Let’s talk personality types. Sounds a little irrelevant you may think but studies have shown that people who display certain characteristics in behavior are more likely to suffer from stress and so are prone to all the ill effects associated with stress, physical and emotional illnesses etc.
Psychologists have over the years found that there exists two main types of personality, type A and type B. It is true to say that none of us neatly fall into one personality type or another, in most cases we are a mixture of both.
However if your discover of the two personality types you leans more towards the type A characteristics, then stress is a bigger issue for you.
Let’s take a closer look at these two types.
Personality types - traits of a type A can be quite pronounced and extreme but sometimes they can appear normal and are often put down to someone being ambitious and competitive. However if you put together many of the traits, it will soon become apparent that these people are pushing themselves beyond a healthy lifestyle.
Type A personality traits:
Recognize anyone? These are just a few outward signs but I think it is clear that these people are pushing themselves to the point where not only stress will start to impact their lives, but long term illness is also a real possibility.
By contrast a type B personality is practically the opposite.
Type B personality traits:
Reading this list you might think that being a type B personality means you don't care or are lazy or a bit simple even. But this is far from the truth it simply means that they are more considered people and do not let stressful life events take control. In fact they are in control and can achieve much throughout there lives.
As stated previously, no one is completely a type A or type B personality and so you may not recognize all of the traits in yourself (check with others though, you never know you may be more completive than you know).
To find out if you are more type A than type B, take this quick personality test.
If you have taken the test and have come out with more of type A traits than B, you may be shocked or you may not be surprised at all. Either way you will realize that these traits are doing you no good at all and will want to find ways to change these behaviors and find stress relief to avoid future stress related health issues.
It is fair to say that it won't be easy to change habits of a lifetime but if you tackle one trait at a time and take your time; you will be able to change some of these stress inviting behaviors.
Here are a few things you can try to reduce type A behaviors, some will be more suited to your own lifestyle than others, choose the ones best for you and the ones you feel will benefit you the most.
Aromatherapy oils - Camomile, Geranium, Rosemary, Sandalwood
Bach flower remedies - Rock water, Beech, Vervain, ChicoryStress Relief WS › Definition of Stress › Personality Types