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Study Says Owning A Cat Or A Dog Tells Much About Your Personality

Study Says Owning A Cat Or A Dog Tells Much About Your Personality

A new wave of pet-friendly dating websites signal something many have known all along – that pet-owners make better lovers. Well, maybe not lovers, but according to a new study from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas led by anthropology professor Peter Gray, owning a pet indicates you are more likely to possess care-giving tendencies that are inherently attractive. Although there are undeniably health benefits to having either a pet dog or cat, but according to the research owning a dog says something different about you than owning a cat, at least in the minds of others.

Dog owners tend to be extraverted, more agreeable and conscientious

What does owning a boxer say about us? Well, because boxers tend to be high-energy and playful owning a boxer might say we are happy-go-lucky and on the go, but what does the research say? Dog owners represent 47 percent of American’s, and according to another study from the University of Austin, Texas (4,565 volunteers were interviewed,) they do tend to be more extraverted, more agreeable, and more conscientious than cat people.

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Cat owners tend to be introverted, intelligent non-conformists

Research shows that owning a cat (37 percent of American households ) may mean you tend to be more introverted and apparently more non-conformist. Of course it makes sense that you might not be as social with a cat – you’re not taking them for a walk every 7 hours so you can sit inside and read (or binge on Netflix) instead if you want. A third study, this time from Carroll University, suggests that cat owners tend to be more intelligent as well.

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On average, people see owning a dog as more of indication of compatibility than owning a cat

Returning to the original cited study out of University of Nevada, Las Vegas – it found that an statistically significant number of women and men that a relationship would be likely to work with a “dog person,” but less people surveyed said that it could work with a “cat person.” Surprisingly 25% of men and 33% of women say that they’ve been attracted to someone just because of their pet; and once again, more often dogs have been the cause of that attraction than cats.

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Cats in the wild are less social and hunt at night, and dogs run in packs and are active during the day

If we’re really looking for why these studies make sense, we can look at the behavior of cats and dogs in the wild. What are they like socially without humans? Cats in the wild don’t mind being by themselves, they hunt for prey at night. Wild dogs on the other hand run in packs and hunt and socialize during the day. So is this why introspective, iconoclasts might love cats? And friendly happy-go-lucky social creatures might identify with dogs more?

The most hilarious study I read on this topic suggests that cat’s have more in common with their wildcat relatives like lions, and that your cat may actually want to kill you. The three personality traits they point to that house cats have in common with lions are dominance, impulsiveness and neuroticism. Perhaps the erraticism of cats isn’t completely bad though, just like the studies might suggest about their owners, pet cats often display playfulness, excitability and can be impulsive and hilarious.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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