Discussion: Stress and the “Type A” Personality
In 1950, Dr. Meyer Friedman, a cardiologist, noted that the armrests in his waiting room were worn down, especially on the front edges as if the patients were literally â€œsitting on the edge of their seats.â€ From this observation, Dr. Friedman and his colleague gathered data and concluded that patients with heart disease tend to be intensively driven, workaholic-type individuals. They labeled people with these characteristics â€œType Aâ€ personalities. Individuals that were more laid back and relaxed were labeled as â€œType B.â€
Take the following personality test to determine if you lean toward a Type A or Type B personality. Do you think there is a strong link between having either of these personality types, stress, and heart disease? Why or why not?
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