Do you have a cancer personality?

The late Douglas Brodie, M.D., H.M.D, treated thousands of cancer patients during his years as director of the Cancer Care Center in Reno, Nevada.  He found the person most susceptible to cancer has the following characteristics:

  1. A tendency to be highly conscientious, dutiful, responsible, caring, hard working, and usually of above average intelligence.
  2. A propensity toward caring other people’s burdens, taking on extra obligations, even to the point of worrying for others.
  3. Showing a deep-seated need to make others happy, tending to be “people pleasers.”  Having a great need for approval.
  4. Having a long-standing history of suppressing negative emotions, such as anger, hostility, and resentment.  Typically, the cancer susceptible individual keeps these emotions bottled up inside and has great difficulty expressing them.
  5. Has a history of lack of closeness with one or both parents, resulting in a lack of closeness with spouse or with others who would otherwise normally be close.
  6. Frequently reacts adversely to stress, often becoming unable to cope adequately with it.  Usually has experienced an especially traumatic event about two years before cancer is discovered, and has not been able to cope with that traumatic event.
  7. Is unable to resolve deep-seated emotional problems, conflicts, and burdens.

 The personality type most likely to develop cancer has been suppressing “toxic emotions,” particularly anger.  Frequently, these feelings go back to childhood and to feelings of being rejected by one or both parents.  Whether or not there really was rejection is not the issue.  It is the perception of rejection that matters, and this can really snowball.

 People at high risk for cancer tend to develop feelings of loneliness as a result of having been deprived of affection and acceptance earlier in life, even if this just their own perception and is not true.  As a result they have huge needs for approval and become the caretaker of the world.

 In his practice, Dr. Brodie found that one of the biggest challenges for these individuals is to change how they react to stress, how they take on obligations, and the way they react to stress, how they take on obligations and the way they interact with others. For many making these changes is just too hard to do, even in the face of life threatening illness.

Do any of these personality traits apply to you? Do you have unresolved emotions from your past that are eating you up? Is your whole life spent giving and giving, while everyone around you only seems to take? Even if on a couple of these ring true, please take the time to reassess your life.         - Inserts taken from the book “Miracles Real Super Foods That Heal.” -