Oddly enough, I am a Type A. Are you?

I always thought growing up that I was a Type B. But I think that says a lot about my insecurities and anxiety as a child that got even worse into young adulthood. What does it mean to be Type A or Type B anyway?

TYPE.A — It’s okay, you got this. Like, all of it.

Okay, so maybe I am not Type A all the time, but I am sure as heck ambitious, driven, impatient, focused, and strong-willed (I would like to add, strong-hearted). Some basic Type A predispositions also include:

  • controlling
  • aggressive
  • competitive
  • self-critical
  • perfectionist
  • overachiever
  • you may be a Gryffindor (duh).

Now that I look at some of those traits, I can see why I have been called Type A, literally by people who barely know me. It is easy to spot a Type A. But, you have to remember, it is not all encompassing of someone’s personality. Rather, it is more of a spectrum of behavioral traits. And TBH, I think everyone lies on a spectrum of mental health. In fact, mental illness diagnoses are made by checking the DSM, a Diagnostic Statistical Manual to see if you get like a handful of symptoms to qualify you with the disorder. Crazy to think about, right?

We just don’t know enough about the brain chemistry to directly pinpoint what may be a mental disorder with, say, an easy blood test. Vampires beware!

TYPE.B — It’s like Sloth Cycling…we’ll get there…when we…get there.

Here’s the bread and butter of Type B or at least the stereotypical traits:

  • low stress
  • flexible
  • relaxed
  • easygoing
  • in the moment
  • laidback
  • Sloths, the cutest and slowest animals ever.

And here, I thought I was a Type B. Just totally chilled out. Wrong. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. Think of Type A as Dwight Schrute. And Type B is Jim Halpert. And yeah, I can relate to Dwight. Wish I was more like a Jim. #TheOffice

But wait! There’s more!

As I have learned to go easy on myself, especially with therapy like DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) I have discovered ways to calm my hyperactive brain and body, and slowed my roll a bit. Just because you mostly fit into one personality category, does not mean you can’t change some of those traits. Type A can learn to chill out and live mindfully. And Type B can set some goals, son.

Either way, none of this is set in stone. Have fun and let your TYPE.A or TYPE.B personality shine.

Before I do anything I ask myself, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ and if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing. — Dwight K. Schrute, THE.OFFICE

type A, Dwight Schrute, The Office
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