Remember that old line from the 70s and 80s “What’s your sign?” Well, it can now be replaced with “What’s your personality type?” Do you know if you are an A, B, C, D, or a blend of a few? If you don’t know what category you fall under, there are plenty of tests you can take online.
But, what if you don’t like the outcome? Well, there is good news, you can work to change your personality or to change one (or more) trait(s) that you don’t like about it.
Here is a brief, fun look at some of the different personality types, see which one(s) match your personality and those of your friends and family.
The Type “A” Personality
This person is highly independent and driven. They can be blunt, competitive and the “no-nonsense” types. They are also risk takers with strong entrepreneurial tendencies and embrace change. These folks are always looking for practical solutions to solving problems.
Characteristics also include independence and directness. These individuals usually don’t like to have any specific routine and often delegate routine obligations to others. They also enjoy change, and one of their biggest concerns is falling into a routine.
This person is also often a business owner; in a managerial position; a sales person (particularly in direct commission positions); or in other occupations requiring an assertive personality. The “A” personality is extremely focused and adept at goal setting, positive thinking and motivation. They are also very decisive and persistent. In addition, this person can be insensitive to the people around them.
A highly independent and self-driven nature, the “A” person is generally competitive, a risk taker, problem solver, and often an entrepreneur with the tendency to be concise, and interested in leaving “their mark on the world.” The Type A personality welcomes changes and does not usually bend under the stress of change.
The Type “B” Personality
The “B” personality loves the “spotlight.” They are entertaining, extraverted and charismatic. This type is not easily stressed and not as competitive as The “A” personality. They thrive in the field of sales because they enjoy talking and tend to be quite persuasive.
This person enjoys being around people and engaging in conversation, but can feel vulnerable if someone is negative towards them. They are generally supportive of other individuals and most people enjoy being in their company. The entertaining and charismatic nature of this individual attracts others and they seek to be the center of attention.
Type “B” people can be engaging, but also insecure, they may hide behind the “mask” of charisma. It is of great importance to them how they are perceived by others because they want to be liked by everyone. Many in the entertainment industry have type "B" personalities and act a certain way in front of the camera and a totally different way in their personal lives.
This personally type excels in sales, marketing and, of course, the entertainment business. Interacting with others is especially meaningful to them, however, they are susceptible to hurt feelings when someone rejects or says something negative about them.
The Type “C” Personality
Introverted, reserved, serious, and detailed oriented, that is the “C” personality. This person loves structure and pays extra attention to detail. They may have a difficult time articulating some of their thoughts, however, they can spend a lot of time figuring out how things work and do extremely well with written communication (they make sure all the T’s are crossed and the I’s dotted).
This person excels in the fields of accounting, computer programming, and engineering. For the most part, they are very reserved, cautious, consistent and detail oriented. They are good at fact gathering, calculations and crunching numbers; the word to describe them is details! This person thrives in a structured environment and prefers to have all the facts prior to undertaking a new risk.
The type “C” personality can be thoughtful, sensitive, dependable and sometimes predictable. They are not assertive and tend to suppress their own feelings when in a crowd.
This personality does well in some sales and in customer service; they would most likely flourish in some type of technical support or sales position. Although this person tends to be introverted and shy, they tend to become enthusiastic when discussing a familiar topic to them, such as technical issues.
The Type “D” Personality
This person enjoys the feeling of familiarity and repetitiveness, and is extremely resistant to change. They tend to be quite people and sometimes go unnoticed. They are usually not assertive or combative, preferring to be supportive of others. Many times the “D” person will suppress their emotions, which can make them vulnerable to depression.
They prefer to do work which is repetitive in nature, and often do well in positions such as clerks or in a clerical position. This person is not adventurous and usually opts for minimal responsibility. They would rather work for someone than be in charge, and are motivated by security.
Although said to have a negative outlook towards life and pessimistic, the type “D” person tends to be content with themselves. They are most often consistent, punctual and courteous.
A majority of the public is a blend of two, and sometimes more of these personality types. The majority are A/B types and C/D types.
Sometimes the personality types get along very well, while at other times, they clash. For instance, Type “A” and “D” clash because you have the highly independent, assertive, and blunt person dealing with the non-assertive, quiet person, who prefers to be left alone. The “A” person also enjoys change, while the “D” person wants things to stay the same.
In addition, the “B” and “C” personalities are contradictory to one another. The “B” person, although insecure, is looking to be in the spotlight and interested in the “glamorous” life, while the “C” person wants anything but the spotlight. Opposites are not always a negative thing and many times the opposite personalities get along quite well with each other and they can also complement each other.
So, “What’s your personality type?”
Disclaimer: This list is for the amusement and enjoyment of the reader and is not meant to provide any advice, counsel, or medical information.
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