“In [an analysis] of people who are habitually late – whether it’s to work social engagements, or major appointments – [can] be deemed as Chronically Late Insane People (CLIP).” ~ Li Zhou: “Can You Cure Chronic Lateness?”
While we are not – for logical reasons – ready to classify “chronic” lateness as insane (really!?), people with ‘CLIP’ (eye roll) do have some peculiar behaviors.
See if this one resonates: an “unshakeable belief” that a 25-minute commute can take, like, 10 minutes. While most reputable psychologists would scoff at labeling this behavior insane, there is no questioning its oddity.
We engage in hundreds of “little habits” every day. Here’s a quick snapshot of an example morning:
– 8:30 am: roll out of bed
– 8:30:01: stumble to kitchen area; add water to boiler for coffee
– 8:31: toilet, wash hands/face, add toothpaste to toothbrush, brush for 60 ‘Mississippi’s.’
All of these little habits make up the first, eh, 5 minutes of nearly every day. Per psychologists and other experts, these little habits may reveal some insights into mine (and your) personality traits and how we approach life, e.g., extroverted or introverted, a planner or an improviser, etcetera.
As is often the case with psychological theory, much of this information is anecdotal (this writer’s morning routine, for example). And as they say in the science world “Correlation does not imply causation.” Just because two things seem related doesn’t make them so.
Let’s use a tooth brushing routine as an example. If you always use the same kind toothbrush, the same kind of toothpaste, and brushes for the same amount of time, every time, one could easily slap on the Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) label.
The 5 Habits That Reveal Things About Your Personality
In all seriousness, little peculiarities are what makes us, well, us. The fact that we all have different little quirks – the tiniest alternations of behavior – is quite beautiful and amazing! These smallest of differences mean that no one has been or will be the same. No two personalities are the same.
Relatedly, here are a few interesting habits and what they may imply about your personality:
1. Eating Habits: How You Approach Life
“Food-related habits can, in fact, reveal facets of an individual’s personality and behavior tendencies,” says Juliet Boghossian, a behavioral food expert and founder of food research firm Food-ology, “What you want to observe is your ‘consistent’ or ‘typical food related [habits.]”
Here’s are the personality traits Ms. Boghossian attributes to each type of eater – and their potential shortcomings:
– Slow eaters: Confident, level-headed, appreciative; low energy, sad mood.
– Fast eaters: Ambitious, goal-oriented, audacious; impatient, bad temper.
– Adventure eaters (looking for new types of food): risk-taker, loves adrenaline; pushy, nosey.
– Picky eaters: detailed, sensation seeking; anxious, neurotic
– ‘Isolationist’ (eating one thing at a time): detail-oriented, careful; stubborn
2. E-mail Style: Extraversion or Narcissism?
According to Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, clinical psychologist, the content of your emails can reveal whether you’re extroverted or narcissistic.
The psychologist states that extroverts tend to include “fun” things in their email communications. Extroverts love typing about dates, music, and parties – for example – in their emails.
Narcissists and people with lower emotional intelligence have a stronger tendency to use emotional, controlling, and harsh language. Unsurprisingly, narcissists include a lot of “I’s,” “Me’s” and “Mine’s” in emails.
3. Punctuality: Personality Type
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, our punctuality (or lack thereof) can reveal if we have Type ‘A’ or Type ‘B’ personalities.
A’s are more aggressive and “go-getting,” generally speaking, than B’s; who are more laid-back and chillaxed.
So, if you’re late to an appointment reading this article, you’re probably a B-type. If you’d rather chuck the phone against a brick wall before being late to an important meeting, you’re probably an A-type.
4. Phone Time: Emotional Stability
A 2015 study evaluated the relationship (if any) between attachment to mobile devices and emotional stability.
Participants evaluated their agreement-disagreement using a scaled (1-10, 1-5, etc.) method for many statements; among them include “I spend more time than I should on my cell phone,” and “I get agitated when my cell phone is not in sight.”
Upon analyzing the results, scientists noted a strong correlation between a person’s ‘addiction’ to their cell phone and emotional stability.
5. Toilet Paper (?): Dominant or Submissive?
This one is, well … strange.
In a survey of 2,000 men and women, researchers inquired about their ‘toilet paper hanging’ habits. Specifically, whether the person hung the TP up (loose sheet facing out from your POV) or down (loose sheet facing in).
Anyways, supposedly the researchers discovered that people who hang the TP “sheet out” are more dominant, and individuals who hang the wipes “sheet in” are more submissive.