Question 2. What Is an A-Type Personality [Quorvita]
A. Extrinsic Characteristics (Stress or Fear Related)
Main Extrinsic Trait – Loyalty.
Many people believe that A-types demand loyalty. That is not entirely true. The majority of the benefits of loyalty flow from the A-type to their family and clan members. Loyalty influences all of the other traits, and as such is a dominate trait for type-A.
Other extrinsic traits include:
Protection. A-types are extremely protective of their clan (family, tribe, company) and will fiercely fend off any threat.
Courage and Bravery imparts useful advantages, especially in related to protection.
Decision making is a hallmark trait of type-A. Being responsible for decision making provides them with great pleasure. To the A-type there are no bad decisions, only bad results.
Ambitious. Type-A is known for being ambitious. They freely accept additional responsibilities, but in order to succeed they must learn the art of delegating.
Control & Power are two of the most envied qualities of the type-A personality. They take on many forms such as physical presence (taking center stage), economic dominance, psychological control (signs & things announcing status), communication power (strong debaters), information power (using information to obtain benefits), moral power (using ethics to influence others), language power (words that leave little room to negotiate), and many others.
Workaholics. The stereotype is true. Most type-A people are workaholics.
Responsibility is a learned trait and can be the source or great stress or soothing calm. How to switch stress to calm is surprisingly easy. It is covered in the “Detailed Discussion” link at the bottom of this section.
B. Intrinsic Characteristics (Joy Related)
Main Intrinsic Trait – Winning.
Winning has many elements, levels, and rules. Unlike the traditional idea that in order for someone to be a winner, there must be a loser, winning for type-A does not require a loser. For example, finding the best spouse is considered the biggest win. With the type-A personality, winning is pervasive and a dominate trait.
Other intrinsic traits of the type-A personality include:
Love & Family are considered permanent core value traits. The issue of whether someone should marry people with the same or opposite traits is addressed in the “Detailed Discussion” link at the bottom of this section.
Compassion and Empathy play a significant role in older years, as evidenced by A-types being the largest creators of philanthropic organizations.
Humor categories are not linked to personality types as much as they are tied to the reasons why people seek humor. It’s still unclear the exact effect that each personalty type derives from humor, but it is known that humor is good for stress reduction, friend bonding, general health, etc.
Entertainment is similarly not linked to a particular trait, but appears to fluctuate with hormones, age, drugs, ancestry, local customs, etc.
C. How to Appeal
Help them win is the best appeal. It is beneficial to be present at each win to create a lucky charm impression. Everyone appreciates earnest compliments, but A-types despise phony compliments.
Never argue with the validity of a decision. If your opinion is requested, a better approach is to search for the hidden benefits. They are almost always present.
Avoid being the one who breaks bad news, unless you caused it. Then prepare to mount a defense. Failure to defend yourself may be viewed as weakness.
Gifts that imply success, power, or influence, are preferred over “touchy feely” things.
You should not be late to meetings and get to the point in the first two or three sentences. They view wasted time as wasted money.
The A-types are accustomed to being in control. They enjoy making decisions and lack patience with others. Therefore, they are susceptible to making hasty decisions.
They are also accustomed to winning, which increases confidence, and therefore feeds arrogant. Arrogance may result in ignoring or deferring other valid information or opinions. This is where they are most vulnerable.
Another weaknesses is overprotection, particularly with their own children. Overprotection is a root cause of many phobias in children. A list of 7 ways to detect overprotection are identified in the “Detailed Discussion” link below.
All personalities types are prone to abuse of power. Laws are the main means for curtailing or controlling it, but professional societies and religious organizations participate in providing significant controls.
When dealing with workaholics, it is better to concentrate on quality over quantity. Several methods for obtaining quality time are discussed in the “Detailed Discussions” link below.
ANSWER TO QUESTION 2. [Quorvita]