One Sure Way to Tell If You’re a Type A or a Type B

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Type A and B

Since you’ve already read and re-read my book several times (!), you already know a lot about the differences between Type A and Type B personalities. Type A’s are aggressive, proactive, and detail-oriented. Type B’s tend to be peaceful, relaxed, and laid back. So how might you best determine which personality you have? I have one way of differentiating that you might find interesting.

When you make a mistake or are criticized, if you have usually committed an error of commission, then you are a Type A. If instead it is more often an error of omission, then you are a Type B. Let me explain.

An error of commission is something you have done that you shouldn’t have done, and an error of omission is something you didn’t do that presumably you should have.

I’ll give an example. Let’s say you hurt yourself exercising. What is your reaction to this new problem? If your mistake tends to be to go overboard, and try to quickly heal the injured area by icing it, stretching it, massaging it, exercising around it, taking several medications, and seeing every specialist in the tri-state area, only to make the injury much worse, then that is an error of commission and you are definitely a Type A. We Type A’s can never leave well enough alone. We are determined to “fix” every problem, right away, because being proactive and addressing them head on is always the best solution!

If instead your response to an exercise injury is to simply ignore it, even if it gets much worse, then you are a Type B. There is very little that gets you excited, and an inflamed area of your body isn’t likely to make the list and get any meaningful attention or effort. It will just have to heal itself!

To sum things up, I know I’m a Type A, because I am constantly doing stupid things that don’t need to be done and that either cause me needless misery or piss other people off. Is this also you, or do you instead constantly get nagged for not doing all of the stuff that you’re supposed to be doing? Well, if so, then you’re a good, old-fashioned Type B!

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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