Work Right With Your Type: What to Do with the Quirks that Make You, You

I’m hoping that many of you, upon reading this headline, were reminded of Eat Right 4 Your Type, Peter D’Adamo’s best-selling diet book, the premise of which is that certain foods work best for certain blood types.

What prompted me to think of this?

Well, over the past few weeks (months, years…) it has been brought to my attention that I am not everybody’s type; that some people find me…less than delightful.

Gasp, right?

During a recent discussion about this with my husband, he said, “There’s nothing wrong with you. It’s just where/how we’re different. I get along with most people and you…sometimes don’t.”

(Those of you who know my husband know how true that is. As my brother-in-law has said, time and again, “I’ve never met a more genial fellow!”)

Which prompted me to say, “OK, so you’re personality type is O: you mix with everybody and I’m, what, AB- ….??”

(For the record, my father—who was also not everybody’s cup of tea—was AB-…)

“Yes,” Keith said. “You’re AB-. Don’t change. Own it.”

Now, this is not to say that embracing my quirks gives me a free pass on gracelessness/obliviousness/bad behavior. (Nor is it meant in an “oh-poor-me” kind of way—so boring.)

What it does do, however, is free me from fretting about why so-and-so is not a fan of mine, no matter how hard I try.

Giving me room to remind myself that— for some people—type AB- is life-giving.


For more on accepting yourself or—if necessary—changing the minds of those around you, you might enjoy, “Every Saint Has a Past and Every Sinner Has a Future.”