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Type C Behavior Pattern – 10 Things to Know

Type C Behavior Pattern – 10 Things to Know

Updated on Nov 18, 2022 | Published on Sep 29, 2022

Reviewed by Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD , Certified Psychiatrist

Type C Behavior Pattern – 10 Things to Know | ThePleasantPersonality

Wondering what the Type C behavior pattern looks like? Did you take a personality test and find you’re a type C person? Or is it your loved one?

During such situations, it’s normal to become overly conscious of specific personality characteristics and behaviors. After all, they can tell how perfect… or imperfect you are.

Well, this think-piece has all the answers about how a type C personality behaves in any area of their life. So, if you can’t wait, just dig in…

Type C Behavior Pattern

Often people talk about how type C people can’t get along with everyone else or how their introversion gets in the way of socializing and they must change it. So, after taking the personality test, you probably freaked out a bit.

But honestly, if you can recharge and relax alone or from socializing in a small group… it’s OKAY! Extroversion isn’t the key to happiness.

So, keep a clear mind and understand different facts about your behaviors here…

1. They’re conflict-averse

People with type C personality traits dislike fights. They feel anxious about conflicting thoughts and disagreeing. So, they always avoid expressing themselves to others.

They suppress their emotions to avoid difficult situations. They also prioritize others’ needs before theirs to ensure that no conflicts arise. They might even accept unfair situations and let others take advantage of them… only to avoid fights.

Whenever there’s a close one around, they ask them to decide on both. Though this makes the other person happy and conflicts hardly arise, a type C person’s repressed feelings lead to resentment later on. They might feel that nobody cares for them or notices their situation.

Their conflict-averse nature puts them and their relationships in a tough situation.

2. They feel anxious from untidiness

Type Cs also can’t stand it when their own space or someone else around them is untidy. They’re extreme pessimists, so they always worry that they may not find important documents when they need them if their space is disheveled.

If their space is untidy, they’ll start working or focusing only once they’re done tidying up. If they share a room with an untidy person, they become extremely stressed and can’t cooperate with them no matter how much they try.

Be it their personal or professional life, they always keep things in order… almost as if they have OCD, but they usually don’t suffer from OCD. Rather, it’s an irrational fear of facing problems, being unable to find important things, and them failing others.

3. They can’t hold shallow conversations

Type C people feel uncomfortable with superficial topics. They’re introverted and can’t hold conversations without a real aim.

For instance, a conversation of greetings, exchanging compliments, and talking about the weather with a stranger has no aim. This doesn’t catch their interest.

However, they’ll more than welcome a conversation about a deep topic with their inner circle or people with similar interests. They’re ready to share intellectual moments with close ones… even if they’re only 2-3 people.

They feel comfortable talking to their inner circle more because they already know they have similar opinions, nobody will judge each other, and misunderstandings or disagreements won’t arise. They can open up easily in these conditions.

4. They dislike unknown topics

Though type Cs like deep topics, it can’t be just anything random. Type Cs study their subject of interest deeply but they also ignore anything they don’t find interesting.

So, if you talk about something deep but they aren’t aware of it, they won’t entertain you for long. They like to talk about things only when they can input enough in the conversation. Otherwise, they feel awkward and only seek excuses to leave the spot.

They might feel anxious about boring others due to their lack of participation. But they may not say anything out loud if the other person is a close one. Even if they don’t enjoy it, they’ll silently listen to others.

5. Their face light up when you say “details” and “accuracy”

People with a C-type personality are detail-oriented, to say the least. A type C person will always look around for details in everything. They’ll dig deep inside their subject of interest which helps them hold a well-informed conversation about those.

When they study something, they can dedicate long hours to finding deeper information and facts about that matter. When they make projects, they support every argument with evidence. They feel anxious if they can’t find any solid proof.

Since they’re focused, they can also find the most accurate information without fail. Their evidence usually has no flaws.

They want to deliver perfect tasks in all areas of their life because they want to be consistent with their tasks and performance and avoid being told off for their flaws.

6. They feel comfortable working independently

Type C people have a different way of working. They find it difficult to focus in messy zones. They always try to follow a said formula or rule.

They don’t want anything irrational or emotional in their tasks. Evidence matters a lot to them. They also like to load up their tasks with multiple tasks so they can deal with any question or objection to their conclusion.

However, they’re conflict-averse… so, if others try to implement their own twist in the task, type Cs fall into a huge dilemma. On one hand, they want their task to be done one way. On the other hand, they don’t want any trouble in their team. They feel more comfortable working solo to avoid these troubles.

7. They stay away from distraction

When a type C person concentrates on something, they hate being disturbed. They easily get distracted if others are loud.

Since type Cs depends a lot on deep research, evidence, and accuracy in their academic and professional life, they can’t stand a noisy environment. They feel overwhelmed by external stimuli. 

So, if you’re being noisy around a type C person, they won’t even ask you to stop. After all, if you understood the situation, you wouldn’t do that. They don’t even think about explaining their situation and walk out on others.

Most people feel disrespected and call them prideful or start fighting with them. However, that’ll only worsen the situation while they grow anxious.

It’s better to keep your distance and allow them space. If you want them to speak about their issues instead of walking away, talk after they’re done working.

8. They feel under confident without directions

In a new environment or setting, a type C person asks others a lot about their tasks to others. In their workplace, they take every step after asking their superiors and coworkers.

In their school, they ask their professors and classmates about their assignments repeatedly about how to do them. Even at home, if they’ll do chores, they’ll ask others if they must follow a particular order or prioritize one task over the other.

They basically do it so that they can do the tasks as others expect, avoid mistakes, and produce perfect results.

They’re quite the pessimists, so they feel anxious about doing anything the wrong way even if they know everything. This sometimes annoys others and people misinterpret type Cs as incompetent.

9. Control is a necessary part of their life

Type C people also like to keep everything in their life under control. They want things in a particular order. They follow everything according to the book and demand others to do the same.

This is all because they don’t want trouble by experimenting unnecessarily. After all, if the experiments fail, they’ll be in big trouble.

They’d need to clear the mess and start from scratch and the remaining time will also not be sufficient. So, it’s obvious why they like to stick to the rules.

Their fear isn’t completely vain. But they might sometimes reject good ideas and have a hard time transitioning from the older ways.

10. They might even suffer from severe diseases due to their personality

Type C people repress their emotions due to their people-pleasing and conflict-averse habits. However, suppressed stress can lead to many physical and mental health concerns.

They might suffer from depression and anxiety disorders. They might even face abnormal cell growth in their body which might lead to cancer… but wait up! Though stress can cause cancer, no link between type C behavior patterns and cancer is formed yet.

Moreover, type C personality traits have more effect on a person’s health.

For instance, due to their emotional repression, they might hide mild or serious symptoms of diseases. They might ignore it because they don’t want to agitate others. Others might notice something is off only when it’s too late.

However, they’re also people-pleasers. So, they might try to please their loved ones or pose as a good patient to their doctor by being punctual about their appointment.

A word from ThePleasantPersonality

Type C behavior patterns are full of positive and negative sides… like every other personality present to date! You’re not alone to be flawed, so stop reading too much between the lines.

However, if you’re ready to make minor changes to your personality, that’s cool! Go right ahead and become your ideal person.

But if others want you to change but you see nothing wrong with yourself, don’t work on it… otherwise, you’ll be unhappy and disappointed.

Trust yourself to choose the best for yourself and if not, seek a loved one!

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