There are pros and cons to being a Type A personality, but some of those traits can be detrimental to your health. Here are a few characteristics:
- Persistent sense of urgency in everything they do
- Have difficulty relaxing because it’s not a measurable goal
- Try to squeeze a task into every possible minute
- Measure the success of each day by how much they get done
- Always stressed
Some of those qualities can add up to a recipe for a health problem. In fact, two cardiologists first conceived of categorizing people into Type A and Type B after observing how the edge of the seat cushions in their waiting room wore down — as if patients were waiting on the edge of their seat. They subsequently found that Type A personalities were more likely to develop heart disease.