11 Surprising Things You Should Know About Personality
Your personality says a lot about you -- it’s what makes you you. However, your personality is more influential than you think. Things such as how you hang your toilet paper or the way you use Facebook can say a lot about who you are.
In one study, a researcher found that hanging your toilet paper “over” rather than “under” is typically a sign of a dominant personality. In another study, black-coffee drinkers were discovered to possess more narcissistic, antisocial and psychopathic traits than people who take cream and sugar, who are more agreeable and open. Personality is the reason behind even the smallest things we do every day, without realizing.
To learn more about who you are and why you do the things you do, here are 11 weird things you should know about personality.
You’ll earn more if your personality matches the traits needed for your job.
The weather from where you grew up affects your personality.
Your personality can cause you to lose and gain weight.
Certain personality traits are linked to a person’s weight. A study by the American Psychological Association found that people with high levels of neuroticism and low conscientiousness are likely to go through various cycles of losing and gaining weight throughout their lives. People with high levels of “impulsivity,” which entails people who enjoy taking risks and are cynical, competitive and aggressive, are more likely to be obese. “Impulsive individuals are prone to binge eating and alcohol consumption,” said study author Angelina R. Sutin. “These behavioral patterns may contribute to weight gain over time.”
Your personality influences what you study in school.
Your political views are influenced by your personality traits as a child.
Certain personality traits are linked to longer life spans.
Your personality influences how you use social media.
How you use social media says a lot about who you are as a person. One study found significant differences in the ways extroverts use social media, compared to introverts. According to the research, extroverts were nearly twice as likely to use social media to meet people, share their personal lives and grow their professional networks. Another study yielded similar results: extroverts were more likely to engage on social media through instant message and video chats than introverts. This study also found that anxious and unstable people tended to rely on social media, however were less likely to actually engage with others on them. These people typically used the platforms to create fake personas of themselves to make them seem cooler and happier than they actually feel.