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Getting to Know the Type A to D Personalities

type B individuals tend to be more laid back and relaxed/ Photo By Roman Samborskyi via Shutterstock

 

One of the major ways to have a deeper understanding of one’s self is to determine what their personality type, Owlcation says. There are several factors that make up an individual’s personality. Each personality type has their advantages and disadvantages.

According to Verywell Mind, because behaviors and habits depend on the type of personality one has, their personality is also linked to their health. Their personality type may either aid them in prolonging their life or may be the very reason it shortens. The four personality types are Type A, B, C,  and D.

 

Descriptions of the Personality Types

These are the overviews of each personality type which include good and bad sides of every type as well as the health risks that may affect them:

Type A

People with a Type A personality are characterized as people who are high achievers. They are also described as energetic, competitive, and goal-driven individuals. People who have this kind of personality are also said to be practical, perfectionists and are also sensitive. They highly value time and will usually set strict deadlines. They are often able to meet those deadlines because they are highly motivated. They love helping others and are honest people.

However, Type A individuals tend to be easily overwhelmed, are anxious and often stressed. They are impatient with incompetent people and are prone to getting frustrated with them. The stress they experience may take a toll on their health, so they are advised to take time to relax and practice stress-relieving strategies and to learn anger management. This was emphasized in a study which was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Health professionals in the 1950s once thought that Type A’s were at high risk of acquiring Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). Studies have proven that this theory is false.

Type B

Type B individuals tend to be more laid back and relaxed. They are not focused on competing and take pride in the small achievements they have along the way. People who have this personality Type plan for the future but do not often get upset if the results do not turn out the way they want it to. They have the ability to adjust to any circumstance, whether at work or in life which shows that they are tolerant and flexible. They are not affected by the change because they accept it as a normal part of life.

People with a Type B personality are also known to be very social. They want to be surrounded by many people and like to have fun. They are very expressive about their emotions. When talking or listening to others who have a different perspective, they tend not to judge them for that view. They are also described as charismatic and innovative.

The negative side of possessing a Type B personality is that they tend to work only at the last minute. They are notorious procrastinators and pay more attention to enjoyable activities than concentrate on working towards a goal. They tend to be indulgent, overly casual and lack motivation. Type B’S are usually reproached by their family, friends, and colleagues for their lackadaisical way of dealing with things.

individuals with a Type C personality are at their very core, perfectionists/ Photo By g-stockstudio via Shutterstock

 

Type C

Individuals with a Type C personality are at their very core, perfectionists. They stick to the rules and perform consistently. They are meticulous when it comes to details and will take time to check their work multiple times to ascertain that they have done the task accurately. Type C’s are also recognized as deep thinkers. People with this personality type are characterized as patient, diligent and careful.

The disadvantages of being a Type C include being emotionally repressed, being too submissive, being critical and being unassertive. They have the tendency to keep their feelings and needs to themselves because they find it difficult to disclose them to others. They are noted to be natural people-pleasers and are averse to conflict. They will often just concede in order to prevent the conflict from getting worse. They often have a hard time fighting for their beliefs and they also tend to be indecisive.

Type D

Those with a Type D personality are known to be compassionate and for this reason, others find it easy to confide in them. However, they are very reluctant to change. They are described as being overly routine-oriented and pessimistic. They cling to their habits and want everything to stay the same. People with this personality type highly value security. They are afraid of being rejected and have low self-worth. Since they also tend to suppress their feelings, they are at risk of suffering from depression.

 

Takeaway

Having a specific personality type does not necessarily mean they are bound to have the health conditions associated with that type. Whether or not they are likely to have an ailment will also depend on other elements that are not controlled by their personality such as their environment, genetics, behaviors, and way of living.

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