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Body Language Reveals Inherent Personality Traits

Your body language reveals some of your inherent personality traits, says a new study published in the journal Interface.

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Our movements provide insight into our inherent personality traits, says a study that has brought together researchers from the University of Exeter, the University of Bristol, Montpellier University and the University of Naples Federico II. One of the authors, Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, who specialises in Mathematics, explains that movement indicates the behavioural characteristics of a person. He says that human movement is a subject that has been well-documented, but the individualistic differences have not been studied in a more in-depth manner.

The findings suggest that each person will have an individual motor signature (IMS) which marks the subtle differences in their movements pertaining to qualities like speed and weight of movement, as compared to someone else’s.

The researchers came to these conclusions after conducting an experiment entailing pairs of individuals imitating each other’s movements. They found that people having similar movements will also have similar behavioural features to each other; that is, those moving in a particular way will give similar responses when performing a certain task together. This suggests that those having similar movement blueprints (the IMS) will be able to gel together when interacting. Professor Krasimira points out how people will normally want to “react and interact” with people sharing similar traits with them.

Furthermore, the team thinks that the IMS of an individual will help provide a better understanding of his mental health condition. This could then assist researchers in taking to personalised diagnosis and treatment methods.


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