What purpose does examining personality serve? For one, it helps your relationships run smoother and with fewer surprises. You can find better understanding of those around you by simply considering how personality shapes their decisions. Furthermore, you can better understand yourself and your own tendencies – both the good and the bad.
Do these characteristics apply to you?
1. You have a set morning routine.
Some experts believe that routines are more common among successful people. Particularly, following a morning routine can help strengthen your willpower, and is associated with better self control. Along with this, those who consider themselves morning people were found to have fewer neurotic and depressive traits than night owls.
2. You love gossip.
Everyone is guilty of engaging in gossip once in a while. But if gossip is your bread and butter, it’s not a great sign. Research has indicated that gossipers may have higher levels of anxiety, due to factors like boredom, envy, or a need for attention. Gossiping may also reflect a need for leverage or superiority in a social group.
3. You have a sweet tooth.
We often call nice people “sweet,” and strangely enough research has hinted that kindhearted folks may actually be more likely to have a sweet tooth. In the study, those who opted for sugary snacks were more likely to volunteer to help out. They were also found to be more agreeable.
4. You love to travel.
We all love a good vacation. But why is it that some are ready to return home after just a week, while others set out around the world for months at a time? Research suggests that travelers may be more open-minded, as well as creative, intelligent, and (no surprise) wealthy.
5. People gravitate to you.
If you have no trouble wrangling a group of new pals at any social event, you’re probably a charismatic individual. More specifically, you may put others at east and posses the confidence they admire. This makes you a great candidate for leadership positions and managing people.
6. You are indecisive.
Indecisiveness is often confused for flakiness. In reality, the difference between decisive and indecisive people is about information. A study found that decisive people tend to consider fewer factors during decision-making, while indecisive people look at various advantages and disadvantages.
7. People are intimidated by you.
For some folks, intimidating others is a regular occurrence – in most cases, unintentional. Being intimidating suggests that you possess a specific trait that is exceptional. For example, one study found that men were intimidated by highly intelligent women. Another found that very attractive men received fewer job offers because they intimidated bosses.
8. Your desk is a mess.
Messiness is often considered a negative or problematic trait. But several studies have shown a correlation between messiness and creativity. So don’t be too hard on yourself for the tornado that’s happening in your workspace.
9. You’re an adrenaline junkie.
Many people who are adrenaline junkies share a common desire for excitement and spontaneity. And while everyone enjoys some excitement now and then, these kinds of people are especially experience-oriented, valuing activities that stimulate their senses in new ways. Thrill-seekers need only make sure they are not chasing thrills at the expense of safety or purposeful goals.
10. You always remember birthdays.
Remembering birthdays isn’t necessarily an indicator of an impeccable memory. We know that salient information tends to stick in our memories much easier. Thus people who are natural caretakers will remember others’ birthdays, as they feel responsible for family, friends, and even coworkers.
11. You love children and animals.
OK, so basically everyone likes children and animals. However, empaths have been said to possess a particularly strong connection with them. This is likely due to empaths’ ability to sense and feel the emotions of others without in-depth verbal communication.
12. You meditate.
Being comfortable with long stretches of time alone shows a tendency toward introversion. However, even more significant than this is time spent meditating. Studies have shown that learning how to meditate can mold a personality that is less reactive and better at emotional regulation.
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