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12 Signs You’re ‘The Rock’ Of Your Friend Group

“The rocks” are the strong and silent types.

AKA solid and dependable.

Are you level-headed in a crisis? Do you hide your anxieties or feelings from others? Meet your emotional type: “The rock.”

Emotional types are personality categories based on how you interact with other people and yourself, particularly in times of stress. The concept was created by psychiatrist Judith Orloff in her bestselling book, Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life, based on what she observed with her patients in her practice. There are four styles, which include the intellectual, the gusher, the empath and the rock.

Of course, human beings are complex. No one person fits into a box and it’s likely you’re a mix of different traits. But it’s still fun to investigate which characteristics apply to you and which one’s don’t in order to better understand yourself and how you relate to others.

Suspect you’re the rock in your group? We chatted with Orloff to get some more insight into this specific emotional type. Read on below to figure it out.


1. As a rock, you have a difficult time opening up.

Rock types prefer to keep emotions to themselves. You prefer to listen to the feelings of others and be a solid support system instead. “Rocks typically don’t like waves,” Orloff told The Huffington Post. “They tend to withdraw a bit.”

2. You’re the first person friends go to when they’re dealing with a problem.

Rocks are the type of people that friends count on as their emergency contact, Orloff says. You’re solid, dependable and remain cool in a crisis.

3. You know all of your friends’ secrets.

Because rocks are great listeners, you might be the go-to person when it comes to intimate details about a situation. “If a person needs something, rocks are always there to lend their support,” Ortloff said. Read More