When personality traits are not necessarily personality traits

March 17, 2009 at 12:08 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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They say you can identify a person’s personality from the way they walk, sit, etc. Now I’ve never had a reason to question this, but as I was walking from the bus stop to my office today, a situation came to my mind.

A confident person is supposed to walk looking straight ahead while an under confident person looks down.

In the streets of my city with its over population of stray dogs and others out for pooping, along with religious fanatics attacking people for no reason, this could cause quite an opposite effect on the personality traits.

Here an under confident person, who is also afraid of dogs or of crazy people could be looking straight ahead and walking to make sure none are out to attack him, and at the same time a very confident person out to give big presentation on important things could be looking down and walking to make sure he doesn’t step on dog poo and ruin his new shoes as well as smell bad during his presentation at work.

Now you might think as to how can this really affect anything?

Well, here’s how.

Jan is very confident, while Feb is not. March has a job opening that requires a confident person, the interview for which Jan and Feb are attending today. As March looks down from his office window, he sees Jan looking down and walking and Feb looking ahead and walking (due to reasons mentioned above). But March has read many books on personality traits, and so is convinced otherwise. March hires Feb.

Outcome – an unemployed Jan, Feb does under confident things that adversely affects March’s company, which almost shuts down, and Feb is fired. The world is doomed. Okay, that’s a bit too far-fetched, but you get the idea.

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