I’m a cat person. Sure, I’ve cared for dogs and other four-leggeds in my family in the past, but in my mind, cats are where it’s at. What does this indicate in regards to my personality? Yes, I’m rather aloof and wary of strangers, much like a cat. True, I’m fastidious in the grooming department – I rarely leave the house with less than an hour of preparation. I once hissed at a coworker. But I later left him a dead mouse by way of apology.
Okay, the last isn’t true (not the mouse part anyway). However, according to recent research conducted by Sam Gosling, a psychologist at the University of Texas in Austin, “there are significant differences on major personality traits between dog people and cat people.” How did he come to this conclusion? He conducted a web survey in which he asked 4,565 people about their preference for dogs or cats and then gave them a 44-item personality assessment.
The results revealed that individuals who consider themselves “dog people” are 15 percent more extroverted and 13 percent more agreeable according to social orientation measurements than are cat people. Dog people are also 11 percent more conscientious and self-disciplined. According to Gosling, this means that this group prefers planned activities.
Cat people, on the other hand, measure up to be about 12 percent more neurotic. However, they are also 11 percent more “open” than dog people. This means that feline fanciers have a greater appreciation for art and adventure as well as emotion, imagination and curiosity. Cat people are more likely to be “unconventional” while dog people tend towards “traditional” beliefs and behaviors.
Based on the study findings, I am a cat person psychologically as well as preferentially.
How about you? Let us know in the comments, and don’t hesitate to tell us why you prefer one to the other.