Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Oh...the Type "A"

Let me preface by stating...this is not a criticism of any one personality type. We are all unique in our own way. I am simply just stating differences here. If interested, read on!~

The Type A personality is one that baffles and intrigues me at the same time. Do you know any type "A" people? Are you one? Are triathletes more susceptible to this personality?! Do some triathletes 'morph' into an anal super human form? Is it better to be a Type A in the sport? Or Type B? Or a little of both? Just on a whim, I decided to investigate a little on the differences between Type A's and Type B's.

I came across this interesting characterization on Type A---

Type A is characterized by a general discontentedness and the impulse to be overly critical and demanding, even contemptuous of imperfection, in the self and others. This focus on negative aspects and the accompanying bursts of hostility and impatience result in guilt, remorse and anxiety.

Type A personalities are motivated by external sources (instead of by inner motivation) Type A folks experience a constant sense of opposition, wariness, and apprehension--they are always ready for battle. And anyone can imagine how this constant (and very exhausting) existence would deplete reserves of contentment and happiness and disrupt personal equilibrium.

Interesting huh? So, on the flip side let us now take a look at Type "B" personalities---

Type B behavior is usually defined as the absence of Type A behavior. Type B personalities are relaxed and have a laid-back attitude and posture. They are friendly, accepting, patient, at ease, and generally content. They are at peace with themselves and others. They show a general sense of harmony with people, events, and life circumstances. They tend to be trusting. They focus on the positive aspects of things, people and events. Type B folks are self-encouraging, have inner motivation, are stable and have a pleasant mood. They are interested in others and accept trivial mistakes. They have an accepting attitude about trivial mistakes and a problem-solving attitude about major mistakes. They are flexible and good team members. The Type B person is able to lead.

So, Type A/ Type B---I think that they both achieve the same objectives. Just in different manners.

Ok, so just to let you know who I am, I took a trusty internet quiz to show my personality type! As if those of you who know me...didn't already know :) Drum roll please..........and here are my results!

Results of Your Type A Personality Test

Personality Type
Your score = 41

What does your score mean?
You seem to be in the middle between the Type A and Type B personality. In this case, the middle ground is good. Your attitude to life is more of the "smell the roses" kind and you know how and when to relax. Nonetheless, you realize that picking up a challenge and competing a little bit for your place in the sun can add some spice to your life. The equilibrium is important, so don't let your hostile, aggressive, and competitive alter ego take over too often. Generally, you are easy to be around, and people tend to feel relaxed and comfortable in your presence. Yours is a very healthy attitude towards life.

Ya'll have a good day now! I'm outta here! Time to go "smell the roses"! HEHE!

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