Have you ever heard the term “type A personality”? Maybe you’ve even used it to describe yourself. When we think of “type A” people, we are thinking about people who are driven to succeed. Type A people don’t give up easily, and sometimes they’re so focused on their goals that they neglect the effects of their hard charging ways. It’s classic type A for someone to take on more than he or she can handle.
Originally, typing people as “A” or “B” was used to figure out their personality type’s risk for heart disease. Scientists now question the validity of type A people being more prone to heart attacks, but there have been studies that suggest people who adopt a more laid back, “type B” lifestyle have less recurring heart problems. And I think we could all agree that it intuitively lines up. Stress is never good for your mental or physical health.
I don’t know if anyone else is like this, but I’m a recovering type A for sure. When I was in school, I used to get upset if I got less than 100% on a test. And of course, having such high demands on myself only led to failure. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tampered my ambition quite a bit, and I feel happier for it.
Take my quiz Do You Have a Type A Personality? to find out how Type A you are. Unlike, most Type A / Type B quizzes, I give you a bit of gradation with A-, B+, etc. And remember, A is not necessarily best. Or worst. I think we all go through phases in our lives with this, and it’s more about where you are right now.
What do you get on Do You Have a Type A Personality? How accurate is your result? Are you a recovering type A or type B?
P.S. Fun fact about this quiz… It was once featured in the online show notes for the Howard Stern show back when he was on regular radio. I’m not really sure how that happened, and I’m not sure how Howard scored personally 😉