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What it means to be a type A, B, C, or D personality — and how to find the strength in whatever you are

INSIDER Logo By Lindsay Dodgson of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 10:  Chances are you've been labelled as a certain personality type in your life. You might have been called an extrovert or an introvert, or found out you're an INTJ using the Myers-Briggs Indicator. One of the most common personality designations is whether you're a type A, B, C or D. They are fairly useful indicators for the kind of person you are, according to psychologist Perpetua Neo, but it might not be clear-cut whether you're one or the other. "I think for most people it tends to be one thing and then a little bit of another thing," she told INSIDER. "I think with most personality type skills, you tend to have a distinct one and then something else that kind of influences it." Some people find labels stigmatising, while for others it's a revelation because they find something that describes their life. "Like a clinician or a doctor, we say we know the patterns, so this is how I can treat you and tailor it to you," Neo said. "So personally I think the labels can be extremely helpful, because they help us understand who we are and our experiences." Here's what separates the four personality types according to Neo, and what their strengths and weaknesses are:

Chances are you've been labelled as a certain personality type in your life. You might have been called an extrovert or an introvert, or found out you're an INTJ using the Myers-Briggs Indicator.

One of the most common personality designations is whether you're a type A, B, C or D. They are fairly useful indicators for the kind of person you are, according to psychologist Perpetua Neo, but it might not be clear-cut whether you're one or the other.

"I think for most people it tends to be one thing and then a little bit of another thing," she told INSIDER. "I think with most personality type skills, you tend to have a distinct one and then something else that kind of influences it."

Some people find labels stigmatising, while for others it's a revelation because they find something that describes their life.

"Like a clinician or a doctor, we say we know the patterns, so this is how I can treat you and tailor it to you," Neo said. "So personally I think the labels can be extremely helpful, because they help us understand who we are and our experiences."

Here's what separates the four personality types according to Neo, and what their strengths and weaknesses are:

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