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February 27, 2005

Myers-Briggs for Dogs?


Could be happening sooner than you think if Dr. Samuel Gosling of the University of Texas has his way.

Gosling has made a career out of studying animal personality, and has come to the conclusion that dogs share four out of the five personality traits psychologists use to understand human behavior.

The question of whether or not dogs have a meaningful personality is controversial among scientists, even if dog owners have no doubt whatsoever that it is the case.

Human personality is measured according to five variables: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to new experience.

Gosling has found that only conscientiousness — which measures trustworthiness, selfishness and dependability — is absent in dogs.

Who knows?

Perhaps when Gosling comes up with his canine version of the Myers-Briggs, he'll make it so one of the profiles is WOOF.

February 27, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink


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Conscientiousness does not need to be tested in dogs because they don't know selfishness, for the most part. (And they are usually as trustworthy and dependable as their owners.)

Posted by: Shawn Lea | Feb 27, 2005 2:37:36 PM

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