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Type B Personality People - Slackers?

Updated on October 22, 2010

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I’m not really one to categorize; however, I’ve been labeled a “Type A” person quite often, especially by one of my coworkers. She loves to say how I’m Type A, like it’s a bad thing, and how Type B people are better and “more relaxed”. I don’t really think people fall into one category or another, just like I don’t believe in the “soft sciences” of psychology and psychiatry or made up illnesses, such as ADHD or fibromyalgia. In this article I discuss my observations of the people that make fun of Type A people and proudly claim to be Type B.

Victims of Circumstance

Type B people are full of excuses and are victims of circumstance. Here’s a sample of things I heard:

  • I didn’t work out today because so-and-so called and wouldn’t hang up the phone
  • I failed to get an A in school because the student next to me talked too much
  • I got caught up with that TV show last night and forgot to take out the trash

Type A people don’t make excuses. They take responsibility for their actions and control their circumstances as much as possible.


Type B = Slacker. Sure, if you don’t set aggressive goals and hold yourself accountable, it’s easy to be “relaxed”. Type A people make a difference in this world because they work hard at achieving their desires. Type B people relax, watch, and criticize Type A people.

Stop Talking and Do!
Stop Talking and Do!

Talkers, Not Doers

I have a philosophy that there are “those that do and those that talk”. Type B people are talkers, not doers. Type A people set goals, come up with a plan, and execute the plan, all the while overcoming obstacles. Type B people daydream and wonder why all the talk never amounted to much.

Fear of Commitment

Type B people can’t commit to anything. A commitment is against their mantra (relaxation). Examples of Type B people’s fear of commitments:

  • Can’t decide what to major on in college, so spend 7 years of a Type A person’s money on a 4 year degree
  • Can’t decide on a profession, so constantly switch jobs, always starting over at the bottom
  • Can’t commit to hardly any dates or plans in the future, because “something might come up”

Type A people decide, commit, and succeed!

Chronically Late

Type B people are chronically late. They always have a “valid” reason for their lateness. This relates to them being victims of circumstance. Type A people are rarely ever late.


Are you Type A or Type B? If you're seething now and criticizing my article, you're more than likely Type B. Also, a good indicator is if you’ve talked about writing an article for years, yet have never done it, you're Type B. Type A people just do it and deal with the consequences of our actions. Type B people prefer inaction. Ever wonder why an “A” is considered better than a “B”???


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      5 years ago

      I am a Type B and I think that Type B people overall have a much happier and fulfilling life than most Type A people. I'm not lazy, I just value moments of respite and introspection. I also think that overall Type B people make better leaders. Type A's are far too meticulous and anal about small and unimportant details to ever really know how to stay calm and cool under pressure. . They also freak out too much and effective leaders never crack and have mental breakdowns. Type A people look at Type B's as lazy but the truth is that we are not lazy at all, we are just more efficient at balancing our work-time and down-time. We don't try to work until we are depressed and overwhelmed, we know when its time to take a mental and physical break and we feel damn good about taking our breaks. We are also much more confident. One of the reasons why Type As are so neurotic is because they are afraid of loosing control. Type Bs know that we can't control everything and therefore we are much more relaxed in our approach and we handle change and problems with ease-- Type As worker harder but Type Bs work smarter.

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      can't type me 

      6 years ago

      Type A people like yourself are total douchebags. Period.

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      Type C 

      6 years ago

      So...I guess Type A personalities are zombies that love monotonous cubicle work, while Type B personalities are the ones who make a real difference in science, etc. by openness and acceptance to failure.

      Yes, the world needs both types of people to function. But you can't call "Type B" inferior, because there have been a lot of historical examples of likely "Type B" people who were told they couldn't succeed, and yet ended up contributing more than to society than their critics ever could dream of.

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      6 years ago

      I'm not type A or B, I think I'm type Z. (zzzzzzzz)

      crawled out of bed at midday to eat some toast now i'm crawling back

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      7 years ago

      Nice sound like a real type A-hole!! I think you need to give the good things in life a chance too...and maybe you could broaden you narrow mind...

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      7 years ago


      I'd say that I'm a A/B mixed type - and, it all depends on whether the task at hand lines up with my larger system of values. Working as an artist, I have a very strict system for every piece currently in my production process. I hold myself to self-imposed deadlines, I have a backlog of future works that I tirelessly plod through, and I don't consider a piece completed until it's been documented, categorized, and assigned to a future showing. And, I think most people would consider fine art a very Type B pursuit - but I find myself at my most Type A while being creative.

      Other things - like dishes, taxes, working out, all take their spots on a very distant back burner. These things don't resonate with my core values, and are thus not worthy of my Type An energy.

      Also, I would criticize your article a bit (as others have) for not taking a more nuanced perspective when using the word scientific. Psychology is certainly intuitive, but most sciences get their start through creative insight and intuition (surely, Newton took a few creative leaps when first thinking about physics - and the physics we have today (quantum mechanics) would certainly appears more scientific than what Newton was working with).

      In the end, I don't think it's correct to label a personality all type A or type B. Rather, we're all a mixture of the two - this is actually very healthy - if we spent all of our energy and attention on every task, we probably wouldn't find the focus to actually accomplish anything.


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      7 years ago

      Amusing. I am a proud type B. I value my type A counterparts when they are a well balanced leader; one that I can work with and depend on for the things that they do better and that have the confidence to depend on me for the things that I do better. I am a type B with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and work hard everyday to support our warfighters. I have observed those with a lack of confidence that are seemingly quick to point out all that is wrong with those that aren't like them. Perhaps some time, some wisdom, and a few deep breaths; I wish you the best and that life brings you something better than what you've experienced thus far.

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      7 years ago

      Type A personalities are considered better than type B's? By whom? Other type A's? We type B's just don't see much real value in the whole rat-race based, materialistic world of the type A's. Articles like this are the equivalent to the prefabricated furniture for sale at Walmart; clearly not much effort went into it and the resulting product is nothing but particle board pretending to be real oak. The author ought to scribble in some time in his appointment book to learn how to write. What good is being motivated enough to post an article if the article itself just isn't very well written?

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      8 years ago

      That was a rather entertaining read, but to counter this article, A-types aren't all that they're cracked up to be. If B-types are

      slackers, then by same virtue, A-types are tools.

      A-types are oh so ready to be 'talked' into being used like a tool by a craftier B-type, who usually ends up being one with the


      A-types usually find themselves in sales jobs and telemarketing (not that there's anything wrong with them, it's just that those

      types of jobs are unhealthy and don't leave much room for advancing).

      Some of the more successful A-types may end up being talent scouts, used car dealers, or even politicians (as do many B-types).

      However, the same A-types who are so nobly 'making a difference in the world' are also the first ones accused of destroying that

      said world.

      A-types also find (or rather rush) themselves into social conflict due to their wreckless demeanor, in oppose to the fear-to-commit


      Ultimately, there is no right or wrong personality type. Being a slacker or a tool doesn't sound appealing on either account. The

      ideal individual would be the elusive A-B Type. This article fails at making such a basic deduction.

      Had a B-type wrote this, maybe there would have been a little more substance in this article.

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      8 years ago

      I've learned a lot from this article. If you're a type A, you're a conceited douchebag. As a type A, I can easily say I am embarrassed by this article. Why would you go out of your way to attack type B personalities? Five out of five stars for making yourself feel better.

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      8 years ago

      I resent having to wake up early to suit your Type A 'up at the butt crack of dawn' stranglehold on everyone's life. We aren't living in agrarian times anymore - get over it already! Besides, I don't make you stay up late when I'm most active and you are all sleepy - how would you like that? I'm a fairly successful person who can make decisions and get things done, and I consider myself to be Type B. I am extremely mellow, that doesn't mean I'm inactive. The only thing that pisses me off is having to be somewhere early in the morning when there's traffic. It's just so STUPID that we all have to be somewhere at the same exact time. It's 2010 and we work in the midst of a global economy, do we really still have to do the 9-5 thing? As to the allegation of 'slacking' - I prefer to think of my 'slacking' as enjoying life. It's what I do with the time I save by being smarter than everybody else and getting my stuff done in a more efficient manner. I've observed that people who are overly competitive and are always GO-GO-GO! are usually being that way to make up for the fact that they are more pushy than thay are talented. Kinda like those who can talk a good game but can't back up their words. Even if it looks impressive in action, the results are usually not so great because things aren't exactly thought out. And that's fine because, guess what? You get to do it again! And again! And again! GO-GO-GO Type A people! I'll be having a nap and dreaming happy dreams :P

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      8 years ago

      Hi UberSlacker! Thanks for the great comment! Your lifestyle sounds pretty awesome. It's nice to hear from a slacker point of view too. Sometimes I wish I could become a slacker and play video games and my guitar all day...that would be pretty sweet. Good point on the slackers seething about this article - you're right most are probably too chilled :) Thanks again for the great comment and slacker point of view. Cheers.

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      8 years ago

      I really liked this article. I am a 100% type B personality. A textbook slacker of the highest degree. I live in a low income apartment, I slam 40's and jam on my guitar at 9am while the rest of the world is punching in. I say leave the work for people who actually WANT to do it. Some of the things in your article about Type B are entirely wrong though, although I understand why you may have this perception "Type B people can’t commit to anything. A commitment is against their mantra". Not true at all, myself and all kinds of other slackers I know are totally capable of commitment. The thing is we only do things we WANT to do, and will almost NEVER do anything we don't feel like doing. I am very sincere about music and I play several different instruments and am entirely committed to it. I play video games all the time and strive to get better at them. I'm always hunting for a new piece of tail when I'm not busy with music, video games, or fishing. These are the things I love to do and I see no point in doing anything else. Why go to college to get a job I don't even want to buy things I don't need? I am probably one of the happiest people in the entire world, and I make under 10 grand a year. Another point I contest "If you're seething now and criticizing my article, you're more than likely Type B."Also, a good indicator is if you’ve talked about writing an article for years, yet have never done it, you're Type B." First off, Type B people can't be bothered with seething, we are too chilled out for that. Also, I actually am a freelance writer, I work less than 30 hours a month total. I have residual income from articles I have written in the past (similar to hubpages payment model) and have a few clients I work with on a normal basis for small jobs. I cap my income at 600 bucks per month because any higher and the rent for my apartment increases (rent is on a sliding scale). I do not feel the need to criticize your article, just giving you a true type B point of view. The biggest concern in my life is getting the latest video game. No stress, no worries, and I love it.

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      8 years ago

      I know both Type A's and Type B's who are very successful, but at very different things. Each has his or her strengths and weaknesses, including Type A's.

      My mom is a Type B. She's relaxed, she's often late for things, she's very social, and makes sure she squeezes in enough time to do things that make her feel good. She forgets... a lot! AND... she just won president's club for best performance in her position in the US from a very large company in a year when every one else was doing unusually lousy due to the economy. She's the best at what she does, because she does it her way.

      My point is, no one's the best, we all have room for improvement as well as wonderful strengths.

      I'm Type B!

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      8 years ago

      Hi EFPotter - thanks for the constructive comment!

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      8 years ago

      I disagree with several statements in this article (psychiatry not being a real science, ADHD not being a disease, most majorly people not immediately pinning down what they want to do in college being lazy or afraid of commitment), I fully agree with the overall tone and points. I think there are a lot of people who could have their eyes opened to a thing or two from reading this.


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