What if there is an internal conflict between Type A and Type B tendencies?
If one is Type B or Type C, and one feels obligated to exhibit Type A behavior, what is one's likely mental and physical state in such a situation? I would think that it would generate a lot of tension.
Yes, it would. In the original theory, Type A and Type B were opposite types in relation to how we handle anger. Type A (linked to coronary disease) tends to be angry and authoritative and expressive. Type B tends to be self-repressed.
Some people have suggested a correlation between Type B and susceptibility to cancer. Others have proposed that it can be linked to a weak immune system.
It is a generally accepted truth that, when people who repress their feelings finally do blow up, they do it in a big way. We see this in spree killings. The typical spree killer (when it is not a result of drug abuse) is a quiet type B person who explodes violently.
We all benefit from becoming aware of our natural tendencies and learning new options. Type A folks can benefit from self-awareness and self-control, such as anger management. Type B folks can benefit from self-awareness and self-expressing, such as learning to tell people how they feel, and learning to insist on respect in healthy ways.
Often, in our society, we expect people to run the rat race and follow a high-stress lifestyle of Hurry Up and Get Ahead. Not everybody is inclined to follow such a course, but we, as a culture, practically insist upon it. Surely that conflict would bear consequences?
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