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20 Type C Personality Traits You Must Know

20 Type C Personality Traits You Must Know

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

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

20 Type C Personality Traits You Must Know | ThePleasantPersonality

Are you here to know about Type C personality traits? So, you heard of A and B personalities… but hardly anything about type C and D personalities?

Well, these were originally developed as DISC theory by psychologist William M. Marston based on several personality characteristics. He was also supported by Walter V. Clarke to develop the DISC personality assessment.

You probably have had enough of the history… and can’t wait to find out more about the traits, so let’s plunge straight into it…  

20 Type C personality traits

As per the DISC theory, Type C personality mainly defines people that like to do things systematically, analytically, and accurately. They’re also in love with facts and are overly cautious.

However, I understand that definition was extremely precise… and confusing because you can deduce so much from it… and what if it goes wrong?

That’s why this think-piece brings you a detailed breakdown of your traits here…

1. They’re introverted

Individuals with Type C personality traits are mostly introverted. The idea of making small talk with random strangers or even people they aren’t closely bonded to makes them uncomfortable.

They find it difficult, unnecessary, and meaningless to talk about superficial things to people that don’t even share similar interests. They’d rather plunge into a deep conversation with someone close that feels similar about those topics.

They don’t want lots of people with faint connections in their social circle. Rather they feel satisfied when their circle is of three close friends that truly understand and cherish them.

2. They’re detail-oriented

People with Type C personalities are quite concerned with the details of any task. This trait benefits them in multiple ways. They can create unique and original projects and ideas based on the details. They can use the details as supporting materials or create deductions based on them.

Details boost their creative side. This also solidifies their memory and they can easily spot any mistakes as they can retain the details in their mind.

If they need to review or correct something, this trait is a massive boon. They make sure that every task is correct deep down and check that no details are missed or wrongly represented. Their tasks are full of logical and accurate details that can’t be challenged.

3. They like to practice control over everything and everyone 

C-types have a balanced approach to life. They like to keep everything in an orderly fashion. To get things done correctly, they feel control is necessary. They control their own lifestyle by following strict routines and they expect the same from others.

They want everyone to follow predefined methods to get tasks done. They don’t want random whims or creative yet unknown ways to get over with tasks.

The reason?

They don’t want to do anything that is clearly based on emotions or whims as it might produce flawed results. They’re not ready to take that sort of risk and ruin the invested time, energy, and resources on something.

4. They need clear directions

When a C-type person works, they want a clear indication of what others expect from them. They want to know the exact results they desire. They don’t want to play a set of trials and errors until they reach the actual result as that’s a waste of time.

If they take on a task, they ask questions about what kind of effort they must put in and which task is a priority. That way, they can finish the task desirably and in an orderly manner to satisfy the other person. They can also manage their tasks accordingly and prevent losing precious time.

5. They depend on facts for everything

C-types are quite fascinated with facts. People might think that it’s just an obsession but in fact, it’s a way to protect and support themselves when they’re challenged.

If someone comes up with different opinions and says that a C-type’s conclusion or deduction is wrong, the type C person uses the proven facts to save the day.

They make sure that they don’t assume anything or add emotion to their research. They let the evidence speak for themselves to back their ideas. This makes C-types the dominant party in debates and competitions based on wits.

6. They’re not easy to distract

Once Type C folks are focused on something, it’s not easy to distract them or talk them out of it. They’ll stay dedicated to it.

But it can become a huge issue at times as they’re not as concerned about time management, deadlines, or punctuality. They lose themselves in the task and forget about the time and resource restraints. Yet they might not be as laid back as a C-type to miss the deadlines completely.

But, on the positive side, it helps them work with intense accuracy in their tasks. Due to the low incidences of distraction, they can stay focused enough to do almost everything right.  

7. They have perfectionist tendencies

For a type C person, it’s either winning or nothing. They’re not ready to accept or give half-baked effort in their tasks. They’ll give their 100% and make the task 100% satisfying.

This goes beyond control and C-types might even force this perfectionism in unnecessary areas of life. For instance, A-types are perfectionists in their work and academics. Whereas C-types might never take a breather. Their perfectionism might kick in even when they dust the house.

This might hurt their mental health and cause them anxiety and stress frequently. They might even suffer from heart diseases due to their perfectionism. Such tendencies might be due to their attention and approval-seeking tendencies due to their insecurity.

8. They’re emotionally repressed

Type C individuals don’t feel comfortable with confrontations and conflicts. Even if they strongly feel negative emotions about a situation or person, they try to suppress their emotions. Sometimes, just to avoid any conflict, they accept decisions against their will.

Though they can confidently support their views and ideas based on facts, they never express their feelings as clearly. This lets others take advantage of their personality.

They feel helpless and hopeless in these situations. Yet they can’t stand firmly for their beliefs. A type C is often seen as an easy target in emotional situations.

9. They prefer to work solo

Similar to type A, C-types also like to work independently. This is so that they can follow their own way of working and don’t face clashes with teammates regarding the way they work.

It’s not that they avoid teamwork because they look down on others and their working style or want to control their ways. However, they have their own unique way to work. And if they must collaborate with someone, they must match the pace. That’ll naturally bring troubles of conflicts and confrontations.

They feel anxious and helpless in these situations. So, to avoid that, solo work is the only option.

10. They hate clutter

Another thing that makes type Cs feel anxious is a disorganized order. They are addicted to the following methods, clean desks, files organized according to alphabets, books placed according to genres, and so on. They want things placed in their rightful position.

They take extreme pride in their orderly tasks and believe that disorderly spaces are the epitome of insincerity and inefficiency. They won’t tolerate a cluttered space for themselves… they can’t stand anyone else with a cluttered desk and become extremely judgemental of their capabilities.

For C-types, working with a B-type might become their greatest nightmare.

11. They’d rather study one thing than many

Another trait of C-type personalities is their thoughts toward their subjects or interests. They’ll focus on one subject and study it deeply instead of studying lots of subjects superficially.

They don’t want to focus on something that they won’t use in their life. They believe that’s simply a waste of time, brain cells, and energy. Instead, they wish to invest their resources in something they want to be an expert of.

They don’t get bored and look around for a distraction. In fact, they can stay consumed with something for hours and focus. This works especially well when there’s no external interruption or distraction around their space.

12. They feel overwhelmed by external stimuli

Since they like to focus on their business and stay immersed in that for hours, Type Cs can’t handle external disturbances or interruptions. They’re focused on small details which need plenty of concentration.

Even if another person is studying the same subject as a type C person, they might not notice the finer details. To notice them, they need to focus as deeply as C-personalities. That’s why whenever a C-type person gets distracted from external stimuli, they must seek another calmer space.

They might even ask others to let them be alone until they can socialize with others once again.

13. They’re a fan of consistency

C-types are also crazy about staying consistent. If they rose to status, they won’t let anything come between them and their status.

If they gain recognition in their workplace for producing the highest results, they make sure that they maintain that. If they’re known as the best child or student, they make sure nobody gets a chance to change their mind about it.

They’ll dedicate their everything to preventing any negative change in their life. Even when they work, they want to continue it at a stretch without being interrupted. They always think of the worst and plan from the back.

14. They have a creative mind

The creativity of Type Cs is at par with type Bs. However, they can even surpass B-types with their interest in logic, facts, evidence, and details. They’re one of the best problem-solvers because they can mix facts and creativity.

C-types produce high-quality solutions to problems where they incorporate the best of both worlds: logic and imagination. They can create the most unique things with their different outlook and approach to life.

This is possible all because they stay in their own bubble most of the time and think of joining different ideas. Even when they’re among their friends and family, they notice different details around them to come up with exotic and never-though plans.

15. Frequent changes aren’t favored

Changes aren’t always under the control of humankind… but type Cs strongly resist the unwanted ones. They feel anxious about changes because it’s hard to understand whether the new change will work in their favor or not. If it’s proven to be favorable, they might not mind the change.

But if the results are yet to be known, they can’t stand it. It hurts their mental and emotional peace. They might lose time thinking about the negative possibilities of the change. They might lag in their actual work and even lose their track record of staying consistent.

16. They try to cooperate with everyone

When it’s time to make decisions, type C people can stay calm and look through any difficult situation. They’ll calmly investigate any situation at hand and look around for information and statistics to help them make a well-informed decision.

They have extreme patience when they meet such situations. They know that hurrying won’t bring the required facts to them faster. It’ll only bring them more trouble by delays and mistakes.

So, they try to cooperate with everyone around, avoid conflicts, stay patient, and get the best solution for the situation. They make sure they win in every situation with a calm mind.

17. They always put others’ needs first

Often, C-types keep others’ feelings and emotions before their own. They never want to knowingly hurt others. When planning something for a long time, they consider others’ beliefs and the effect of their decisions on others.

Usually, people don’t know this fact because C-types give a lot of priority to facts, logic, and evidence. People believe that C-types are robots that only go by the book. But they’re pretty kind. They only dislike and resist impracticality and irrational choices. Otherwise, they’re actually understanding and kind.

18. They’re negative minded

A person with type C personality traits is usually pessimistic. They see the glass half empty and focus on the dark clouds instead of the silver lining.

They always fear something might go wrong and try to make backup plans accordingly. Especially, when their creative mind is on the rage, they often imagine the negative possibilities too… even if there are no such chances.

However, this pessimism comes in handy in their life. This helps them stay prepared for the worst-case scenario and deal with them bravely. They may take more time on their thoughts, but it’s all for the better.

19. They don’t like being irrational

If you have a type C elder, teacher, or boss, they won’t stand a second of you acting irrationally. They know that every step and decision will add up and eventually lead to something huge.

If you become indecisive or make rash decisions, they won’t support that. They know that the way you react to certain situations can make or break one’s future.

Since C-types often take pride in making good decisions with their keen eye for details and facts, they don’t support irrationality. Irrational choices might also bring about unnecessary challenges in life which can delay them from achieving important things in life. And they dislike or fear that possibility.

20. They stay quiet most of the time

Type Cs like to be quiet instead of bustling with others. Most people believe it’s because they’re introverted or shy. But that’s far from reality… instead, it’s because they’re immersed deep in thoughts, focused on something more interesting, or just don’t value the loud talking.

They rather notice the surroundings and read the room. Even if they’re not sitting with a book, laptop, or anything else… even if they don’t seem to be busy at the moment, they’re actually evaluating everyone else.

No, don’t get me wrong, they might not judge you. Instead, they try to understand the people they hang out or cooperate with as a further reference. They might also be busy gathering ideas from their surroundings for the next project.

A word from ThePleasantPersonality

As per the traits, you have many cool sides… but you’re not perfect. There are lots of flaws in you. But don’t feel bad about that. Remember that everyone and every personality type are flawed.

Moreover, all the mentioned flawed traits might not be as evident in you… because human beings are unique, even if they’re categorized.

So, don’t listen to people’s judgment… rather, decide for yourself. Spot your shortcomings and work on them… I’m sure you can do a few things to make yourself a happier and healthier person!

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