Whew, high school musical weekend is over. It’s exhausting. Lots of guests, lots of drinking, capped with the Super Bowl. I really enjoy high school musicals . . . they have embedded themselves as part of the American experience, thanks in part, I suppose, to that wretched movie, but it’s great to see something besides athletics get attention from the populace at large.
I hold short positions in the domestic stock market. As the markets have climbed, I’ve shorted more and more . . . and lost more and more money. Now the markets enter choppy markets and, voila!, new labor regulations issued under Obama, I’m being told, don’t allow investors to hold my short positions and they want me to liquidate them. The rationale? There is zero rationale. I’ve spoken with three advisers and none can give me an explanation. They just say, “The federal government is telling us we can’t let you hold those positions anymore. We don’t know why.” I believe (believe, not know) the federal government simply doesn’t want the ordinary investor, where the vast bulk of the investment wealth rests, to be able to short the markets for fear of the turmoil is can cause. I’ve resisted the demand to sell so far but, suddenly, the pressure on me to liquidate is mounting fast, almost like someone knows a huge correction/collapse is coming. If you refuse to entertain the plausible notion that the game is rigged in favor of special East Coast interests, you’re naive. I’m not saying it is, but there’s too much evidence not to acknowledge that it’s at least plausible.
About ten years ago, a biological anthropologist came up with a personality test that divides people into four types: dopamine, serotonin, testosterone, estrogen (since we’re dealing with adjectives, it seems more apt to refer to them as dopaminic, serotoninic, testosteronic, and estrogenic): “People high on the dopamine scale tend to be adventurous, curious, spontaneous, enthusiastic and independent. They have high energy, are comfortable taking risks and are mentally flexible and open-minded. Serotonin types are very social, traditional, calm and controlled, conscientious and detail-oriented. They love structure and making plans. Testosterone types are direct and decisive, aggressive, tough-minded, emotionally contained, competitive and logical. They have good spatial skills and are good at rule-based systems, such as math or music. Estrogen types are intuitive, introspective, imaginative, empathetic and trusting. They’re emotionally intelligent.”
TDE readers know I have long speculated that the more science understands about man, the more the classical (and especially Christian) understanding will be exonerated. I gotta believe there are large overlaps between the above four-part personality classification and the traditional four-part temperament classifications: Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric, and Melancholic. This article, in fact, says the four types are also known as “Explorer, Negotiator, Director, and Builder.” And “they bear a striking resemblance to Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric, and Melancholic respectively.”
The four types break down as:
Explorer, Sanguine, Dopamine
Negotiator, Phlegmatic, Estrogen
Director, Choleric, Testosterone
Builder, Melancholic, Serotonin
Each person supposedly has one of these traits as his dominant one, with another one as a secondary trait. Figure out which one you are . . . and then ask your spouse, parent, or close friend to see what they think. For me, I’m afraid I’m
estrogen Negotiator and Builder, with a dose of Explorer traits. I’m afraid I don’t have much of the Director.