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Night Owls Have Unique Personality Traits That Set Them Apart, Psychologists Say
By Mikelle Leow, 17 Jul 2017
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Imagine this documentary: It’s the end of the day, and the early bird starts to retreat for the night. At the end of the gamut, however, the night owl is only getting started for the day.
A person’s bedtime preferences trace down to their evolutionary history. Those who kept up at night were known to be physically stronger and protected their tribes from looming threats.
Now, research has proven that evening types do possess key personality traits that strikingly differ from those of morning types.
A study conducted by Christoph Randler and Lena Saliger of the University of Heidelberg investigated the personality, temperament and character differences between early birds and night owls. Participants were evaluated based on a set of traits, such as novelty seeking, self-transcendence, and openness.
Check out some startling results below, and read about the study in full detail at Psychology Today.
Night owls are novelty seekers
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Evening types scored higher than morning and “neither” types on novelty seeking. Researchers attuned this to lower dopamine levels, which means this group could be more prone to addictions, experimenting, and taking risks.
According to research, evening types also have a higher tendency to drink more alcohol and smoke more cigarettes.
Night owls are—paradoxically—daydreamers
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Night owls ranked higher on ‘self-transcendence’—the tendency towards spirituality and idealism. This result is in line with previous studies suggesting that evening types are highly creative thinkers.”
Night owls are more creative than early birds
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Eveningness correlates with the ‘openness’ trait of the Big Five, although not as strikingly as you might expect it to be.
Another study suggested that ‘open’ people genuinely see things more differently from the average individual.
“Our findings suggest that the creative tendencies of open people extend all the way down to basic visual perception. Open people may have fundamentally different visual experiences to the average person.
[via Psychology Today, images via various sources]
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