Friday, November 4, 2011

Extra = Type A ?

Although I knew the definitions of each word previously, i never really thought about the true meaning of each word until we discussed it during class. Another term that I wanted to continue further was Type A personality. Are extroverted people always Type A? Are introverted individuals always calm and held back? I wanted to get some answers. Once thinking about it, I consider myself Type A personality, minus a few traits.

"The theory describes a Type A individual as ambitious, aggressive, business-like, controlling, highly competitive, impatient, preoccupied with his or her status, time-conscious, andtightly-wound. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving "workaholics" who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence."

So because I am ambitious, aggressive, impatient, etc., does that mean that I am also an extravert?

I have found that more often than not, I am friends with extroverted individuals that also have a Type B personality so that theory was proven wrong before I even had to think about it. While many of my friends are Type B personality, they seem to be more extraverted as well. I also noticed that although I am more about multi tasking and dead lines, my friends are more assertive and seeking external stimulus. I dont even know if this is making sense in words but what I mean to say is that there is no definitive 'type' a person has to be in order to fit the description of extrovert or introvert.

Just another side note, someone I know is very introverted and Type B. He is very quiet, antisocial, relaxed, and easy going. But, if you bring up golf to him, which is his favorite sport, you would never know he is that type of person.

Overall I dont really like this labels for people because they never seem to fit perfectly most of the time.