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15 Type D Personality Strengths and Weaknesses You Must Know About 

15 Type D Personality Strengths and Weaknesses You Must Know About 

Updated on Nov 18, 2022 | Published on Oct 04, 2022

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

15 Type D Personality Strengths and Weaknesses You Must Know

So, you’re curious about type D personality strengths and weaknesses… you’re probably concerned about a type D loved one… or, perhaps you want to know a type D student or employee?

Well, whichever it is… you reached the absolute right place. This think-piece consists of all the things a D-type can be proud of and everything they need to work on.

So, if you’re ready to help them shine in life, let’s get down to it!

Type D Personality Strengths

People usually highlight the weaknesses of a type D person. However, they forget that there are always two sides to a coin. Yes… due to those very negative and distressed traits, type D folks have some excellent strengths too.

So, if you don’t believe me, just get into the list… I promise you won’t be disappointed!

1. They’re compassionate and kind

Type D people are kind to the truly needy people. They suffer a great deal of emotional distress due to their excess negative emotions.

So, they want to feel a bit better by helping others… be it by helping a friend or working in the soup kitchen. They’re selfless souls that’ll work for a cause without expecting anything from it.

2. They keep quiet unless needed

D-type people are also known for their low-key nature. They can keep quiet in most situations. They can merge in with the crowd due to their personality.

This isn’t a favorable trait when socializing, but it can be pretty useful in work scenarios where attention is unwanted… like the job of a detective. They can stay calm and quiet until needed.

3. They’re great advisors and mediators

Type Ds are great at mediating tough situations. They can help others find a middle ground and get along. Most people seek them for problem-solving because they have a clear view of everything.

Due to their negative thinking style, they can perceive the worst in any situation. They’re also good at planning for possible troubles. They can also help out others with this trait.

4. A lot goes on in their mind

D-types are deep thinkers. During every step of their life… whether in their personal or professional life… they think a lot about their decisions. When they plan or after they execute a plan, they continue thinking further about the future as they feel anxious about something going wrong.

They think about the possible roadblocks they might face and plan accordingly. Due to this, they’re almost always ready to deal with bad situations.

5. They never support injustice

Type Ds don’t ever act mean to others. They feel so many negative emotions in their daily life, they can’t imagine someone else feeling those too. They have an innate wish to make the world a better place… they don’t want anyone to experience anything like them.

So, they never do anything bad themselves or join others. If people around them are being mean, they’ll walk out of the situation.

6. They aren’t too moody

People assume that D-types must be moody due to their excess negative thinking. But they’re actually not. This is completely false because D-types consistently feel low and negative.

Though you might not call it a strength itself… At least, they don’t keep others on the edge by being bubbly at one moment and downright crazy at the other. They’re actually quite calm even if they’re pessimistic.

7. They don’t burden others

Type Ds never burden others with their tasks. They have strong morals and they never want to put others in the wrong spot. Instead, they want to help out even if they’re at their worst.

They feel guilty if they even by mistake depend on others. They curse their luck when they meet such situations. Otherwise, they try to stay as independent as possible.

8. They’re extremely patient with others

When someone fails in their tasks or can’t learn something as fast as their peers, a type D person never expresses their frustration in front of them.

Since D-types are pro overthinkers, they know exactly what happens in the other person’s mind. They don’t want to shoot their anxiety and try to be as patient as possible with them.

9. They’re consistent in their actions

Type Ds in their personal, academic, or professional life try to perform as consistently as life allows. They don’t want to disappoint others and change others’ opinions about themselves.

They constantly think that others are better than them and worry about losing to others. So, they try hard to not decline their performance. They also feel anxious about being told off for declining performance.

10. They’re great routine followers

If a type D person is asked to follow a particular routine, they don’t rebel against it. Type D kids can become the students that always come to school with a tidy uniform, tidy their bed, and undertake all the daily rituals as asked.

They don’t try to do anything out of the ordinary even out of curiosity. When a routine is given, they take it quite seriously.

11. They don’t get bored of monotonous things

If a Type D person’s peers ask them whether they get bored or frustrated with monotonous tasks, they’ll usually answer “No”. However, it’s not because they like to be disciplined. Rather, they like the steadiness of their task.

A monotonous task or routine keeps them calm and helps them thrive. They can even focus better on academics and jobs even when the task becomes too repetitive.

12. They’re dependable

When situations become worse, a type D person never refuses to help others. In the worst times, they can support others without wasting a wink.

They’re understanding of others’ problems and are serious about their responsibilities. So, if anybody needs help, they’re always around to support them with everything they have. Even if they need to take the entire responsibility, they’re usually ready for that.

13. They have good observation skills

D-types always have backup plans for the next phase of their life. They’re always worried about their plans going wrong. But little do others notice that they can make backup plans because they can notice the serious flaws with just thinking alone.

Even if someone reaches out to them with their issues, they help them perfectly because of their observational skills.

14. They’re great at maintaining stability

A type D person feels anxious about instability in any area of their life. They want to feel stable and secure. Regular changes are one of the worst fears of D-types. So, they work hard until they drop to stabilize their life.

For instance, they put lots of effort into all of their relationships and cherish their loved ones to always have them by their side. They also work hard to have a job and financial security.

15. They seem approachable to others

Due to their grounded and helpful nature, D-types look so approachable to others. They believe in helping others and it shows on their face and aura.

People can reach out to them and express themselves better because of that. Nobody feels judged around them and feels accepted in their presence.

Though there are some pretty cool strengths, I won’t pretend the flaws don’t exist. C’mon, let’s get moving further…


Type D Personality Weaknesses

People often say that type Ds are pessimists… but well, do you know the intensity of their pessimism?

They suffer every day from many issues due to their negative emotions and perceptions. While others feel low sometimes, D-types deal with it every day.

So, you can guess that they have a lot of weaknesses.

C’mon, let’s know about those in detail here…

1. They just can’t stand up for themselves

If a type D person is in a tight situation, they can’t speak for themselves. If they get blamed or if someone forces them into anything, they might even silently let the other person do as they wish.

They’re too timid for their own good. They often get treated like a pushover because they can’t confidently express their feelings.

2. They’re like an open goldmine for opportunists

Type Ds have a heart of gold. They want to help the needy and make this world a better place. Due to their personality traits, they feel their life is the worst. Moreover, they feel they’re insignificant beings in the universe.

So, they want to be remembered by others. For that, they try their best to be kind to others. However, they lack the insight of understanding people’s intentions. Sometimes, opportunists pretend to be helpless to take benefits from them.

3. They’ll agree even if they don’t want

Type Ds often get talked into things. They have extremely kind and caring hearts. They don’t want to inconvenience others at all. So, when others ask them something persistently, they just can’t refuse.

Even if others’ requests might put them in a tight spot, they just can’t bear to burden others. They often get convinced about things they don’t agree with. They often act like people-pleasers.

4. They can’t keep up with constant change

D-types are known as routine-lovers. They want their life to go at a steady pace. They feel comfortable when everything happens, in the same way, every day.

Change is inevitable, but it makes them anxious. For instance, a type D student doesn’t want to change schools because they feel anxious about how they’ll cope with the new environment. The fear of unknown situations haunts them.

5. They’ll do anything to avoid confrontation

Type D people fear confrontations. They can literally do everything to avoid one. Even if they must put themselves in an uncomfortable situation, they feel that’s better than facing conflicts.

This might be due to several reasons like their unwillingness to hurt the other person, they might fear losing the other person for good, or they might just feel extremely anxious about the next thing that’ll happen.

6. They’re full of doubts

D-types don’t have much confidence in themselves. They always think others are better than them and label themselves a loser even before trying. Or, they always focus on their weaknesses and dwell on how it harms them.

They don’t think about how to change their weaknesses into strengths or increase their strengths. Instead of trying, they pass their time overthinking. Self-doubt is a daily routine for most D-types.

7. Their feelings get hurt so randomly

D-types easily get hurt even when you don’t try to. They often overthink life situations so when something doesn’t go the way they want, they feel offended.

Suppose, you promised your type D friend that you’d let them copy your assignment but you failed to complete it on time and genuinely don’t have enough time to lend your task to them. In this situation, they’ll assume it’s an excuse to not share your task and even misunderstand you.

8. They can’t convince people

Type D folks are bad at convincing their standpoint to others. If it’s about their qualities, they fail to convince it as their self-confidence is too low.

If it’s a general topic in a debate, it’s because they don’t like persistence and don’t act that way in front of others. And, if it’s about their own boundaries, they fail to convince others because they don’t want to sound too nagging.

9. Their shyness takes the better of them

People with type D personalities always stay low-key. They feel shy to ask for anything. When they’re around other people, they stay quiet and look timid. This happens more when there are people they don’t know or people of higher status and authority.

They don’t go around striking conversations with others even if they want to. This can harm their chances of romantic encounters too.

10. They can’t deal with untidiness

A type D person can’t stand a messy environment. They feel extremely anxious about all the problems they might face in an untidy space.

For instance, in an untidy workspace, they’ll worry about not finding the necessary files and papers on time. If it’s an untidy wallet or purse, they’ll worry about being unable to pay for things if they can’t find their cash or card.

Out of fear, they’ll start reorganizing everything from scratch.

11. They’re always dissatisfied

No matter what miracle happens in a type D person’s life, they’ll always ponder on the negative perspective. Even if something great happens, they instantly think of something worse and start wishing that won’t happen.

Show them a half-filled glass. For them, the glass is always half empty. Then their next thought is If only the glass was covered… hope dirt doesn’t fall in that glass… then it’d become undrinkable.

Such a thinking style always keeps them dissatisfied.

12. They’re prone to social inhibition

Type D people experience an irrational fear of being judged and rejected. They don’t want to face such situations where they open up and the other person scrutinizes them or makes fun of them.

So, they specifically flee from social interactions. They avoid introducing themselves to new people and lose the precious chance of forming important connections. They try to stay as quiet as possible in some corner so nobody notices or approaches them.

13. They’re too focused on internal thoughts

Since Type D people experience a fear of rejection in social situations, they try to divert their minds from their immediate surroundings to their minds and internal thoughts. They believe it’s a great way to cope with social situations, but they often come off as distracted or aloof to others.

They might even miss crucial details if the group they hang out with mentions something important in between their carefree conversations.

14. They’re prone to many health issues

Individuals with D personality styles can frequently face high levels of stress and burnout due to their poor coping skills.

This eventually leads to many other health concerns like a lowered immune system, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and many other physical health concerns.  The negativity and social inhibition also cause chronic depression and anxiety disorder.

15. Work tires them out more than others

People with Type D personality traits are more prone to feel negative about their work than the general population. They feel more stressed at work and get exhausted quicker than others.

They also feel more dissatisfied than the rest and are more prone to take sick leaves or skip work than other personality types. This is because they have poor coping skills with stress.

A word from ThePleasantPersonality

Though type D personality has both strengths and weaknesses, remember that the weaknesses need urgent attention. Excess stress, pessimism, and suppressed emotions negatively affect their life quality.

So, if you know a type D person, encourage them by reminding them of their strengths and grow closer to them. And help them realize their mental health concerns. Urge them to seek therapy and not just brood about it.

Be the friend they always needed and enhance their life.

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