Anecdotally (read: 20 minutes of googling), it does seem like there is some correlation between strokes and Type A personalities. Source: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=type+A+personality+stroke
March 18, 2010
Do brain aneurysms strike Type A people more?
“Everyone has stress in their life but it is how we manage stress that keeps us healthy. The American Heart Association estimates that about 700,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each year.” Source is the decidedly unscientific: http://askville.amazon.com/Type-personality-taking-break/AnswerDetails.do?requestId=6571384&responseId=6572243
Why am I thinking about strokes again today? Jerry York died recently after being stricken with a burst brain aneurysm. He was very Type A.
“He would rip people apart who didn’t deliver,” an IBM coworker told the Journal in 2006. Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703523204575129692078521812.html An IBM senior manager described him as “the pit bull who came to sell everything and not approve anything,” according to a Harvard Business School case study about IBM’s turnaround. Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/03/18/financial/f092136D21.DTL
Reflecting. Last year, our friend Craig Johnson died. He was very Type A in a different way. “Craig saw these little companies as his babies that he needed to care for,” says Ms. Chavez, who later helped Mr. Johnson found Virtual Law Partners LLP, an online legal firm. Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125486675503468885.html
These in turn remind me of Jill Bolte Taylor‘s TED Talk. Which reminds me that there’s still so little we know about strokes: http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html
Strokes also affect plenty of people who are not Type A.
So last year, when Joe Einhorn (http://www.thingd.com/) asked where to donate some money, I asked Joyce what the best options were to contribute to humanity’s collective understanding of strokes and brain aneurysms.
How can humanity’s brain understand ailments of the human brain? With time.
Will Type A personalities suffer from such hard-driving behavior? Probably. Plato once said, Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
Would knowing there’s a correlation between Type A personalities and strokes, make a Type A person slow down? Everyone chooses how to live, every day of life.