Type A Or Type B: Which Personality Type Do You Think You Are? (INFOGRAPHIC)

I’m sure you already heard about personality types and how we supposedly fit into one specific type. Maybe someone said to you how you must be a “Type A” or a “Type B” because of some of your character traits. But some of us even find ourselves thinking that we have a little bit of both.

But do you know what characteristics it takes to be categorized as one or the other? Personally, I didn’t really think about it until now. So let’s take a look at the differences between Type A and Type B.

A little bit of history

In the late 1950s, cardiologists Drs. Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman noticed that incidences of heart diseases correlated with some personality traits of certain patients. They called it The Type A behavior pattern (TABP).

After an 8½-year-long study involving healthy men between the ages of 35 and 59, the two cardiologists came to the conclusion that Type A behavior doubles the risk of coronary diseases. In 1974, they wrote a book called Type A Behavior and Your Heart which popularized the theory.

Here is how they described Type A:

A characteristic action-emotion complex that is exhibited by those individuals who are engaged in a relatively chronic struggle to obtain an unlimited number of poorly defined things from their environment in the shortest period of time and, if necessary, against the opposing effects of other things or persons in this same environment.”

What are the differences between Type A and Type B

People who fit into the “Type A” group are known to be highly sensitive, more ambitious, more competitive, impatient, to-do lists obsessed. They are very concerned with time management and easily stressed.

In contrast, people who are the opposite of this are classified as “Type B”. Those who belong to this category tend to be laid-back, more sociable and less stressed. They are more patient, steadier and more creative.

Luckily, nowadays other studies have been conducted and the personality theory has been updated. People don’t fall into one particular category, but show some “Type A” and some “Type B” behaviors, like John Schaubroeck, professor of psychology and management at Michigan State University said.

The “which personality type are you?” infographic

This infographic below explains with drawings the differences between “Type A” and “Type B”. Created by the guys at HubSpot, they intended the infographic as a sort of a basic A/B personality test. So check out the choices below and see if you’re more of a “Type A” or a “Type B”. Or maybe you’re a little bit of both!

a/b personality types infographic
Source: HubSpot

Over to you

What personality type do you think you are? Did you know before reading this which one you were? Or maybe, you’re a little bit of both?  And did you learn something new? Please, share with us in the comment box below. I’d like to know what you think!

 

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17 thoughts on “Type A Or Type B: Which Personality Type Do You Think You Are? (INFOGRAPHIC)

  1. Hi Nataly,

    Can it be possible to be both? I carry some traits from each personality type. My to do list is organized but at the same time I have a lot of tabs up, lol. My mom did always say I was weird. 🙂

    That was a fun infographic. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Cori,

      Yes, it can be possible to be both! I have also personality traits of both types. When I work on a post, I have as many tabs open as I can open, but I’m also very organized and my bookmarks are all in separate folders. So don’t worry, you’re not alone to be weird! LOL!

      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by! Happy hump day! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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    1. Hi Debbie,

      Great to see you here! I also have both sides and just like you, I used to be more Type A than Type B when I was younger. Maybe with age, we get wiser and become more Type B. LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  2. Hey Nataly,

    This is a fun post! I tend to be more on the Type B side. I see that person as laid-back and kinda going with the flow, however not missing a beat. Too cool!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Bren

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    1. Hey Bren,

      Glad you liked it! I thought it was fun too and that’s why I decided to write about this. Just like I said to Debbie, I used to be more Type A and now I’m more Type B. But I still have some characteristics of Type A like being to-do lists obsessed and easily stressed. LOL!

      Thanks for your comment, gf! Hope you had a great Monday! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  3. Hi Nat,

    Hope your weekend has gone well and you took some time for you. : ) Mine was a bit busy taking care of my family and Maggie got loose twice today so we got to chase the furbabe down the street and through the fields (fun…NOT….LOL).

    Loved the infographic and learned a lot from it. I thought I had a type a personality mostly but I learned I am more type b. Know what that means doll? I’ve really learned to relax more. Three years ago with all that anxiety I had, I bet I would have fallen under type a. So, thank you so much for sharing this and getting me up to speed on myself. I love that I have chilled out a bit.

    I’m off to get a post prepped for publishing and then off to crash for the night. Have a good week and can’t wait to talk to you. By the way, I’m doing something a bit different. I’ve decided to reach out to some of my online pals who I want to get to know better and share some personal things about myself to share they might not know about me and hope they will do the same in an effort to get to know each other better. Something you might not know about me is I grew up in a family filled with musicians. We used to all get together for house parties and everyone would get involved with the music. Our generation played and sang mostly country and folk music. Our newest generation is playing rap, indie and country. : ) I have a cousin whose voice is just like Loretta Lynn’s. I love to hear her sing. I hope when you get a few moments if you are at my site you will take a moment to share with me too so we can build our friendship.

    Best of everything Nat. I’m thinking about you girl. Take care.

    Irish

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    1. Hi Irish,

      I’m glad that you learned a little bit more about yourself with this infographic and saw that you were Type B and not Type A like you thought. I’m also more of Type B, but I still have some characteristics of Type A.

      I think that sharing a little bit about us with each other is a great idea! My family is also filled with musicians and singers. What a coincidence! One thing that I can tell you about me is that I’m an only child. I’ll share some more with you the next time I’m at your site.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, hun! Take care!

      ~Nataly

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  4. Hey Nataly,

    I remember doing this at Uni. I’m type A. I love organisation and lists. While I’m very flexible now, years ago things not going to plan could knock me around and I could become most stubborn. Now not everything has to be precise. I loved the lunch box one. I take my food everywhere with me or I would by junk food. And due to time management if I have food with me I don’t feel the need to go into stores, because every minute counts. But I do belong in the black coffee club. None of this fancy coffee for me. Give it to me strong and keep it coming.

    Oh and I’m a weekly clean up my in box. It is another form of ‘to do list’ for me reminders everywhere. Then I carry a little pad around with me, for ideas. Everything for me is in its spot. As I get older I enjoy this lunacy and every now and again I will go the opposite to everything I am just to see how I feel. Nah I like organisation. Thanks for the reminder.

    Rachel

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    1. Hi Rachel,

      I loved that this infographic helps us learn about ourselves. I’m glad that you shared your characteristics with me, it made me know you a little bit better. And you’re definitely Type A.

      I also like organisation and to-do lists, whether it’s virtual or on paper. I’m not as bad as before, but I’m also destabilised if things don’t go as planned and I don’t like to waste time. However, I like to wear relaxed clothes and I like all sorts of coffee. Sometimes it’s black and sometimes it’s a cappuccino with whipped cream. So you see, I’m definitely part Type A and part Type B.

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment! Hope you had a great Monday! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  5. Hey Nataly,

    Reading this post I have a little of both actually. I’m very organized and I like my inbox to be clean although I usually keep some in there as reminders of what I need to do. I’m not obsessed with it though nor my lists. I have one that I follow each day but it’s not to the extreme that most people make them.

    I am very laid back though, I dress very comfortably each day, I have a lot of tabs open but I’m focused. Overall I would have to say I fall more to the Type B category but at my age as healthy as I am, I’m going to say that what I’m doing is working for me! LOL!!!

    Cool infographic, thanks for sharing and I think this might freak anyone out!

    ~Adrienne

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    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Wow! What you’re describing sounds a lot like me. I discovered that with age, I tend to be more of Type B, but I still have some of the Type A characteristics. I love to keep my inbox as clean as possible, but when I’m working on a post or reading and commenting on others’ articles, I have as many tabs open as possible. I love to-do lists, but I dress comfortably.

      I’m glad you liked the infographic. Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  6. Hi Nataly,

    This was so much fun to do. I did more A’s to B ratio. So I’m guessing I’m leaning toward a type A personality with a little bit of B in it. Can that be possible? Or maybe it’s because I’m a Libra and need balance he he he.

    I did enjoy doing this because we always have to find different ways to know ourselves.

    -Donna

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    1. Hi Donna,

      I’m glad that you found this little test fun to do. I think that it’s always fun to learn a little bit more about ourselves. But you’re not alone to have both Type A and Type B characteristics. Most people have! However, I have several family members and friends who are Libras and it’s true that they need balance. Hehe!

      Thanks a lot for taking the test and for your comment! Hope you’re having a great day! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  7. Hey Nataly,

    I’m definitely a combo.
    I do think many of us are these days – simply because I think more of us are no longer fitting into specific labels. As we become more self-aware, I believe that we allow for that balance to occur because it feels better – more natural.

    I had looked at a similar comparison between using the right or left side of the brain recently and realized that I fall somewhere in the middle of that one as well.
    As us humans evolve, I think more of us will ride the middle as we allow more of ourselves to surface. Our traits and habits will soften, and we’ll be more open to new ideas and behaviors.

    Thought provoking post Nataly. I can see where people would have fun with this.
    Have a great rest of the week 🙂

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    1. Hey Dana,

      I’m a combo too! And you’re so right when you say that we no longer fit only in one label and I think that’s because we are more aware of our true potential. Just like you said, it’s important to allow ourselves to be open to new ideas and behaviors. That’s how we evolve and grow as individuals.

      Thanks so much for your comment, gf! Happy Easter! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  8. Hi Nataly,

    This was a very interesting post. I’d never heard of Type A and B before and the links to heart health.

    By the description I thought I might be a little of both and as it turned out that’s the result of the test.

    My results were ABABABB. A little of both but a good reason to look at ways to keep the heart strong.

    This is my first time at myrkastreet and I have to say I love the infographics.

    Bye for now.

    Alan

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