Everyday Habits (like lounging in the nude) that Reveal your Personality

The results are surprising. Example: Are you a prolific curser?  Defend your habit as a sign of your open-mindedness . . .

1. Greater conscientiousness was distinguished by:

  • Avoidance of various activities, including such innocuous pastimes as reading  (speculated that it may be seen by the highly conscientious as a leisure-time luxury), Swearing and Chewing on a pencil.
  • Wear a watch
  • Comb their hair
  • Polish their shoes

Agreeably Ironing Things Out by Peggy

2. People scoring high on agreeability said they spent more time:

  • Ironing,
  • Playing with children 
  • Washing the dishes presumably because their strong motivation to keep other people happy means they’d rather do the chores than have domestic acrimony.
  • More likely to sing in the shower or the car.

3. Neurotic people engaged more often in:

  • Activities and substances associated with helping reduce mental distress, such as taking more tranquilisers and anti-depressants.
  • Anti-social behaviours, such as losing their temper more often,
  • Making fun of others – perhaps because they struggle to keep their own emotions in check.

    4. Extraverts are more likely to ink themselves with tattoos

    • Wallow more in hot tubs
    • Spent more time planning parties
    • Drinking in bars
    • Discussing ways to make money
    • Talking on the phone while driving

    5. Open-mindedness went together with some obvious behaviors like:

    Open-minded by Peggy

  • Going to the opera
  • Smoking marijuana
  • Producing art
  • Swearing around others,
  • Lounging around the house with no clothes on. (To be precise, the highest scorers said they were about twice as likely to have sat around in the nude for more than 15 times in the past year, compared to the lowest scorers.)
  • Less likely to follow a sports team.

The serious side to this field of research is learning more about the harmful and unhealthy everyday behaviors linked to the different personality traits which then could contribute to better, more targeted health campaigns and interventions. 

*”The researchers, Benjamin Chapman at the University of Rochester and Lewis Goldberg at the Oregon Research Institute, profiled nearly 800 people in Oregon, USA, most of whom were white, and their average age was 51. The personality test asked participants to rate how accurately 100 different trait adjectives described their personalities, including words such as bashful, kind, neat, relaxed, moody, bright and artistic. The researchers then compared these personality test scores with the same participants’ answers, recorded four years later, to how often they had performed 400 different activities over the last year, from reading a book to singing in the shower.”

Here’s the entire article: Everyday Habits that Reveal our Personalities 

This post was originally published on MaxYourMind (peggy arndt.com). Click here to see other posts like it. 

3 comments on “Everyday Habits (like lounging in the nude) that Reveal your Personality

    • Rick,
      You are in luck–you DO have basic traits! You can estimate where you are yourself. Let me guess for you though.
      conscientiousness: since you are successful in real estate and need to be a self disciplined self starter to do that, you are fairly high on conscientiousness (unless you have an assistant who makes sure you meet deadlines and appointments, in which case THEY are high in conscientiousness).
      agreeableness : in order to be a real estate agent you need to get along well with others, so you are fairly high on agreeableness also.
      neuroticism: you are likely to be low on this, as you maintain a good sense of humor and again, have lasted in your career.
      extraversion: you are likely to be extraverted, as that would help in making lots of contacts for your business
      open-mindedness: you are somewhat open minded, as you interact with many kinds of people, and if you were closed minded you would have trouble doing this well.
      So—while the article was fun, usually people can guess well about themselves and about people they know well. Generally, you get along well with other who are similar to you, and most traits have positive aspects of being high and low (you are better at standing up for yourself if you are not too agreeable, for example).

      Let me know what YOU think–or, send me where you think I fall on these traits–and Judy too.


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