Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Four Humours: Read Right for Your Blood Type!

At this point in this fascinating series of posts, we address

THE FOUR HUMORS (HumOUrs if you are American but want to be pretentious)


A humor is basically a personality type. According to the theory, each humour is associated with: 1) one of the body's organs, 2) a bodily fluid (not that one dummy, the one normally associated with that organ), 3) a hot/cold setting, 4) a wet/dry setting, 5) a color, 6) a flavor (sweet, sour, salty, or bitter), and one of the elements (earth, air, fire, and water).

That should be enough to get us started.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Read Right for Your Blood Type!

The lists in the next few posts on this blog are offered as general resources for self-education, and are not to be used for self-diagnosis or treatment.

Good literature may be useful in correcting serious problems of temperment due to misbalanced humours.

Therapy consists of liberal and concentrated application of subsequent chapters of an appropriate supportive (to correct a deficiency) or opposite (to mitigate an excess) novel or anthology.

However, when consumed outside of the appropriate critical context, the content or philosophy of some works may be disturbing.

Therefore, for a most effective cure, readings should be advised only by a certified graduate of a small, preferably midwestern, liberal arts college.

Moreover, if access to recognized works of literature is limited, readers should be cautioned that popular fiction should under no circumstances be substituted in equal amounts, as there are no established minimum standards for literate content in such work. 

Similarly, the use of foreign language literature may result in serious side-effects, such as the promotion of socialist economic theory.

Periodical literature or professional journal subscriptions may in some cases make an acceptable alternative treatment, again, check with your B.A. to be sure.

K. Kilbridge, B.A.