Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist? Or are you something else?
New research out of Spain suggests that almost all of humanity can fit into one of four types of personalities: optimistic, pessimistic, trusting or envious.
Participants were put into pairs with the pairs changing after they make a decision. After this social experiment, the researchers used a computer algorithm that classified each person based on his or her behaviour. Using this algorithm, the vast majority — 90 per cent — could be classified into one of the four groups.
- Envious: those who don’t mind what they achieve, as long as they’re better than everyone else
- Optimists: those who believe they and their partner are capable of making the best decision for themselves
- Pessimists: those who pick the lesser of two evils when faced with options
- Trusting: those who collaborate with their partners and don’t mind whether they win or lose
What type are you? I would call myself a trusting personalty! Deb