You can accurately judge a person just by looking at their shoes, psychologists say.
"Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge a stranger's age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotional and other important personality traits just by looking at the person's shoes." Virginia Postrel responded
: "The study made a solid contribution to research on first impressions, but it was hardly earthshaking. By getting so much attention, however, it demonstrated a sociological truth: People love to talk about shoes. Even those who dismissed the research as silly often felt compelled to call radio stations or comment on websites, providing details about their own choices. Why this fascination with footwear? " [more inside]
posted by flex
on Oct 15, 2012 -
Here, we refer to personality as the use of human personality characteristics to describe a robot vacuum cleaner. The translation from personality to behavior was inspired by a role play in which a group of actors was asked to act like a robot vacuum cleaner with these desired characteristics... Attributes, such as macaroni, were available to support acting out some of the situations (e.g. ‘cleaning a dirty spot’)... The actors were asked to act out situations—as if they were the robot vacuum cleaner—making use of motion and sound... In general, the actors either crawled about or walked around at a slow pace to imitate a vacuum cleaner. Often, a typical vacuuming sound was simulated by them. [more inside]
posted by jasper411
on Jun 30, 2011 -
"Now that there's no escaping the digital world, research is getting more serious about what happens to personalities that are incessantly on."
posted by zarq
on Jan 12, 2011 -
First Person Plural.
"An evolving approach to the science of pleasure suggests that each of us contains multiple selves—all with different desires, and all fighting for control. If this is right, the pursuit of happiness becomes even trickier. Can one self bind another self if the two want different things? Are you always better off when a Good Self wins? And should outsiders, such as employers and policy makers, get into the fray?" [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Oct 25, 2008 -
These identity thieves don't want your money. They want your quirky sense of humor and your cool taste in music.
Among the 125 million people in the U.S. who visit online dating and social-networking sites are a growing number of dullards who steal personal profiles, life philosophies, even signature poems. Dude u like copied my whole myspace
, posts one aggrieved victim.
posted by subgear
on Feb 18, 2008 -
The Johari Window
was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingram in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up. To start, pick the five or six words that you feel best describe you. Your results will be saved, under a name of your choosing, so that you can send your friends and colleagues directly to your Window.
posted by airguitar
on Feb 15, 2006 -
Legitimate Job Test or Something Wacky?
H.J. Cummins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes about personality tests--never meant to screen job applicants--being used or misused by employers.
Test sample items:
"I see things or animals or people around me that others do not see."
"My soul sometimes leaves my body."
"I have a habit of counting things that are not important, such as bulbs on electric signs, and so forth."
posted by etaoin
on Jun 30, 2005 -
You are your record collection.
If you really want to get to know someone, try rummaging through their CD collection. "I don't think anyone who's really passionate about music just 'listens' to it. This research is positive confirmation of the fact that songs are emblematic of people's characters. I've always believed that people's musical taste says a lot about them. If you like Avril Lavigne, for example, you probably need to have your ears syringed."
posted by eyebeam
on Jul 11, 2003 -
And Chuck. And Amiz. And Nec. This is an interview that I found to be absolutely fascinating. After countless (really... countless
...) hours spent in places like Bianca's Smut Shack,
Vlad got really, really
into chatting. I was really pretty amazed reading through this interview at how far people go on these things. Invented online personalities become real life ones. I can't help but wonder whether this is an extreme exception, or something of a norm. The next step in wondering, of course, is to wonder how many Mefites are going down this road. Hmm... could it be... you? Find out.
High scores, anyone? (Probably NSFW, but then, look at how much Vlad got away with!)
posted by dgt
on May 8, 2003 -
Heroes Are Only A Letter Away From Herpes:
You catch them and you keep them and they more or less follow you through life. But heroes are good for us. Anyway, I came across this neat little exercise by Phespirit
and perhaps because I share more than a few of his heroes - like Mark E. Smith [ get his font here!]
and Peter Cook [A little taste here!]
- it got me thinking: to what extent do our heroes, as they change or remain steadfast over the years, help define our personality? Are they who we'd like to be
or be like
or just be with
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 7, 2003 -
How Important Is Religious Belief In The Definition Of Our Personality?
I would say not at all, but Bernard Lewis's essay gave me pause. Bringing it all back home and wondering about MetaFilter's religious breakdown, does the fact that there are far more atheists, Jews (like me) and Mormons here than in the Western population at large, make any difference? Christians get a hard time here, in my opinion. Is it because, as Lewis says: "Tolerance was a much more difficult question for Christians
"? Atheists, Jews and Buddhists seem to have a disproportionately large influence. Whereas Muslims, sadly, hardly get a look-in. What does this mean? That is, if it means anything?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 18, 2003 -
Look at your hands. Is your index finger shorter or longer than your ring finger? Be careful because according to John T. Manning
, those two fingers reveal a variety of characteristics about yourself to the world including assertiveness, attractiveness, reproductive success, hand preference, verbal fluency, autism, depression, health and disease, homosexuality tendancies
, musical and sports aptitudes. [via Tigerbunny
And while you are at it don't forget what the middle finger
and a long second toe
posted by oh posey
on Oct 11, 2002 -
What sleeping postures reveal
Curiuously accurate. "People say we gotta watch while he sleeps, for it is the only time that body is not under suppression, but never judge Mr. Nice Guy from one posture" They claim it applies to women too.
posted by Voyageman
on Mar 4, 2002 -
What is your medieval vocational personality?
CMI's "Kingdomality" Personal Preference Profile is a fun way to gain a broader understanding of the basic complementary personality styles and types that help determine each individual's vocational interests.
Mine was benevolent ruler.... just as I thought.
posted by Tarrama
on Jan 22, 2002 -
George W. Bush's Handwriting.
handwriting analysis reveals: If you want something from George W. Bush, tell him how much you like what he's done so far. Tell him quickly. And don't try to push him around.
You hear that Cheney?
posted by brucec
on Jul 12, 2001 -
We all know your a bit nuts - you suspect it too: Lets get some proof
. (Ignore the part about avoiding 'trying to make yourself look good'
; we also know that you need all
the help you can get in that department!).
posted by Kino
on Jun 23, 2001 -