“I’m interested in what people do with the chaos in their lives and how they respond to it, and simultaneously what they do with what they feel like are limitations. If they push against these limitations, will they wind up in the realm of chaos, or will they push against limitations and wind up in the world of freedom?”—Philip Roth (via human-voices)
The theory describes a Type A individual as ambitious, aggressive, business-like, controlling, highly competitive, impatient, preoccupied with his or her status, time-conscious, and tightly-wound. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving “workaholics” who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence.
In his 1996 book, Type A Behavior: Its Diagnosis and Treatment, Friedman suggests that Type A behavior is expressed in three major symptoms: free-floating hostility, which can be triggered by even minor incidents; time urgency and impatience, which causes irritation and exasperation; and a competitive drive, which causes stress and an achievement-driven mentality. The first of these symptoms is believed to be covert and therefore less observable, while the other two are more overt
“Maybe you learned it with “Má”; I learned how it worked calling “Mẹ ơi.” The long vowel drawn out on my breath, or staccato with excitement. A Look what I found! Or scraped knees from a spill. Panic, from bad dreaming. Or a tattle about to be told. “Ơi” can telegraph all those things and more. But always it means, Come to me. Hear me. I need you and know you’re near.”—Erin Ninh writes about the significance of the word “ơi”-diacritics.org (via surnameviet)