A and B Type Personalities
The Type A and Type B personality
describes two common patterns of behavior, contrasting personality
types — the high strung Type A and the easy-going Type B are the most
well known types. This system of classification also divides
people further into Type C and D.
This theory has been controversial in
and medical communities
since its publication, the theory has nonetheless persisted, in
the form of popular psychology circles who generally lack academic
credentials, yet serve as everyday sources of
information about human behavior and personality.
Type A Personality
Type A people are individuals who are
extremely ambitious, and particularly rigid in their attitudes.
following are the
characteristics of the type A
- Type A’s have got a severe sense of time urgency. They are
running and can hardly relax. If they sat without doing something
useful they may end up feeling guilty.
- Type A’s are over achievers, they usually get themselves
in many different unrelated activities and perform well in them all.
- Type A's biggest problem is stress,
they are usually overwhelmed by the amount of tasks they have to do.
These tasks are usually a huge list that they planned for themselves.
The Type A person is usually competitive and has a high challenging
- A Type A personality is prone to angry outbursts. The
cause of this hostility towards people is usually due to their not meet
the high expectations of the type A personality. Anger management is an
important element in modifying this form of aggression and develop self
- Winning is all important to the Type A personality. They
will compete in all effects, no matter who it
is against and what is the prize. Recognition and advancement is very
important and they will
push themselves to their limits to try and achieve as much as possible,
as quickly as possible. However, they may feel unfulfilled as
they constantly want to achieve more and more and sometimes their goals
may not be realistic. Although they may appear confident, the Type A
frequently suffers from self doubt. There is no permanent cure;
however, improving self-confidence and self control are tasks that
should be worked on everyday.
personalities need to
- A Type A are adept at
multitasking, but tend to be very impatient and are irritated by delays
people they consider incompetent. Everything is a rush to
the Type A so they will demand people to hurry up. Type A's are unable
to relax and take time out to sit quietly doing nothing. Take time
to reflect and slow down your pace.
Type A Personality Test
- Resolve conflict effectively.
- Acquire stress management skills.
- Listen to others. Learn to value suggestions from
- Redefine the definition of success.
- Consider making lifestyle changes (e.g. work, exercise,
- Set realistic goals to help gain a sense of
test is intended to assess behavioral
characteristics of the Type A Personality. The results reveal any
tendency towards being a continuously
stressed-out Type A, or the more laid-back Type B Personality.
The test examines
the response to specific statements and indicate which option best
applies to you. After finishing our Type A Personality test, you will
receive a brief personalized interpretation of your score that includes
a graph and information on the test topic.
Type B personality traits
Type B individuals are calm and have an
attitude. They are
fun-loving and are relatively less competitive. They are also better at
relaxing without feeling guilty and they work without getting anxious
or agitated. Type B's are the opposite of type A's. They are laid back
and not easily stressed. While type B can be achievers too, still they
won't be as competitive as Type A's. Type B's can delay work and do it
the last moment, some of them can turn into procrastinators which is
something that a type A can never do.
The Type B personality is almost the
direct opposite of
Type A. The
following are the characteristics of the type B
- Stress Handling The Type B people usually
do not get stressed easily even under
acute circumstances. They are the happy-go-lucky individuals who do not
entertain stress and anxiety while doing their tasks. However, they
still prove to be fairly productive. They remain carefree and cheerful
most of the times and are fun to hang around with.
- Lack Of Urgency They do not mind waiting
in queues for getting their work
done and do not get hyper if it takes too much time. They do not feel
any sort of compulsion to meet deadlines. They have no problem
relaxing or sitting without doing anything unlike Type A individuals,
who end up feeling guilty if they sat without doing anything
constructive. At times, Type B individuals may delay their work to the
last moment due to lack of sense of time urgency.
- Relaxed These are the people who remain
calm and relaxed most of the
times. They believe in taking their time to stop and smell the roses
instead of running the mad rat race. They take time to think and ponder
before acting. Relaxation, enjoyment and fun come very naturally to
may delay the work they have to the last moment
and they usually don't get stressed that easily.
These individuals rarely tend to be aggressive or frustrated. Even
if there's something against their will, they are not prone to lose
their temper. They are more likely to handle the situation very subtly
and patiently, without getting irked.
Self help tips to change a
type B personality:
- Socializing And Enjoying Type B
personalities are normally laid back people who hold a
relaxed, creative, imaginative, artistic and friendly approach towards
life. They spend their free time in leisure activities like
socializing, shopping or having a good time. Due to their cheerful
nature, these folks are surrounded by friends and lead a good social
- Less Competitive Type B personalities
are less competitive. They
generally take their failures with a grain of salt and regard it as
merely an unpleasant experience. On the other hand, Type A individuals
who are generally over-achievers, find it very hard to accept failures
and end up developing low self-esteem.
- Patience is a
virtue and Type Bs are born with it. They remain
calm and patient even under stressful situations and have a lot of
self-control. They are less likely to get frantic about things and
generally swear by the old adage of ‘Slow and steady wins the race’.
They are also very tolerant and flexible and can change in order to
adapt to changes. You would hardly find them complaining or lamenting
Activity Survey was originally formulated to detect behaviors which
lead to heart attacks (Jenkins, Ayzanski, Rosenman, 1971). Type A
personality generally refers to hard workers who are often preoccupied
with schedules and the speed of their performance. Type B personalities
may be more creative, imaginative, and philosophical.
- Emotional Bonding Their heart rules
their head and hence they are very emotional and
sensitive. They like expressing their feelings and are generally not
indifferent towards others.
Click here to take
Personality type A/B Test.
The test consists of 30 multiple choice
items. Scores range from 35 to 380. Type A is associated
with a high score while Type B is associated with a low score.
C personality traits
C personality traits Written by M. Farouk
Radwan, MSc. Type C personalities
are not assertive by nature,
They often suppress their desires and wishes instead of standing up for
them. The lack of Assertiveness can result in tremendous stress and
even depression over the longer term more than in other personality
The following are the
characteristics of the
A trait of Type C
personalities is their love for
detail. They can spend a considerable amount of time trying to
understand how things work.
A Type C takes life seriously and are usually hard workers to the
extent that they sometimes become perfectionists
who want everything to be perfectly done.
They may find it
harder to work and play with others and are introverts in most cases.
the lack of assertiveness and the desire to work alone they might
prefer being on their own rather than being with other people.
Type C personalities also
have some other positive
traits like being dependable, having good analysis skills and brilliant
To get rid of the unwanted traits, it is
necessary to able
to take the
full advantage of the type C personality. Self help tips to change a
- Work on improving your coping skills by understanding
your early experiences. It is possible to change the things you don't
like about your type C personality
while keeping the things that you like.
D personality traits
- The lack of assertiveness is a problem that you must
learn how to solve.
D personality is distressed,
Type D's have a negative
life and are pessimistic. A small event that is not even noticed by
type B can ruin type D's day. Type D personalities are more subject to
depression than other personality types.
The following are the characteristic of
the type D
- A Type D person might become socially withdrawn as a
of fear of rejection even if they like to be around people. Type D's
are famous for suppressing their emotions and that makes them the most
vulnerable type to depression.
- Type D personalities usually have a low self esteem and an
exaggerated fear of disapproval and this is the primary reason that
prevents them from opening up to others.
- Do not assume that type D personalities lack social
interest; however they frequently might be interested in people,
but are afraid to approach them because they fear rejection.
- Negative emotions such as worry,
stress, depression, and anger frequently affect type D personalities. A
small event that is usually overlooked by others can bother a type D a
lot and even ruin his mood.
Self help tips to
change a Type D personality:
- Learn how to control your emotions: Almost everyone
can control his/her emotions even a Type D. Read this guide to know how
- Control your thoughts: Learning how to
control your thoughts can preventing negative thoughts from being
triggered or attempting to control
emotions. Read this guide to know how to control
- Get over fear of rejection: The fear of rejection is
caused by low self esteem. The fear of rejection results from the
belief that others hold he/she to be less worthy than they are. If you
are a Type D personality then improving your self esteem is the
essential step you must take to heal yourself.
- Learn to open up: After dealing with the fear of
rejection, a person needs to work on opening up to others.
type A/B The A and B
type is a
modified version of the Jenkins Activity Survey. This survey was
originally formulated to detect behaviors which lead to heart attacks
(Jenkins, Ayzanski, Rosenman, 1971).
and B Personality Types Type A Time Urgency:
Impatient, hurries, under pressure, prompt and
often early for appointments, watches clock, walk/talk/eat rapidly,
does multiple activities ...
and Personality Type
A's tend to be more
competitive, more impatient, have time urgency when compared to the
more relaxed and laid back Type B personalities.
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