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What Your Desk Looks Like Can Reveal Your True Personality

What Your Desk Looks Like Can Reveal Your True Personality

Rumour has is that owners of messy spaces have messy minds. We might have also heard that those with messy spaces are the creative types, the artists, the inventors. Think about all those cliche’d Hollywood films of artists living in warehouses, paint flung across huge canvases, their entire wardbrobe strewn from bedroom to kitchen. Cats crawl out of cereal boxes and exotic scarves from faraway places make colourful covers for dimly-lit lampshades. It’s a character right?

According to some studies our personal space, or personal workspace, defines our character. But according to research there isn’t just one type. Links between messy desk spaces and creative people is just the beginning. So what are the different types of personalities? And what type of work space are they linked to?

The Clutterer

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cluttered-desk

    Extroverts are the clutterers! And according to research, extroverts grow bored quickly with mundane surroundings, so they brighten up their corner of the world with things that sparkle, flash, dazzle, inspire, have colour – or in other words have interest. An extrovert is interested with the exterior of life, their insides are on their outside. But in the extrovert’s case, this does not necessarily mean that ‘clutter’ is a negative, or is disorganized. An extrovert’s clutter can be very organized, and is their way of simply having a more full corner of their world. The (structured) clutterer will no doubt leave a bowl of candy or some such treat that entices a passerby… they love a conversation, a connection with the outside. They are energized by what is outside of, and around them.

    The Minimalist

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      The minimalist slides in on the opposite end of the artistic ladder. Clutter free… as well as, well, everything free. The minimalist exists in their workspace with complete tidiness and the bare necessities. The minimalist is alert, disciplined, ordered, and in control. There is always a plan for the minimalist, their organizational skills are an asset to any workplace. They have their pencils sharpened and their books open, and they know where everything is.

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      The downside of the minimalist is that it can seem as if they have no innate ties to the place they are in, as if their lack of identity can mean that they could up and leave at any moment without any real issues. It can be slightly unnerving. Or just generally a little mysterious!

      The Expander

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        The expander likes to really own the space they are in. They like to make the most of things. Everybody knows this person… because each day they have moved a little further with their own space – and a little further into our own. This is really a type of territorial behavior within humans. We become wary of our space and our rights to our own share of things, and before we know it, we have lost all things in the communal kitchen to the desk of the expander. Never fear. When the expander pushes, we can always push back.

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        The Surveyor

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          The surveyors situate themselves in such a way that their desk or space becomes an unobvious lookout. The surveyor is a clever clogs, and will always have a pretty great view of what is happening around them, and will likely situate with a wall at their backs, for extra security. The surveyor might also display signs of hibernation, insecurity, or anxiety as they are introverts, and need control of their space to better know what is coming to them. They scare easily, the surveyors, but they are quiet and they work hard, and often have highly creative brains. They’re also usually very nice, rather helpful, and sweet when you give them the time of day. Just don’t sneak up on them from behind, if you ever find them away from their fort.

          The Personaliser

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            Personalised goods = the personaliser. With bits and bobs of highly stylish paraphernalia, the personaliser is an asset to any workplace. They are confident, curious, educated, intellectual, and open minded. They aren’t showy with their knowledge, but have a peaceful confidence, and prefer to take up space in open areas like windows, to better stimulate their imaginations and creativity. The personalisers generally have psychological and general health, and are beneficial to work spaces and intra office relationships.

            (Images credited to:
            Mondessinnumero1 / https://mondessinnumero1.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/a-cluttered-desk-is-a-sign-of-genius/
            www.minimalistdesk.net/ Minimalist Laptop Floating Desk
            Siaki Borneo/ http://akiborneo.blogspot.com/2011/11/this-is-man-desk-in-office.html
            Getty IMages/ http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/video/time-lapse-office-worker-watching-folders-pile-up-stock-video-footage/864-44
            Studblr/ http://multipassionate-studblr.tumblr.com/)

            Featured photo credit: Picjumbo via picjumbo.com

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            Last Updated on July 15, 2019

            41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

            41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

            Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

            Love is one of those things.

            True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

            True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

            supportive couple

              A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

              strong hug

                A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                running help

                  A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                  feeding kitten

                    A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                    It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                    mom and daughter selfie

                      A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                      girlfriends

                        Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                        selfies

                          A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                          selfie

                            Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                            dude selfie

                              Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                              It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                  A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                  It means having a friend to photobomb you

                                  photobomb

                                    A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                    old man photobomb

                                      A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                      family photobomb

                                        Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                        boyfriend photobomb

                                          A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                          True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                          shoulder to cry on

                                            A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                            flood dog

                                              During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                              A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                                lunch

                                                  A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                  hug

                                                    A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                                    rubble

                                                      An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                      sister and brother

                                                        A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

                                                        headstone

                                                          A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                          It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                            A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                            national guard goodbye

                                                              A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                              saying goodbye

                                                                A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                And cherishing reunions

                                                                husband home

                                                                  A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                  boyfriend home

                                                                    A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                    mother hug

                                                                      A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                      True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                      elderly women

                                                                        Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                        feeling young

                                                                          A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                          sprinkler dad

                                                                            A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg

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                                                                            subway couple

                                                                              A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                              wheelchairs

                                                                                A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                silly faces

                                                                                  A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                  vote for pedro

                                                                                    A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                    True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                    date night

                                                                                      A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                      playing violin

                                                                                        Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                        True love is timeless

                                                                                        old friends

                                                                                          Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                          sitting around a fire

                                                                                            A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                            elderly couple

                                                                                              An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

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