Mom, it’s time for the quiz!
I think my Report will be better this time.
Better? What could be better than your scintillating “reports”?
Remember my report in the January issue?
Wait….don’t tell me, don’t tell me…. Tell me! Oh, right! You didn’t remember Nelson Mandela had died!
This month’s report will be epic!
I certainly hope so!
Here’s my first announcement: “The Scorpions MTV Unplugged” is finally out!
Just what our readers were dying to hear!
There was an hour of it on VH1. It was the best hour of my life!
It hasn’t been much of a life, has it?
Wow, he does look like Bob Dylan, just like you said.
Told ya! Too bad he’s not Bob Dylan! Can’t you take an interest in Bob Dylan?
Speaking of the Quiz, can we do “Sheldon Cooper” from “the Big Bang Theory” this month if you don’t have a real case?
Mom, I think I speak for Maria when I say that what the Quiz audience wants is another “Big Bang Theory” quiz!
Is that what they want? I seem to be out-numbered.
Yay!!! And now for our first Death Report of 2014!
Should I be sitting down for this?
Mom! You’re the one who told me that Phil Everly died!
Oh. That’s right!
After you told me, I saw it mentioned on the Scorpions official facebook and twitter page.
For heaven’s sake! It always comes back to the Scorpions and Klaus Meine!
Apparently Klaus Meine is a fan of the Everly Brothers.
Which I guess means that now I have to tolerate him!
Which is which? They look like twins.
Phil’s on the left; yeesh! Even Klaus Meine knows that!
I learned something interesting about the Everly Brothers. You know that song “Love Hurts”? It was recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1960 but everyone knows the cover version by Nazareth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFSxYzFwTCY — “Love Hurts” by Nazareth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t20w29ji3s — James Taylor and Carole King–“Crying in the Rain”
OK, wait a minute!!!! You’re linking to cover songs??? Why would anybody want to hear James Taylor and Carole King sing “Crying in the Rain”? It never even charted by them!
Mom, for your informaaaation…….”Crying In The Rain” was written by Carole King!
Yes, it was!
Oh. Well, that’s different. Never mind!
OK, here it is by The Everly Brothers:
That’s more like it!
Mom, it might also interest you to know that “Love Hurts” was written by a man named Boudleaux Bryant. Bryant and his wife Felice were a famous country music and pop song-writing team that also wrote the following Everly Brothers songs: “Bye Bye Love”, “Wake Up, Little Susie” and “All I Have To Do is Dream”.
OMG! I had no idea! They must be cleaning up, cleaning up!!!!! And, P.S., what the hell kind of name is “Boudleaux”? Who names their kid that? What were his parents thinking? “Oh, here’s a name that won’t lead to school-yard teasing at all! Brace yourself…. Are you ready? Boudleaux! Boudleaux Bryant! See? It has a certain ‘ring’ to it!” Right, as in “ringing his neck” which I’m sure he got a lot of!
Mom, if you’re finished sounding off, can we possibly turn our attention to James Taylor and Carole King?
Remember when we saw them twice in 2010?
How could I forget? You made me take you to the same concert twice! Why do I let you talk me into things??? You should be nominated for the Concert-Goers Woman of the Year!
Well, for your informaaaation, James Taylor and Carole King sang “Crying in the Rain” at that concert!
Mom, weren’t you paying attention? Also, the Grammy Awards has a segment called “person of the year”. James Taylor was person of the year in 2006. This year it’s Carole King and I read that James Taylor is going to be one of the artists paying tribute to her which is a welcome change in the sea of “nobodies” also paying tribute to her.
Did you say a Sea of Nobodies is paying tribute to Carole King? Is that a new rock group?
No, Mom! The Grammy Awards ceremony itself is a Sea of Nobodies, other than Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.
Which reminds me, speaking of royalty, tell everyone about the next concert we’re going to!
Shana, don’t remind me! We got the worst seats in the house–again— to see Barry Gibb, the one surviving member of The Bee Gees! (plus I don’t understand where we’re supposed to park!)
It’s better than no seats at all. Stay tuned for a full report in June. Anyway, back to the Death Report…
One of Philadelphia’s most under-appreciated recording artists from the ’60’s died in January.
I didn’t even know she was from Philly!
I can’t believe you never heard “Today’s The Day” or “Dancing The Strand”! I’m shocked!
Which one should I play?
You’re looking to me for answers?
If it’s not too much trouble!
OK, “Dancing The Strand”:
Very good choice! You know why? She’s being backed up by The Chantels! No wonder it sounds like a Chantels song!
We’re back! Shana and I were dancing! There is no way you can NOT dance to this song!!!!
Mom, this isn’t Bandstand! And besides, we looked like complete idiots!
Has anyone else died?
Yes, and this is very sad. Pete Seeger.
Pete Seeger will be remembered for popularizing folk music in the 1960’s; he also wrote the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement…
Let me guess: “We Shall Overcome”.
Yes!!!! Shana, you truly are The Encyclopedia of Music like Andre Gardner said! My favorite Pete Seeger song was done by the Byrds.
Let me guess again: “Turn Turn Turn”.
“Turn Turn Turn”, everybody!
Great song, Mom.
Pete Seeger was an antiwar activist, a civil rights activist, a workers’ rights activist, an environmentalist, and, he’s just always been there, is all I can say! His career spanned over 50 years! He was a constant force for good in this sea of corruption we call “the world”! The Earth needs more, not less, Pete Seegers! Good-bye, Pete! Sadly, we have to put our records away for now and move on to…
“Sheldon Cooper” and the February…
I’ll let you introduce this, Shana.
Thanks, Mom! So what can one say about Sheldon Cooper? He’s a very complex character–a science nerd, a genius by all accounts, a perfectionist…. I notice he demonstrates traits of Asperger’s Syndrome but that won’t help us find the remedy, will it? He lacks empathy, he can’t have his routines disturbed…. For some reason I confuse the traits of Asperger’s with his personality. Feel free to comment with your own observations but here is the clip. The title of the clip is “The Big Bang Theory–Sheldon Cooper Tries to Get a Driver’s License”:
What remedy is Sheldon?
Write to us at [email protected] and let us know. We’ll see you in March for the quiz answer!
Bye for now!
OK, let’s see how we did. Is anybody here?
Oh look, it’s my soul brother Peter Dunseith from Wales!
Thanks for the Pete Seeger tribute!
I’m glad someone knew who Pete Seeger was!
Sheldon must be a Sulphur –
- conscientious about trifles
Peter, I guess if you just put those five characteristics out there, they do seem to cover Sulphur; but, when you actually see Sheldon “in person”, his prissy actions, his fastidious speech and his well-scrubbed, neat appearance, Sulphur isn’t the remedy that would jump out at you. Let’s see if anybody else is here to shed some light.
Interesting quiz as always, I think that Sheldon’s personality suits with “Sulphur”. Thanks to acknowledge and giving your view point!
I can certainly understand why people are voting for Sulphur; but, there’s a long line here, let’s see who’s next.
OMG! It’s our good friend Mati Fuller!
Where do you find these things?!!!! I think you have just defined the kind of person I hate the most in the whole world. If someone like that came to my office, I would tell them to leave and never come back!!! He reminds me of my last landlord who was definitely Lycopodium. This guy would argue about everything and worry about everything, and he was so theoretical in his approach that his head had become too big for his scrawny body. Even though he was a professor, he had no practical intelligence whatsoever, and no social intelligence either. He always tried to kiss me on the cheek (EEEK!), everything he touched would break, and he couldn’t even figure out how to flip a switch in the breaker panel. Needless to say, I would always run the other way whenever he was around…
Are you thinking Sheldon is an Arsenicum?
Yes, that is exactly what I am thinking! His “preciseness”. His pronunciation of everything so perfectly, his disposition to argue, his fastidiousness and attention to detail (“I want a car the shade of Luke Skywalker’s car before it was digitally remastered.”) Would Lycopodium have had the confidence to be critical of, and argue with, someone in a position of authority?
You are right! Lycopodium would not argue with someone in authority!!! I missed that! It was Lycopodium or Arsenicum. If he was afraid of germs, it would have tipped the scale to Arsenicum instantly! If so, I think Arsenicums are more neurotic about health issues and vitamin supplements. This guy seems to be so lost in abstracts that his feet don’t even touch the ground, but it is just theory for the sake of argument, and there are not really any health issues here, except for the fear of not having a virtual airbag on his simulated car.
Wow! I didn’t even notice that, Mati! Brilliant of you to see that! What does that tell you? Fear of death? Fear of accidents? I think so! All the more reason to suspect Arsenicum here.
He is not dirty enough to be Sulphur.
We’ve already gotten votes for Sulphur, as you can imagine.
He is more like a neurotic intellectual wannabee-Sulphur. So… What do you think?
I think he’s Arsenicum, but only because I read your book, Beyond the Veil of Delusions
I wish everyone would get a copy!
Is there anybody else here? Step right up!
Sheldon is a clear example of ARSENICUM in my view. It becomes evident from the fastidiousness itself, but also from various other features too which may seem common symptoms to the untrained eye, but for one who knows inside out, they are easy to spot. Some of such symptoms are :
1. Critical nature: He is always criticizing others and always believes that what he is doing is right only; which takes us to another symptom of Ars-alb…
2. What I do and say is right. I am always right. (Rubric: Prejudiced).
3. Always having a backup plan.
4. Always calculating in terms of money.
5. Adjusting to the society: This I believe that lies at the core of Ars-alb. Sheldon is always claiming that “It is customary to do this and that and so on…”. Ars-alb people are very insecure, especially in a new place. The only way they find some peace is by blending in this new society, thus they are very peculiar about the customs of a place. That is also the reason that they are quick to follow the traditions of the place very meticulously, so that no one can blame them. This leads us to two other qualities of Ars-alb which are found in Sheldon: Perfectionism and Intolerance to criticism.
6. Intolerant to criticism.
7. Extreme desire for company during acute illness.
8. Perfectionism: Things have to be done in a proper order only, he becomes restless if they are not done properly.
9. Vindictive: It is my observation that not many people believe that Arsenicum is vindictive, but it is and in highest order, as much as Nitric acid in my view.
10. Boasting is another lesser known feature of Arsenicum.
11. He is not emotional about anything. Even with birds and animals, he expects them to do to his bidding.
12. No one is able to adjust to living with him. Only Leonard did, probably that makes him a Staphysagria.
14. Critical: Always criticizing others and claiming that what he is doing is only right. In my repertory, I have raised the level of ARS to 3+ in this rubric. If you watch “Two and a Half Men”, Alan and Charlie’s mother also is an Arsenicum, and was always critical about her children ever since they were born.
15. Cowardice: Fear to be alone.
16. Extreme fear of infection, which could even have made him Syphyllinum, but the lack of emotions takes him towards Ars, and not Syphilinum
17. Lack of creativity: he just follows what he has learnt and also expects others to follow the rules of science. Thus he is not a person who could create something new because he has no ability to break rules. This in my view associated with boasting makes him Arsenicum again.
For now I remember this much. Sorry if I bored you but when I start talking about homoeopathy, it just leads to getting the job done properly.
I shall be happy to know your views too on Arsenicum since I am writing a book on materia medica of which Arsenicum is also a remedy and yes, I’ve allready given example of Sheldon and Alan’s Mother in it. Also, please feel free to correct me too. It will be a pleasure to learn from you.
Have a nice day madam.
Dr. AMIT SINGH PAL,
As you seem to be right, I have nothing to correct!
Is anybody else here?
I think Sheldon is an Arsenic constitution.
That’s what I think too!
I repertorised the following:
True. I didn’t think to use that one.
Good one. I didn’t think of that one either.
I couldn’t decide between “critical” and “fault finding”. Either one, I guess, is OK.
Talking – loquacious
Wayne, perhaps; but, I don’t think he’s “loquacious” as much as “quarrelsome”.
Theorizing – general
I don’t know….that goes more for Sulphur, people consumed with brilliant ideas but get very little accomplished.
You’d have to explain that one to me.
That’s a good one, he is definitely unsympathetic.
Given that the anxiety rubric has over 350 remedies in it, I think it’s almost useless. I used “fear of accidents”, because he wanted to know if his simulated car had an airbag in case he was rear-ended by a “van”.
The main answer was Arsenic, followed by Lachesis and Sulphur.
Checking this with Catherine Coulter’s portrait of Arsenic, it seems to agree.
An anonymous quote from the start of the piece is, “Anything that is worth doing is worth overdoing”.
Some key words are: nervous, restless, highly strung,
That’s a good description of him, “highly strung”.
Also, fastidious, fastidious use of language, driven by great anxiety, striving for perfection etc.
That’s him alright! When I look at this episode, what’s striking about him is the quarrelsome nature, fastidious use of language, perfectionism and you’ve gotta add “haughty” to this list! And it will definitely come out to Arsenicum! I like the way Catherine Coulter used the phrase, “fastidious use of language”, that describes him so well! I’ve seen this with Arsenicum people many times. They pronounce everything so perfectly. His fastidious demeanor disallows Sulphur, which I know a lot of people are considering.
Elaine, Thank you for your comments, I learn something every month doing your quiz.
[Elaine turns red]
I now have a more complete picture of an arsenic person.
I know one specific arsenic person who is haughty and I didn’t realize it was such a large part of the equation.
Well, you know what? Usually it’s Lycopodium who’s haughty (which is why Mati Fuller was between Lycopodium and Arsenicum); but, what really is suggestive of Arsenicum to me, in Sheldon, is the “fastidious speech”. It’s all part of their “perfectionism”; plus, they like to argue, as I learned from Mati’s book.
Arsenic was a big help to me once. I had a recurring burning in the stomach that happened every Friday afternoon. I would feel unwell, want to lie down and enjoyed warm showers which helped. My homeopath suggested Arsenicum which I took with great results. I often wonder how I would have been cured if it wasn’t for homeopathy.
You probably wouldn’t have been!
What I meant by “prejudiced attitudes” was he was sure his way of thinking was correct and would not entertain doing things another way.
That’s “haughty” or “arrogant”. (“I’m better than you are, my ideas are better than yours, I’m smarter than you,” etc.)
Here is my repertorization, in case anybody’s interested:
Is anybody else here today?
Hi Elaine and Shana!
Great, great, great quiz!!!!!
I had a feeling you might like it.
And fun too!!!!! So my vote for Sheldon is ………Kali-carb!
Needless to say, I will add why; we see in Radar keynotes the following:
– RIGID, INFLEXIBLE, DOGMATIC.
Yes, that’s Kali carb., alright! Very conservative, never budging from the rules.
– Systematic, proper, routine-oriented.
– Strong mental control over emotions and behavior.
– Matter-of-fact way of thinking.
I could add more rubrics since I am a huge fan of the tv series but I will stick with the video you suggested.
Right, since that’s all the rest of us are seeing.
We have 3 male characters and 3 female characters left to find remedies for, Shana!
Oh geez! Don’t give Shana anymore ideas!
(In male characters I include the comic store owner!)
The comic store owner????? OMG! Shana!!!!!!!!!
GREAT QUIZ :)))))))
PS: If I am wrong I will try again.
D’oh! Well, of course, there is no right or wrong answer here because we can’t give Sheldon our remedy. But in my very humble opinion, I saw him as an Arsenicum. Kali carb “quarrels with his family”. Sheldon quarrels with everyone, because he is always “right”; here he is arguing with the Department of Motor Vehicles! Here is what Rajan Sankaran has to say about Kali carb:
“Peculiar to Kali carbonicum is quarrelsomeness only with family and husband, and not so much with outsiders (except unfortunately with the physician).
“After quarrelling, she can get quite tearful: ‘Weeping, when telling of her sickness’, and also can display a more pitiable state of begging, and entreating. When her efforts to get the support she needs fail, she becomes ‘Indifferent when in society’, ‘Averse to husband, to members of the family’, shows ‘Disgust’, ‘Hatred’ and becomes ‘Sulky’, ‘Repulsive’.”
Now, there’s a subrubric under “Quarreling” which I think applies to Sheldon and that is “litigious”. Litigious means, “fond of disputes”, or, “inclined to dispute or disagree”. In other words, Sheldon knows better than everybody else! Another word for this is “haughty”, meaning, “scornfully arrogant” and “disdainfully proud”. Is that not Sheldon? What did he say on his way out of the DMV? “Aced it!” Oh, he is so proud of himself! “I’m great and you’re not!” is basically what it boils down to. So, Kali carb isn’t in that rubric (“Haughty”) but Arsenicum is. The “Litigious” rubric only has 7 remedies in it and Arsenicum is one of them but not Kali carb. The other 6 are: Androc., Nux vomica, Causticum, Lachesis, Platina and Staphysagria. (I’m going to have to ask Mati Fuller why the “people pleaser”, Staphysagria, is there, I can’t imagine them being argumentative.)
The other thing that goes for Arsenicum is, to put it in Catherine Coulter’s words, Sheldon’s “fastidious speech”! Am I right? It may not be in the repertory, but it should be! It’s the first thing you notice about him, how perfect his speech is! Then there’s his “fear of accidents” which you can infer from his “virtual driving lesson” where he asks if there are virtual air bags in case he gets rear-ended by a virtual van! So, OK, I rest my case!
Arsenicum was my first thought too since the beginning of the series. The reason I voted for Kali-c was his tendency to be accurate about the correct answers in the application.
Remember when he said, “How else are they going to learn?!” That was “haughty”. (“I’m right and you’re wrong.”)
That reminded me of the kali-c “going by the law” rigidness.
No, if he had “gone by the law”, he’d have done what the lady told him to do instead of arguing with her!
It reminded me of another episode where he corrects himself also, or in another case he wanted to be “punished” because he was wrong about a physics theory he discovered although nobody noticed it was wrong and he could have gotten away with it.
But that’s also “perfectionism” and “conscientious about trifles”, under which Arsenicum is a 4, which means you can’t rule out Arsenicum based on that.
I can’t use information from other episodes in this quiz, I know; but in the rubric aversion to sex or sexual desire decreased, Arsenicum is absent and Kali-c is in both rubrics.
You found that in the “Male” chapter, right? Not in the Mind chapter. Kali carb is a weak remedy. It has weakness after sex, worse after sex, prostration after sex and ailments after sex. Perhaps you’re saying that Sheldon, due to his presumed Asperger’s Syndrome, meaning he’s on the autistic spectrum, isn’t relating to women in a normal way, just as he doesn’t really have a normal relationship with anybody! He’s totally unsympathetic to other people’s needs. So, if it’s part of the diagnosis or condition, we can’t use it. Autistics are famous for not being able to make connections with other people.
That is why I chose Kali-c in the end. Maybe you don’t know it but Shana definitely knows that Sheldon’s girl friend is trying desperately to be more “intimate” with him but Sheldon doesn’t even think about it!
Yes, I know. But again, I think that goes with the Asperger’s diagnosis.
Of course it could be from fear of germs or diseases! In this case Sheldon is Arsenicum! Great analysis Elaine! You spotted things I missed such the quarreling stuff.
I only know that because I read Mati Fuller’s book, which I’m encouraging everyone to read!
You know, I have this book too, it is great! Thank you for reminding us that we should read it again again and again! Can’t wait for the next quiz, ladies!
Oh geez! I ain’t promisin’ nothin’!!!!
Meanwhile, I have to find Mati Fuller for another quesition! Mati, are you still there? Thinking that a good rubric for Sheldon was “Litigious”, I looked it up, and Arsenicum was there, but so was Staphysagria! With litigious meaning “inclined to disagree or dispute” and “fond of disputes”, why would a “people-pleaser” like Staphysagria be there?
You have to realize that the people-pleasing element of Staphysagria is only skin deep. They try to please people, not because it is their nature to do so, but because they want respect in return. It is a trade off! Pulsatilla does the same thing – she is friendly hoping to get love back. And Phosphorus has a million friends that she wants to control and manipulate later on, so it is worth her sacrifice of having to start out as a doormat in the relationship.
So, the underlying reason why Staphysagria pleases people is the desire for respect. But, unfortunately, you don’t get respect from pleasing people.
That is soooo true!
You get respect when you speak your truth and stand up for yourself, which is the last thing a Staphysagria will do. By pleasing others, they keep the delusion alive that nobody respects them.
Oh, very interesting!
This feeling will eventually create enough resentment that the shadow side of their personality starts to bubble to the surface. Suddenly the pleasant, good natured Staphysagria becomes a scary powder keg full of venom and resentment and he will argue, yell, and even smash a few bricks with a hammer if he can find any. And, afterwards, he will be shocked and scared about what he did and wonder what came over him. So, the people-pleasing aspects of Staphysagria are only skin deep. There are so many deeper layers beneath the surface, full of aspects that you wouldn’t want to encounter if you knew they were there.
The more people suppress their true nature in order to be “nice,” the more shadows they have in their basements. Makes total sense to me!
The reason why Arsenicums are litigious is a bit different. They love courts because they are so good at arguing that they are convinced they will win (and when you believe you will win, chances are you will). So, to Arsenicum, it is just a sport, or challenge, that they enjoy because they usually have the upper hand.
You know what, Mati, now that you mention it, that’s the exact feeling I got from Sheldon when he was arguing with the DMV, that it was a “sport” for him, a “challenge”; hence, his “Aced it!” remark on the way out! So, all the more reason to suspect Arsenicum here, thanks again, Mati!
Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!
That was a hilarious clip.
I know! I know!
Enjoyed watching it, but on the other side was pondering to what remedy was Sheldon?
Elaine, your personality quizzes are the best I have ever come across.
They are somewhat like “BrainTeasers”, I would rather call them “HomeoTeasers”.
Ok coming over to the quiz –
The traits of Sheldon, a genius of course, Fastidious (Great attention to detail), Oblivious of people’s feelings.
Reminds me of 2 remedies, Arsenicum and Sulphur.
Yes, most people seem to be between those two.