Your Pet Says More About Your Personality Than You Might Think
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.
Those differences were seen in a fascinating new study (see video above) by
scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay.
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.
“The fact that higher levels of neuroticism are associated with affection and anxious attachment suggests that people who score higher on that dimension may have high levels of affection and dependence on their pets, which may be a good thing for pets,” Mikel Delgado, —> Read More Here