Type A Personality in the Workplace: How It’s The Best and The Worst

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What’s a Type A Professional?

- You live for your job and you love the adrenaline rush that you get from being busy. - You feel more productive the more work you have. - You experience another level of mental clarity that comes from the hundred and one things you put on your plate.

Feels amazing, right? I hear you!

I was exactly the same. Waking up at 4 am to do work on my side hustle, heading to the gym by 5:30 am, jumping on the train at 7 am to get to my 9-to-5. Then I’d do a whole day’s worth of Type A-level work before coming home at 7 pm to prep for the next day. For many of you, this process is alien. You can’t relate. For you Type A individuals, I just described the norm.

Folks with a Type A personality love the feeling that comes with being busy. This is achieved in two ways:

  • That feeling of running towards success;

  • And the ever-persistent pressure that comes with running away from failure.

It’s like a drug. It feels good; addictive.

I vividly remember my experiences. I was indestructible! I felt as though I was thriving. The truth was something else entirely.

I was on a hamster wheel

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What a lot of Type A people don’t realize is that they are living in this constant Fight or Flight existence. This response is a physical reaction that happens when we perceive harmful events, attacks, or threats to our survival. We have retooled our minds to transition encounters with sabertooth tigers into meetings with our bosses, deadlines, and overall success.

Unfortunately, this transition has led us to reframe stress into an absolute positive. What was once a successful Woolly Mammoth hunt has become a raise or a bonus check! The stress that is experienced during a Woolly Mammoth confrontation is n