Personality Types: A,B and C
There are three personality types. The one I hear about the most is type A, ‘I am a type A personality!’. These are the people who consider themselves perfectionists, demanding, angry, tense, fast, aggressive, in control, 0 to 100 in regards to emotion, fricken anal retentive. Type B on the other hand represents the more balanced, moderate, easy going, able to express emotion personality. The expression of emotion is moderate, not uncontrolled. The third personality type is type C. Type C personalities are the people who are more passive in nature, these are the people who have a tendency to say ‘yes’ when they actually really mean ‘no.’ They are excessively cooperative, excessively patient, lacking in assertiveness, and breaking their own boundaries in order to make other people happy.
Type A’s have rigid boundaries and know how to keep them rigidly in tact. Type B’s on the other hand because they are easy going and pleasant can float with their boundaries, meaning that they pay attention to themselves as well as the needs of others but when their boundaries get stepped on they can easily express anger, fear, sadness, and other emotions accordingly. Type C individuals on the other hand are more the martyrs, the victims, the people who have a tendency to suppress or repress negative emotions. These are your conflict avoiders, they avoid conflict at all costs and struggle to maintain their placid composure, happy, smiley, people on the outside to cover up whatever pain might be going on in the inside. Denial and repression of negative emotions and a suppression of reactivity in order not to offend others and are described mostly as ‘nice’ or ‘good’.
Repression and the inability to say ‘no’ as well as a lack of self-awareness of how situations and experiences are landing on the type C personality, that falls under the category of anger, makes it much more likely for that person to continue in situations with unexpressed emotions continually, with needs being ignored, and that gentle demeanour being exploited. These individuals are highly stressed with the inability to express it, holding it in the body. This type of personality has an emotional coping style that can lead to only being able to express one part of their being, usually adopted through childhood relationships with parents. The expression of negative emotions was not acceptable, so therefore, a child learns to hide them. If the parents are not big enough to be able to accept all of the emotions that a child has, then the child learns to only present their nice or good part.
When this goes on unabated, repeating over and over again, the stress response is multiplied with the potential of harming the bodies natural homeostasis and the immune system. It is the stress caused by maintaining this facade that undermines the bodies physiological balance and immune defences. This inner pain and physiological stress is a link between chronic stress, personality traits and the result of emotional eating.
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