B. Intrinsic Characteristics (Joy Related)
All personality traits share these intrinsic characteristics. Although, they can be used offensively, i.e., to distract or gain an advantage, this section deals mainly with stress reducing aspects.
1. Winning/Success. Winning means to be successful or victorious. Dictionaries require a winner and a loser. That is not the definition used here. A person who wins your love does not mean that someone else must lose it. A win is simply being successful in a particular endeavor. Winning is a dominate trait for the Type A personality.
2. Love/Family. The A-type considers love and family as core values. A core value may weaken or strengthen with time, but it does not start or stop. It has genetic roots and includes portions of loyalty, responsibility, perseverance, inner peace, justice, and around 40 other basic characteristics.
Because it is so important, the Type A personality will not jump into a marriage quickly, nor will they leave one easily. Once they decide on a mate, they will not wait for years to make a decision. If the Type B person has not popped the question in the first 1-2 years, there is a good possibility that they will move on. On the other hand, after marriage, if you get seriously ill, the Type A mate will be by your side.
Should the Same or Opposite Personality Types Marry? A study using the Myers Briggs model (16 traits) reported that couples with 2 or 3 traits in common have the best chance for a lasting marriage; whereas couples having no traits in common or those having more than 4 common traits had lower percentages. This indicates that one should not marry a person too similar to yourself nor a person who is too opposite. However, the results of this study are based on responses from non-randomized samplings. This means that the opinion has as much probability of being wrong as it does in being right. On the other hand, it does seem logical.
3. Compassion/Empathy. Compassion is sympathy for the suffering of others. Empathy is understanding the feelings of others. Type A personalities have great compassion/empathy for members within their clan, but it arises more from the loyalty trait.
There also appears to be an age connection. The majority of the people forming philanthropic organization based on compassion/empathy are Type A personalities nearing the end of their productive lives. This illustrates the complexities, variabilities, and inconsistencies in trying to connect personality traits to groups of people.
4. Sorrow. This is a feeling of regret or disappointment for the misfortune suffered by oneself or others. Feeling sorry for yourself is a catch-22 for a Type A. The more they feel sorry for themselves, the more depressed they will become. Therefore, they will build a massive wall between themselves and sorrow.
With respect to the misfortune of others, A-types feel sorrow but mostly for members of their clan. In this regard, they will be extremely supportive in helping hurting clan members.
5. Happiness. Happiness is the phrase often used to mean that everything in a person’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile. All personality types want to be happy and all types want to be a part of a family. The Type A individuals believe that happiness is connected to having a meaningful job, producing an adequate income, and providing a safe environment.
6. Humor. There have been numerous studies investigating whether there is a connection between types of humor and personality traits. These studies reference anecdotal surveys, but no scientific study has been located. Humor has very little to do with the personality type and more to do with the purpose for seeking humor.
With respect to the health benefits, the Mayo Clinic™ reports that humor is the most powerful stress-relief therapy known.
If stress reduction is the motivating factor, then all personality types would likely seek out stress-reducing types of humor. This includes self-enhancing, positive, music-integrated type humor. If humor is sought for other purposes, then it depends on the reasons, the similarities of audience view points, and the expected or anticipated outcomes.
7. Entertainment – Sports – Movies – Books – Music. The discussion regarding humor also applies to entertainment. Personality types and entertainment genre is less important than the reason for seeking the entertainment. One specific category is instructive—i.e., sports related. There is a general assumption that Type A personalities are physically active, strong, and prone to competitive sports. This is consistent with their personalities. But, jumping to one conclusion without investigating other reasons is often wrong.
Hormones, particularly testosterone, impart aggression in men and women. Testosterone peaks at the age of 20 in men and diminishes each year thereafter. The hormone estrogen produces mood swings. This illustrates that personality traits can change depending on hundreds of factors, such as age, hormones, drugs, sex, etc.
Interest in entertainment also varies with geographic location. People from Cuba would likely be more interested in baseball than in horse racing; and people in India would probably enjoy watching cricket more so than people from the United States. Therefore, in order to connect a personality trait with a specific entertainment genre requires more information.
An 80-year-old grandfather may not get excited with professional sports, but he definitely becomes ecstatic if his four foot two inch, 13-year-old, eighth-grade grandson steals the basketball at mid-court and throws it in the air toward the basket. That’s when the grandfather stands up among a cheering crowd screaming, “That’s my grandson.”
It’s not the score that the grandfather is cheering for. It’s the courage it took for boy to go out for the team, the bravery to face the other team in front of hundreds of onlookers, the audacity to steal the ball, and the nerve to shoot it.
There are other caveats in entertainment. Music and dancing have deep roots in reproduction. Insects do elaborate dances to attack mates. Birds sing beautiful songs to entice the other sex. Even in humans, there is a long history of using song and dance to attract a mate. These songs and dances have nothing to do with personality traits and everything to do with procreation. On the other hand, many 80 year olds listen to music and enjoy dancing. It is highly unlikely that reproduction is a significant reason.