A lot of doctors call themselves Type A personalities. We're high achievers, hard workers, competitive--basically, the definition of Type A.
I totally seemed like a Type A growing up. I always had to get the highest mark on exams even in stupid classes like history, I was a valedictorian, I finished projects like a week in advance and always went above and beyond what I was supposed to do.
Then, I don't know how, something changed when I went to college. I stopped caring so much about grades. I still did well, but trying to get the highest score wasn't even on my radar anymore.
In med school, people thought I was really laid back. I did okay grades-wise, but I wasn't stepping on toes or even pulling all-nighters to get the best possible grades. I wasn't AOA. When I told people I was thinking about PM&R, they said, "Oh, that's perfect for you because you're so laid back."
I can't figure out which is the lie. Am I a Type A competitive gunner? Or was that just inflicted on me by my parents and I'm really just a totally laid back Type B?
I was looking online and I found a few questions to help me differentiate:
Are you pressed for time at and after work?
I am writing this at work, so... no.
Do you always take work home with you?
Ew. No way.
Do you eat rapidly?
No. Unless it's McDonald's!
Do you have a strong need to excel?
Yes, I love the function where you type SUM() and it adds the numbers in the column for you!
Do you have trouble finding time to get your hair cut/styled?
No. Salon d'Fizzy's Bathroom is always open.
Do you feel or act impatient when you have to wait in line?
Does anyone like waiting on lines?? Plus I always choose the wrong line, where someone decides to pay with a check. Why would you buy groceries with a check?? What is wrong with people???
Do you get irritated easily?
Only if someone is buying groceries with a check. Or if I'm on my period or something.
Are you bossy and domineering?
Only if you're my husband. (Sorry, hon!)
When you were younger was your temper fiery and difficult to control?
I never actually get mad. The closest I come to getting mad is me saying in a calm voice, "I'm really mad."
So maybe I really am Type B. Or Type A. Or maybe you can't divide everyone in the world into two personality types.