Type-A personality disorder (TAPD) can do ample damage to both the brain, and body.
TAPD is defined by:
- An intense drive to achieve self-selected, but usually poorly defined goals,
- A persistent desire for recognition and advancement
- Involvement in several functions subjected to time restrictions
- An accelerated rate of execution of several physical and mental functions and
- An increased mental and physical alertness
Research frequently reports that TAPD is associated with both physical and mental chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, stress, anxiety, and depression. Two highly associated characteristics of TAPD are insecurity and inadequate self-esteem; a common thought pattern which may exacerbate is as follows:
Though like any limiting thought pattern, they are non-permanent and can be changed. Start by bringing awareness to these patterns; this can be done everyday and through mindfulness meditation. Once that awareness is present, actively stop that thought before it can run around in circles and wreak more havoc inside your brain. Finally, work on cultivating rational counters… “I am human.” “Like everyone else, I am good at some things and not at others.” “As a human being, I am inherently worthy– it does not need to be worked for.” “I grew up in different circumstances than everyone else.” Etc. Don’t let this all too common North American based thought pattern make you sick– it affects millions and must be stopped!
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