Have you ever been labeled with a personality letter?
We are familiar with the Type A person, right? They are driven!!!!!
According to Wikipedia, the “Type A” is described as “ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status – conscious, sensitive, impatient, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, anxious, proactive, and concerned with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving “workaholics“, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence.
“B’s” live at lower stress levels. They typically work steadily, and may enjoy achievement, although they have a greater tendency to disregard physical or mental stress when they do not achieve. When faced with competition, they may focus less on winning or losing and more on the enjoyment of the game. Unlike the Type A personality’s rhythm of multi-tasked careers, Type B individuals are sometimes attracted to careers of creativity: writer, counselor, therapist, actor or actress, though they may also be network and computer systems managers, professors, and judges. They may enjoy exploring ideas and concepts, are often reflective, and think of the “outer and inner world”.
I find this somewhat amusing as I have been “accused” of being a Type A at times. I think it comes from my organizational skills, the multi-tasker and the over-achiever in me. I like deadlines, but am also flexible as well as spontaneous. Like the “B”, I enjoy the game for the game, not for the win. I suffer from ideation, am a deep-thinker, a songwriter and a life coach, much more the reflection of a Type B over an “A”. I sometimes feel like I have been labeled with THE SCARLET LETTER, when people refer to me as a Type A. It bugs me a little, I confess.
Honestly, I think it is unreasonable to pigeon-hole people into types.
I don’t believe that there are only 12 kinds of people that can be described by astrological signs, either. The majority of descriptions under my sign don’t describe me in the least. And there a lot of people that share my birthday month who are nothing like me.
I also don’t believe that a person can be squeezed into anyone personality type…A…B or X,Y or Z.
Then I read about the “Type E Woman Syndrome” in a book by Gail McMeekin. It’s not exactly a type-ing, but a description of sorts. The truth of what Gail said rang so true for me and for the women I work with.
She says this, “Too many women try to do too much—myself included—and we can overwork and get burned out. We can also suffer from the “Type E Woman Syndrome”, which means doing everything for everyone else first. Type E women try to take care of everyone and everything before themselves.”
Do you recognize that woman? Does she look like you?
I’ve seen her in me, too.
We eventually pay a price, mentally, emotionally and physically. It’s time to take care of ourselves and live better, to live more beautifully.
Let’s commit to doing it together and if we are to be “type-set”, Type B is just fine as long as it stands for BEAUTIFUL!