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Dog man or cat man: question of character?


Are you a convinced dog person or rather a cat person? Your favorite animal could reveal something about your character, according to various studies. However, the researchers also leave a few questions unanswered. Dog man or cat man: Why not just both? - Shutterstock / Tibanna79

Discussing a dog person and a cat person about their favorite animals can be heated. Clichés, sometimes unsightly, then fall quickly: Cats would be sneaky, unpredictable and moody, scold convinced dog lovers. Dogs would be submissive, addicted and dependent, criticized die-hard cat friends. Of course, these stereotypes are nonsense. But can you still tell something about a person's character from their favorite animal?

Dog man: extrovert and adapted?

The scientist Samuel D. Gosling and his colleagues have investigated the character of people who clearly identify themselves as either dog people or cat people. The study found that dog lovers tend to be more extroverted and sociable than cat lovers. They appear more active, sociable and talkative as well as happier and more cheerful on the outside. In addition, dog lovers in the study proved to be more balanced, relaxed and carefree compared to cat friends.

Another study by researchers Beatrice Alba and Nick Haslam has looked at how dog people and cat people keep dominance. Accordingly, a worldview seems to be widespread among dog lovers that there is a certain hierarchy and hierarchy between living beings and humans. Differences are very natural and desirable. Such a worldview is closely related to a conservative attitude; According to the study, dog lovers are more conservative than cat friends. They are rather conventional, traditional and like to stick to fixed rules.

Cat person: introverted individualist?

According to the study by Gosling and his colleagues, a cat person tends to be more introverted, i.e. more reserved, quiet, calm and reserved. Sometimes cat lovers tend to be shy and less sociable than dog lovers. They also appeared more nervous, sensitive, and fearful than people who prefer dogs to cats.

A survey of 600 students by scientist Denise Guastello and her colleagues also showed that a cat person is apparently not only more introverted and sensitive than a dog person. Apparently, cat lovers are also more open-minded and less prejudiced than dog people. However, no anxious or nervous tendency was found in cat lovers in this study. Furthermore, they looked more individualistic, independent and unconventional than dog friends. In addition, convinced cat friends did better in IQ tests than dog friends.

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Exceptions prove the rule

However, such studies should not be taken too seriously. There are always exceptions and it does not help anyone if prejudices are formed because someone prefers one species of animal to another. There are also people who love both cats and dogs and who own both animals. Nothing was said about her personality in the studies. Nothing about the character of people who don't like pets or who prefer small animals like guinea pigs and rabbits or birds, reptiles and fish. In the end, every person and every animal is lovable and special in its own way.