What Your Sneeze Reveals About You

New research suggests that the way we sneeze reveals something about our personalities. What does this woman's sneeze tell us about her? i i

New research suggests that the way we sneeze reveals something about our personalities. What does this woman's sneeze tell us about her? iStockphoto.com hide caption

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New research suggests that the way we sneeze reveals something about our personalities. What does this woman's sneeze tell us about her?

New research suggests that the way we sneeze reveals something about our personalities. What does this woman's sneeze tell us about her?

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Here in the TOTN offices, we're usually able to identify each other by our sneezes. I sneeze in pairs. Sarah achoos in trios. You get the idea.

Those sneezes may also reveal something about our personalities. At least if you believe the results of a new study (it's a small study — about 500 people — and came at the behest of an allergy drug company, so skepticism is in order even if the topic is nothing to sneeze at).

In general, there are 4 types of sneezers, according to the research:

  • The get appreciated sneezer
  • The get along sneezer
  • The get it done sneezer
  • The be right sneezer

For what it's worth, my double-sneezing self seems to fall best in that last category which, as Chris Tisch explains in the St. Petersberg Times, means I am:

The most likely to cover their mouths when they sneeze, they expect the same from others and will tell them so.
These people are reserved and correct. They are tidy. They like rules, not rule breakers. They are methodical. They are accurate, precise and prefer solitude. They are angered by injustice.
They can be judgmental and rigid. They are the most likely to tell you of a spelling error on Page 3 in an otherwise flawless 25-page report.

And that would be mostly accurate if it weren't for the point about noticing errors. That's totally, egregiously wrong and unjust! I'd prefer to be alone now.

The full article is here.

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