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What It Means If You Have A 'Type C' Personality

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While the Type A and Type B personalities are widely known, did you know there are also Type C and D personalities as well?

To determine if you are a Type C personality, simply take a personality test!

What is a Type C personality?

Based on the DISC Theory, a "method of identifying predictable actions and personality traits within human behavior" researched by Dr. William Moulton Marston, Type C individuals are detail-oriented, analytical, decisive, good at solving problems, and are also highly creative.

Labeled as "The Thinker," Type C personalities are logical and rational thinkers. People with a Type C personality are incredibly detail-oriented and rational.

They feed off control and stability within their life, and dislike anything that disrupts their focus. This includes emotional expression; they see it as irrelevant. For the Type C personality, emotions only get in the way of logic and analysis.

Since this personality is overly thoughtful, they put a lot of effort into the work they do. As a result, they are organized, independent, and rule-followers.

A person with a Type C personality is not afraid of challenges; rather, they welcome them. They are confident in their ability to succeed and put their best work forward.

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In addition, a Type C personality is an incredible problem-solver. As a matter of fact, finding a solution to a problem is one of their favorite things to do.

With the goal in mind of having absolute control, they find it difficult to have a lighthearted disposition, as they take themselves and other people very seriously. Sometimes they can be overly critical, but it’s only because of their desire for things to be a certain way — their way.

The Type C personality is curious about how things work and they want to be as knowledgeable as possible. They are not afraid of change and see it as an opportunity to grow in various aspects of life.

Positive Type C Personality Traits

1. Dedicated

It seems as if every task a Type C does is completed with careful consideration and time. They are in-tune with their passions and have a strong desire to achieve goals.

Even if the Type C personality isn’t in love with the job they’re doing, you can be assured that they will show admirable grit and dedication. There is no one more committed to the jobs and people in their life like a Type C.

2. Decisive

For many people, making a decision is one of the hardest things to do, but not for the Type C personality. They are quick to discover the best decision to make, and will put in the necessary logic and reasoning to their choice.

If ever you need help with a decision, going to a Type C might be your best bet. They can help guide you through the logistics and give you a unique perspective on the situation at hand.

3. Organized

Due to their thoughtful nature, the Type C personality is always one step ahead of the rest. They take comfort in knowing that they are as organized as possible.

A Type C personality is able to prepare for various scenarios because of their deep thinking and attention to detail. It’s not uncommon to find a Type C with a solution to a problem before it even arises.

4. Resourceful

There are no boundaries for the Type C personality. Unlike other types, they are not stuck in one way of thinking, but rather expand their perspective to see another side.

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They can easily adapt to new situations and find a way around any conflict that may present itself. A Type C is courageous and unafraid to find a different way of doing something. In fact, they are always looking for a chance to put their resourcefulness into action.

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Negative Type C Personality Traits

1. Detached

Since Type C is emotionally repressed and reluctant to express their emotions or listen to the emotions of others, they appear to be detached from social situations.

The Type C personality believes that emotions overshadow the importance of success and complicate things. That said, they may not give their best effort into maintaining relationships or friendships.

2. Perfectionist

Many personality types include perfectionist tendencies, but it’s very prevalent in the Type C personality because of their desire to be spot-on all the time.

They don’t like making mistakes and feel that any imperfection is a sign of weakness and failure. As a result, the Type C personality is usually pretty hard on themselves and can lose self-respect when things don’t go according to plan.

3. Depressive

Bottling up emotions isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. For the Type C personality, their coping mechanisms generally begin to cause depression and feelings of hopelessness, and can lead to issues like heart disease.

In turn, their immune systems may become weak and they have a harder time fighting off disease. It’s clear that the Type C way of life is not always the healthiest for their minds and bodies.

4. Uncompromisable

At the same time they tend to cooperate because they want to avoid conflict, a Type C personality is a "my way or the highway" kind of person.

Sometimes they become upset by anyone who tries to disarm their way of thinking or doing. The Type C personality wants everything to be a certain way, and they have no problem expressing their anger towards people who disagree with them.

Best Careers For A Type C Personality

Type C personalities do best in working environments where they can focus on perfecting projects and producing high-quality work. As such, they prefer to work independently rather than with a team, as they can spend a lot of time producing with precision.

Though they thrive when given autonomy and among efficient coworkers, they tend to criticize the people they work with and absolutely loathe face-to-face meetings. Negative emotions towards coworkers not only leads to a lack of patience and admonishment, but can harm the Type C personality's mental health as well.

With this in mind, the best careers for a Type C personality include jobs like engineering, science, analytics, administration, or business.

What are Type C's similar personality types?

Though the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs types don't follow the DISC personality theory, a Type C personality is comparable with certain other personality types.

A Type C personality is similar to type 1 (Reformer) and type 8 (Challenger) in the Enneagram, as well as in Myers-Briggs types ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, and ISFJ.

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Isabella Pacinelli is a former contributor to YourTango, features editor for Ashland University's The Collegian, and freelance writer for Medina Weekly News. Follow her on Facebook for more.

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