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Is paleo dieting a personality cluster phenomena?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Personality Clusters, groups??of beliefs with a similar theme, are targeted like other beliefs. Personality Clusters can automatically and powerfully run behaviors, emotional states, and perceptions. The cluster's??beliefs create??emotions are the targets of most of the followers. What say you.?

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on May 31, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Iconoclastic conspiracy theorist programmer here!

Fc7712b6a931b618ffaf4d6475b5d8f4

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on May 31, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Conspiracy theorist programmer here!

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

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on May 16, 2011
at 04:00 AM

I am defiantly a combo of 2, 3, 9 & 10

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on May 15, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Yes, I think that who goes paleo and stays seriously paleo has a very deeply complex hidden agenda. Everyone (fat cow or not) that I know, wants to be lean, strong, healthy and live long. They don't do much about it...why not? I think we need other psychological reasons. And perhaps it's not the willingness to be different as much as the NEED to be different or differentiated.

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on May 15, 2011
at 03:06 PM

what would life be without obsessions?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 27, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Well, I think this site does that better than any other similar site. I see a lot of posts (such as this one) challenging dogmatism.

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on April 27, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Group-think and masturbatory-think are, sadly, functions of any group. But PaleoHacks is meant to be a place where Paleo Diet "sacred cows" should be slaughtered if found lacking.

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on April 27, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Do you really think that's enough to convince someone so indoctrinated by the lipid hypothesis? You do have the added, automatic authority of being a doc that would make others more apt to listen to you than, say, me, but have you successfully been able to get through to many people by walking them through your great blood panel on Paleo versus their mortifying HIGH SCORES!! on SAD? Just wondering. I have a hell of a time not alienating myself. I'm just curious to know if the line you walk, as a MD, is thinner or thicker than mine and if others seem to follow you more readily than a non MD

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on April 27, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Me I love chaos. When I get questioned I just say lets look at you then look at me and compare labs? Being a doc who lives this way gives me bit of a pass.

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on April 27, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Sounds like you answered a question with a question! LoL

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on May 15, 2011
at 02:43 PM

There are definitely clusters of types of people or cognitive traits in this community. Let's see:

  1. Iconoclasts: people who like being contrarian and going against the grain.

  2. Zealots: people with a strong need to share passionate beliefs with a like-minded community.

  3. Dorks: people who like to get into the minutae of knowledge, from obscure microbiology to evolutionary theory to statistics and experimental design.

  4. Self-treaters: people who were or are unusually sick, weak, or obese, who seek to fix or correct their maladies and have settled on paleo as the most affective path; many have already tried other extreme diets and non-mainstream types of healing.

  5. Programmers: this is a group with unusual technical skills, and the personality clusters that select for jobs like programming must overlap with those inclined toward the paleo lifestyle.

  6. Conscientious personality types: very high in this crowd, borderline obsessive, and often conducted with attitude and frankness.

  7. Sophists: folks here enjoy a good word fight, as both participants and observers. Those with titles, results, and references are able to angle their way up the status hierarchy.

  8. Purists: a lot of people have anointed some of their favorite ideas or beliefs as sacred and they take none too kindly to any impurities that others threaten to introduce.

  9. Self experimenters: some folks enjoy making their life an ongoing experiment, and the paleo world provides them with an abundance of ideas and theories for them to self experiment with.

  10. Conspiracy theorists: some don't trust the government, the medical establishmen, the food industry, or conventional wisdom; and paleo structures some of these fears in a surprising domain: diet and health.

Any others that folks would like to add?

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

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on May 16, 2011
at 04:00 AM

I am defiantly a combo of 2, 3, 9 & 10

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on May 15, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Yes, I think that who goes paleo and stays seriously paleo has a very deeply complex hidden agenda. Everyone (fat cow or not) that I know, wants to be lean, strong, healthy and live long. They don't do much about it...why not? I think we need other psychological reasons. And perhaps it's not the willingness to be different as much as the NEED to be different or differentiated.

Fc7712b6a931b618ffaf4d6475b5d8f4

(200)

on May 31, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Conspiracy theorist programmer here!

Fc7712b6a931b618ffaf4d6475b5d8f4

(200)

on May 31, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Iconoclastic conspiracy theorist programmer here!

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Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 27, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Sure, but any ideological upheaval requires a certain amount of single-mindedness in order to maintain cohesion, especially when all the onlookers take serious issue. I get nine kinds of crap for my diet from everyone who "knows better" (like an obese nutritionist at the hospital the other day). It's nice to retreat to my niche now and then where I know others do the same; we all seek comfort in one another's acceptance, and that acceptance comes from a natural, ideological compatibility -- not necessarily homogeneity -- among us.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on April 27, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Me I love chaos. When I get questioned I just say lets look at you then look at me and compare labs? Being a doc who lives this way gives me bit of a pass.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 27, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Do you really think that's enough to convince someone so indoctrinated by the lipid hypothesis? You do have the added, automatic authority of being a doc that would make others more apt to listen to you than, say, me, but have you successfully been able to get through to many people by walking them through your great blood panel on Paleo versus their mortifying HIGH SCORES!! on SAD? Just wondering. I have a hell of a time not alienating myself. I'm just curious to know if the line you walk, as a MD, is thinner or thicker than mine and if others seem to follow you more readily than a non MD

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 27, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Yes, but this is inevitable when anything becomes a movement. I already see several Robespierre's in the midst of this "revolution". Need to remain skeptical of everything and not give in to the comforts of confirmation bias. Sites like this (not criticizing this site per se) could become (and to some extent have become) "the Daily Me", the place people go to read about how right they are.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on April 27, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Group-think and masturbatory-think are, sadly, functions of any group. But PaleoHacks is meant to be a place where Paleo Diet "sacred cows" should be slaughtered if found lacking.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 27, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Well, I think this site does that better than any other similar site. I see a lot of posts (such as this one) challenging dogmatism.

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on May 15, 2011
at 01:48 PM

I see libertarians and free-market types over-represented in Paleo. Which makes sense to me - all 3 concepts respect the natural state of things, and assume we know much less than our experts tell us. I would expect legal positivists to, for same reasons, be underrepresented among Paleos, though I haven't got a large enough n for a legit empirical.

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on April 27, 2011
at 01:43 PM

Sounds about right. This one has science to shape it, but the dogmas are still popping up. Remember when potatoes were akin to Beelzebub? There is also the correlation of close political ideals running throughout.

Is this destined to be a cult of personality?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on April 27, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Sounds like you answered a question with a question! LoL

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