Revisiting: What Remedy Is Sheldon Cooper?

Arsenicum has a morbid fastidiousness and hates disorder, which Sheldon has shown. But the keyword of Arsenic, “restless” is not displayed by Sheldon. Arsenicum is not a genius, compared to Sulphur.

Sulphur is a genius and a philosopher, and also as stated by Kent,

He has no thought of anybody’s wishes or desires but his own. Everything that he contemplates is for the benefit of himself. This selfishness runs through the Sulphur patient. There is absence of gratitude.”

Very interesting, thanks for the quote.

The lack of empathy also reflects his “selfishness”.

I am tied in-between Arsenicum and Sulphur. However I would go for “Sulphur” as the “genius” was the first trait displayed by Sheldon, and also his lack of empathy, which is predominant in Sulphur.

Awaiting for your comments, and views.

With Regards,


OK, my feeling is, if you’re rejecting Arsenicum because they’re not geniuses, there really can’t possibly be any data to support that. In fact, with their perfectionism, Arsenicums must be very good students! I don’t think you can say that Sheldon is fastidious on the one hand, and then go for Sulphur on the other! Under “Mind: fastidious”, Sulphur is a 1, Arsenicum is a 4! Sheldon is very neat, his hair is very neat, not flying all over the place in a Sulphur-like manner. Sheldon speaks so perfectly unlike Sulphur’s ravings and explosions. A good word for Arsenicum is “meticulous”. That certainly describes Sheldon! Sulphurs are careless and indifferent. I think you have to look at the way Sheldon presents himself, the way he moves and talks. He doesn’t behave like a Sulphur, he doesn’t act or talk like a Sulphur. Arsenicums have a snobby attitude. Sulphurs can mix and mingle among the common people. People like Sulphurs! They like to be with them! Sulphurs are fun-loving, joking, enthusiastic, adventuresome, optimistic types. Arsenicums are anxiety-ridden, fearful, worried people, generally no one wants to be around them. Arsenicum knows people don’t especially like them, so they make sure a cadre of people are financially dependent on them, or dependent in some kind of way so that Arsenicum can have control over them because Arsenicum feels very insecure and is full of fears–about accidents, death, poverty; so, they need people; but, they’re not very nice to people either; so, they arrange it so people feel obligated to them and will always be there for them, even if grudgingly. What do you think? Are you still thinking of Sulphur?


I am thrilled to the core, with the way you have depicted the Arsenicum and Sulphur person, as I have a relative of mine, who depicts a perfect Arsenicum case. Am interested to know, which books have described it so very clearly. It would be delightful to go through them. Kindly assist.

Well, that’s easy: Mati Fuller’s Beyond The Veil of Delusions which you can order from but probably it’s available at other places too.


Thanks a ton Elaine. About this case, I don’t think I can ever forget an Arsenicum case now, even in my dreams.

You have engraved it in my mind.

Reading through your review of Mati Fuller’s book (August 15, 2007) and also your interview with Mati Fuller (May 2006) in the hpathy ezine, I will be ordering her book now for sure.

I strongly feel…that the word “Thanks” falls short to thank you in all ways…but I don’t seem to have another word to say, sooo…..

Thanks as always.



This just in:

Dear Elaine, I hope that it is not too late to respond to the February quiz:

Miroslav thinks Sheldon is Arsenicum album.

Jitka guesses: Sheldon Cooper is Arsenicum.

Kind regards, Jitka

Thanks, guys, I have to agree! And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.


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  • I can’t believe I signed up for hpathy for this. The long off topic introduction was ridiculous. A joke or two then get on with it.

  • hi Elaine ma`am i thought Sheldon comes under the remedy “phosphorus” as it covered the rubric ’emotions absent’ for which we have to see Intellectual and this is not covered by arsenicum. moreover phosphorus also covered the rubric learning difficult as he cannot get his driver`s license easily as he can`t learn form his friends too. he can`t select his socks or his towels for which he has to depend on penny or leonard. he is also very possessive as he cannot let anyone sit in his seat- he has to say: Thats my spot ! and selfishness covered that rubric.

    • Sai, Arsenicum is very selfish. But the reason no one can sit in Sheldon’s seat and the reason he’s unemotional, etc. is because he’s on the autistic spectrum. These people are famous for not being able to relate to others emotionally, they’re unsympathetic, they don’t learn the way the rest of us learn, they’re very rigid and regimented–everything has to be the same; hence, the same seat all the time; so, you can’t use any of these rubrics or symptoms to find his remedy because they’re symptoms of the diagnosis, not symptoms of Sheldon, the person, separate from the “disease”. For example, if we’re trying to find the remedy for a hyperactive child, we can’t use rubrics like “restless” or “distracted easily” because they’re all like that! We have to separate out the common symptoms of the disease. Another example, a person has the flu. We’re not going to repertorize “headache” or “fever” because they all have that! Everyone with the flu has that. So this is why in Sheldon’s case, we have to put aside all his symptoms of autism or “Asperger’s Syndrome” and see what we’re left with. Meanwhile, I think you have missed the essence of Phosphorus. They make very good connection with people, very friendly, charming, accomodating. However, with a polychrest like Phosphorus, you can undoubtedly find this remedy in almost any rubric, meaning you could conceivably concoct your own version of him based on all the rubrics where Phosphorus turns up as a 1 instead of a 3. This will surely not help you recognize a Phosphorus in real life. Phosphorus would not be arguing with the lady from the Department of Motor Vehicles, he would be charming to her and she would decide to stamp his card just based on his engaging smile and adoring eyes. That would be Phosphorus. If Phosphorus is in the “learning, difficult” rubric, it’s because they do have trouble focusing, often find themselves day-dreaming. This is not Sheldon’s problem. Sheldon is not a physical person, he lives in his head. He’s probably physically awkward, as a lot of autistics are; this would make learning to drive difficult for him.

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