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Tempering the Type A Personality

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:

  • Competitive
  • 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.

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Danielle Christensen


Danielle is dedicated to serving clients to achieve their retirement goals. As a Paraplanner, Danielle helps the advisors with the administrative side of preparing and documenting meetings. She is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict, with a degree in Business Administration and began working with Secured Retirement in May of 2023.

Danielle is a lifelong Minnesotan and currently resides in Farmington with her boyfriend and their senior rescue pittie/American Bulldog mix, Tukka.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys attending concerts and traveling. She is also an avid fan of the Minnesota Wild and loves to be at as many games as possible during the season!