The question in final jeopardy tonight was "(What is) type A personality". My response was "alpha (male)", which I maintained was the same thing. Later, when I typed in "type a personality vs", the search engine offered up "type a personality vs alpha male" but none of the links I clicked made mention of this. On the off chance that I knew what I was talking about, I wrote this question. If I get an answer, will it be a fluke redemption, or the last nail in my coffin?

  • $\begingroup$ A comment more than answer: The wikipedia pages (links added to your question) both reference each other, indicating some level of cross-over. BTW, was the TRS-80 your first computer? Was for me! $\endgroup$
    – Tony Mobbs
    Commented Oct 21, 2020 at 7:15
  • $\begingroup$ They are certainly not interchangeable terms, but for a more conclusive answer it would help to know what the prompt was. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Oct 21, 2020 at 18:18
  • $\begingroup$ @Tony Mobbs Good of you edit in those links! The TRS-80 was the first non-mainframe computer I had access to (@school). My first computer (as owner) was a VIC-20. $\endgroup$
    – TRS-80
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 6:33

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There's a lot of overlap between the two's personality types but not quite the same. Type A personality is genderless and refers to someone generally meticulous on details and likes to take charge.

Alpha male is a term that was misunderstood and later overturned based on pack behaviors of wolves. The researcher who coined the term 'alpha' as a leader later came out and said his own research was misunderstood and somewhat debunked, in that alphas are not leaders all the time and doesn't mean to take charge of things all the time.

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