Personalities of Cat People vs. Dog People

I enjoyed an article that tries to describe personalities of “cat people” vs. “dog people”  and want to share some of the highlights.  4,565 participants completed (online) a well known and validated inventory, called the NEO, that measures personality along 5 major dimensions. The five are:

Extraversion (outgoing), Agreeableness (this is self explanatory), Conscientiousness, Neuroticism (propensity to worry) and Openness to Experience.

The results: let’s have a drum roll…………………

Dog People                                                        Cat People

Extraversion – higher                                    Extraversion – lower

Agreeableness – higher                                 Agreeableness – lower

Conscientiousness – higher                          Conscientiousness – lower (no walking needed)

Neuroticism – lower                                       Neuroticism – higher

Opennesss – lower                                            Openness – higher

Personalities of Self-Identified “Dog People” and “Cat People” by Gosling, Samuel D.; Sandy, Carson J.; Potter, Jeff in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, Volume 23, Number 3, September 2010 , pp. 213-222(10)

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