Your habits are usually the things you do every single day that you don’t even notice. For example, your facial expressions, or a little thing you do with your hands when you’re nervous. These things are so ingrained in us that often times it can come as a surprise when someone else points them out.
Here are 14 habits you might be doing that are very telling of your personality!
The next time you go in for a job interview, pay attention to your handshake, because it’s likely the interviewer is paying great attention to it. Studies have shown that people with firm handshakes are more extroverted and confident. These are definitely traits you want to exhibit to a potential employer!
If you’ve got bad posture, it’s possible you just never grew out of a bad habit from when you were young. It could also indicate that you’re lacking in confidence. Either way, it’s definitely better for your back to stand and sit up straight!
Swearing a lot might be seen to some as an indication of recklessness or perhaps that you’re not too keen on children. However, it can also be seen as a sign of open-mindedness, or even of having a big vocabulary. So ultimately it will depend on whom you’re speaking to.
Your fourth-grade teacher might have made you practice your handwriting over and over, but that doesn’t mean it stuck. Those who exert a lot of pressure when writing are seen to be stubborn and confident, while if you write in large letters, you might be seen as more of a people-person. Those who write tiny letters are seen as introverted.
Having a hyper-clean apartment can indicate that you’re a bit of a control freak, or it can mean you’re just very organized. On the contrary, if your home is a disaster zone, you might either be a disorganized person, or someone who works all the time and is simply focused on things other than cleaning.
Just, you know, take out the trash every once in awhile...
While most of us probably check our phones more often than we should, some people go way above and beyond in that regard. Research suggests that the less emotionally stable a person is, the more they check their phone. Additionally, if you’re shy or an introvert, then you’re less likely to be hooked on your phone.
If you’re on a first date with someone and they treat the wait staff like garbage, it’s time to get out fast. This kind of behavior is super indicative of a person who is an elitist and thinks they’re superior to someone who's waiting on them. Just pull the classic act of having your friend call you with an “emergency.”
Those who tend to be the last at the table after everyone else has finished are said to be even-keeled and confident. They may also like being in control. People who eat at warp-speed tend to be ambitious and goal-oriented.
However, fast eaters might want to slow down sometimes, as eating too quickly can come with health risks.
Here’s one you probably never considered: people who look at the person across from them while drinking something are seen as more trusting and easily influenced by others. Those who look into the glass might be more introspective and focused. And if you’re someone who closes their eyes while drinking, you might be looking for a temporary distraction from something.
Raise your hand if you’re guilty of being late to things sometimes. Well, the good news here is that chronically late people aren’t always necessarily seen as being slackers - if you’re constantly late then you may just be a laid-back, type-B kind of person. Those who are generally early or on-time likely are better-organized or self-motivated.
If you’re a perfectionist or someone who gets stressed out easily, then you might commonly engage in what scientists call, “body-focused repetitive behaviors.” One 2015 study showed that people who scored high in categories of perfectionism were more likely to display these nervous habits when in stressful, frustrating or boring situations.
Why in boring situations, you ask? Perfectionists may engage in nervous ticks when bored because it makes them subconsciously feel better about doing nothing.
While it may seem annoying, those who apologize all the time are likely just people-pleasers and eager to succeed. They might also be more empathetic or self-conscious. Women are much more likely to exhibit this behavior than men.
We all know that person who just won’t try any new foods, even though they’re an adult. They likely prefer to stick to the foods they already know they like. This type of person is often neurotic in other areas of his or her life, or perhaps they’re anxious or afraid to try new things.