by Lawrence Wilson, MD
Ó February 2010, The Center For Development
This is one of the more complex patterns seen with some frequency on hair mineral analyses. It consists of a combination of a calcium shell with four highs or three highs pattern. The tendency is reinforced if the sodium/potassium ratio is less than about 2.5.
This pattern is seen almost always in adults, and is rare in children. It also is more common in women than in men. The hair test must be performed by a lab that does not wash the hair for accurate results.
UNDERSTANDING PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE PATTERN
This pattern combines a very stable and emotionally “repressed” or “suppressed” pattern, the calcium shell, with a very unstable pattern – three highs or four highs. This creates an interesting stress response on the part of the person. On the one hand, they are often emotionally shut down to some degree and unaware of their situation, to a degree. This can cause a more passive attitude and approach to life.
However, three highs/four highs indicates a significant degree of stress and volatility. As a result, those with this pattern may keep their feelings and thoughts to themselves much of the time. However, if they are provoked or tired or more stressed, they may suddenly lash out or otherwise express themselves.
It may be called the “blow your top” pattern, because it is somewhat like having a pressure cooker with a heavy lid on it, but one that can be lifted off, at times. Most of the time, the lid keeps things bottled up inside, but if the pressure builds up, the lid can blow.
The pattern is more likely if the sodium/potassium ratio is low. This indicates a tendency for resentment, frustration and hostility. However, this is not needed for the pattern to be present. Passive-aggressive pattern is important because it is common, unstable and often easily resolved with nutritional balancing science that can help a person relax, come out of the four highs/three highs pattern, and also come out of the calcium shell pattern to become more aware and more able to express emotions in a healthier manner.