What Your Desk Reveals About Your Personality

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How
tidy or messy desks reflect on your personality.
A
tidy desk and office makes people think you have stable emotions, an agreeable
personality and a conscientious nature, new research finds.
A
cluttered desk, though, is linked to being neurotic, disagreeable and
disorganised.
Essentially,
people make a direct link from an untidy office to negative personality traits.
All
is not lost, though, for messy people.
Messy
desks have been linked to breaking rules and higher creativity in previous
research.
The
latest conclusions come from a study in which 160 people sat in three offices
of varying levels of tidiness.
They
were then asked to make judgements about the occupant’s personality.
Professor Terrence Horgan, who led the
study, explained the results:
“When
there are cues related to less cleanliness, order, organization and more
clutter in an owner’s primary territory, perceivers’ ascribe lower
conscientiousness to the owner, whether that owner is a worker in the real
world (office), a job-seeker (apartment), a student (bedroom) or a researcher
at a university (lab office).”
Ms
Sarah Dyszlewski, study co-author, said:
“Once
trait information about a target becomes activated in perceivers’ minds, either
consciously or unconsciously, that information can subsequently affect how they
process information about, the types of questions they ask of, and how they
behave toward the target, possibly bringing out the very trait information that
they expected to see from the target in the first place.”
The
study was published in the journal Personality and Individual
Differences (Horgan et al., 2019).
SOURCE: PSYBLOG

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.