Type A behaviour pattern, the recall of positive personality information and self‐evaluations

Adrian Furnham, Amy Borovoy, Susan Henley

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This paper reports on two studies of how Type A and B subjects perceive themselves. Both studies investigated differences in self‐ratings of personality by Type As and Bs, and differences in the recall of positive and negative personality information. As predicted, a modest significant positive correlation was found in both studies between Type A scores and number of positive traits remembered, suggesting that Type A behaviours are associated with a tendency to process information about the self in such a way as to bolster self‐esteem. Self‐ratings of positive and negative personality traits showed that Type As tended to rate themselves much more negatively than Type Bs. This provides support for a self‐evaluative model of Type A behaviour. The results are discussed in terms of the paradoxical nature of the Type A behaviour pattern. 1986 The British Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-374
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Medical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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