single in France, 30% longer in Belgium, and 40% longer in the Netherlands. Your body is saying find and nourish friendships.
2. Compassion. Compassion is sympathy for the suffering of others. This is an interrelationship issue and a foremost trait in Type B personalities. The number one reason for people to go into medicine is not for the money. It is because of compassion.
Dr. Jonas Salk wanted to help people and chose to work in the laboratory, a low paying underappreciated arm of medicine. The polio vaccine was discovered because of compassion.
Edward Jenner in 1796 sought to reduce small-pox the world’s deadliest disease. He discovered that “variolae vaccinae” in cows provided an immunity to milk farmers. Dr. Jenner intentionally infected people with cow pox and eliminated small pox in humans. The word vaccine came from variolae vaccinae.
All religious beliefs have compassion as a basic tenant.
3. Dreamer. The dictionary defines a dreamer as one who lives in a world of fancy and imagination. This defines all amusement parks. Throw in romance novels and the B-type personality blossoms. Then there are the science fiction movies and the “power of the force.” Although the primary purpose of these dreamers is to imagine it produces a trillion dollar revenue stream as a by-product.
“IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT.” Walt Disney.
“YOU SEE THINGS; AND YOU SAY, ‘WHY?’ BUT I DREAM THINGS THAT NEVER WERE; AND I SAY, ‘WHY NOT?’ George Bernard Shaw.
4. Patience. This is the capacity to tolerate delay without confronting stress. This is another trait that calms. It does not mean to look the other way from laziness or apathy. Those are issues of competence and not patience.
5. Roamer. This is taking different routes or going to an unspecified destination. Some people take the fastest or shortest route every time. They seek to go from point A to point B in the fasted time or cheapest cost. The roamer sometimes says, “I will go this way and see what I see.” Or, they may say, “Why do I have go to point B at all?”
This quandary faces almost everyone who retires. And, it is not easy to unlearn. Therefore, try practicing being a roamer a few years before retiring. To spice it up, combine roaming with spontaneity.