Thursday, May 15, 2008


About a year ago I read that there is actually a type T personality woven into a few rare humans. I just happen to be one of them.

Type T personality n. A personality type that regularly seeks out thrilling or dangerous experiences.

As Psychologist Frank Farley of the University of Wisconsin tells it, many of the world's daredevils, doers and delinquents share a common personality, Type T (for thrill seeking). Whether scientists or criminals, mountain climbers or hot-dog skiers, says Farley, all are driven by temperament, and perhaps biology, to a life of constant stimulation and risk taking. Both the socially useful and the socially appalling Type Ts, he says, "are rejecting the structures, the laws, the regulations — they are pursuing the unknown, the uncertain."
—John Leo, "Looking for a Life of Thrills," Time Magazine, April 15, 1985

Type A — Competitive, driven, stressed, workaholic
Type B — Relaxed, patient, friendly
Type C — Reticent, unassertive, nice to a fault
Type D — Anxious, insecure, gloomy, depressed
Type E — High-achieving, perfectionist, everything to everybody
Type F — Prone to forwarding e-mail messages
Type H — Hostile, hateful
Type I — Egocentric
Type J — Orderly, neat
Type M — Melodramatic
Type O — Prone to making spelling mistakes
Type P — Persistent
Type R — Responsive
Type S — Doesn't get enough sleep
Type T — Thrill-seeking
Type V — Plain, simple (vanilla)
Type W — Wacko
Type X — Domineering, tyrannical
Type Z — Extremely laid back (the "opposite" of a Type A)

What Personality are you? Are there any other Type T's out there?

Here is to the Type T's: Skydiving Travis Pastrana Style