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What Your Pet Says About Your Personality

Have you ever thought about the fact that pets have a magical touch as they tend to release all tension just when you cuddle or play with them after a tiresome day?

According to the statistics calculated by the American Pet Products Association, at least 62 percent of Americans own a pet, and it has been noticed that a person’s personality is associated with the pet that they own which also reveals a lot about their character and behaviour traits.

In the own worked of recognised marriage and family counsellor, Doris Wild Helmering. It’s not surprising that studies have found that a person’s choice of pets says something about their personality.”

“I’ve seen how much love people give to their pets,” she tells Newsmax Health. “It’s like the pet is an extension of themselves, so it’s not uncommon for people to choose companions that reflect some of their personality traits. She also adds “I’ve also known people that choose pets which remind them of their significant other.”

A study at the University of California at Berkeley surveyed pet owners who identified themselves as either a “dog person,” “cat person,” “both,” or “neither” and drew out their character traits which are somewhat true. It was also noted that pet owners who expressed the greatest affection for their animals were also rated as the most conscientious and 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,” said study co-author Mikel Delgado.

In Delgado’s study, almost 40 percent said they identified with both dogs and cats, while 38 percent said they were dog people, and 19 percent said they were cat people.

Learn more about what the pet owners personality traits reveal about them:

Dogs:

A record 47 percent of American households have at least one dog and if you are one of them then you fall into this category and share the same characteristics as others.

Such people have been noted to be extroverts, more agreeable, and conscientious than the people who own cats and are probably more fun to be with. Moreover, such owners often follow the rules closely. This has been noted down from a study of 4,565 volunteers who have been selected from the University of Texas at Austin found and say that they are “dog people”.

In another survey conducted by the experts at Wisconsin’s Carroll University, it has been found that apart from being extroverted dog lovers are also more energetic.

“It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog,” said Carroll University psychology professor Denise Guastello.

“Whereas, if you’re more introverted and sensitive, maybe you’re more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn’t need to go outside for a walk.”

Cats: 

About 37 percent of American households own at least one cat, and the Texas study found that the cat owners were more creative, adventurous, and open than dog people, and they were also more neurotic in comparison.

A study conducted by the psychologists at the Carroll University study found that cat lovers were smarter than dog owners, and they were more introverted and sensitive. Cat owners also noted to be non-conformists and believed to carve out their own path.

Reptiles:

A British study found that people who own reptiles are the most independent of all pet owners, but have the least sense of humour.

Fish: 

The British study found that of all pet owners, those who own fish were the happiest and had the best sense of humor. A study of pet owners from the University of Oregon found that fish owners are optimistic and non-materialistic.

Birds:

Bird owners are considered to be more outgoing and expressive than others. Moreover, all those who own female birds are more domineering than other pet parents.

You are now aware of what owning a certain pet reveal about your personality, so go ahead and keep these proven studies in mind to shape your characteristic traits and behaviour.

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