Test reveals how the little-known character type is so good at bottling up emotions that even they don't realize they're lonely and anxious.
Are you often irritable?
Do you tend to hide your feelings from others?
Do you often feel gloomy and down in the dumps?
If the answer is "yes", then maybe you are a Type D personality.
Type D personalities usually have a low self-esteem and a great fear of disapproval and this is the primary reason that prevents them from opening up to others.
Thus assuming that type D personalities lack social interest is not correct but the right thing is that they might be interested in people but afraid to approach them because they fear rejection.
Negative emotions such as worrying, stress, depression and anger visit type D personalities more often. A small event that is usually overlooked by others can bother a type D a lot and even ruin his mood.
The term was first devised by psychologist Johan Denollet from Tilburg University who created a quiz to identify a type D personality.
Below are a number of statements that people often use to describe themselves.
Choose the number next to each statement that best reflects your feelings.
There are no right or wrong answers, just be honest with yourself.
0 = false
1 = somewhat false
2 = neutral
3 = somewhat true
4 = true
I make contact easily when I meet people 0 1 2 3 4
I often talk to strangers 0 1 2 3 4
I am often irritated 0 1 2 3 4
I often feel inhibited in social interactions 0 1 2 3 4
I take a gloomy view of things 0 1 2 3 4
I find it hard to start a conversation 0 1 2 3 4
I am often in a bad mood 0 1 2 3 4
I am a closed kind of person 0 1 2 3 4
I would rather keep people at a distance 0 1 2 3 4
I often make a fuss about unimportant things 0 1 2 3 4
I often feel unhappy 0 1 2 3 4
I often find myself worrying about something 0 1 2 3 4
I am often down in the dumps 0 1 2 3 4
When socializing, I don't find the right things to talk about 0 1 2 3 4
Add your scores for questions one to nine to see how you score on the Negative Affectivity scale
On questions 10 and 11, if you circled 0, enter 4; if 1, enter 3; if 2, enter 2; if 3, enter 1; if 4, enter 0.
Add your scores for 10 to 14 to find out how you score on the Social Inhibition scale.
You qualify as a type D personality if you scored 10 or higher on both Negative Affectivity and Social Inhibition scales.
The first thing you must understand about personality types is that they have nothing to do with genes. This means that if you have a Type D personality then this doesn't mean that you can't change it. Also, the quiz doesn't mean that the result of the quiz determines your destiny. According to psychology, any personality trait can be changed.
Learn to control your emotions, control your thoughts, get over fear of rejection and learn to open up.
Type A and Type B personality theory describes Type A individuals as outgoing, ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, sensitive, impatient, anxious, proactive, and concerned with time management.
People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving "workaholics". They push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence. People with Type A personalities experience more job-related stress and less job satisfaction.
The theory describes Type B individuals as a contrast to those of Type A. Type B personality, by definition, are noted to live at lower stress levels. They typically work steadily, and may enjoy achievement, although they have a greater tendency to disregard physical or mental stress when they do not achieve.
When faced with competition, they may focus less on winning or losing than their Type A counterparts, and more on enjoying the game regardless of winning or losing.
To be brief, people with type C personalities are perfectionists, consistent and will never break the rules. Unlike their "sister" type A; type C personalities tend to take their time with the details and often check and recheck their work for accuracy. They tend to be deep thinkers and like to know every detail in regards to their work and life.
Last but not least, no matter what kind of personality you are, be positive and stay healthy!