An appreciation of personality types is a valuable tool for dealing with the intricacies of human behavior. A fascinating personality type to give thought to is the Type C personality. Type C personalities have distinct behaviours and characteristics that significantly affect individuals and organizations.
What is the Type C Personality?
C Type Personality Styles, based on the DISC Theory by Dr. Marston. A type C person enjoys accuracy, reason, and applying logic to everything they do. A dominant natural aspect is the demand for reason over feeling. Since they prefer facts and evidence, they don't suffer from hype or drama; they despise it.
According to a 2023 blog post by Thomas, it is simple to assume too strongly that Type C people lack feeling or have sympathetic inclinations. While they rarely become emotional about their work, it is inherent in their personality type to prioritize reason, information, and scientific principles above all else. This thorough, resourceful, and thoughtful personality is excellent in a scenario where everything needs to be considered before any positions are made. It is described as detail-oriented, rational, and prepared.
On the other hand, according to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a type C personality is one of the more passive personality qualities, favoring harmony over discord. There may be much tension when judgments are made based on anything other than the presented facts since it can be difficult to get the individual to open up, and they need to trust the connections they have created before they do.
In a professional setting, they are careful with the knowledge and data at their disposal. Type C personalities are frequently found in legal, medical, and scientific positions.
Characteristics of Type C Personalities
Now that we know what Type C personality is and how it may behave in the workplace, what are the key traits that set a Type C personality apart? According to Shannon V. McHugh, PsyD, in her article - What Is a Type C Personality? People classified as having Type C personalities may display behaviors that point to resentment or hostility toward individuals around them. However, they often don't express the underlying causes of such emotions.
They are typically perceived as being:
- Extremely cautious
These people frequently accept more responsibility at work or in their personal lives than they can manage, which causes stress. They might care about other people and prioritize other people's pleasure over their own. When they believe they cannot live up to the expectations of others around them, their desire for acceptance may rule their life and cause worry for them. They tend to be meticulous and analytical and will concentrate on comprehending every aspect of a situation before answering. They have trouble deciding what to do and finishing things as a result.
Overall, this personality type indicates someone docile, maybe more so than Type B individuals. Type C personalities will have trouble with time management, become anxious about everything they have on their plate, and not use assertiveness to ask for assistance or make demands about things evolving to improve their chances of succeeding. Instead of being content to let others complete things before them and not having a lot of rivalry or desire to see immediate achievement. This starts a vicious cycle of negativity, and these thought and behavior patterns can make it more likely for someone to get physically and psychologically unwell.
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How Type C Personalities Affect Workplace Behaviour
Based on an article sourced from Hire Success, any of the four types of personality will affect how people behave at work. According to Jill Babcock in her article - Not Type A or B? You May Have a Type C Personality: Knowing the Type C personality can help you better understand the potential favourable or bad effects. Understanding someone with a Type C personality may help you better manage their triggers and even the kinds of jobs that they accomplish.
Do you follow established protocols at work? Do you have the type of task where people must put in their effort but see it through to the end? The Type C applicant is ideal for this position. They can handle their responsibilities independently, and because their employer doesn't need them to be subordinate to anybody else, they feel comfortable working alone to get the job done.
However, Type C personalities may withdraw from their job and feel overwhelmed if the task spirals out of their grasp due to others not working under the established rules and regulations. As a result, they may develop a negative perspective of their work and the organization as a whole.
According to a 2023 blog post by Thomas, C Type personalities may feel uneasy if their employment experiences much change as well. They need confirmation that their work's quality meets the established standards and that any alterations would be made without considering their feedback. Change can be uncomfortable, but it would be advantageous strategically to involve C Type personalities early on and give them the duty of developing a framework and new practices.
How to bring out the best in applicants and workers with Type C personalities
According to an article from HR Profiling Solutions, recognizing Type C personalities in potential recruits or current workers is an excellent place to start. The secret to your success will be how well you handle these traits. There will be beneficial and detrimental parts to any personality type; thus, controlling and learning how to handle them is important.
Choosing to play alone or with others
Type C personalities might be susceptible to criticism or do not like a lack of proof when making judgments. Teams must control the decision-making process with a defined framework to enable this personality style to thrive. Setting defined guidelines is also vital while working alone since it offers them a framework to accomplish their task.
Making well-informed choices
Type C personalities, by nature, like to make informed judgments based on the information they have acquired. Allowing these people to make decisions implies accepting that the process may take longer. However, after a decision, be prepared to have all the data at your disposal before contesting any decision.
Why it's critical to understand Type C personality traits when making employment decisions
According to a 2023 blog post by Thomas, recognizing that you have a Type C personality will be crucial whether you are in the interview phase or considering promotions or lateral moves within the company. The benefit of knowing a candidate's appropriateness for a position and their interpersonal style before they even start working for the company cannot be overstated.
Type C personalities focus on the details, are driven by data, and prefer to be surrounded by facts and reasoning than feelings. Knowing even these fundamental ideas will help you realize that this personality type thrives in low-stress circumstances and that teamwork is acceptable up to a degree. One of the main characteristics of the Type C personality is that they like to work alone yet still help others.
According to a 2023 article from HelpGuide, other crucial elements of Type C personalities to consider are that they might start to close down around their co-workers and start missing deadlines or failing to finish their jobs because of their reserved character and absence of assertiveness. It will be crucial to understand how to control these personalities so that they can communicate openly with their line supervisors or fellow employees when problems emerge.
What are the areas of personal development for C personality types?
Drawing insights from Crystal Raypole's article published on March 30, 2020, by Healthline titled "Understanding the True Significance of Type C Personality." Although the C personality avoids criticism from other people, particularly for their job, their attention to detail causes them to be too critical of others. Finding all the flaws is simpler while doing this. Focusing on doing the right things rather than merely the correct ones is crucial.
The C style has to be quick to move toward team goals and receptive to the ideas and approaches of others while working in teams. Because they prefer to be more task-driven and work alone, the C is considered introverted and may need to focus more on others to develop solid relationships. Even when all the research isn't in, the C occasionally has to encourage themselves to make decisions and take chances.
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Understanding the different types of personalities offers interesting and invaluable insights into the nuances of human behaviour. For Type C personalities, particularly in the work environment, by exploring the traits and their impact on the organization, businesses can utilize and maximize the strengths of those employees and develop a work environment conducive to their success.
Acknowledging the importance of understanding the Type C personality type in recruitment helps make well-informed decisions. Additionally, employees with Type C personalities can begin personal development by enhancing their communication abilities, embracing flexibility, and discovering methods to achieve harmony between their analytical disposition and interpersonal relationships.
Richard Mapfuise is an Organizational Development Consultant at Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, a business management and human resources consulting firm.
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