We anxious brains are so good at so many things but one area where we really excel is self-criticizing. We are masters at beating ourselves up, only recognizing our shortcomings and spending many a sleepless night ruminating over every conversation from the day thinking of things we could have said or done differently. Right? There are so many negative things to talk about when it comes to anxiety that I wanted to spend a little time focusing on the positives of our Type A personalities.
First of all, I plan to paint in broad strokes but please know that not all anxious people are Type A and not all Type A people have anxiety. If you would like to read more on this subject specifically, here’s another resource that delves a bit deeper into anxiety and personality types.
I think I’ve been Type A since birth. As long as I can remember, I have been driven by an internal sense of urgency that pushes me to be efficient in virtually everything I do, I’m impatient when things get in my way or slow me down and I looooove being in control. Don’t I sound lovely? It seems pretty obvious as to why having some of these personality traits might lead to anxiety. Life rarely goes exactly as planned and being easily frustrated by every little hiccup is definitely anxiety-inducing BUT…
We Type A’s are awesome because we are go-getters. Our life’s mission statement is make a list and make it happen. I make a list for almost every task I tackle that involves more than two steps. In particularly stressful times in my life, I’ve actually made master lists to keep my sub-lists organized and there are few things in life more satisfying than checking items off the list. I can get an entire day’s worth of work done in the amount of time it takes our daydreaming personality counterparts to ponder what task they might like to start with. I rarely wake up in the morning and have no idea what I’m going to be doing that day, and when that does happen, it usually means I’m planning for a pajamas on the couch day.
Type B’s, and the other lesser known personality types, serve a vital function in our world. Speaking from personal experience of being married to someone much less high stress than me, he is a vital counterpart to my insanity and probably the sole reason that I haven’t keeled over from a heart attack (yet). Type B’s may make the world a more beautiful place to live and have the ability to relax and enjoy it much more than we do, but we keep that beautiful world moving. So we have a little (or a lot) of anxiety? We still run the world, even if it is from the comfort of our homes that we haven’t left in two days, two months or even two years.
So go us! Let’s add overcoming anxiety to our to do list and put the same passion and fervor into accomplishing that task as we do everything else we face in life. I can’t think of a more appropriate area to take control and be aggressive. Let’s nicely and neatly tuck that anxiety in a box and chuck it out the window, followed immediately by enjoying the satisfactory moment of checking it off our list.