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Relationships between A and B personality types and Neojungian Typology

  • Published: 08-11-2015 Edited: 08-12-2015
  • A and B personality types was created in the 1950s by cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman.
    The A personality type was thought to have a double risk of coronary heart diseases compared to other individuals, while the B personality type was defined as not being a A personality type.
    The personality theory never became widely used in cardiology and the claim that the types predicts risk for heart disease is disputed, but the distinction between type A and type B has become a popular theory in non-academic circles. Some sources suggests that the tobacco industry funded the early research of the theory and it was suggested that A personalities would benefit from smoking as a mechanism for relieving their stress.

    The A personality-type:
    Individuals with traits such as: ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, sensitive, impatient, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, anxious, proactive, concerned with time management, high-achieving "workaholics" who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence.

    The B personality-type:
    Individuals with traits such as: lower stress levels, work steadily, enjoy achievement, the stem of their unconscious character disregards physical or mental stress when they do not achieve, losing is not focused upon, enjoyment may be received regardless of winning or losing a game, attracted to careers of creativity, writer, counselor, therapist, actor, actress, network and computer systems managers, professors, judges, enjoys exploring ideas and concepts, they are often reflective and think of the "outer and inner world".

    Even though we don't believe that these types exists in reality, if one would relate them to Neojungian Typology then A personalities would be Executors (Leaders or Fighters) and B personalities would be Processors (Explorers or Teachers).

    From a neuroscientifical perspective the A and B personality types should be mostly related to COMT Val158Met genotypes and also secondly to the density of prefrontal dopamine receptors.

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