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!
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!