Your Pet Says More About Your Personality Than You Might Think

Posted on February 4, 2015



Cat people and dog people really do have different personality traits, new research suggests. People who own cats tend to be more creative, adventurous, and anxious. Dog owners, on the other hand, tend to be more extroverted, secure, and risk-averse.

And in addition to pinpointing those personality differences, the researchers uncovered something surprising about pet owners' affection for their companion animals.

For the study, more than 1,000 pet owners across the country were surveyed about their furry friends. The owners were also asked to complete an assessment of their key personality traits-including the ones psychologists call the "Big Five:" openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

What did the researchers find? Pet owners who expressed the greatest affection for their dog or cat also rated among the most neurotic.

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