I was in a conversation at a coffee shop with a former colleague over the weekend. She was frustrated because she was a self-proclaimed “Type A” and her career was not moving fast enough for her.
The Type A reference instantly propelled me back to my recollections of being a recent college graduate. In my first job as a receptionist, my Type A personality was relentless. I was fiercely unhappy and thought that I was way above answering the phone. My superiority complex led me to leave the role in 3 months to accept an executive assistant role. Within 6 months, Plan B quickly failed and so had my Type A personality. However, the anxiety and power struggle continued.
Fast forward to 2013 and I can say that my Type A label disintegrated several years ago. I am not sure how or when I had an inadvertent change of heart but a refresher of Type A and B Personality descriptors explained lots.
Type A: Rigidly organized, status conscious, impatient, overcommit, often interrupt, obsessed with time.
So, Type As are very obsessive and restless. Now for Type B:
Type B: Work hard but steady, enjoy achievement but not stressed when do not achieve, learn from losing, creative, exploratory, reflective.
So, Type B personalities steady but productive. Type B personalities also will likely gather information before making decisions and may be more likely to think outside the box. I am sure Type Bs have anxiety but it does not permeate their lives.
The Conclusion: Have you ever met anyone that you would not call ambitious? Ambition is a social construct and being a self-proclaimed Type A is not. So, Type B wins. What’s more important here though is to remember to consider how others could perceive you before you aspire to be that self-proclaimed uptight person.