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On the last track we discussed Type A Personalities. Five characteristics of the Type A Personality that we discussed on this track were competitiveness, impatience, perfectionism, polyphasic behavior, and hostility.
On this track... and the next track we will discuss how to be a Type B. Would you agree that once a Type A, always a Type A? Probably, but can your male workaholic client learn some survival techniques from Type B, or low-stress, personalities? This track will cover three strategies for fostering type B behavior. These three strategies are make physical and mental health a priority, getting to know yourself as you are, and reexamine your sense of time urgency. As you listen to this track, you might consider how these strategies apply to your client. Could playing this track in an upcoming session help?
Do you remember Tyler from the last track? Tyler asked, "Why would I want to be a Type B?" How might you have responded to Tyler? I stated, "The Type B doesn’t tap his foot compulsively or finish sentences for others. The Type B doesn’t clench his jaw in jealousy, or critically reevaluate himself when others show off their successes. The Type B doesn’t feel his heart race when the traffic doesn’t."
The Type B Personality
Of course, Type A’s and Type B’s are merely profiles on paper; no one is a perfect Type A or B. The more the Type B profile fits, however, the lower the risk for cardiovascular trouble, according to most research." Think of your Tyler. How could your client acquire Type B behavior? I have often told my clients that Type B behavior is a gift.
#1 Make Physical and Mental Health a Priority
#2 Get to Know Yourself as You Are
#3 Reexamine Your Sense of Time Urgency
Remember the British study that found Type A’s working against a deadline had blood pressure readings that were twice as high as those who worked at their own pace. Ironically, the self-paced group completed the task in the same amount of time as those who hurried to meet the deadline! In this case, too, impatience, irritation, aggravation, and anger complicated the task at hand. These four emotions interfere with efficiency and leave Type A’s falling further and further behind their own quota levels. The alternative? In their book Treating Type A Behavior and Your Heart, Friedman and Ulmer suggest that Type A personalities reexamine their achievements in order to identify the real reasons for their success.
Tyler identified his reasons for success as creativity, organization, and determination. Once Tyler identified the real reason or reasons for his success, he began to dare to give up his constant sense of time urgency. Could your client benefit from reexamining his sense of urgency in the same way as Tyler?
On this track... we discussed how to be a Type B. This track covered the first three strategies for fostering type B behavior. These three strategies are make physical and mental health a priority, getting to know yourself as you are, and reexamine your sense of time urgency.
On the next track we will continue to discuss how to be a Type B. Additional strategies for fostering type B behavior that we will discuss on the next track are giving yourself permission to play, shifting your focus, and Friedman’s drills to modify behavior
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