What Is A Type A Personality? Prominent Positive And Negative Traits

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What Is A Type A Personality? Prominent Positive And Negative Traits

There are so many personality types that you can identify with. But whether you go by your Myers-Briggs personality type or your Enneagram number when describing yourself, you might also find that you have some Type A personality traits

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What is a Type A personality?

Simply Psychology gives us three of the dominant traits of someone with a Type A personality. 

They are competitiveness, time urgency, and hostility. 

People who are Type A tend to place a high emphasis on the work that they do. Always wanting things to be perfect, this person has a hard time accepting mistakes they might make. 

In turn, there is a lot of comparison that ensues. 

Type A personalities want to do their best not only for themselves but to prove their ability to others. This competition might come through in relationships, at work, or somewhere as simple as a sport. 

These people want to win — all the time. 

The trait of time urgency shows just how busy the Type A is. With a strong dislike for unproductivity and delays, this personality type is likely to be impatient. 

Generally, they do things very fast, whether it’s talking, walking, or eating, they are always in a rush to cram in more projects. 

Often referred to as a workaholic, the Type A personality can’t sit still for very long. They might find it hard to relax and feel that they are wasting time if they are not crossing something off their to-do list. 

The Type A is good at multitasking and doing things quickly. 

As a result, they may act out of hostility every now and then. 

It doesn’t take much to upset a Type A and any minor inconvenience could lead to expressed (or unexpressed ) anger and frustration. 

Since they are so impatient, sometimes they react quickly in a negative way. 

Type A personalities tend to also have a pessimistic outlook on life and may not see things for the way they really are. 

Some of the Enneagram types that might be Type A are the reformer (1), achiever (3), individualist (4), loyalist (6), and challenger (8). 

The Myers-Briggs equivalents for a possible Type A personality are the ISTJ, INTJ, ESTP, ESTJ, and ENTJ. 

Positive Type A personality traits

1. Hardworking 

Something to be very proud of as a Type A personality is a strong work ethic. Not only do they impress their supervisors with how hard they work, but typically the work is done very well and doesn’t require much improvement. 

Without even trying, the Type A gets things done quickly and efficiently. It’s almost impossible for a Type A to put their name on something that they didn’t give 100% at. 

2. Strong ambition

No one understands chasing your dreams quite like the Type A personality. Since they are so confident in their abilities, they will work to achieve even the most unattainable goals. 

When the Type A talks about their aspirations and hopes, you can assure that they will be big. Many people admire this personality type’s courage to go after what they want, no matter how hard it might be to get it. 

3. Good leaders

With the confidence to be in charge, the Type A personality can crush any leadership role. Their organization, drive, and focus all play a part in why this personality type makes a good leader. 

The Type A also cares very deeply about the work they do and who they work for. That said, their concern for giving the best effort will push others to do the same. 

4. Resilient and strong

Type A personality types may get knocked down but are very good at getting back up. Their desire to be productive gives them the motivation to keep pushing forward despite negative circumstances that might arise. 

They can easily get back on track and handle whatever life throws their way. The Type A always wants to keep doing and achieving. 

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Negative Type A personality traits

1. High levels of stress and anxiety

It’s no surprise that a so-called workaholic is going to be stressed a lot of their life. Sometimes the Type A personality may take on too many tasks that are unmanageable and instead of reaching out for help or making a change, they will push on. 

This will most likely lead to burnout and other problems caused by stress and anxiety such as irritability, lack of sleep, and in some cases, depression. 

2. Health problems

Because their stress levels are so high, Type A personalities might suffer from health problems such as hypertension and heart disease. 

Although it can be difficult to make these associations with personality type, research shows that the Type A way of life can cause negative health effects. 

3. Isolation from others

When the Type A is too focused on their work at hand, they can neglect to be present with other people. For example, someone who is always strapped with work is less likely to get together with friends for fear of missing out on time to — you guessed it — work. 

This causes a sort of self-isolation because the Type A personality is more concerned with the logical, controllable parts of their life rather than the emotional, fun parts. 

4. Take life too seriously

Almost like an inability to let loose and find enjoyment, the Type A tends to take life way too seriously. They might bring their work home (literally or figuratively) and be unable to let go of their regimented way of life. 

Some people might take them as boring and dull people, whereas they really just find it hard to snap out of their driven nature. 

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Isabella Pacinelli is a writer who covers relationship, self-love, spirituality, and entertainment topics.

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