Type A personality and stress: there’s no free lunch

Are you a Type A personality? Competitive, ambitious, highly organised, impatient, highly aware of time management and aggressively going after your goals?

Did you know that the term Type A personality comes from a 1974 book by cardiologists Rosenman and Friedman entitled “Type A behaviour and your heart”.

The book explored the link between Type A personalities and dramatically higher heart attack rates.

Whilst Type A behaviour tends to be a successful method of getting what you want, there is a strong link between these aggressive emotions and increased risk of heart attack.

But spending excessive time in “fight or flight” mode makes you more prone to stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and dementia.

Stress hormones deplete the immune system and reduce the concentration of healing and anti-ageing hormones in the body.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch! If this is you, look for opportunities to balance out this behaviour with rest. Practice going Type B with your down time.

And make sure you get enough good quality down time.

The Type A’s aggressive, ambitious approach to life can yield success but often at the cost of health and wellness.

Type B personalities

People with Type B personality tend to be more tolerant of others, are more relaxed than Type A individuals, more reflective, experience lower levels of anxiety and display a higher level of imagination and creativity. Consequently they generally suffer less stress related illnesses.

Type C personalities

The Type C personality has difficulty expressing emotion and tends to suppress emotions, particularly negative ones such as anger. This means such individual also display ‘pathological niceness,’ conflict avoidance, high social desirability, over compliance and patience. Consequently this type can exhibit stress related issues but they are more inward and harder to detect.

Resilience training teaches you how to regulate and mitigate the health risks associated with having your foot on the accelerator. Head to http://nexus8.co.uk/business-services to book your training.

You can find out if you are a Type A personality (if you don’t already know) here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/tests/personality/type-personality-test

Further reading

Type A personalities explained. Link here.

Rosenman and Friedman. Type A behavior and your heart (1976).

Matt

Experienced business leader, mentor and coach, with fascinations for technology, psychology and ancient philosophies. A self-confessed techno hippy with a unique talent for bringing the best out in people.

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