I'm a lazy Type A personality who tries to get out of doing as much as possible. I infinitely prefer having fun, sleeping, reading, dancing, etc. But I think there must be something about type A to me.
katiem2, I'm afraid I'm both. I'm always working, or doing my music, or learning something new. I sleep little and hate waiting, but I'm very, very patient with people. I only do what I want to do, and if I don't like doing something and the reward for doing it isn't high enough, then I just won't do it anymore. And if things don't go as planned - what the hell? Try again, and again and again. And if it still doesn't work out ... well - it was fun trying. Yeah - I couldn't put myself into category A, nor B. Did I ever mention that I'm a Gemini ...
For years I was always an A Personality. Then after being totally burnt out I made a decision to change. I was worried the stress would kill me. So now I am a B personality. I work hard, but I'm easy going about it.
I wonder what is this compulsion humans have to categorize humans - a or b? c or d? this or that? it just doesn't work that way in my world - and the minute I start labelling people this or that they do a flip flop and amaze me - I've given it up. I think the world would be so much better off if we just accept that each and every human is unique, like a leaf, like a flower - part of the joy and wonder of being alive is finding in each other the bits that make the whole and cherishing the whole as distinct. Therefore, putting Type A and Type B labels on ourselves is like saying some people work too much and other people don't work enough! It's unfair and untrue.
Now also, if you start labelling what is "work" and what isn't, I'll really scream at you! Leave it be. Look for happiness in yourself and if you don't find it, maybe check and see if you're making "work" out of something, or spending too much time unnecessarily doing things you don't like to do. But don't try to label yourself, or you'll be limiting yourself to that label - makes sense?
I always tend to bristle when someone tells me I am either one thing or another - and then I launch into that thing I do - so what type personality is that? type D - bossy!
my dad used to say, "now, don't go getting up on your hind feet!" which used to make me very mad! Now I find myself wanting to say that, but who would understand in these modern days exactly the permutations of that saying?
Well, the Myers Briggs break personalities into 16 types. I am hovering between two of these INTL, The Master Mind and ISFJ, the protector. Then there are the four temperaments. I can't remember which of these I got. I really believe that everyone is a unique individual though, and tests may tell us some basic traits that we lean toward but they are merely scratching the surface.
Hmm. I'm a Type A with perspective on the inside; but because I have responsibility as a parent, role model, and setter-of-moods, I act like a Type B on the outside as much as I can (a person can't really hide "Type A" completely). Also, because I exhaust myself by being a Type A on the inside (perspective or no perspective), I occasionally appear to be a Type B because I'm so exhausted I can't function as my usual Type A self.
I suspect there's a good chance that's the least healthy type of person to be. I like to think that "perspective" I try to have will help keep me out of the, otherwise inevitable, cardiac care unit.
If I have to be somewhere at 6 a.m. I will put my alarm clock on 5 a.m. I will wake up at at 4 a.m. because I do not want to be late. I sit when I cannot stand or walk anymore. I lie down when I cannot sit anymore. When I am down on my bed that means I cannot do anything anymore in a vertical position. But I still can eat, watch TV, read a book, talk on a telephone, scold my cat/kid, prepare some lunch/dinner for tomorrow, make some useful notes, admire(or not)the weather and be happy/sad the way I am. It's not an A personality. It's an N personality - NUTS!
Wow Katiem, Lots of interest in this question. Now that I'm retired, I'm definitely Type B, laid back and loving it. Had to force myself to be Type A when I was working else I wouldn't have gotten everything done. (smile).
When I'm in A-mode, I'm obsessive, unaware of the passage of time while I pursue the project. In B-Mode, I'm totally at ease, unhurried, free-spirited. So I've been all my life and finally came to accept and appreciate it.
More psycho-babble labels that the "experts" and "professionals" slap on us so that we can be classified and categorized and pigeon holed.
If you're a high-energy person, you're a Type A. You can't just be someone who is high-energy, you have to have a label. You have to be a Type A. If you lack motivation, of course you're a Type B... another label. You can't just be a lazy slacker anymore.
I don't believe anybody is all one type or the other. If you were an A all the time, you'd burn yourself out and you'd be so obnoxious nobody could stand being around you. If you were a B type all the time, you'd just come across as lazy and never get anything done. I think people are little bits of both, I know I am. Sometimes I'm a little bit more A and other times I'm a little bit more B. I can't imagine being one type all the time, and I won't call myself one or the other either. I won't be slapped with another label. I've got enough of those already.
Wow, where did all that come from? LOL, is it obvious that I've had way too much therapy?
WOW through this process I've realized I'm both. I have an extreme amount of energy yet am really laid back and always prepared to say, "That's one idea" to all others who look to challenge my ideas and way of doing things. I just move on quickly and say, "NEXT"
So true we are what we are and choose to do with it! Great contribution. Thanks
Well, when I do not have anything to do or have to wait for something, or somehow being forced into inactivity, I get sick (high temperature, weakness etc.) or I start inventing something in my head, like a story with different heroes in it, or play a movie in my head that I've seen long ago. Under different life conditions I probably should have become a professional writer in my native language of course. Right now I am too busy with just life.
I was a Type A most of my life and career driven and always striving to gather stuff, toys and money. Those were in my foolish years, now that I am wiser at 60 I have retired to the comfortable lifestyle of Type B....with no regrets. LOL
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