“He’s so Type A!” It’s something that we’ve all heard used to describe someone that is hardworking, demanding or extremely organized -- and not always in a positive way. Now a fixture in pop-culture psychology, the concept has been around since the 1950s, when cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman found a link between heart disease and what’s now identified as Type A personality. And while the stereotypes about this kind of person are easy to recognize, concrete criteria for who is and who isn’t Type A isn’t as clear-cut, especially for someone who is, let’s say, on the compulsive side. “You realize you’re a Type A person when you work with Type Bs -- and vice versa,” says Michael Sanger, manager for Hogan Assessments, a company that provides personality assessments to businesses. “And true growth happens when you appreciate and learn from the other personality type.” Don’t know if you’re a Type A? Keep reading to see how many of these traits you identify with.
Even if the other person isn’t aware you’re competing against them, you just can’t help but indulge your desire for the top spot. “Because of their goal-oriented focus, Type As tend to be competitive in all things,” says Molly Owens, CEO of Truity, developer of the TypeFinder personality-type assessment. Whether you’re striving to get ahead at work, leading your neighborhood soccer team to victory or simply aiming to be smarter, better, faster and stronger than you were yesterday, it’s important that you find an outlet for your strong competitive nature -- just as long as you can still be a gracious winner and not be a sore loser.
You do best when your day is perfectly planned out start to finish, and you’re in your element when you have a plan to help you accomplish everything on your to-do list. (Oh, and that meticulous to-do list? Also a sign.) “Type As are highly ambitious, driven and motivated people,” says personality-type expert Michael Sanger. They’re good organizational citizens and highly sought after in the business world, as they exemplify the traits of an ideal manager and are extremely good at following the rules, he says. So if you know you thrive on routine, Sanger recommends setting yourself on a path that allows you to showcase your abilities while minimizing your flaws. “Don’t fix yourself, fix the scenario you pursue,” he says.
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