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4 Online Resources to Learn More About Yourself

by Brianna Johnson

There is so much information on the internet that we fail to utilize to our advantage. While being bombarded with open-ended information can overwhelm us, sending us off into analysis paralysis, the resources below are conclusion-oriented. These 4 resources will help you gain clarity and understanding about your physical health, mental wellbeing, and career path.

1. What should you be doing?
Career Test Center 
We all wonder from time to time what we want to be when we grow up – even if we’re 50. There is no rule that you must be stuck in one career field forever, and it’s very common for people to land their “dream job” only to realize they hate it. This comes from not understanding ourselves, and from liking the idea of a certain career more than the career itself. Sure, we’d all love to be able to say, “I’m the top surgeon at this hospital,” but when you spend most of the day with lives literally in your hands, you may find it’s actually too much for you.

The tests takes into account your mindset, how you choose to solve problems, and areas in which you thrive. While some of these may be known, there could be preferences you didn’t even know you had. For example, preferring to work with people, or not being suited for highly detailed work. It’s important to not only know what career sounds best to you, but also what that career specifically entails. So if you’re looking to change careers, start up a side job or business, or find out what you’d be good at, take the test!

2. How are you feeling?
Neurotransmitter Balance

Neurotransmitters control far more processes in the body than just our moods. However, the average person doesn’t know much about them since they are so complex. It’s not every day you hear someone express concern over their neurotransmitter balances. We tend to just assume or hope that everything is fine up there in our brain, since our ability to go in and check things out is pretty limited (for now at least).

This neurotransmitter test, while a bit lengthy, really gives some profound insight into what each neurotransmitter is for, and what you personally may be lacking based on your results. It’s also possible to have an excess of certain chemicals, which can also cause problems. The test covers Dopamine, Acetylcholine, GABA, and Serotonin, the primary neurotransmitters. Questions take little thought to answer (eg. Do you often get tired in the afternoon?) and can help explain minor physical and mental issues we may have in our everyday lives.

From there, if you find you have an imbalance, lifestyle changes and over-the-counter neuro-supplements can help you regain stability and feel better. At the very least, it is useful to look this over so if you do have problems in the future, you recognize the symptoms instead of just shrugging it off.

3. Who are you?
The Enneagram
Some people tend to roll their eyes at psychological theories like the Enneagram, assuming it’s no different than a silly horoscope reading. But study it long enough, and I promise you will routinely begin to see these patterns in yourself and those  close to you. The Enneagram quiz is fun and simple, placing you into a category of types 1 through 9.

Upon learning which type matches you most closely, you can then begin to understand your mental blocks, primary fears, and biggest strengths. There are scales showing what each types looks like in its most and least healthy states. You can have others take the quiz and read your compatibility results, which explain setbacks that may crop up in the relationship and how to circumnavigate them.

The site also gives incredibly insightful information into childhood development, and the specific ways in which each of us are effected by our early years. The Enneagram is a practical theory, as it can help you identify when you are slipping into familiar patterns or learned behaviors that don’t necessarily benefit you.

4. Are you seriously going to eat that?
Metabolic Typing
If you find yourself constantly wondering what the right thing to eat is (or constantly sick because you ate the wrong thing), you may find guidance by reading about metabolic rates. The theory behind this test is that different diets suit different people based on their oxidation rate, or the rate at which they metabolize food. Some believe that blood type plays into it, but if you aren’t keen on that theory, you can at least determine whether you are a fast, slow, or neutral oxidizer. If you’ve ever wondered why one of your friends functions wonderfully eating 100% vegan, while the other became anemic after just a few weeks without meat, this is a possible explanation.

Based on what you conclude, you will want to stick to either a high or low carbohydrate diet to avoid blood sugar dips and spikes. The ideal vegetable, protein, and fat combinations are listed for each kind of oxidizer.

Do you have some adjustments to make?

These are just 4 online resources that will help you learn more about yourself, physically and mentally.

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