What it means to be a type A, B, C, or D personality — and how to find the strength in each one

Chances are you’ve been labelled as a certain personality type in your life. You might have been called an extrovert or an introvert, or found out you’re an INTJ using the Myers-Briggs Indicator.

One of the most common personality designations is whether you’re a type A, B, C or D. They are fairly useful indicators for the kind of person you are, according to psychologist Perpetua Neo, but it might not be clear-cut whether you’re one or the other.

“I think for most people it tends to be one thing and then a little bit of another thing,” she told INSIDER. “I think with most personality type skills, you tend to have a distinct one and then something else that kind of influences it.”

Some people find labels stigmatising, while for others it’s a revelation because they find something that describes their life.

“Like a clinician or a doctor, we say we know the patterns, so this is how I can treat you and tailor it to you,” Neo said. “So personally I think the labels can be extremely helpful, because they help us understand who we are and our experiences.”

Here’s what separates the four personality types according to Neo, and what their strengths and weaknesses are:

Type A — The go-getter

“Type A tends to be a go-getter,” said Neo. “They tend to be quite impatient. Time is an important resource, so type A people tend to get overbooked, and overstretched.”

They have very high standards, and are extremely competitive. They love to set goals, and achieve as many as possible. And they’re always willing to set them for other people, and solve problems.

“Because they are quite rational and organised, they tend to think in terms of flow charts and KPIs and contingency plans,” said Neo. “But it’s not about being paralysed when things don’t go right. When things do go right, type A people still don’t think it’s good enough.”

Essentially they are highly competitive, driven people, but they can sometimes appear aggressive because they don’t say the right things.

Type A strengths

Type As are the kind of people you know you can rely on to inspire you, because they’re not afraid of pushing boundaries and exploring outside of their comfort zone.

“They don’t ask for permission, they ask for forgiveness instead,” said Neo. “Because there are a lot of things in life that require some kind of mindset, and sometimes if you ask for permission, nothing is going to happen — you have to make it happen yourself.”

Type A people can be highly inspiring in that way, because they can help you reach your goals, and achieve things you didn’t know you were capable of.

“They can get you connected to other people, or they can just make your life a lot more exciting,” Neo said.

Type B — The calming influence

“Type B people tend to be a lot more peaceful,” said Neo. “I’m not talking about the people who seem peaceful but are actually very chaotic — I’m talking about people who …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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