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One Personality Trait Predicts Domestic Nudity

Postby Maverick » Wed May 10, 2017 6:35 pm

One Personality Trait Predicts Domestic Nudity
by Jesse Singal

URL: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/05/personality-domestic-nudity.html?platform=hootsuite

If you regularly read about psychological research, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of the Big Five personality scale. It’s currently the most popular, recognized way in the field to gauge people’s personalities, and it breaks those personalities down into five factors: extraversion, conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness to experience, and agreeableness.

One of the nice things about the Big Five is most of the terms lend themselves to fairly easy, intuitive understanding: When someone is agreeable or conscientious, we generally know what that means. But as Benjamin P. Chapman and Lewis R. Goldberg point out in a new paper in Personality and Individual Differences, this intuitive understanding can only get us so far — it doesn’t tell us all that much about what it actually means, in terms of day-to-day life, for someone to be low in neuroticism, or high in conscientiousness.

So Chapman and Goldberg decided to take an interesting approach to this subject. They found a data set from the ’90s in which some of the respondents both took a Big Five and also answered questions tied to the Act-Frequency Approach, designed to measure “mundane or incidental behaviors that make up everyday life.” The behaviors are all over the place: How often do you talk on a cell phone? Chew on a pencil? Use a sauna or a hot tub?

After employing some number-crunching, the researchers were able to come up with a list of which behaviors were most tied to which Big Five characteristics. You can view the entire table they published here, but to take a few examples: People high in agreeableness were more likely to sing in the shower; those high in conscientiousness were less likely to chew on a pencil (pencils don’t grow on trees); and those lower in neuroticism were less likely to diet to lose weight.

Perhaps the most interesting category, though, was intellect — which apparently is what some researchers call the openness-to-experience factor (side-gripe: this is a confusing double-name situation, since openness and intellect don’t intuitively feel like the same thing). Those higher in intellect, or openness to experience, were more likely to swear around other people, buy organic food, create art, eat spicy breakfasts, not follow a sports team closely, do car maintenance on their own, and to lounge around the house without clothes on.

It isn’t set in stone that if you score high on a given Big Five factor you’ll engage in certain behaviors, of course. But it’s still interesting to think about a personality test that can accurately gauge the likelihood you’ll live your life a certain way, especially when it comes to items, like driving while talking on the phone, or at a speed greater than 75 miles per hour (which those who are high in extraversion are more likely to do), that carry a health risk. Personality matters!


Except for swearing around other people and eating spicy breakfasts, that sounds like me! 8)
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Re: One Personality Trait Predicts Domestic Nudity

Postby naturaldon » Thu May 11, 2017 9:54 pm

I always thought it was smart of me to lounge around the house naked. Didn't know I was that intelligent. Or that experiential!
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Re: One Personality Trait Predicts Domestic Nudity

Postby natman » Fri May 12, 2017 4:35 pm

My family and friends are always telling me how smart I am.

So, am I smart because I run around the house naked, or do I run around the house because I'm smart? :biggrin:

Perhaps I run around the house naked because I am "cheap". Less clothing means less laundry to wash ($$$), less laundry to dry ($$$) and less need for storage ($$$). Less clothing means I can turn the A/C up a few degrees in the summer (March through October here in Houston) ($$$).

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Postby New_Adventurer » Sun May 14, 2017 10:28 pm

That cartoon reminds me of a work directive about power hand tool and extension cords. The writer was not a native English speaker and what he wanted to say was that if you had to stand in water while using the tool, the power must be supplied by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting breaker. What was actually in the directive was, "If you are using a power tool, you must stand in water."

My personal reaction was that if I had to stand in water I would look for a non-conductive isolation from the water.
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Re: One Personality Trait Predicts Domestic Nudity

Postby Maverick » Mon May 15, 2017 10:01 am

naturaldon wrote:I always thought it was smart of me to lounge around the house naked. Didn't know I was that intelligent. Or that experiential!


natman wrote:My family and friends are always telling me how smart I am.

So, am I smart because I run around the house naked, or do I run around the house because I'm smart? :biggrin:


:like: :like: I always knew we were a bunch of geniuses (genii?) on this forum!

New_Adventurer wrote:My personal reaction was that if I had to stand in water I would look for a non-conductive isolation from the water.


Rubber boots or waders? :lol:
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Postby natman » Mon May 15, 2017 10:57 am

New_Adventurer wrote:That cartoon reminds me of a work directive about power hand tool and extension cords. The writer was not a native English speaker and what he wanted to say was that if you had to stand in water while using the tool, the power must be supplied by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting breaker. What was actually in the directive was, "If you are using a power tool, you must stand in water."

My personal reaction was that if I had to stand in water I would look for a non-conductive isolation from the water.


That reminds me of a version of the King James 1631 Bible that erroneously said, "Thou SHALT commit audultery."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religio ... -sale.html
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