What’s your Neurotype? Type 2A

by | Oct 29, 2019

Neurotype 2A Neurological Overview:

More changing personality, a social chameleon, will adapt their behavior to the person or situation, lower level of self-esteem so need others to respect/like them.  This makes them great at reading people.

High adrenaline sensitivity – Personality that changes when stress is elevated. Will go from chill, relaxed, lazy and friendly to confident, driven, irritable, energetic (they become more like a Nerotype 1B or Neurotype 1A … the more adrenaline there is, the more like a 1A they become).

Balanced dopamine, GABA and serotonin – Under “optimal” situations, these three neurotransmitters are fairly balanced, which gives Neurotype 2A a “friendly”, easy-going and easily adaptable behavior. They are, however, easily influenced by periods of stress that can deplete either one of these three neurotransmitters.

Moderate to high acetylcholine – 2A’s can be pretty close to 1B’s when it comes to athletic skill and motor learning because they have the second highest level of acetylcholine of all of the types (in general). There are exceptions, of course.

Moderate glutamate – Along with their lower natural level of self-esteem, the moderate level of glutamate gives the 2A a good amount of empathy, second only to the 2B. When under stress, or due to nutritional factors, glutamate can increase and GABA decrease, which makes a 2A behave a lot like a 2B.


Personality characteristics:

  • Main motivation is to seek admiration, respect, and to be liked by the person they are with
  • Can adapt to any situation
  • Low self-esteem at rest but potentiated by adrenaline and becomes alpha version of themselves
  • Wants to be liked by everyone
  • Great at reading people
  • Indecisive
  • Procrastinators 
  • Experiences FOMO frequently
  • Fun to be around
  • Cares a lot about the opinion of others
  • Needs variation, constant change
  • Performs better when up against a deadline
  • Great impersonators, actors, creating personalities
  • People pleasers
  • Letting someone down is destructive for them
  • Hates to feel left out


Training specifics:

  • Needs variation, equal mix of neurological and muscular work
  • Everything works but nothing works for very long 
  • Can handle high volume and density with short rest periods (adrenaline sensitivity)
  • Easily fatigued mentally when things get too repetitive 
  • Difficult to physically overtrain (high mix of GABA/serotonin)
  • Can be more like a 2B under stress, more like a 1B under better conditions, or a 2A with high acetylcholine


Sport preference:

  • CrossFit
  • Team sports
  • Will try different modalities because of their need for variation

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