Our personality [...] is an interplay of forces [...]
We tend to be blind to rather obvious contradictions within ourselves. [...] We would actually prefer to picture ourselves as a "whole" individual, free of fissures, rather than as a fragmented or compartmentalized creature.
Depending on our personality type, we create an artificial harmony that collapses at the first gust of wind.
[...] Attempts at coping fight back. They generate diverse fears, deplete our energy, and fill us with hopelessness, until we find ourselves entangled in a cobweb leading to further stress.
We enter into commitments and get involved in contradictions that generate stress without our becoming wiser to its sources.
Keep asking yourself, WHAT DO I REALLY WANT? WHY? The "why" is not a minor matter. By pulling at the loose end of the thread of "why's" you may discover that you got the answer to the first question wrong.
Unless trained otherwise, we respond to stress on the basis of what our personality dictates. While other issues in our lives become tinged by [...], when it comes to stress, our personality traits sit at the wheel.
Personality types and the ways in which each of them addresses exogenously induced stress can be found in this chapter.