Empty drink container placement = one’s personality


Study of psychology

The above photos were taken on the same day.  Both drinks were emptied and placed (photo on the left) or left on the floor (photo on the right) by two different children. 

I loved studying psychology in University. I love studying people and their personalities in general.  So, I thought it was really funny when my son’s friend (about 7 years old) (I will call him CHILD A) asked me where to put the empty juice container.  I just tapped the counter (in a general area near the front of the counter) and said to leave it there.  When I glanced over, I saw that he left it so neatly placed near the backsplash. Of course, it triggered an idea for my blog!

My four-year old (now 5) (I will call him CHILD B) obviously threw his drink on the floor.

Personality analysis

Since the Chinese say your personality at age 2 will be the same at age 80, I figure I can do an analysis.

So what are the personalities of CHILD A and CHILD B?  Take a stab at it yourself and send me your comments.  Based on my analysis, answers are below. Don’t peek until you come up with your own analysis.

My analysis

CHILD A is very analytical, cautious, detailed and afraid of trying new things. He likes to observe but says little. He is a very careful person and likes to dot his “I”s and cross his “T”s.

Because I know CHILD B very well, I take a clinical approach in his analysis. CHILD B is naughty, likes to be different, has a lazy approach to life, doesn’t care what others think about him and volume is more important than detail.

CHILD B will finish a drink and even though there is a table next to him, he will look over to some random spot and launch his drink onto the floor.  OMG! He has a pitching arm for sure.

In this thing called life, everyone has a different personality. We need to learn how to deal with every type in order to benefit most for our interactions with people.

On a practical level:

1) our parenting style has to be different for each child. What may work on one child, may not on another. For example, as a young child, my oldest son accepted “bribes” openly in exchange for joining a sport for example, but my younger two kids could not be bribed.

2) in the workplace, we have to figure out how to get along with everyone. So by analyzing them and understanding where they come from, we can adjust our interaction with them accordingly. For example, an introvert may generally not want to talk to you, but if you can figure out something they like (such as watching movies), you can strike up a conversation that way.

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