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All of us know someone that could be classified as "type A personality," especially if we live in a country like the United States where traits like ambition are highly prized. The office worker striving for management level and the friend who always needs to be busy are familiar examples of a type A personality. Even though everyone has an idea of what in means to be "type A," it is more complex than that. Often misunderstood, type A personality is much more than the "workaholic."

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1. Stereotypes

Stereotypes about the type A personality abound. People with a type A personality are often stereotyped as the "workaholic" who never takes time to relax, the ambitious social and career climber, and the super competitive person on the field, in the classroom, or at work. In popular culture, type A personality has become synonymous with powerful, dominant, and successful.

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