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Practical Tips For Type-A Personalities

So your strengths don’t bite you in the butt

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Trouble starts when you:

  • Are argumentative, stubborn, and hard to get along with.
  • Interrupt people while they are speaking.
  • Don’t listen fully and jump to conclusions.
  • Are too blunt, overly critical, and perfectionistic.
  • Are excessively consumed with winning.
  • Don’t take criticism well.
  • Present your opinions as facts.
  • Raise your voice, get angry and aggressive.
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The rest of this article will cover two things:

  • Typical irritants — what can set you off.
  • Tips on how to manage your fiery red (type-A) energy.

Typical irritants — what can set you off.

Being told what to do.

Tips to manage your fiery red (type A) energy.

Slow down.


Being a type-A personality and having a lot of fiery red energy, is a gift, and it comes with the responsibility to use it wisely.

  • Slow down.
  • Listen, don’t interrupt.
  • Acknowledge, clarify and confirm.
  • Stay present in conversations.
  • Use the check-in technique.
  • Practice verbal aikido.
  • Replace arrogance with humility.
  • Let go of perfectionism and accept who you are — all of you.
  • Practice mindfulness and or meditation.
  • Learn to apologize sincerely.