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The Next Three Traits

175 comics and over 300 famous quotes mix fun relatability with the serious underlying science to give a clearer understanding of what's happening in the moments when tension is felt.

Anxiety makes people think that something should be different than it is, and maintains discomfort (tension) until a desired change happens. Tension happens alongside pleasure (as desire for better) as much as it happens alongside pain (also as desire for better). It's triggered by different inputs, at different strengths, for different people.

This book covers the main classes of tension triggers like identity, individuality, ranking, group harmony, the emotions of others, resource acquisition, food taste, health, safety, purpose, sexual features, and touch, smell, sound, and visual sensations.

On the science side this book proposes that the Limbic System (in the brain) acts like a subjective, emotional sense organ. It proposes that anxiety is best modeled as an allergic reaction. The book starts by defining terms and concepts. It then shows what life is like at the high and low end of the seven basic anxiety spectrums. It then goes through the underlying triggers and mechanisms which explain the gaps between what people think and feel. Comics and quotes come across differently when they happen alongside discussion of the underlying psychology of the speakers.

This book doesn’t pretend that you can become happy-all-the-time. You’re going to get triggered again, and it might be soon. But you can have a plan and develop habits that reduce the frequency and severity of negative triggers, and increase the frequency and severity of loving, enthusiastic, joyful triggers. 

Limbic Personality Types

When you understand the typical triggers and intensity differences, a quick profile for a person's Limbic System settings can be given in three letters, like RSC or CRS. The more detailed version ranks the components of those major anxieties, like CBRIRSASFC. The most detailed version lists specific selection factors and strengths. The optimal specificity level depends on the topic being discussed and the people discussing it.

This book is called The Next Three Traits because the Limbic profile can be added at the end of any other personality classification system, like Myers-Briggs, Jung, Five Factor Model, Enneagram, even Love Languages or Astrology. It can also stand alone as it's own type, knowing that it's not addressing the non-anxiety parts of personality.

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