13 May 2015 Your personality defines if you prefer open or secluded places


Someone’s personality defines a lot more than you can imagine. The places we like to live and be in are closely linked to our personality.

In a series of three studies researchers examined the link between personality and physical ecology. Lead researcher Dr Shige Oishi explained that “some cities and towns have geography that is more accommodating for some people than for others…if you know you’re introverted, then you may be rejuvenated by being in a secluded place, while an extrovert may be rejuvenated more in an open space.”

During the research participants were asked about their thoughts on different terrains. Participants perceived secluded terrain like woods and mountains to be calmer, quieter en more peaceful. At the same time the participants perceived open terrain like oceans to be more sociable, exciting and stimulating. So when people want to socialize with others, people prefer the ocean (75%) of mountains (25%). In contrast it also showed that when people want to be alone they choose mountains (52%) over the ocean (48%).

New York City vs Alabama

People are most happy to live in cities that match their personality. For example introverts get less self-esteem in open cities like New York City, and more self-esteem in a place like Alabama. So when you choose a city to live in you shouldn’t just go anywhere, but select a place that matches your personality. Introverts prefer to live in mountainous regions, while extroverts like living in open areas.

Would this be an opportunity for city planners to improve cities to accommodate different personalities in a better way?

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