Type A or Type B: Which one are you?

Are you one of those highly driven, goal-oriented, tightly focused , ambitious, controlling, competitive Type A’s? Or are you a more laid back, patient, “live-and-let-live” Type B?

The Type B personality, by contrast, is generally more relaxed and easy-going, patient, and with a more recreational outlook.  This is not to say Type B’s lack ambition, although they may, or are less poised for success.  They are just less all-consuming or intense in their drives.  They tend to work more steadily, are less stressed, and more likely to be introspective.  To many Type A’s, the Type B seems lazy or disengaged even while being very successful.  Of course, like the Type A’s, taken to an extreme the Type B personality can be overly leisurely, lackadaisical, or relaxed and miss or blow opportunities for success.  Without knowing how or when to increase the intensity level, a lot of Type B’s may settle for mediocrity when greater effort or intensity is called for.  Unchecked, this person can create as much dysfunction as their more intensely focused counterpoint.

There is nothing inherently wrong with either personality type but, as in all things, moderation is critical.  In our next column we will look at the importance of finding balance no matter what your type as we consider some of what we consider the “lessons of Aloha."


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About The Authors:

Althea Olson, LCSW has been in private practice in the Chicago suburbs since 1996. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University providing individual, couple, & group therapy to adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Althea is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management & is a certified divorce mediator.

Mike Wasilewski, MSW has been with a large suburban Chicago department since 1996. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University and has served on his department’s Crisis Intervention & Domestic Violence teams. Mike is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern College.

Mike & Althea have been married since 1994 and have been featured columnists for Officer.Com since 2007. Their articles are extremely popular and they now provide the same training and information in person throughout the United States. This dynamic team was recently featured at the at the 2010 & 2011 ILEETA Conference & Exposition.

Out of their success has come the formation of More Than A Cop where the focus is providing consultation and trainings on Survival Skills Beyond The Street.

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