Type C = cancer

Are you type A, B, C or D personality?

Not to be confused with cluster A, B, or C personality disorders, the official definitions of type A, B, C, & D personalities are presented below, abbreviated but word-for-word, from Townsend & Morgan's Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing's uncanny glossary. Some of us thought we were type A, but this whole time we were type C (for cancer--sadness.)

Type A: prone to coronary heart disease. Excessive competitive drive, chronic sense of time urgency, easy anger, aggressiveness, excessive ambition, inability to enjoy leisure time.

Type B: not prone to coronary heart disease. ability to perform even under pressure but without competitive drive & constant sense of time urgency experienced by type A. Type Bs enjoy leisure time without feeling guilty, are much less impulsive, and think things through before making decisions.*

Type C: attributed to the cancer-prone individual. Suppression of anger, calm, passive, puts the needs of others before his or her own, but holds resentment towards others for perceived "wrongs."

Type D: increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Combination of negative emotions and social inhibition.

Now we're heading into personality disorder territory, slightly more troubling and troubled waters. Indexing fairytales like Aarne-Thompson and Uther, or reshelving library books is for lightweights.

Actual footage from the Aarne-Thompson Uther Tale Type Index.

We're heading deep into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) at this point. Tread lightly in your gray area, because we are all just one slippery slope away from falling off the cliff.

Cluster A: odd or eccentric behaviors, including paranoid, schizoid, or schizotypal personality disorders. Some of these folks have hallucinations and delusions.

Cluster B: dramatic, emotional, or erratic, e.g. antisocial, borderline, histrionic, or narcissistic personality disorders. Too close to home to be funny. The remorseless TV sociopaths, and other public personalities...#*%$^@)

Cluster C: anxious or fearful--avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. (Sorry, this isn't everybody? It's considered a disorder? Oh...gray area, duh.)

We'll go into more detail at another time.

*I think we know what type the authors of the textbook are.


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