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Working With a Type A Personality

Many personality type assessment models like Carl Jung's Psychology Types, Myers Briggs Personality Types Theory, the DISC model, etc., have been developed over the years but the most commonly known out of these models is Andrew Goldsmith's Theory - Type A and Type B Personality. Read More

Interrupting a type A

I realize I have a type A personality after reading the assessment. One of the things that matter to me the most is how to make the best use of my work day. Therefore, I'm easily irritated when people interrupt me without a good reason. We recently published our review of why it's important to know how and when to interrupt others. I hope it's useful. - Erich

This matches my personality

This matches my personality 100% when it comes to work. Sometimes I get to work in the morning with a mental schedule of my entire day, and begin to countdown to the minute of how much time I have left (along with calculating what percentage it's at as well).
Furthermore; I do act like everything must be finished today - I hate leaving things until tomorrow or next week.

And I've only been late once, and by 4 minutes, which most consider "not really late", but to me I held it as "it's still late!"

working with type A personality

Your suggestions about how to work with a type A personality were
helpful to some degree, but I am a teacher of young children just paired with another teacher who is type A. It makes it very difficult to appreciate her sense of urgency and efficiency when working with early learners who need the time and space to work through skills and interactions.
Her task-oriented approach and speed with which she operates is driving me crazy! My philosophy of teaching is very different than hers and I don't know what to do...HELP!

Thank you for reaching. I can

Thank you for reaching. I can empathize and appreciate your frustration.

It's difficult for me to give further advice without some examples. Ultimately, it's important to understand what drives your co-worker into a strict behavior where urgency and efficiency is of the utmost importance.

Whilst young learners do need to learn boundaries, it's important that it be done in a way that is not detrimental.

You may have done this already but have you talked to your co-worker about your different teaching styles?



Thank you for the response. A

Thank you for the response. A meeting with our directors has just been set up for Monday to address "different philosophies of teaching". My goal is to be heard and not talked at or to all the time. Talking to her about issues of teaching styles has so far engaged us in a useless power struggle...

I find a lot of personality

I find a lot of personality tests are overly simplistic, and I often do not identify myself with the traits that are listed neatly in one category versus another.

These type of tests try to figure out if you're a square peg or a circle...but this is dependent on your JOB responsibilities and whether your job is deadline driven, and how much work demands you have from your team; thus you require their cooperation so that you can do your job efficiently, prioritize and meet deliverables on time. Others may have deadlines, but they are not immediate and more future-oriented...these people don't take your work seriously, and want you to play by their rules...this is horrible if this includes your boss.

On an introversion - extroversion test though, I know where I clearly stand --- introverted. However for the Type A and Type B personality, because it's work-related...I would identify with most of the Type A points, however on the first two points, Competitiveness and Unrealistic sense of urgency...the way they're described is way too dramatic. I'm a realistic person (yet imaginative) person; I'm competitive but in tasks only...I don't view people as competition -- that gets too personal.

Outside of a job that requires Type A traits, I'm more of a Type B personality. I cannot work at a job that requires Type B personality, I would go bored to death quickly --- I need to use my mind (or lose it) :D

The Type A personality traits

The Type A personality traits is more based on left-brained thinking and the Type B is right-brained thinking.

The problem with personality tests, is that it forces you to pick sides, even when your responses are closely split; and this is what annoys me the most about them. Personality tests and most psychologists don't like to recognize that people can use both sides of their brains equally! Why is it that can't you be realistic/rational and imaginative/artistic both at the same time? I think that makes a very BALANCED and flexible person! And someone who can see various points of views and doesn't get easily flustered like some people! LOL. However, these doctors prefer predictable and quantifiable results and enjoy profiling people that's why.

I know that most people are generally stronger on one side of their brain than the other, much like being right-handed vs. left. But there are people who are ambi-dexterous, and also people who are pretty equally right and left brained. So it should go that these people will FAVOUR using one side over another depending on their activities, and switch sides for something else. These are all learnt skills, that may have been natural or developed.

Personality Type

I have been immersed in Jungian/MBTI psychological type for over 26 years now and have found it to be very accurate and powerful in my life. Understanding my own type and being able to recognize the type of associates, family and friends has been invaluable for me in improving my relationships.

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