The Neurotic Type A Woman Trope, Explained

“Type A” personalities onscreen are often embodied by neurotic women who live in constant conflict between their worries and their life plans, with a frantic energy most people can’t begin to match. From Friends’ Monica Geller, to Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, to Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Amy Santiago, we frequently see the neurotic Type A grappling with just how much she needs to be in control over every aspect of her life to feel secure. But it’s her struggles—and her relatable fears—that make her feel both complex and familiar. Here’s The Take on what makes the Neurotic Type A Woman tick, and what her journey says about understanding our inner selves.


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