10 Satisfying Feelings Every 'Type A' Person Will Understand

The perfect situations for those who crave perfection.

08/19/2015 08:07 am ET | Updated Aug 19, 2015

"Type As" experience a range of daily emotions that might seem negative to some: Their overwound nature makes it hard for them to relax. They power through tasks with urgency. They put constant pressure on themselves to perform the best.

In other words? They're known for being a little high strung.

But the personality type isn't all doom and gloom. In fact, there are multiple situations where being Type A feels totally gratifying. Below are just a few satisfying feelings Type A folks can't get enough of. 


1. The sense of accomplishment after crossing items off a to-do list.

There is nothing more satisfying than a completed task list. NOTHING. Experts note that Type A people thrive on a plan of action; their to-do list is just a tangible representation of that.

2. The relief that comes with a freshly-cleaned inbox. 


Email anxiety is real. A Type A individual's inbox is like the digital version of their to-do list. In other words, if something is left unread, it's just another thing that needs to get done.

3. The glee that comes after a compliment from their boss.

Type A individuals are known for being overachievers, especially when it comes to their work. Acknowledgment of that work -- especially from a superior -- is just icing on the cake.

4. The feeling of victory after winning Scrabble.

Type A people can be incredibly competitive. This is mostly attributed to their achievement-focused mindset, which could be considered a good or a bad trait (but hey, who doesn't want to be on a winning team?).

5. The rare bliss that comes from breezing through a line. 

Nothing is more agonizing for Type A people than a long wait at the bank or the grocery store.  "[Type A's] are people who want to get a lot of things done and get irritated if their goals or their progress toward their goals is blocked," John Schaubroeck, a professor of psychology and management at Michigan State University, previously told HuffPost.

6. The pride that arrives after successfully planning a surprise party.

Type A folks are planners and pleasers, because they work at tasks efficiently and they tend to be highly conscientious. What better way to channel that energy than into a well-coordinated party?

7. The comfort of arriving to your destination right on time.

Or, sometimes, even a few minutes early. Type A people hate to feel like they're wasting time -- and being late definitely falls into that category.

8. The gratification of an immediate response after you've sent a text.

Is there anything worse than the dreaded typing bubble only to have it disappear? Answer: No. 

9. The pleasure of an organized desk.

Bonus points if the office supplies are color coordinated. Research shows a messy desk may lead to a creative mind, but if their's is in a state of disarray, their mind certainly won't be productive.

10. The nirvana that comes with actually relaxing on a vacation.

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Type A folks are notorious for being easily overwhelmed and obsessed with perfection (two emotions that are neither easy or healthy). As a result, they may find it difficult to unwind -- but when they do, it's an out-of-this-world, rare experience.

Finally being able to calm down the emotions that come with your personality? That's true satisfaction.

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