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.

Click on the link below to read the full article


Source material from Huffington Post


Mental Health News

  • Tempering the Mind

    newsthumbYou always hear the phrase "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" being thrown around, but what does it actually refer to? In this article, we ...

  • Waiting Constructively

    newsthumbWe've all had moments where we wait expectantly for some important news to arrive, but sometimes it never does. When all we can do is sit and wait, ...

  • The Family That Dines Together, Stays Together

    newsthumbFor many busy families, getting everyone to sit down at the table together for dinner can seem like an impossible task. However, family dinners can ...