The Genetic Basis of the 7MTF

I have at last another link in the chain.

For those who have only started reading my blogs and are unfamiliar with my message let me summarise it for you.

My core belief is that “People Drive Performance, Emotions Drive People; Temperament Drives Emotions”.  If you want to lift your emotional intelligence you need to use a model of temperament that is practical, easy-to-use, and scientifically valid.

I am promoting a people profiling system known as the 7MTF that will lift your Emotional Intelligence in 5 hours.

The 7 MTF stands for Seven Motivational Temperament Factors.

The key word is Temperament which is defined as your Genetic Emotional Bias.  Your temperament determines how you will generally react emotionally in different situations.

In the 7MTF model there are two key assumptions.

The first is that We Are All Slightly Mad.  We are not sane or insane; we are on a spectrum.  With regard to mental illnesses we are not black or white; we are all shades of grey.

The second assumption is that your temperament is determined by where you are positioned on the spectra of seven mental illnesses: psychopathy, neuroticism, autism, mania, paranoia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression.  For most of us 2 EQ components are dominant, 3 average, and 2 weak.

Up till now the major scientific support I have had for this model is that the five most common dominant factors in the 7MTF match up with the five factors in the Five Factor Model which is the personality yardstick used by most organisational psychologists.

Then this article appeared in the Weekend Australian 15-16 April 2023: Genetics on track to personalise mental health medicines

The article describes how scientists such as Natalie Matosin and Nick Martin are establishing genetic models for underlying mental illnesses with the aim of developing specific drugs.  Martin is leading the Australian Genetics of Depression study, which recruited more than 30,000 people in just one month in 2017. The findings so far from that study have contributed to the identification of about 50 gene variants that have been added to the mix of at least 500 implicated in depression that have been discovered worldwide. Scientists believe they’ve pretty much identified all of the major genes, clusters of variants and regulatory switches involved in depression.

QIMR Berghofer scientists have been able to devise a “polygenic risk score” for individuals that can be quantified from the mapping of their genome. They’ve discovered that those who fall within the highest 10 per cent on this metric have seven times the risk of developing depression than those in the lowest 10 per cent.  The project also established through patient surveys that antidepressants were effective for only one-third of the study’s cohort.

As an example of how current treatments are not working the article quoted the case of Michael Clancy who was suffering severe depression, Clancy had extreme difficulty finding a medication that worked. “They tried 29 different medications. I was hospitalised because they didn’t work,” he says. “I had severe side effects. It was scary.”

This work is very impressive.  What excites me is that it provides support to the 7MTF model that your temperament is determined by your position on the spectra of seven mental illnesses.

If you want to learn more about the 7MTF watch this short 4-minute explainer video.  If that awakens your appetite to lift your EQ this online-video course: Introduction to Practical Emotional Intelligence: The 7MTF is now available.

This blog was first posted on LinkedIn 18 April 2023



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