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10 Reasons You Should Be Glad You're a Beta
Try not to Puke too hard reading this.

10 Reasons You Should Be Glad You're Type B

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21...75678.html

Type As get all the attention. Don't believe it? Answer the following questions:
•If you wanted to describe the opposite of Tracy Flick, what movie character would you choose?

•What is someone more likely to humblebrag about: His hyper-organized to-do list or his messy desk?

•If you were describing yourself to an employer, would you feel equally comfortable describing yourself as type A and type B?

We love reading about type A characteristics, we admire type A people and frankly, we don't know a lot about being type B.

A/B type, the 1950s-era personality theory that describes these opposing characteristics, gives short shrift to the more B-ish among us. Introverts and extroverts both get their days in the sun and among the diverse Myers-Briggs permutations, there is no supreme personality trait. But when it comes to type A and type B, it is simply more acceptable to cop to being an A: a hard-charging go-getter who gets stuff done. The implication being that type Bs lack drive, ambition and ability, which is not the case. The B type personality is laid-back, but it is also patient, creative, collaborative and even wise.

If you look at the personality test’s origins, the confusion around B is not a surprise: Originally, this rather vague psychometric was meant to help doctors diagnose who was more apt to suffer a heart attack. Unlike virtually all other psychological designations, it was thought up by cardiologists. The theory’s originators, Dr. Meyer Friedman and Dr. Ray Rosenman, created a diagnostic survey to identify type A because it was the treatment group: Type As faced greater risk of cardiac death, while being type B simply meant that you were not type A.

As HuffPost's Carolyn Gregoire pointed out recently, the use of this personality metric has evolved along with our understanding of psychology, so that most of us fall along a spectrum in which A and B are poles. And it's not really considered medically useful anymore, either.

In other words, type A and type B characteristics are merely behavioral tendencies, rather than defining and rigid personality types. But we still use the theory today as shorthand to help categorize the contributions of coworkers, classmates and friends, perhaps because there's something compelling about the way it divvies us up.

And because the concept has shifted from a psychometric tool to a cultural descriptor, the terms A and B can carry with them a bit of cultural baggage. Another reason we might spend more time thinking about type As is because they are more visible: They are more likely to take on leadership or managerial positions and to draw attention to their work. Thanks to exacting ideas about punctuality and competitive streaks, they are also more likely to make a fuss at an airport counter or freak out during a friendly board game. Plainly, type As spread out in the world and make their presence known.

But that doesn't mean falling close to B on the spectrum means a life of steady work in obscurity and the occasional accusation of laziness. We looked through a classic A/B personality test to learn more about what qualifies as type B. Here are 10 ways the lesser known personality type may be the best one after all.

You might be healthier
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Cardiologists no longer believe that an achievement-oriented personality necessarily makes one more likely to suffer from a heart attack, but type Bs might still have better health outcomes. Type Bs are slow to anger and experience less chronic stress, which is associated with better outcomes for just about every health complaint, from asthma to depression to Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

"It's not just the angry feelings that cause health problems. It's the behaviors related to hostility that seem to be the real culprits," explained Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Psychology Today. "In subsequent studies, Duke researchers observed that high hostility in young adulthood is related to a variety of coronary risk factors which in turn are related to poorer health habits such as smoking, drinking, overeating and a sedentary lifestyle."

There's also the achievement factor: Type Bs are more likely to delegate in a high-pressure situation, meaning that they are less likely to be overworked and under-rested. Sleeplessness, even in pursuit of an admirable career goal, is associated with a host of health problems, from increased risk of some cancers to memory problems and, yes, heart problems as well.

Everyone wants you on their project
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Type Bs enjoy the process and don't feel as if they are competing with collaborators. They're also creative thinkers, with a big-picture worldview, who are diligent and happy to share credit.

You're a better friend
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First of all, an alternative name for an A type personality is "freneticism." And one of the landmark characteristics of type As is hostility. Not exactly bestie material.

But in all seriousness, type B personalities are often more poised in social situations: They are less competitive, more patient, more collaborative and happier to enjoy the moment -- all infectious and pleasant behaviors to be around.

You take the long view
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Bs are big picture thinkers. What they lack in detail-orientation, they make up for in a coherent view of the road ahead. That's a particularly useful skill for an employee -- or even the leader of an organization. But it's also a good quality for personal reasons: Big picture thinkers are less likely to get mired in the petty frustrations of daily life and are better able to keep an eye on what's really important. While type As get all the credit for focusing on the goals ahead, type Bs are just as adept at achieving their objectives in the end.

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You do well with risk and failure
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As we now know, in business, the ability to risk failure can make all the difference. Type Bs are typically calm in the face of failure. Success is better, but a setback won't send them reeling in quite the same way as it would a type A. What's more, their broad and long-term thinking provides the kind of planning and structure that can be invaluable in both business and personal life.

You see the good in people
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Would you rather live in a world full of people who are either your competition for scarce resources or a place full of potential collaborators? One indication of a type B personality is the ability to see those around you for more than their usefulness to your purposes or a potential threat to your ascendency.

Creativity flows from you
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That messy desk and disheveled outfit belies an active mind. Rather than the perception of laid-back people as dim, many type Bs lack urgency because their minds are elsewhere: creating interesting new products, solving complex problems and taking in the broader context.

You know how to enjoy the moment
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No one needs to remind you to practice mindfulness -- you're already there. The upside of being less hard-charging is that type Bs can enjoy each step on the path toward their goals. Though achievement may be important to them, the truth is they are equally able to appreciate the journey as the destination.

You're generally more satisfied with life
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If you reveal high life-satisfaction on your A/B personality test, that's pretty much a one-way ticket to B-town. B types are more likely to feel satisfied with their lot in life, which isn't just a happy way to be, it's a healthy way too. Satisfied people are more likely to take care of themselves: avoiding smoking, wearing sunscreen and practicing good diet and fitness habits.

You put new people at ease
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Your easy-going, outwardly-oriented ways don't just put friends and colleagues at ease -- they help you make inroads with new acquaintances and strangers as well, who can sense your generosity of spirit. That makes it easier for you to connect with all types of people, fostering a diverse and enriching network.

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RE: 10 Reasons You Should Be Glad You're a Beta
http://personality-testing.info/tests/AB.php

Post your results! Apparently I'm a Type B.
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I am type B, but I don't think any of the above things apply to me.
06-28-2014 08:38 PM
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Type A.

"Some people don't think it be like it is but it do".
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What the deluded author is not getting is that most women prefer type A or Alpha.

Also her generalization of a Beta is just nuts. In a more real patriarchal world, where men would be encouraged to be men, those B-men would not necesserily be outgoing goal-getters. They might be calm, but still iron-willed motherfuckers, who at least won't get divorce-raped and don't spend their teens and 20s in involuntary celibacy or settling for a fat whale.

The natural inborn attraction threshold for having and keeping a relationship with women is not that high. Many married guys have been able to turn around their marriages with 10% of the Game that some Master PUAs know.

Her idealized Beta-life and -relationships are just full of crap. Another sell of the Beta for the aging 30-40YRO career bitch and carousel-rider. Ladies - give these Betas a chance - they are such wonderful men! Meanwhile they keep on fucking or at least desiring the Alphas.
06-29-2014 08:50 AM
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Type A/Type B does not map to Alpha/Beta.

Type A means hard-charging, highly disciplined go-getter, so a lot of Try Hards, Tiger Kidz and married men channeling their sexual frustration fall into the Type A category.

Type A's are sometimes so goal-driven that they are less interested in sex than the average Joe.
06-29-2014 02:06 PM
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Also, Type A behavior is very common among mothers.

Among men, there is a certain breed of Type B momma's boy who doesn't care to engage with family shitwork like dr. appts and activity planning, yet at the same time needs a wife to mother him and produce a paycheck.

If his game is good enough, the Type B guy can get a Type A wife who will see him as worthy of nurture and care.

If the guy's game slips, she may come to resent this, but if not, she may gladly cater to him for decades.
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That's strange, I've never met an alpha male who was Type A. As a matter of fact, most Type Bs I know are alphas. The most beta guys around are Type As.

I think the whole Type A/B system is bullshit because it doesn't take into account many factors. I am a Type B who is very efficient and gets shit done.

The MBTI & Big 5 are much more accurate. They take into account many more factors which influence day to day working.
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I'm with xpatplayer on this, I have studied Psychology and it is nowhere close to Type A - Alpha and Type B - Beta.

Type A's tend to people who can't keep it together. Reckless and manic.

You have to be Type B to be successful long term.

I appreciated the novelty of the post but it just anywhere near that simple, not that I don't know that wasn't what you were getting at.

Always a fun exercise however, we are constantly trying to analyse, decipher, categorise and label. How else would we make any distinctions?
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I generally find type A's insufferable to be around. The rare type A who has the natural leader drive and charisma is the exception, and makes for good company. But I've found most type A's to just be terribly insecure, status-obsessed, lacking in perspective, and generally self-absorbed. It's like they've constantly got something to prove. If they are successful, they can't stop talking about themselves. If they aren't as successful as they'd like, they can't stop trying to overcompensate in some other area. It's like they can't relax at all. Must be a terrible way to live.

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” - Romans 8:18
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While the initial terms A/B have been used by cardiologists in the 1950s - I do believe that the female author is again trying to praise the virtues of being a Beta.

And besides what personlity reminds you more? Alpha or Beta? From wikipedia:
Quote:The theory describes "Type B" individuals as a contrast to those with Type A personalities. People with Type B personality by definition generally live at a lower stress level and typically work steadily, enjoying achievement but not becoming stressed when they do not achieve. When faced with competition, they do not lose their minds and either enjoy the game or back down. They may be creative and enjoy exploring ideas and concepts. They are often reflective, thinking about the outer and inner worlds.

That initial type A/B classification is completely useless since they disregarded other 90% factors like diet & exercise in the 1950s. Nowadays managers make the biggest market for sports apparel and are usually very fit. The fat chainsmoking alcoholic of the 1950s is a thing of the past in the international corporate world.
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