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Traits of a Type a Personality

Updated on August 16, 2018
Type A Personality
Type A Personality | Source

When I first start this hub I though I was a certified Type A Personality. I was a little taken aback to find out that I was not. Oh, I have many of the personality traits of the Type A Personality but I'm finding that I don't have all of them.

For instance, I am a work-a-holic. But I am not ruthless. I spend more time than most, I think, working at my regular job, writing, and crafting. I am competitive to an extent. I push myself to do my best but I am happy for someone who does better.

Anyway, the list of traits that are the same and the list of traits that are different go on and on. But, you know what I mean. Good news, it is not a common thing to have all of the traits for any one personality.

Type A vs. Type B personality
Type A vs. Type B personality | Source

A little about Type A Personality Types

Type A personalities typical are very competitive and goal-oriented. You will find them in a leadership position and in a business setting, or sports setting of one type or other. They will do what it takes whatever the consequences. They will work themselves to the bone to succeed.

The A personality will most often view a stressful situation as a challenge to overcome. They will not allow it to overwhelm or defeat them. You will often find this personality type are typically the most at risk for cardiac and coronary disorders. You will find this type most likely to have a heart attack.

Woman multitasking
Woman multitasking | Source

Type A Personality Traits



cannot seem to sit still - always need to be doing something

competitive - always has to be the best, must win, winning is everything

controlling - many describe them as a control freak

cynical - it's a dog eat dog type of type of competitive view



easily angered

easily wound up and tend to overact

experience a constant sense of urgency

fast talking


high blood pressure

higher risk of heart attack


impatient with delays and unproductive time

money importance - They spend or give money as a way of showing love and affection. It is their empowerment and security. They value themselves and what they do by money, what it's worth, how much it cost, how much did they earn, have or spend.

multitasker - always doing more than one thing at a time



poor impulse control - mostly in risk taking and anger

prone to developing stress related illnesses


strive towards goals without feeling a sense of joy in their efforts or accomplishments

time urgency - seem to be in a constant struggle against the clock. Time is important to them: they need to be on time, avoid running out of time, have a clock or watch near by so they can measure time.

Stop the madness
Stop the madness | Source

Stress and the Type A Personality

We now know that the Type A Personality is dealing with a tremendous amount of stress. The question is, how do you relieve some of this stress so it does not become physically harmful?

  • The first thing you need to do is make yourself as flexible as you can. Try not to set such rigid deadlines. Try not to have such a rigid approach.
  • Learn how to delegate. Let go of some of the work. Allow someone to help you accomplish your goals.
  • Learn how to manage your time a little better. Analyze your approach to work and weed out some of the little things that you do that can be skipped.
  • Make sure you allow yourself access to elimination of some of you stress. Jump in the pool and swim a few laps, join a gym and take the time to go.
  • Make sure you take a little break ever now and then. Sit and sip a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage. Take a short walk. Sit back and close your eyes. Relax for a minute or two.

We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance... And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.

— Joan D. Vinge

© 2013 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      d.william, I think we've all met that type A personality that contains a lot of the traits. I can't begin to imagine having to live with someone who contains a good amount of them.

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      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I have met many obnoxious know-it-all's in positions of authority, but none with all the Type A traits together. This would be the type of person we would surely avoid like the plague.

      Can you imagine being married to anyone with all these traits?

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice, the Type A in you allows you to work a high demand job and write your hubs about Boomer Lake that I love so much.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, with all the wonderful hubs you write, there must be at least a little bit of Type A in you somewhere. ;-)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      jabelufiroz, thanks. From reading your hubs I get the sense you have a good bit of the Type A personality. :)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, I have enough Type A to keep me going and enough Type B to keep friends.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I lean more towards Type A than not, so I found this to be informative as well as helpful in terms of how to cope with certain challenges. Thank you very much for sharing this useful article. Aloha, my friend!


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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am MOSTLY a type A. it doesn't help when the job pushes you beyond the extreme, though, and I am not able to delegate tasks. I am stuck with them...

      BUT, even though I still work when I am off the clock, it is something that I want to do where can take my time at it.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      I am not a Type A, KKGals, but I was feeling a bit stressed so I took your advice and jumped into the pool. I feel so much more relaxed now. But next time I will change to my bathing suit first. Promise. :)

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      5 years ago from India

      Great hub on Personality. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I find that i have some of the type A traits, thank goodness, not all. Hee. This is interesting and informative, happy you shared with us....


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