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Are You A ‘Half-Full’ Or ‘Half-Empty’ Thinker? Study Shows Character Differences
By Mikelle Leow, 26 Jun 2019
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It turns out that asking someone if they view the glass as half-empty or half-full might not be such a cliché after all, as it could reveal more about their personality aside from their level of optimism.
In a survey of 2,000 Americans, marketing research company OnePoll learned that people in the two camps might have equally contrasting character traits. Those who view the metaphorical glass as half-full, for instance, are more extroverted and practical, whereas those who see it as half-empty are likely to be introverted with more rebellious tendencies.
58-percent of participants identified as half-full thinkers, while 16 percent share the opposite outlook. The remaining 26 percent resonated with neither.
The researchers learnt that half-fulls are more right-brained, outgoing, report 11 “better than average” days per month, and spend an average of 21 hours on hobbies each week.
Half-empty thinkers, on the other hand, lean on being left-brained, are more introspective, have nine “better than average” days per month, and dedicate only about 14 hours on their favorite pastimes each week.
OnePoll delved deeper and asked the respondents if they preferred whole or chocolate milk—and even these inclinations seem to point at differing personality traits. People who said they liked regular milk were more “playful, adaptive [and] assertive,” while those who enjoyed chocolate milk better tended to be “practical, rule-following and laidback.”
The moral of the story? You might want to take more hours out of your week to focus on your favorite activity, which could help you view the world more positively.
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