I’ve shared with you all before that I’m not the biggest holiday lover. I’m not anti holidays, but this time of year always leaves me feeling melancholy. In an effort to fight back this year, I’ve turned to journaling and mediation to help me navigate these murky waters. One thing I’ve come to realize that one of the underlying factors is that I take myself too seriously. So let’s dig into this and discuss the dangers of taking yourself too seriously.
Not sure how familiar you are with the various personality types but there are quite a few. Let me clarify I’m not talking about the more in-depth categorization of 16 Personality Types (click here to take the test and find out your personality type for free). I’m talking about the most general personality types classification – A, B, C, &D.
Didn’t know there was a type C&D did you? Don’t feel bad. I definitely didn’t know either. But let’s get into this breakdown shall we?
Type As are the competitive, over achieving, goal oriented folks. They are perfectionist and tend to be wound a little too tight. Type Bs are the opposite: more laid back and relaxed. They are more flexible and can adapt to change easily. Their expectations are a lot more realistic. However their laidback nature can often be interpreted as lazy or complacent.
Type Cs are pretty similar to Type As in that they are hardworking and love to achieve. However, they are the perfectionists. They set their own standards (which tend to be very high) and make sure they every T is crossed and I is dotted. Logic and rationality are their strong suits except when it comes to critiquing their own work. Type Ds are the look before you leap types. They are very cautious and look for more stability and longevity. When things are in disarray, the can get a bit off balanced.
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Depending on your personality, you are more susceptible to stress. Type As are typically easily overwhelmed and impatient. Then you have the Type Cs who put unrealistic expectations on themselves and situations which is never a good recipe. Type Ds overthink the tiniest things and blow them out of proportion at times. Basically every personality that takes themselves to seriously is at risk for stress. That pressure is not good for anyone.
Stress is a silent assassin. It can take over and wreak a ton of havoc on your life. Symptoms of chronic stress can be seen in your body ( headaches and chest pains), in your mood (anxiety or irritability) and in your behavior (overeating, angry outbursts or unhealthy habits). So it’s important to notice stress triggers and take proactive steps to relieve the stress.
We’ve been together for a while now so can you guess which personality type I am? I aint got no type (Rae Sremmurd voice). Just kidding. It’s a no brainer that I’m one of those that takes themselves too seriously. Originally I was going to say I’m Type A, but actually I’m a C. I have struggled with perfectionism since I was a child. Not sure where it came from either. I am very goal and detail oriented and I am my own most critic.
Honestly, as much as I love pushing myself for greatness, I do get overwhelmed when my vision isn’t being executed to plan. I believe this is why I have taken my diagnosis and healing journey so hard. My grandma says its because I’ve lived a charmed life. I was like a mini King Midas. There hasn’t been a time in my life where I set forth a plan and followed the steps that I didn’t hit my goal.. until Myasthenia Gravis.
These past three years have kicked my butt. I’d set a goal and MG would say NOPE. Lack of control has been the hardest thing to accept. Chronic illness is forcing me to become more of a type B. To go with the flow; to be flexible, to laugh more and just enjoy the moments.
So my goal for 2020 and beyond is to continue to transform from a Type C to a Type B. Or maybe come up with my own hybrid personality. I still want to be great at everything, I just don’t want to fall apart when things don’t go to plan.