Are You a Dog or Cat Person?

According to research conducted by a psychologist from the University of Texas at Austin, there are dog people and cat people, with notable qualities distinct in each type.

The study, published in the journal Anthrozoos, found that individuals who define themselves as dog people are more extroverted, more agreeable, and more conscientious than self-described cat people.  On the other hand, fans of felines were found to be more neurotic and more open than their canine-loving counterparts.

Project leader Sam Gosling says, “There is a widely held cultural belief that the pet species — dog or cat — with which a person has the strongest affinity says something about the individual’s personality.” He adds, “Given the tight psychological connections between people and their pets, it is likely that the differences between dogs and cats may be suited to different human personalities.”

However, it remains an open question whether the pet takes on specific aspects of the owner’s personality and lifestyle or if owners tend to select a pet that matches their attributes. All of these factors probably come into play.

Article written by Author: Elijah Merrill

Are You a Dog or a Cat Person

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