Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Theory of Personality Types A, B, C, and D

Both researchers Friedman and Rosenman drew the conclusion that people who exhibited characteristics of type A personalities were more likely to suffer from heart disease. They based their theory on the characteristics that seem to be universal for people who exhibit traits of a type A personality. Traits including but not limited to unnecessary stress, obsession with time management, aggression and hostility.

While this theory has since been disproven it seems to hold some of its accuracy. Researchers now know that stress is a major risk factor for developing heart disease which is typical of the type A personality. However it is also possible for the more laid back personality sub type B to suffer from heart disease. Hence the theory being disproven, but still holding slight merit.

People with type B personalities tend to be less stressed and slower paced than the stressed out type A personality. They tend to be flexible and tolerant individuals and are not overcome with feelings of guilt should they decide to take time to enjoy life.

Over the years the theory of personality has become widely accepted and used as a tool for understanding one's self opposed to a diagnostic tool. In today's day and age personality testing is often used in schools for career testing, by psychologists, in psychology classes, pre employment screenings and self-awareness assessments.

Modern day psychologists have added a personality type C as well as a personality type D into the mix. As researchers begin to find more characteristics that society shares they are now able to add these two new(er) sub types in an attempt to more accurately asses one's personality.

Type C and type D personalities share a lot of the same traits as their 'sister sub types but they seem to take into account more of an emotional aspect than their counterparts.

For instance type C personalities often show similar characteristics to type A people however they are not as obsessed with time management. Type C personalities also have a hard time sharing their emotions are often categorized as emotionally repressed people.

Type D people like routine, they search for security and routine in their daily lives and once they find what their looking for a change in pace or pattern is not likely for these people.

While the theory of personality is no longer used as a diagnostic tool it is still very handy for self assessment. There are many places online you can take personality quizzes to see what personality sub type you fall into. After reading your sub type you can also find careers, relationship and life advice based solely on your personality subtype.

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