Understanding The Type B Personality
You may have heard about Type A personality, which is the go-getter personality that makes people more outgoing. Type A personality gets a lot of attention, but did you know that in addition to Type A, there are Type B and C personalities? Is it correct to assume that a B personality is the exact opposite of a Type A personality?
The answer is yes, that is a pretty valid description of a type B.
Type A Personality Traits
Those who are said to have a “Type A” personality are the overachieving go-getters. They’re the kids in school who freaked out if they received a B on their book reports. They’re the employees who go so above and beyond to finish a project that they’re bordering on brown-nosing.
Interestingly, the hostile behavior that often accompanies a Type A personality was once linked to heart problems. However, the link has since been clarified to be between hostile behavior and the activities one who displays hostile behavior is more likely to engage in, such as smoking, overeating, drinking, and remaining sedentary – the true origins of many heart problems.
If you’ve ever wanted to tell Marcus from accounting to cut down on his coffee consumption, and you’re not even sure if he drinks coffee, then this is because he is a Type A.
Type A personalities make great athletes because they are competitive. They are also more likely to suffer from health problems because of the anxiety they consistently live with as overachievers. But they can’t help themselves – this is who they are, just as Type B personalities were born to be who they are.
Personality Type B Traits
A person with a Type B personality is easygoing and relaxed about life. They take longer to get angry, and they handle even the toughest emergencies with an enviable sense of calm. Type B is the kind of person who would say something like, “don’t worry – if you don’t get it done today, you can always make time tomorrow,” when the Type A personality is freaking out over a deadline.
The Type B personality can be associated with a movie character who is calmly enjoying life while everyone around him is losing their minds. He’s naturally a relaxed guy. He’s the rock in the storm. This is the epitome of the Type B personality.
Companies often like to know someone’s personality type whether or not its the type B personality. It helps them make predictions on what that employee’s performance is going to be in a particular situation.
For example, you have a deadline you didn’t know about until now. You can predict whether the employee is going to overextend himself, using every possible resource available staying in the office until he gets the project done or whether he is going to turn in a half-completed project because “something is always better than nothing” and “we can always fix it up later"-these are common answers for people with the type B personality.
One personality type isn’t superior to another. Type A isn’t better than Type B personality or vice versa. However, knowing an employee’s personality type can be a good indicator as to how they handle stress. You can also predict which worker more likely to succumb to a health issue because they tend to let stress get the better of them.
Type D Personality Traits
You may have already known about Type A and B personalities, but did you know there is also a Type D personality classification? What kind of personality would be labeled as a Type D?
Type D personalities are well named for their Debbie Downer approach to life. They are prone to negativity. They’re always worried or cranky, and they tend to see the glass half-empty in situations.
Being in such a consistent depressive state is also connected to experiencing coronary issues as well as stress-related illnesses. Type D’s are often known for their tendency to always be sick.
The Pros And Cons Of The Three Personality Types
There are good and bad sides to these three personality classifications While Type A may drive themselves and those around them crazy with their self-imposed stress; they tend to turn in high-quality work and get their job done on time.
This more than likely earns them the money and praise they deserve – but they’re already lining up their next big project (three weeks in advance) and don’t have time to enjoy them.
The more laid-back type B personality approach to a situation can also drive people nuts, but for different reasons. “John, what can I do to make you feel the urgency this situation calls for?” But we may all be able to learn a thing or two from a type B personality: taking a step back, taking a breath, and approaching a situation calmly. After all, life is short. We shouldn’t be burning ourselves out on work that will only satisfy our bosses temporarily. That’s the way someone with a Type B personality thinks.
Changing Your Personality
Of course, we’re always taught to be happy with who we are. But what if our personality is negatively affecting our work or personal life? Making changes is within reach.
Type A Personality
For Type A personalities, this means they need to learn how to harness and control their emotions. They need to be able to rein in their stress levels and learn how to defrag with a good book and a cup of coffee (decaf!) once in a while. Or to sit around for a few moments a day and do absolutely nothing. It’s so simple, and it works wonders.
Put another way; Type A’s could stand to learn a thing or two from a Type B personality.
Type B Personality
People with the type B personality tend to fall behind because they don’t want to be held down by the commitment of setting a goal. But that’s what they need to do to be more successful. We have a plethora of time management apps available to us. Anyone can stick to a schedule when their phone is always sending them push notifications on what is due when.
These apps are helpful because someone with a type B personality could quickly turn into a type A by setting goals for himself that he doesn’t meet, for which he often faces negative consequences. Instead, someone with a type B personality can remain a type B by setting their goals but letting their calendar do the worrying for them. He will still need to work a bit harder to meet those goals, but at least the goals are set – a step up from where he was before when he couldn’t, or wouldn’t remember the dates for his deadlines.
Type D Personality
Type D personalities, unsurprisingly, may have to do the most amount of work to see positive results. For those who are more introverted when it comes to their feelings, they need to learn to open up to others because sometimes talking things through is enough to make you feel better even on your worst days.
Type D’s can also benefit from improving their interpersonal skills. Learning new ways to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers can help them express both their positive and negative feelings, instead of focusing solely on the negative.
Some folks feel the only things worth talking about are negative things because those are the things that genuinely interest people, but this is not true. Your coworker would be just as interested – perhaps more so – in learning about that new thing your baby did yesterday, rather than how your mother needs to go back to the oncologist to get the strange bump on her arm checked.
When it comes to personality types, it is essential to remember that they are as fluid as a person’s sexuality. Many of us have a combination of different personalities – Type A, B, or D.
Stress can bring you down, but it’s important not to hurt yourself or others in the process of being stressed.You don’t want to drive the people around you stressing about meeting deadlines. That’s not healthy or beneficial to you and those around you.
Do you have a Type B personality, and you wish you could be more of Type A? Are you frustrated with always seeing the negative things in life as a Type D? Reach out to one of our BetterHelp counselors today and get the help you need.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Type B personality traits?
People with Type B personality tend to be easygoing and relaxed. They go with the flow and take a much more carefree approach to life. They’re adaptable, laid-back, and patient. They’re often creative, and they usually have a lot of patience in challenging situations. Type B people also have lower stress levels, which helps them avoid many of the medical conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease, which are often a problem for Type A people.
Is there a Type C personality?
Yes. DISC theory, developed by a psychologist named William Moulton Marston, does include a Type C personality, as well as types A, B, and D.
What is Type C personality traits?
People with Type C have the following characteristics. They are:
- Driven to control outcomes by following standard policies and procedures.
- Most comfortable when they know what others expect of them.
- Objective and fact-oriented.
- Happiest when they can focus on one thing rather than multitask.
- Happiest working alone.
What are the 4 types of personalities?
The four types of personality are:
- Type A, who are ambitious and eager.
- Type B, who are relaxed and adaptable.
- Type C, who are hard-working introverts.
- Type D, who are pessimists and have a lot of stress.
What does Type D personality mean?
They also tend to have mental health problems, and they are prone to medical conditions like coronary heart disease. And, after a heart attack, they tend to recover more slowly. So, if you’re Type D, you need to take special care to safeguard your health. Psychology techniques performed by a psychotherapist can help you deal with the mental health issues created by negative thoughts and emotions.
What is Type B behavior?
Type B behavior can be described as the opposite of Type A behavior. Type A patterns of behavior include tension, aggression, and impatience. These behaviors can have detrimental health effects, and especially on conditions like coronary heart disease, as shown in the Western Collaborative Group Study. Years after the study, follow up experience showed that the conclusions held up to the test of time. In this study, the behaviors associated with Type A were found to be a risk factor for death due to coronary disease and high blood pressure, as well as other risk factors. Type A and Type B are very different in this regard. The B type of personality is usually associated with behavior that is relaxed, friendly, and patient. This behavior helps them avoid blood pressure issues, heart disease, and some mental health problems.
Are Type B personalities lazy?
Type A and Type B are also different in how driven they are. The person with type A may get a lot of work done very quickly, as they aggressively push themselves and others to complete tasks. However, Type B workers aren’t necessarily lazy. They may still work as much as they need to, to get the work done when needed. They don’t push themselves, but they’re generally positive about work just like they are about other aspects of life. And by maintaining a calm, steady approach to life, those with this personality tend to have more endurance, too. After all, they aren’t as likely to be sidelined by high blood pressure or coronary artery disease.
What is Type B personality mean?
The B type of personality is defined by certain traits and behavior patterns. The traits are relaxed, patient, and adaptable. The behavior patterns for type B are marked by easygoing, calm, and friendly interactions with others and approaches to work. Because they are so relaxed, those with Type B personality have less heart disease and blood pressure problems.
Can you be both Type A and B?
You can’t be completely Type A and Type B at the same time. However, Type C people may show traits and behaviors that are from both the A and B categories. The difference is that Type C also comes with other traits and behaviors that are not a part of either Type A or B, including intense focus and detail-orientation.
Are Type B personalities successful?
Type B, while not associated with aggressive people who are driven to succeed, may still give you the tools to succeed. Your friendliness, calm manner, and patience can help you achieve things that someone with Type A might fail at because of their hard-driving style.
What is the Type B behavior pattern?
B type behavior is relaxed, friendly, agreeable, and positive. B people get along well with others and enjoy their work as well as their personal time.