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The 5 Autoimmune "Personalities"...and Their Roles in Chronic Stress

According to Dr. Gabor Mate, a Hungarian-born Canadian physician and author, the personality types often associated with autoimmune conditions include:

  1. Perfectionist: There are positive qualities associated with perfectionism, including being driven, being responsible and having high standards. The traits of perfectionism that are more likely to be associated with the development of autoimmune conditions include having a merciless inner critic, being judgmental of others, and being prone to anxiety and depression.

  2. Workaholic: Workaholics are compulsively work-obsessed and can become addicted to power and control in order to gain approval and public recognition.

  3. Overachiever: Traits of this personality can be similar to those of perfectionists and include being motivated by a fear of being judged inadequate, incompetent or unworthy.

  4. Chronic overgiver: These individuals typically put the needs of others ahead of their own needs. Overgivers often have great difficulty receiving and may give out of a desire to feel loved, admired, or appreciated. An overgiver regularly sacrifices his or her own needs for the sake of others, which can lead to exhaustion, a sense of unworthiness, depression, resentment, and conflict in important relationships.

  5. Substance abuser: Childhood trauma is linked to personality traits including anxiety, compulsive behavior, frequent negative emotions, and impulsiveness.





People who can't say no, who put everyone else first, or who suppress who they are to please others, have not developed healthy boundaries. These personalities are not chosen patterns; but are adaptions that children make unwittingly to survive great stress from childhood trauma.


These patterns include:

1. Automatic concern for the needs of others, often ignoring your own

2. Impulsive and rigid identification with duty, role and responsibility, rather than being your authentic self.

3. Suppression or repression of "negative" emotions (anger, sad, frustration, etc.)

4. Taking responsibility for how other people feel, never wanting to disappoint them, feeling that you can never say no.

These subconscious patterns lead to chronic stress, which lead to chronic inflammation and result in significant risks of developing autoimmune disorders.

I see these patterns in myself and repeatedly in the women I've worked with. I give women tools to support their nervous system, and help them rewrite their stories using the Trauma Transformation Method in Step 2 of the Autoimmune Transformation Program - Set.


Set up the mental & physical environment before transformation can happen. Diet and lifestyle changes need to be built on a solid foundation for a lasting change, like the foundation of a tall building.


Yes, it is important to eat real food, remove infection, get more sleep and replenish nutritional deficiencies (Step 3), but too many to-dos at the beginning will add more stress to someone in the state of overdoing and overgiving.


Healing happens when we reestablish and maintain healthy boundaries, selectively choosing what to let in and what to keep out.



This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and is not intended as medical advice.

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